The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba has repeatedly denounced the parliamentary-judicial coup d’etat, disguised with legality, which has been developing in Brazil for months. A majority of Brazilian Senators to continue the process of impeachment of the legitimately elected President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, and with this “provisionally” remove her from office for a period of 180 days, during which the Senate must decide, via a two thirds majority vote of its members, to definitively dismiss her.
This is in reality a ruse mounted by sectors of the country’s oligarchy, supported by the reactionary corporate press and imperialism, with the purpose of reversing the Workers Party’s political project, overthrow the legitimate government, and usurp the power they were unable to win at the ballot box.
What has occurred in Brazil is part of the reactionary counter-offensive launched by imperialism and the oligarchy against revolutionary and progressive governments in Latin America and the Caribbean, which threatens the peace and stability of nations, violating the spirit and letter of the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, signed by the region’s heads of state and government during the 2nd CELAC Summit, held in January of 2014 in Havana.
As President of the Councils of State and Ministers, Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, said during the closure of the National Assembly of People’s Power VI Period of Ordinary Sessions, this past December 29, “History demonstrates that when the right takes government power, it does not hesitate to dismatle social policies, provide the rich benefits, reestablsih neoliberalism, and apply shock therapies against workers, women and youth.”
The Brazilian people, left political forces, and combatitive social movements in this nation reject this coup, and with Lula and Dilma at the front, will oppose any attempt to dismantle the important social programs developed by the Workers Party governments, such as “Bolsa Familia,” “Más Médicos,” “Mi Casa-Mi Vida,” and “Hambre Cero” which have changed the lives of tens of millions of persons in this country.
Dilma, Lula, the Workers Party, and the people of Brazil can count, and always count, on Cuba’s absolute solidarity.
Havana, May 12, 2016