STATEMENT OF THE SOCIAL AND MASS ORGANIZATIONS OF CUBA IN SUPPORT OF PRESIDENT DILMA ROUSSEFF AND AGAINST THE COUP D’ÉTAT IN BRAZIL
The undersigned, social and mass organizations of the Cuban Revolution that support the efforts to join together the struggles for social justice and unity in the continent, express our anger and condemn the parliamentary coup d’état that took place yesterday as an alarming step in the purpose of removing President Dilma Rouseff from her post.
The staging of this new attempted coup against the state of law and democracy in Brazil, ignoring the popular vote of more than 54 million Brazilians, has not presented evidence of crimes of responsibility to justify a political trial against President Dilma, who has been forced to abandon her post as of this date for a six-month period until a final voting will decide whether or not there is impeachment. However, the constitutional norm forbids the enforcement of a political trial without the existence of a crime to justify such extreme measure. Not even her worst enemies have been able to accuse her of any act of corruption or in her personal benefit.
This maneuver is an evident coup organized by the conservative offensive developed by imperialism and the oligarchies against the leftist and progressive governments in Our America, with the clear purpose of stopping the social and political advances already achieved and preventing the rise of integration in the continent. The true enemies of the people – the economic interests of the large transnational corporations, agricultural businesses and financial capital – are the promoters and beneficiaries of the coup.
We accompany the popular demonstrations against the coup taking place in the streets of Brazil and support the popular and social movements in their struggle and resistance.
We condemn the criminalization of the social protests of the majority of the population that supports the work in favor of social justice developed in these thirteen years of PT governments, and whose civil, political and democratic rights are being abused by a meager parliamentary majority.
The Cuban organizations belonging to ALBA Movements and other integration spaces in Latin America and the Caribbean are against the de facto authorities that have usurped Brazil. We only recognize the legitimacy of the popular vote of the millions of Brazilians who, with popular sovereignty, elected Dilma and the Workers’ Party (PT) to represent them at the head of the Brazilian government.
We exhort all friends of Cuba in the world to gain conscience of what is happening today in Brazil, to show their full support to the legitimate government of Dilma Rousseff, and to demand respect for the popular will expressed through the ballots.
Unity in action is essential at this moment, and it has to be strengthened. Defending democracy in Brazil also means defending all our peoples and Latin American and Caribbean integration.
Unity, organization, solidarity and struggle to make the dream of a Great Fatherland with social justice and popular sovereignty become true!
The Brazilian people are not alone!
Never more a coup in Brazil!
Havana, May 12, 2016
National Association of Small Farmers
Committees for the Defense of the Revolution
National Labor Trade Union of Cuba
Federation of Cuban Women
Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples
Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples
Network In Defense of Humanity – Cuba
Union of Young Communists
University Students’ Federation
Latin American and Caribbean Continental Students’ Organization
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Center
Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America