Fidel Castro Cheers “Political Victory” of Greek PM

Fidel Castro.  Foto:
Fidel Castro. Foto:

HAVANA TIMES (dpa) — Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who championed a non-payment movement on Latin American foreign debt back in the 1980s, congratulated today the Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, for his “political victory” in the referendum in Greece on Sunday that rejected a new austerity plan.

“I warmly congratulate you on your brilliant political victory, the details of which I followed closely via Telesur,” Castro wrote in a letter published today on the official Cubadebate website.

Fidel also said that Greece “arouses admiration among Latin American and Caribbean peoples,” by the way it defends “its identity and culture” against “external threats,” referring to the current crisis in the euro zone.

Castro, who retired from nearly a half century leading Cuba in 2006, also wished Tsipras “the greatest success”. The Greek PM announced today that his government will return to the negotiating table with international creditors regarding the aid his country needs to stay afloat.

The Greeks rejected on Sunday by more than 61 percent the austerity measures and spending cuts demanded by Greece’s international creditors, led by Germany, to grant more loans.

The victory of the “no” in the referendum called by Tsipras has raised fears that Greece will have to leave the euro, the common currency of the European Union (EU).

Raul Castro, the current president of Cuba, also congratulated Tsipras today. The “no” vote in the referendum “shows the majority support of the Greek people to the courageous policy of the government over which you preside,” wrote the younger brother of Fidel Castro.

Other Latin American leaders including Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, also publicly expressed support for Tsipras.



36 thoughts on “Fidel Castro Cheers “Political Victory” of Greek PM

  • July 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    Now is the time for Fidel Castro Ruz to send a further letter of congratulations to Alexis Tsipras and little brother Raul can add a post script.

  • July 15, 2015 at 7:55 am

    The Greek government lied about the state of their finances. The creditors lent the money on the false assumption that the government of Greece was honest. Now they know that they were lied to, the creditor states of the EU are unwilling to lead Greece anymore money without an ironclad agreement to manage the Greek economy responsibly.

    To write off the debt is to reward malfeasance and fraud. Spain & Italy are watching what happens in the negotiations with Greece. If the Greeks are given a free pass, then the Spaniard and Italians will demand the same. That would be the end of the EU and and the start of a deep European economic and political crisis.

  • July 12, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Fidel Castro cheers “Political Victory” of Greek PM.
    Where is the Greek PM today?
    Seeking to borrow even more that the Eurozone, ECB and IMF offered and which Greeks rejected, with his Finance Minister describing them as “terrorists”.
    Come on Fidel, what price your support now and what would you advise PM Tsipras to do?
    Speak up!

  • July 11, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    too much technology ,spell check defeated very sorry no offense” strongest ever ”
    should have read.
    Thank you

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