The Lima Group has fallen: Venezuela and Cuba must be respected

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By: Carlos Aznárez / Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / The Dawn News / April 12, 2018

Photo credit: Resumen Latinoamericano

The Lima Group—the group that gathers the rightist leaders of the continent under the common objective of collaborating for the ousting of Nicolás Maduro—has finally fallen.

They had tried and failed on many occasions, but this time they were planning to go full throttle under the lead of Donald Trump. However, with the absence of Trump (Mike Pence’s presence is only enough to disguise their defeat) and the absence of ALBA’s presidents, a general vacuum was generated which contributed to the devaluation of the meeting.

To make matters worse, the previous meetings of this euphemism called “civil society” had also failed. First, due to the attendance of NGOs appointed by Washington that had very little ethical and political weight (the case of the Venezuelan PROVEA is one of them) and also due to the battle that the Latin American delegates who defend Cuba, Venezuela and other revolutionary governments, waged in their own territories.

In an effort to counter the massive anti-Venezuela campaign, delegates of Hugo Chávez’ country replied with strong arguments in every forum and workshop they attended. The reactions of the rightist puppets was the same as always: stigmatizing the supporters of the Revolution to the point of crying for help to the police, who didn’t even intervene, in a roundtable last Wednesday.

The political son of Trump, former Uruguayan canciller Luis Almagro, once again showed his allegiance to the empire by saying that “the situation in Brazil represents a growth of the democratic system”. Shortly after this declarations he participated in the official Summit and was repudiated by the Latin American delegates.

Apart from the reactionary provocations, it was demonstrated that both the OAS and those who carry out campaigns against Venezuela and Cuba are not getting the results they hoped for. Without Trump as a protector, lapdogs like Macri and others take refuge in the arms of the American Vice President Pence, but it is not the picture that they all longed for. And they won’t be able to “execute” Venezuela as they thought they would.

They lost and they won’t recognize it. There is more than enough evidence to give hope to those who, in the streets of Lima and around the world, are fighting against this empire.

What is really embarrassing is how the government of Vizcarra, new president of Peru, has opened all the channels of the Peruvian media to speak ill of Nicolás Maduro, Lula da Silva or the socialist Cuba, or even interview people with no legitimacy so they can charge against Cuba or make appearances in “debate” programs where the only guests are anti-Bolivarian. However, all these maneuvers have crashed against the enthusiasm and solid convictions of the popular militants who arrived from all over the continent willing to defend the Latin American revolutions and denounce the scourges of neoliberalism. This was demonstrated with a great popular concentration in front of the Brazilian embassy under the “Lula Livre” slogan and with the great anti-imperialist march through the downtown radio of the Peruvian capital of Thursday.

On the other hand, the People’s Summit was a success, with notable interventions by Atilio Borón, of Argentina, Luis Britto, of Venezuela, the former president of the Parliament of Ecuador, Gabriela Rivadeneira, the former foreign minister of the same country, Patiño. or the Cuban intellectual Enrique Ubieta. These held a real debate on the need of liberating the continent and argued about what goals the next struggles should have.

Together with them, hundreds of delegates from the Peruvian peasants and workers’ movements continue to warm up a Summit that became the voice of the people through the abundance of work and ideological clarity in front of the nauseating voice of the continent’s totalitarians, who have not been able to impose their arrogance this time.

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