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Cuba calls on G-77 summit to support Venezuela
Published on June 16, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, Bolivia -- Cuban President Raul Castro told a Group of 77 (G-77) + China summit in Bolivia on Saturday that Havana's closest ally Venezuela needed support amid the fallout from anti-government protests.

Cuban President Raul Castro. Photo: Ismael Francisco
"Venezuela today needs our staunchest support," Castro said in a speech to the meeting in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

"The oligarchs who could not get rid of President Hugo Chavez think the time has come to topple the Bolivarian revolution and President (Nicolas) Maduro," Castro said, describing the elected government in Caracas as "the front line of independence, freedom and dignity".

Maduro is Cuba’s closest regional ally and Venezuelan economic support is critical to keeping the Cuban government and economy afloat.

However, inflation near 60 percent, widespread shortages of basic goods and soaring crime have plunged Venezuela into a political and economic crisis.

Anti-government protests since February have left at least 41 people dead and more than 600 injured, with each side blaming the other for the violence.

The meeting’s host, Bolivian President Evo Morales, said that if the United States meddles militarily in Venezuela, it will have a new Vietnam on its hands.

"If Mr Obama keeps assailing the people of Venezuela, I am convinced that, faced with provocation and aggression, Venezuela and Latin America will be a second Vietnam for the United States," Morales told the audience.

"Let us defend democracy, natural resources, our sovereignty and our dignity," he added.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon joined Morales to open the G77 summit, which marks the 50th anniversary of the group's founding.

It has grown from 77 developing countries in 1964 to 133 member states, encompassing two-thirds of the world's countries.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (R) with Bolivian President Evo Morales at the G-77 meeting. Photo: Evan Schneider/UN Photo

Addressing the meeting, Ban urged world leaders to work together to reduce poverty and inequality, while balancing the needs of the environment and addressing climate change.
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Peter Binose:

Cuba have been supporting Maduro's governemnt all along, by sending in their crack troops to murder and mutilate demonstrating public and anti communist groups of students. Its not 41 dead its several hundred, like all Marxists they massage the figures.

I personaly saw nine people die in one evening in Caracas. The same night as student girls had buttock and breast's slashed by Cuban troops in plain clothes.

Instead of considering lifteng sanctions against the Cubans, they should be increasing them and bringing the same sanctions against Venezuela.

Its time to shut down their oil industry.


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