Elio Delgado Legon
HAVANA TIMES — US imperialism has always pinned its hopes on young people in countries with governments they don’t like, because they have progressive governments who are determined to make their people as happy as they can be and not to hand their countries over to multinational corporations which will only bleed them dry and impoverish them with neoliberal policies.
Cuban youth have been subjected to different kinds of infiltration techniques and they have all been reported and rejected by Cuban young people themselves because they are well aware of the methods that Imperialism’s agencies use, who hide their real intentions of the hungry wolf who wants to devour nations dressed up as sheep, under the guise of different names.
Venezuela and Nicaragua are two examples of how Imperialism and the international Right are working against the Leftist governments we have in the region.
In Venezuela, they unleashed an economic war of shortages in complicity with the country’s extreme Right so as to blame the government for the crisis and giving the people incentive to overthrow it. As this strategy didn’t lead to the results they were hoping for, they called for violence on the streets, where terrible, atrocious acts were committed (people were even burnt alive), provoking chaos nationwide. However, this didn’t lead to the results they wanted either.
They were asking for elections to be moved forward for a long time, hoping they could win and bring about a change of government which is what Imperialism needs. However, when the government proposed that general elections be held, they didn’t agree and some Right-wing groups didn’t even take part because they had lost so much prestige with their destabilizing actions, so much so that it would have been impossible for them to win the election.
As a result, President Nicolas Maduro was reelected, as was to be expected, with a larger majority vote than in the previous elections. In spite of that, Imperialism and Right-wing groups continue to try and destabilize the country by placing sanctions and spreading untrue and biased information, which has even fooled the European Union.
In Nicaragua’s case, everybody knows that President Daniel Ortega won the elections quite recently with over 70% of the vote, after having held the presidency since 2007. The country he received was poverty-stricken and it slowly recovered under him, with sustained GDP growth and extreme poverty rates falling constantly, all of which were the results of previous governments’ neoliberal policies.
Under the Sandinista Front government’s rule, Nicaragua has been Central America’s safest country and the most advanced economically-speaking. However, the international Right and Imperialism haven’t forgiven it and took advantage of the government’s new social security reforms to kick off a protest which different US agencies (such as USAID, the NED, the NDI and CIA) have been working on ever since Daniel Ortega was elected.
Initial protests relating to the reforms policy (which was immediately revoked) turned into violence by groups who had been trained to fulfill this mission, with home-made weapons and molotov cocktails, which have caused countless fires at state-owned and even private buildings and have also taken the lives of approximately 200 people, including policemen and firemen. However, reactionary press claims that these deaths are the result of police repression, when the truth is that these criminal groups have done so much damage because the police haven’t intervened as efficiently as they should have.
There’s no doubt whatsoever that the crisis in Nicaragua today has been provoked and organized by Imperialism’s forces who specialize in so-called “soft coups” and this is something that Latin America’s most renowned political analysts and experts are confirming. People who are naively, or deliberately, echoing the reactionary press’ fake and biased news stories don’t know (or maybe they do) the damage they are doing to the Nicaraguan people, 70% of whom support the Sandinista Front and their president Daniel Ortega.
The Nicaraguan crisis is just Imperialism and the international Right’s latest attempt to reverse every Leftist process in Latin America, using every means possible, from accusing the Left’s main leaders without any evidence, turning this into a real witch hunt, to bringing about violent coups like they did to Manuel Zelaya in Honduras, which the Honduran people are still suffering the consequences of.
Let there be no doubts, this is a low-intensity war to empower the Right in Imperialism’s “backyard” at any cost, so they can then obey its orders. Latin American youth, be on the alert, don’t be fooled, just like our Cuban youth haven’t been over all these years!
[Editor’s Note: Elio gives us a clear picture of how the Cuban government and media see the current conflict in Nicaragua.)