World left-wing states commitment with unity and struggle against Imperialism

Representatives from more than 700 political organizations, movements, and left-wing parties gathered in Havana, committed today and decided to face the imperial surge with more unity and concrete actions for the sake of defending the fair causes of people.

Delegates attending the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy, and against Neoliberalism pointed out the exhaustion the conservative right-wing and said people are proving it is possible to defeat the imperial offensive.

Times of hopes are coming and unity is paramount as it is a duty. Mobilization is the watchword and an imminent task. Integration is essential to achieve victory.

The final statement of the event approves a declaration of solidarity with Cuba and call to action in permanent and systematic actions as part of the international campaign Hands off Cuba.

The lifting of the escalated, criminal, and genocidal blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba was demanded, and supported the resolution that will be presented at the UN calling for the end of such policy.

The statement denounces threats and aggressions against sovereign governments refusing to knee before hegemonic powers and ratifies Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace.

The statement also expresses solidarity with the Bolivarian and Chavist Revolution and ratifies the mobilization for the immediate release of former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Defend the decision of the Chilean people to protest on the streets against government’s anti-popular and repressive policies, and condemns the use of torture, rape, mutilation and death of Chilean citizens at the hands of the repressive organizations of the country, and the repression in Ecuador to a people suffering a neoliberal package.

Rejects the pro-imperialist government of Jair Bolsonaro, responding to Washington’s interests, and bent on reverting the democratic progress in Brazil.

It also supports the right of the Colombian people to peace, and calls to the dialogue between the government and the National Liberation Army.

It expresses solidarity with the Haitian people, in their fight for social justice and a dignified life, and expresses support for the struggle of the Honduran people and its legitimate claims.

The text greets the Mexican government and its contribution to the unity of Latin America and the Caribbean, the respect for non-intervention and peace in the region, and supports the historical cause of the Saharawi and Palestinian peoples, for their right to self-determination.

The delegates of the meeting denounced the interference of imperialism in the domestic affairs of several countries under the so-called crusade against terrorism.

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Lula´s Message to the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva sent today a message to the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy, and against Neoliberalism from prison, accompanied by representatives of the Brazilian Chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity.

“Cuba, the place where we all can be” were the first words of the message, which was read at the closing ceremony of the event presided by Army General Raul Castro Ruz, First Secretary of Cuba´s Communist Party, and Presidents Miguel Diaz-Canel and Nicolas Maduro Moros, from Cuba and Venezuela, respectively.

Headed by Lula, the signers of the messages to the Meeting consider the solidarity with the Greatest of Antilles, in every stage of the Revolution, a duty for all committed man and women with Democracy and sovereignty of people, in the struggle against Neoliberalism and the evil blockade imposed by the U.S. government against the Island for more than half a century.

The Cuban Revolution is the living proof that the time where ideas play an essential role in History is not a closed chapter, ratified Lula and other members of the Network in the message. Cuba also shows and proves that we can be free and sovereign every day.

A common slogan these days in Havana at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting has been: Free Lula, which was again heard this Sunday at the Plenary Hall of the Havana´s Convention Palace. Few hours before, more than two million signatures were handed over and the Cuban people showed its unconditional support to the leader of the Workers’ Party of Brazil and demanded his immediate release from his unfair imprisonment.

Marilia Guimaraes, president of the Brazilian Chapter of the Network in Defense of Humanity is among those signers.

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Díaz Canel Receives Participants in Solidarity Meeting

Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of the Republic of Cuba, met today with participants of the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, with venue in Havana.

According to a tweet from the Cuban Presidency, the president received this Sunday the former president of the Republic of El Salvador, Salvador Sánchez Cerén, who participates in the event with venue in the Havana Convention Center.

Also on Twitter it was known that Díaz-Canel met with the Executive Secretary of ALBA-TCP, David Choquehuanca Céspedes, who participates at the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism, which began last Friday in the Cuban capital

On another tweet it was known that the Cuban President received today the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, who attends the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting, for Democracy and Against Neoliberalism, which concludes today.

Social movement representatives, political organization members, and other progressive supporters  debate at this meeting the challenges of the left-wing before the threats of the right.

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Integration, Key Word at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting

The need of integration and unity to properly organize social movements and progressive forces as well as the insertion of youth in every process was the main lines of debates in the panel Integration, Identities, and Common Struggles, in session yesterday as part of the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy, and against Neoliberalism.

The results were recorded in the report of the working group, where developments and setbacks of the integration processes in Latin America and the Caribbean were highlighted.

20 speeches were delivered by some of the 170 participants in the Commission. The lines of discussion focused on how to face domination, set the spaces for actors challenging the Empire´s hegemony in the U.S., and the promotion of culture to tackle alienating values.

There was consensus regarding the need to set coherent migration policies and the necessary respect to diversity, national identities, and recognition to the right of equity.

Meanwhile, there was a strong rejection to foreign pressures, foreign military bases, arbitrary arrests as well as the criminalization of popular struggles.

Cuba was recognized as a symbol of unity, solidarity, humanism, justice, and democracy and the economical, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. on Cuba was fiercely condemned.

Debates in Commissions generated several proposals to the plan of action; namely, the participation of organizations in the Third International Workshop on the Proclamation of Latin American and the Caribbean as Zone of Peace, and the call to the mobilization “International Anti-Imperialist Meeting” to be held in May 2020.

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Organization against the war of symbols. That is the path to be followed by Leftists

“The war of symbols and culture is all over the arena of confrontation: in social networks, in the streets, in the in-product communication” therefore, there is a need “to organize effectively the hearts of the culture of resilience.”

These were some of the ideas shared by Abel Prieto, head of the Jose Marti Program Office and president of the Jose Marti Cultural Society, at the panel Decolonization and Cultural War. Strategic Communication and Social Struggle, gathered as part of the Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy, and against Neoliberalism held in the Cuban capital city.

The renowned Cuban intellectual denounced the effects of the domination exerted by the neoliberal machinery on the subjectivity of individuals and its power to dominate the universe of symbols of people.

“The main result of this machinery is the preparation of poor individuals in right-wing nations. These individuals turn against their families, the fate of their children, against themselves, and fellow men and women. And when push comes to shove, politically speaking, they stand for their oppressors who have always crushed them,” he pointed out.

This being so, he urged to create an alternative model to Neoliberalism. In this regard, he noted it is paramount to avoid the omnipresent machinery made up of major media and social networks in the era of Internet.

“The truth is on our side. But today this truth is usually disguised with lies and this is one of the many handicaps we need to avoid,” he emphasized.

The panel also addressed the solidarity with Cuba: the resolution against the economical, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the U.S. on the island and the importance of denouncing and facing the imperial strategies of domination, especially the political and cultural colonialism.

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Brazilian Leader Thanks Solidarity and Love of #Cuba with #Lula

The president of the Party Dos Trabalhadores (PT), of Brazil, Gleisi Hoffmann, thanked the people of Cuba today for their solidarity and love with former president Luis Inácio Lula Da Silva.

Cuba was always one of the first countries to be by his side, Hoffmann told Prensa Latina about receiving at the Anti-Imperialist Solidarity Meeting, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism, the signatures collected in Cuba in demand for the immediate freedom of Lula.

She described the solidarity day in Cuba as very significant, which took place in just 14 days, to support the international campaign for the annulment of the trials against the Brazilian leader.

"It’s millions of Cubans who accompany Lula."

She also recognized the effort made, not just in the Caribbean nation, but in the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean, to stop the injustice against the Brazilian ex-president.

Likewise, she said that, in that regard, for the Brazilian delegation at the anti-imperialist meeting, this exchange and relationship with the people of Cuba is necessary.

About Lula’s situation she said that the judicial process against him must be annulled because of the corruptions it has and because of the political manipulation to which it has been subjected by judges allied to the current president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.

The president of the PT considered that Lula's freedom would be a very important event for the Brazilian people, because it would mean the return of his rights.

In this regard, she considered very important the trial scheduled for November 7th at the Supreme Federal Court (SFC) of Brazil after a second instance conviction.

"Lula has what it takes to lead the country, to talk to the people, to give hope and he gives a vision of the country into the future," she said.

As for the Bolsonaroˊs time in office, she said that it is a government of destruction of the country based on neoliberalism.

"He is selling Brazil, severing people’s and he has authoritarianism as an expression policy," she said.

She recalled that Bolsonaro's son openly expressed in the social networks his desire for reinstatement in the country of methods of military dictatorship that restricts all freedoms.

In addition, she said, Bolsonaro and his family are involved in several scandals related to the diversion of resources and groups hired to kill.

There is also reference that a member of the presidential family is linked to the murder of leader Mariella Franco, she added.

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Passages of the speech delivered by Ulises Guilarte, Secretary General of the Workers´ Central Union of Cuba

Ulises Guilarte, Secretary General of the Workers´ Central Union of #Cuba, condemned at the Anti-Imperialist Meeting the negative impacts of the Neoliberal model in the world as strategy to suffocate economically our peoples.

There are examples worldwide of such imperial strategy. Venezuela and Cuba are two of them. Both nations are under a fierce and genocidal economic, commercial, and financial blockade as well as laws such as the Helms-Burton Act, which violates all standards of the international law.

The Neoliberal model triggers, according to Guilarte, a structure of impunity that allows multinationals to burst into, plunder, replace, buy, and destroy the life of territories with no cost at all, or even sanction governments trying to regulate their operating range.

The growth of unemployment and social inequity, poverty, and forced migration are some of the consequences of the imperial strategy against the peoples of the world.

“In the case of Cuba, the U.S. blockade causes hardships on the Cuban people. The blockade deprives Cubans from purchasing inputs, medicines, and raw materials from U.S. companies, with the resulting interruption and blocking of industries.”

The blockade, he added, is a major setback for our development programs by limiting our access to funding sources and foreign investment. It also exerts political pressure and penalizes banks operating with our country.

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Ralph Gonsalves: We must defend Cuba and strengthen alliances on behalf of unity

Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, highlighted today the need to defend the revolutionary processes in Cuba and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and coordinate alliances among progressive movements in the interest of guaranteeing the necessary unity to succeed.

When speaking at the panel *Desafios para una articulacion solidaria de nuestras luchas*, he ratified the absolute solidarity of his country with movements focusing on a better future against the imperialist wave and pointed out the right of nations to develop freely without foreign pressure.

Especially, he expressed his solidarity with the Cuban Revolution, its government and people as well as with the legit presidency of Venezuela against threats targeting its independence, sovereignty, and free right to its development.

In this regard, he said Saint Vincent and the Grenadines stands against those who want to impose a non-democratic solution to countries and use different methods that include violence.

In his speech, he mentioned that the Anti-Imperialist Meeting is essential to understand basic issues affecting left-wing movements today and in this line, he highlighted the need to act properly in present times.

We must have great understanding of the international policy as Neoliberalism and capitalism have gotten into a dangerous, complex spins with multiple contradictions and different trends.

Similarly, it is clear that international bourgeois, in alliance with governments, do not respect the people or their independence. Thus, the democratic lie finally reveals.

This means that these processes are certainly dangerous and unpredictable.

All of them are ready to use fascist methods to consolidate their term.

He pointed out that his nation is a small country, but fears no one. The country continues its leadership and defends its sovereignty and independence before today´s hostile scene around the world.

The Anti-Imperialist Meeting of Solidarity, for Democracy and against Neoliberalism –attended by 1,000 delegates from 90 countries– will be held in Havana until next Sunday.

As part of the official program of the Meeting, there will be panel discussions today focused on: Solidarity with Cuba and other fair causes; the peoples against free market and multinationals; Decolonization and cultural war. Strategic communication and social struggle; youth: strategies and continuity of struggles; Democracy, sovereignty, and Anti-Imperialism; Integration, identities, and common struggles.

This day will end with the meeting of the Continental Day for Democracy and against Neoliberalism.

Organized by the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, the Cuban Chapter of Social Movements, the Anti-Imperialist Meeting supports the decision of naming Cuba the converging point for the peoples´ struggles in Latin America.

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