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  • Bolivian President Evo Morales and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega spoke against U.S. Imperialism during the 16th Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement Summit in Havana.

    Bolivian President Evo Morales and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega spoke against U.S. Imperialism during the 16th Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Agreement Summit in Havana. | Photo: Reuters

Published 14 December 2018

During the ALBA-TCP summit, both Bolivian President Evo Morales and Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega dennounced the U.S. imperialist and interventionist strategies to destabilize Latin American countries.

The president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, denounced on Friday, the new coup methods of the United States (U.S.) against the Latin American region, during the heads of states' summit of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), Commerce Treaty of the Peoples (TCP). "There are new forms of coup, interventionism, and U.S. imperialism," said the Bolivian president, during the summit to mark the 14th anniversary of the ALBA-TCP.

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During his speech, President Morales, talked about the new forms of imperialism and interventionism used by the U.S. and the local oligarchies, but also assured that those imperialist attacks are faced by "social movements and organized peoples," highlighting the importance of the Latin American integrationist body.

"In these times there are no coups d'état, or military dictatorships as before, for the governments that guarantee sovereign states and free peoples and for their presidents are another kind of blows, judicial or congressional blows, it is another instrument of the empire for that the ALBA countries do not continue to grow in Latin America."

The Latin American organized peoples responded with, "with great ideological and programmatic clarity, based on economic, political, social and cultural sovereignty," according to the Bolivian president. Morales also thanked Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez for creating and promoting ALBA and the social programs that have benefited thousands of men, women and children in the region. Morales asked the people not to be demoralized as there is a stronger unity in the Latin American people.

Evo Morales also added that these new imperialist onslaughts are now met by a more united Latin American region, oppose to the times where the imperialist attacks were only faced by Cuba, "Fidel and Hugo gave birth to ALBA, as a permanent debate space but also left us a peace patrimony," for the region and for the people of the ALBA.

"The #ALBA is synonymous with integration, and that is why it is a hope for all the peoples of the world. It is our obligation to continue advancing in the liberation of our peoples, which is the best tribute we can make to Fidel and Hugo, two immortal men."
 

Given the contribution of commanders Chávez and Fidel, the Bolivian president said that "the best tribute is never to abandon the legacy left to us," and called for unity and solidarity of peoples to guarantee hope and victory in the current scenario.

On the other hand, the Nicaraguan head of State, Daniel Ortega, also denounced that the U.S. interventionist and imperialist policy against progressive governments in the Latin American region. Stressing that the ALBA-TCP has not surrendered and has not betrayed its principles and peoples, despite the strong and constant attacks received.

According to President Ortega the ALBA-TCP is "an expression of the struggle for life, for the peace of our peoples," that is the reason why the integrationist body was born and that is the reason why it will hold together against the attacks.

In addition, he stressed that capitalism does not believe in solidarity since by nature is a system based on selfishness. "Because of that attitude, it does what it will be to hoard, to dominate and expand, they even kill each other, we can not expect anything else," he said before adding that "slavery is imposed by the tyranny of global capitalism. There are other forms of slavery, which is why humanity is struggling in so many conflicts, because wealth is concentrated in a few and poverty multiplies."


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