Cuba Condemns ‘Coup D’Etat’ Against Dilma Rousseff in Brazil

Telesur | 31 August, 2016

Rousseff and Cuba

Rousseff and Cuba’s President Raul Castro in Havana, in 2014 | Photo: Reuters
Cuba’s government defended Brazil’s left and its social gains, its fight to end poverty and push for Latin American integration.

The Cuban government “strongly rejects the parliamentary and judicial coup d’état perpetrated against President Dilma Rousseff,” according to a statement published Wednesday by Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations.

“What happened in Brazil is another expression of the offensive of imperialist forces and the oligarchy against the revolutionary and progressive governments of Latin America and the Caribbean which threatens the peace and stability of nations,” the statement said.

Cuba’s government said the Senate’s vote against Rousseff “is an act of defiance against the sovereign will of the people who voted for her.”

The statement also praises the work of the previous left-of-center governments headed by Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff on education, health, social inclusion, creation of jobs and eradication of extreme poverty.

“Equally praiseworthy has been Brazil’s performance under the Workers’ Party governments in crucial international issues for the defense of peace, development, the environment and programs to combat hunger,” the statement said.

The government expressed its solidarity with Rousseff, Lula and the Workers’ Party, and said it is confident that the Brazilian people will defend the social achievements reached by their administrations.

The text also criticized the Senate-imposed government of Michel Temer, which took office on Wednesday afternoon, for promoting privatizations and cuts to social programs.

The Foreign Ministry denounced that most of the senators who impeached the president are being investigated on corruption charges, and had no evidence of corruption or crimes of responsibility against her.

The ministry praised Brazil’s work on Latin American and Caribbean integration, and its active participation in international organizations like the BRICS: Brazil, India, China and South Africa.



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