The Communist Party of Uruguay, PCU, held its 31st National Congress in Montevideo this week, issuing several political resolutions on a broad range of topics.
Top on the list was U.S. President Donald Trump and his administration’s renewed economic and diplomatic war against Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. Since taking office in January, the conservative politician has backed sanctions against the South American country’s democratically-elected government and has met with right-wing the opposition leaders behind ongoing violent protests.
“Trump embodies Yankee imperialism,” the PCU wrote in its closing statement, adding, “We are in complete solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and the struggle of its people harassed by imperialism and reaction.”
Expressing support for Cuba, the PCU slammed the Trump administration’s continuation of the U.S. blockade, which was imposed on Cuba decades ago, and continues to present economic and political challenges for the socialist country.
The PCU also commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution and the subsequent creation of the Soviet Union, urging party members to follow in its footsteps in ongoing political work.
“We are struggling to build a more just society, and for that, we want to overcome capitalism,” the PCU wrote in its closing statement.
“We have a strategic route: build an advanced democracy and fight for socialism and communism. That is our way of disputing the hegemony of the ruling classes and imperialism.”
Founded in 1920, the PCU has long fought against right-wing administrations in Uruguay, including the military dictatorship that ruled from 1973 to 1985. Following the election of former President Jose "Pepe" Mujica, the PCU joined the Broad Front coalition.
The coalition is composed of several leftist Uruguayan political parties that supported Mujica’s presidency and other leftist movements across Latin America, including the Bolivarian Revolution, among others.
Over 900 delegates from about 300 social organizations attended the PCU’s national congress.