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"The cause of the legitimate and massive protests in Latin America is inequality and poverty," Foreign Affairs Minister Bruno Rodriguez explained.
Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Tuesday rejected the “sanctions, threats, and slander” of the United States against his country and held Washington and the conservative Latin American elites responsible for social protests.
"We do not comply with sanctions, threats, or slander from the U.S. government, which along with the reactionary oligarchies are primarily responsible for our region's dangerous convulsion and instability," Diaz-Canel tweeted.
His message coincides with an extensive statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), which rejects the accusation that Cuba is responsible for the protests that are taking place in several Latin American countries for several weeks.
Minrex explained that growing poverty and inequality are the ultimate causes of the "legitimate and massive popular mobilizations" that occurred in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil.
The Cuban diplomats stressed that Pompeo misrepresents reality to hide Washington's permanent intervention in Latin America.
For its part, Cuba is committed to "the principles of sovereignty, non-intervention in the internal affairs of other States and the right of each people to freely choose and build their political system, in an environment of peace, stability, and justice."