Cuba “Will Stand with Venezuela until the End”

Said Culture Minister Abel Prieto at the tomb of Fidel Castro

By Cafe Fuerte

Abel Prieto in Santiago de Cuba at the tomb of Fidel Castro.

HAVANA TIMES — Culture Minister Abel Prieto Jimenez announced that Cuba will support the Venezuelan government “until the end” and praised the Venezuelan people for preventing their nation from becoming a land “where fascism rules”.

“Cuba will stand with Venezuela until the end,” Prieto said during an exchange this Monday with participants of the II International Colloquium on Hugo Chavez: The passion that unites us, which was held in Santiago de Cuba.

The Cuban minister’s conversation with Venezuelan visitors took place in front of the grave that holds Fidel Castro’s ashes in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. His statement thereby became a kind of oath in the late Cuban leader’s memory, who passed away in November.

Standing up to the traitors

Prieto said that “the Cuban people are on the side of the Venezuelan people, who are facing aggression from those who are trying to make the Bolivarian country a land where fascism rules,” according to a report from Radio Rebelde.

“Venezuela is doing something admirable, everyday, by standing up to adversaries in its country and traitors too,” Prieto added, clearly referring to the Attorney General Luisa Ortega, who is now in Nicolas Maduro’s government’s line of fire for questioning the legitimacy of the his call for a Constitutional Assembly.

Prieto, one of Raul Castro’s closest collaborators, made it clear that Venezuela is today the front line against the fascism that wants to take over Latin America. “This is the real threat, because the opposition has complete disregard for the Venezuelan people’s lives and human rights.”

Between father and son

The conversation with visitors took place in front of Fidel Castro’s grave, near the mausoleum where Independence hero, Jose Marti’s remains lie.

Prieto spoke about the “dear relationship between Fidel and Chavez, which went beyond the relationship of two statesmen and became a father and son bond.”

A group of Cuban artists and intellectuals, who were attending the Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba, also accompanied the minister to pay tribute before Castro’s grave.

Prieto has recently been seen spending time with Chavez’s relatives in Havana. In late June, he met Adan Chavez and Maria Gabriela Chavez, the brother and daughter of the late leader, in the rock music club El Submarino Amarillo. The vice-minister of Culture, Fernando Rojas, was also present on that occasion.


14 thoughts on “Cuba “Will Stand with Venezuela until the End”

  • Wow …You should write fairy tales… because that’s what your comment amounts to….

  • Pleeeeaseee. What I read here on my screen here is quite the opposite. How would Cuba take off??? No one wants to deal with the Cuban Thugs, they never pay their bills. No one wants to give up 51% of a business to an inept partner, who will seal your assets after milking the blood out of your investment. Read the stories here-about Cuban rental cars, horrible accommodations, pick pockets and robbery, no internet, unless your a Europervert looking for cheap sex, return visits by TOURIST, is less than 30%. Best healthcare is questionable-cheap and available maybe-unless you need medication. And Cuban exile doctors (no shortage) fail the US Medical Boards at an astonishing 85% – quantity or quality? How about food, for the average Cuba citizen? I guess if you start with horrible anything an improvement. Now I’ve lived and worked all over the world, I’ve seen poor countries-Ebeye in RMI (the slum of the Pacific), Manila, Nigeria, Cairo, I worked in Iraq as a relief worker after the US Invasion. Cuba, is like a theme park for dictator oppressed poor people, you’re not going to draw tourist to a place where even the government is going to hustle them. What difference will lifting the great and wondrous blockade mean? No one is going to sell Cuba anything unless there’s a pay back in it. Ending the blockade may mean hanging the Castro family by their feet until all their money falls out of their Swiss bank accounts.

  • Cuba’s system is working now even with the blockade.. Its one of the safest countries in the world..It has one of the best healthcare and educational systems in the world. They have made advancements in sports, science, medicine, culture, arts etc.. If they lift the blockade Cuba will take off and that is what the anti Cuba crowd fears… At least you agree that they should lift the blockade …

  • I’m all for it-but the end results would prove that the Castro brand of socialism doesn’t work any better than Chavez’s. And there’d be no more excuses.

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