Cuba “Will Stand with Venezuela until the End”

July 5, 2017 | Print Print |

Said Culture Minister Abel Prieto at the tomb of Fidel Castro

By Cafe Fuerte

Abel Prieto in Santiago de Cuba at the tomb of Fidel Castro.

HAVANA TIMES — Culture Minister Abel Prieto Jimenez announced that Cuba will support the Venezuelan government “until the end” and praised the Venezuelan people for preventing their nation from becoming a land “where fascism rules”.

“Cuba will stand with Venezuela until the end,” Prieto said during an exchange this Monday with participants of the II International Colloquium on Hugo Chavez: The passion that unites us, which was held in Santiago de Cuba.

The Cuban minister’s conversation with Venezuelan visitors took place in front of the grave that holds Fidel Castro’s ashes in the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery. His statement thereby became a kind of oath in the late Cuban leader’s memory, who passed away in November.

Standing up to the traitors

Prieto said that “the Cuban people are on the side of the Venezuelan people, who are facing aggression from those who are trying to make the Bolivarian country a land where fascism rules,” according to a report from Radio Rebelde.

“Venezuela is doing something admirable, everyday, by standing up to adversaries in its country and traitors too,” Prieto added, clearly referring to the Attorney General Luisa Ortega, who is now in Nicolas Maduro’s government’s line of fire for questioning the legitimacy of the his call for a Constitutional Assembly.

Prieto, one of Raul Castro’s closest collaborators, made it clear that Venezuela is today the front line against the fascism that wants to take over Latin America. “This is the real threat, because the opposition has complete disregard for the Venezuelan people’s lives and human rights.”

Between father and son

The conversation with visitors took place in front of Fidel Castro’s grave, near the mausoleum where Independence hero, Jose Marti’s remains lie.

Prieto spoke about the “dear relationship between Fidel and Chavez, which went beyond the relationship of two statesmen and became a father and son bond.”

A group of Cuban artists and intellectuals, who were attending the Caribbean Festival in Santiago de Cuba, also accompanied the minister to pay tribute before Castro’s grave.

Prieto has recently been seen spending time with Chavez’s relatives in Havana. In late June, he met Adan Chavez and Maria Gabriela Chavez, the brother and daughter of the late leader, in the rock music club El Submarino Amarillo. The vice-minister of Culture, Fernando Rojas, was also present on that occasion.


What's your opinion?

  • Carlyle MacDuff

    On the positive side, it appears that Prieto recognizes that the economic, social and political mess in Venezuela is a consequence of initially Chavez and then Maduro pursuing the teachings of Fidel Castro. He is correct!
    Prieto follows the historic Communist line of describing those opposed to that doctrine as “traitors”. History has previously witnessed such preamble prior to purges. Freedom of speech is opposed as it endangers the “socialismo” so beloved by the Castros and their disciples.
    There is no mystery or anything new in Prieto’s announcement. Of course the Castros and the Communist Party of Cuba will stand by Maduro “until the end”. The sooner that end arrives and the Communist Party of Cuba and Nicholas Maduro reach that end and join the ashes of Fidel Castro and his concepts, the better for the people of Cuba and Venezuela.

    • Javier Vargas

      Keep Dreaming with your decrepit analysis….. If Anything Cuba has proven that the foundation of the Revolution is strong… Almost 60 years the harsh winds coming from the most powerful nation on Earth has failed to bring it to its knees… As for Venezuela, it will never be what it was before Chavez… The people have awoken and they won’t let the oligarchs turn them back!

      • I’m not sure whether the assembly is driven by US stooges or really represents the broad spectrum of the people but Maduro is a incompetent nasty peice of work. Chavez had charisma and stayed within the bounds of a democratic system

      • Carlyle MacDuff

        In your view Javier Vargas I gave a “decrepit analysis”. I forecast purges and they have commenced.
        Cuba has been brought to its knees by the Castro regime. Ration cards, pitiful incomes, lack of human rights, no freedom of the press, ever decreasing agricultural production necessitating importation of over 80% of food requirements. Chinese debt exceeding $25 bilion such are the consequences of communism.
        As for Venezuela, the constitution introduced by Hugo Chavez has been scrapped to be replaced by a new Maduro dictatorship directive. International companies have closed shop and left Venezuela and the Army distributes food parcels to the political faithful. If that sounds like a mess with a world high inflation rate, then give the credit to Nicolas Maduro – for it is due to his talents!

  • nedmedgreg

    ‘Prieto said that “the Cuban people are on the side of the Venezuelan people, who are facing aggression from those who are trying to make the Bolivarian country a land where fascism rules,” according to a report from Radio Rebelde.’

    It is good to see that Minister Prieto has realized that the Venezuelan people are suffering the aggression from incompetent president Maduro and his corrupt narco-cronies in the government and among high-ranking military, working to starve the people, deprive them of health care, and convert Venezuela into a fascist dictatorship, lightly disguised by fake ‘Bolivarian’ and ‘socialist’ monikers.

    Maduro has now unleashed his Sturmabteilungen (a.k.a. Colectivos) against the democratically elected National Assembly, beating up the representatives with sticks, as another step on the road to complete dictatorship.

    To show his solidarity with the Venezuelan people, Mr. Prieto should urge Maduro to resign, together with his government dominated by kleptocrats, narco-traffickers and corrupt generals, and then restore the constitutional powers of the democratically elected National Assembly.