Popular resistance is on the rise at Latin America. The cycle has not ended. By Carlos Aznárez

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Sympathizer of Lenin Moreno celebrates his victory. Photo credit: La Prensa

 

By: Carlos Aznárez / Source: TeleSur / The Dawn News / April 4, 2017

Outside Cuba, no other movement in the continent has suffered as constant and brutal political pressure as the Bolivarian Revolution. First, all  ofthe interventionist and destabilizing initiatives that were implemented after the death (or assassination) of Hugo Chavez lead the country to the verge of bankruptcy, and in the last months, an aggressive diplomatic offensive was unleashed by the OAS.

Cuba once called the OAS the “United States Colonial Ministry”, and we’re reminded of that now that its General Secretary, Luis Almagro, is leading a persistent attack to apply on Venezuela a sanction known the “Democratic Charter”, which is only applicable to countries that suffer a dictatorship. This is precisely what Almagro wants to demonstrate: that Maduro, despite being democratically elected by the popular vote, is a dictator who should be deposed.

Without no doubt, Almagro is an errand-boy for North America’s plans in the continent. In fact, while he was Uruguay’s Chancellor, he always had an ambiguous stance regarding countries linked to the ALBA, but despite that, former president José Pepe Mujica enabled him to reach his current position after reassuring Maduro that Almagro was a “loyal progresist”.

Now it’s too late for regrets: Almagro has revealed his true face as the “empire’s pawn”, as it he was called by Venezuelan chancellor Delcy Rodriguez, and he continues to do his business. In fact, last Monday, April 3, he broke all democratic procedures of the regional organism and carried out the equivalent of a putsch.

Under Almagro’s orders, 17 countries deposed Bolivia from its legitimate seat as President State  of the OAS, changed it for Honduras, and held a plenary that infringes the legal procedures of the organism to try to corner Venezuela and apply the democratic charter.

The representatives of Brazil (who are there thanks to an institutional coup), Paraguay (whose senators just violated the Constitution behind the backs of the people), Mexico (with their mass graves and drug-trafficking politicians), the washed-out progressism of Uruguay, Honduras with its quasi-monarchic government, and Colombia,  presided by the the “pacifist” with more massacres in the history and an undisputed ally of the USA, lined up behind the leadership of Argentinian Chancellor Susana Malcorra to conspire against Venezuela.

However, although it is difficult to respond to daily attacks, the people and government of Venezuela resist and seek a solution for the internal and external conflict. Now it’s time for people’s organizations which are the ones that sustained the revolutionary process  throughout the years, to go out on the streets.

The progress achieved in Venezuela can’t be defended by generating spaces of dialogue that end up amounting to nothing, but by giving power to the communes, the neighborhood organizations, the patriotic miliatries, to all of those who have not been seduced by corruption and the bureaucratism and who defend the Revolution.

We must not resist the onslaught of an imperialist offensive with social-democratic gestures, but through further reforming the government to meet the goals proposed by Commander Chávez, namely: the creation of socialism and the destruction of capitalism. This means giving power and resources for the people, and cutting assistance and isolating those who betray it. Always looking after the poor people and the emancipatory process that is being unraveled in the continent. Any other path shall lead, sooner or later, to defeat.

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Ecuador: a victory. Paraguay: the photograph of degradation

Amidst the righ-wing offensive and the operations against Venezuela, the triumph of Lenin Moreno in Ecuador was a relief for the peoples of Latin America. Furthermore, it meant a break from the rising pro-imperialist tendency in the region. And those who predicted an “end of cycle”, now have to hold their tongues.

All eyes were on Ecuador, since beyond the mistakes and successes of Correa’s government, for the continental right, Moreno’s defeat would have signified one more stronghold from where to destabilize the left-wing governments that are still standing. They resorted to their many strategies and invested many resources, but it wasn’t enough. Given the choice between candidate that would continue the process that integrated the poorest people to the political and social scene, and a multimillionare and corrupt banker, the people chose Lenin Moreno.

Now, the president-elect has to reflect on which path to take in order to avoid losing the achievements that have been made, and also to open dialogue with sectors from the left that didn’t have a good relationship with Correa. These are moments of national unity based on an anti-imperialism, because even though Moreno talks about moderation and good manners, the situation is critical, the country is divided and Washington will try to make his life impossible as it is doing with the Bolivarian Revolution.

 

On a different topic, since we mentioned that US neo-colony that is Paraguay under Horacio Cartes, it’s important to reflect onwhat happened just last week, when a handful of senators gave an institutional coup against the people. And this time the culprits were not just the right-wing Red Party in government: also the so called “progressivist” followers of destitute president Fernando Lugo joined the operation. Together, Lugo’s party and the party that destituted him wrote and signed a piece of paper and passed it as a Constitutional amend, in order to enable both Lugo and Cartes to run for the seat of President in the upcoming elections (since Paraguayan electoral policies forbid reelections in all circumstances).

Such greed and voracity unleashed the anger of the people, that lead to the partial burning of the National Congress.

The rebellion is in course and it’s combined with the rising of farmers’, workers’ and students’ protests against the amendment. Cartes has at his disposal the repressive forces of the country, which have already taken the life of a young militant of the opposition. Lugo publicly condemned the violent repression but also the popular reaction.

Whatever happens from here on, the inflection point achieved by the people on the streets, mobilizing and showing their hatred for a bourgeois democracy that is crumbling from all angles, seems to have no return. Especially in a country that the United States has been using as a laboratory to test ways to extend its domain over Latin America.

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