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Statue of Jose Marti in Caracas.

A profound anti-imperialist, Jose Marti did not hesitate to express his particular love for Venezuela,” the statement said.

The Association of Cubans and Cuban Residents in Venezuela condemned the attacks against the statues of Jose Marti and Luis Brion, where violent opposition groups put hoods over the national heroes.

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“ACCREVEN strongly denounces the repudiable act carried out against the statues of two patriots and pro-independence leaders who made the cause of liberation of the peoples of our America their own,” the organization said in a statement published on its website.

The attacks were described as “provocative, disrespectful and (acts of) vandalism,” accusing the assailants of being “men who hate and destroy.”

Last week violent groups belonging to the Venezuelan opposition put hoods over the statues of Marti and Brion, a military leader from Curacao who fought in the Venezuelan war of independence — both located in the Chacaito Plaza in Caracas.

“A profound anti-imperialist, Jose Marti did not hesitate to express his particular love for Venezuela,” the statement added.

“We claim the legacy of the Apostle and the guide of all Cuban generations inside and outside of Cuba. We reaffirm our love and respect for the history, symbols and Cuban culture of Venezuela and all the peoples of the world,” said the document.

In reference to the historical figure of the Cuban national hero, the communique reiterated that Marti never covered his face to tell his truth.

A hood can not turn off the eyes of the teacher, nor hide in his eyes the sense of good and justice. A hood will not turn off the penetrating light of a man who was able to see a thousand years into the future. A hood will never stop love as a revolutionary energy,” concluded the text.

Violent opposition groups cover the faces of the Latin American independence heroes. Photo: EFE

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