Declaration by The Revolutionary Government of Cuba
CUBA, May 12sd, 2016.- The revolutionary government of Cuba issued an statement about the coup d’état which is growing in Brazil against president Dilma Rousseff, which we reproduce in full below.
The revolutionary government of the Republic of Cuba has repeatedly condemned the parliamentary/judicial coup d’état in Brazil, disguised as legal, which has been in the making for months. Today saw a fundamental step towards realization of the aims of the coup plotters: a majority of the Brazilian senators have decided to continue the political trial proceedings against Brazil’s legitimately-elected president, Dilma Rousseff, and thereby «temporarily» remove her from office for up to 180 days, during which time the senate must determine, by a two-thirds majority of its members, her definitive dismissal.
The real situation is that a stratagem concocted by elements of the Brazilian oligarchy, supported by the reactionary, imperialist media, seeks to derail the political agenda of the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), oust the legitimate government and usurp the power they were unable to win at the polls.
What is happening in Brazil is part of a reactionary counter-offensive by imperialism and the oligarchy against the revolutionary and progressive governments of Latin America & the Caribbean, threatening peace and the stability of the nations, breaching the spirit and the letter of the proclamation of Latin America & the Caribbean as a Peace Zone, signed at the 2nd CELAC summit held in Havana in January 2014, by the region’s heads of state and of government.
In the words of the Chairman of the Councils of State and of Ministers of the Republic of Cuba, Gen. Raúl Castro Ruz, at the closing ceremony of the 6th Ordinary Period of Sessions of the National Assembly of the People’s Power on 29 December last, «History shows that that when the right-wing comes to power, it has no compunction in dismantling social policies, benefitting the wealthy, reestablishing neoliberalism and applying harsh forms of shock therapy against the workers, women and young people».
The Brazilian people, the country’s left-wing forces and combative social movements reject the coup and oppose any attempt to dismantle the key social programs implemented by the PT, headed by Lula and Dilma, such as ‘Family Shopping Basket’, ‘More Doctors’ ‘My Home, My Life’, and ‘Hunger Zero’, which have changed the lives of tens of millions of Brazilians.
Dilma, Lula, the Partido dos Trabalhadores and the people of Brazil have, and can always count on, Cuba’s solidarity.