March in Venezuela against “Cuban Interference”

By Sergio Valdivieso (Café Fuerte)

Caracas from the January 23rd hilltop neighborhood.  Photo: Caridad
Caracas from the January 23rd hilltop neighborhood. Photo: Caridad

HAVANA TIMES — The escalating political crisis and violence in Venezuela is increasingly pointing towards the Cuban collaboration in the South American country. At stake is the fate of the Cubans there after more than a decade of missions ranging from humanitarian contributions to involvement in the country’s intelligence strategies and social control.

Venezuelan opposition Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado headed the call for a new national march on Sunday March 16, with the peculiarity that the mobilization is directed against the “Cuban interference” in the Armed Forces of Venezuela and in the country’s life public life.

“Against Cuban repression and for Venezuelan dignity. This Sunday #16M ¡everyone in the street!” wrote Machado in her active Twitter account after a meeting with the press .

The nationwide demonstration plans to take to the streets to repudiate the actions of government forces throughout Venezuela.

Humiliating Interference

“The brutal repression orders come from Havana ( … ) there is a humiliating Cuban military interference,” said the legislator, one of the leaders with the greatest ability to rally opposition forces.

In her call for the march, Machado noted that on Wednesday the repression reached an unprecedented level in the history of Venezuela.

“Not even under the worst dictatorships of the twentieth century did we see what occurred Wednesday in cities across Venezuela,” she said.

Official figures given by Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz on Thursday at a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva confirmed 28 dead and 365 injured as a result of protests that have shaken the country since February 12. There are also over a thousand arrested.

The call for a march against the Cuban presence comes at a crucial time of the convulsive Venezuelan panorama.

Caracas by night.  Photo: Caridad
Caracas by night. Photo: Caridad

Official Rampage

President Maduro considers replacing members of the National Guard by the Army and impose a curfew amid the unstoppable wave of protests that threatens to paralyze the country. The ruling party looks set to impose desperate measures and that can be a trigger of worse events with an unpredictable ending.

But it is significant that now, in the midst of the protests, the Cuban collaboration is identified as a target of attack and mobilization. This step is significant and can bring on a series of events; it is the result of an accumulation of complaints, disagreements and stubbornness from opposition sectors, which at this point include half the country or perhaps even more.

It is no accident that the “march against the Cubans” occurs when the siege begins to close around Maduro’s options to solve the crisis. And also when the White House and US Congress are poised to seek stronger measures to deal with the debacle of Chavista policies.

For weeks the burning of Cuban flags has taken place during the opposition demonstrations in response to interference from the island’s personnel in Venezuela.

Havana's Capitolio buiding and surroundings.  Photo: Juan Suarez
Havana’s Capitolio buiding and surroundings. Photo: Juan Suarez

Havana Closely Watching Caracas

In Cuba, the Venezuelan situation is no small thing for the government of Raul Castro. Despite recent statements of unwavering solidarity from Chancellor Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, the Castro leadership knows the Maduro card is fading and strange maneuvers are not the answer.

More than the readings on the falling of the Cuban flag in the recent welcoming to the island’s delegation, it was symptomatic that Raul Castro’s stay in Caracas was only a few hours and reduced to the official memorial ceremonies for Chavez on March 5th.

The times of the internationalist mobilizations to Angola and Ethiopia are part of the history of the twentieth century and the Cuban government will not move any piece that can smear its diplomatic repositioning and plans to attract foreign investment to stimulate its shaky economy. Neither it is clear whether the prolongation of the crisis in Venezuela could disrupt the daily supply of 100,000 barrels of oil that rescues the survival of the island.

For all that, the demonstrations on March 16 will be an important thermometer on what lies ahead for Cuba and the Cuban collaborators in a land that had seemed like home. Venezuelans have reason to be tired of a solidarity that a long time ago became impertinence and extortion.


25 thoughts on “March in Venezuela against “Cuban Interference”

  • This obvious US inspired propaganda piece does not deserve too much of our time. I just checked the author’s blog and his poplitical aims are clear. Distortion of facts, innuendo “Venezuelans have reason to be tired of a solidarity that a long time ago became impertinence and extortion” and even the choice of contrasting photos all make clear the goals of this piece.

  • This is all nonsense as are most of the comments. After the attempted coup against Chavez, it was obvious that the top echelons of the army and security departments couldn’t be trusted (nor the USA). He did the most obvious thing and that is build a new security service and a people’s militia. Again the most obvious choice to help would be Cuba. That doesn’t mean that Cuba controls the country or the government. The UK helped set up the army in Saudi Arabia, that doesn’t make it a British Colony.

  • dude, you really make no sense. go back to MINT and tell them your English isn’t up to snuff

  • It might be good were you to understand what communism actually is before you post.
    Cuba is neither communist nor socialist but is rather a state-run economy with extensive socialist-style social programs .
    Since the Cuban systems -economic and government are not run democratically from the bottom up, they cannot be called communist or socialist .
    Cuba is a Leninist (elite- ( cadre) led) country .
    No country in Latin America or the Caribbean follows Cuba’s model.
    They are implementing socialist-style programs , grass roots democracy organizations and other poverty-alleviating programs impossible under neo-liberal capitalism which is predicated upon cutting social programs and subsidizing big business .and none have state-controlled economies as does Cuba.
    You are dreaming if you believe that the movement leftward in Latin America is a temporary thing.
    It has been going on for well over 50 years and up until recently , the U.S. has been able to militarily or economically intervene and reverse those movements .
    Those days are over.
    Latin America will continue its move toward a more democratic society because the U.S. has become a paper tiger in the area and can no longer prevent the free and fair elections that are bringing leftist ( democratic) governments into power .
    Anytime the people of a poor country are given the choice to better themselves , they will do it and the free and fair elections now seen are producing leftists governments
    In the past, leaders for democratic movements in these countries would be “disappeared ” imprisoned, or tortured and these movements quashed with a lot of aid from the U.S government.
    Again, for the most part, those days are over .
    I do not how you can say Cuba’s economy is a failure since it was and is Cuba’s uniquely Cuban economic system that has enabled the revolution to survive 54 years of economic war from the United States .
    NO other economy could have survived the over one trillion dollars the U.S. actions have cost the Cuban society and especially no capitalist economy.where the hardships are not spread across the entire population .
    Once the U.S. war on the people of Cuba ends in the near future, Cuba will become a model for all other developing poor countries in the world.

  • I will repeat this as needed.
    The information as presented in this article and all of the Western media is simply not to be believed.
    To get an objective view of the happenings in Venezuela, it is necessary to get the views that oppose the U.S. and Venezuelan corporate media .
    Such views are available at Venezuelananalysis and ZNet every day.
    It is also very important to remember the U.S. Latin American foreign policy that overthrew so many democratically elected governments .
    The tactics now being used in the streets are exactly the same as those used in Chile during the U.S. overthrow of that government.
    Read today’s ( Monday 17th ) featured story at ZNet on the demonstrations in Venezuela and learn just how the news from Venezuela is being twisted by the Western corporate media .
    Most interesting is the ratio of casualties between government forces and demonstrators and how that ratio compares to other fatality ratios in other countries.

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