HAVANA TIMES – As expected, the government of Cuba is fully behind its chief economic and political ally, the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, in the stepped-up tension in the South American country, amid renewed massive protests and pressure from the United States and its allies.
Cuba receives the vast majority of its needed fuel imports on highly favorable terms from Venezuela and has tens of thousands of doctors, health technicians, educators and sports trainers working in Venezuela, under contracts where most of the funds derived go to the Cuban government.
On Wednesday, the National Assembly of Venezuela, controlled by the opposition, installed legislator Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president, deposing Maduro for being reelected in last May’s elections under what they considered a fraudulent process. Maduro celebrated the inauguration of his new 6-year term on January 10th.
The following statement is from the Communist Party’s official organ, Granma.
Revolutionary Government Declaration: Aggression against Venezuela must cease
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a coup d’etat, a puppet government at the service of the United States in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity with the government of Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros
The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns and energetically rejects the attempt to impose a coup d’etat, a puppet government at the service of the United States, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and expresses its unwavering solidarity with the government of Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros.
The true objectives of actions against Venezuela are to control the vast resources of this sister nation and destroy the value of its example, as an emancipatory process defending the dignity and independence of Our America.
As President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez said: “The sovereignty of our peoples is expressed today in one’s attitude toward Venezuela. To support the legitimate right of the sister nation to define its own destiny is to defend the dignity of all.”
Other coup attempts should not be forgotten, such as the military coup of 2002 and the 2003 oil lockout; the aggressive U.S. Executive Order describing Venezuela as “an unusual and extraordinary threat to national security and foreign policy” of the superpower; unilateral coercive measures; the call for a military coup against the constitutional government of Venezuela; the President of the United States’ threat to use “a possible military option” and the August 4 assassination attempt against President Maduro.
The acts of a group of countries and the shameful role of the OAS constitute a new, desperate attempt to implement an unsuccessful policy of regime change, which has not been imposed due to the unwavering resistance of the Venezuelan people and their determination to defend national sovereignty.