[Venezuelanalysis.com's Chris Carlson reports on the Venezuelan government's response to US President George W. Bush's threats towards Cuba on Wednesday. Both Venezuelan and Cuban
authorities rejected the statements, labeling them "imperialist
aggression." For an account in Spanish of this news click here.]
An anti-Bush poster in front of the U.S.diplomatic mission in Havana reads "Coming soon to a court in North America: 'The murderer' starring Posada Carriles and George W. Bush." Havana, Cuba, March 1, 2006. Credit: Pablo Navarrete
Venezuela Warns U.S. that "Cuba is Not Alone"
By Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Mérida, October 25, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)- Responding to US President George W. Bush's threats towards Cuba on Wednesday, Venezuelan authorities warned yesterday that "Cuba is not alone." The US president called on the international community to prepare for a "transition" in Cuba and vowed to maintain the embargo of the island. Both Venezuelan and Cuban authorities rejected the statements, labeling them "imperialist aggression."
"He spoke like an imperialist and a colonialist," said Venezuelan parliamentarian Saul Ortega about Bush's statements. Ortega assured that the reaction to these threats will be increased unity among the people of Latin America. "In response we have to close ranks in defense of the principles of sovereignty and self-determination," he said.
Vice-foreign minister Rodolfo Sanz assured that the United States was making a mistake with their statements towards Cuba and maintained that the "times have changed."
"We aren't going to sit here with our arms crossed before some diabolic adventure," he said. Sanz assured that the Cuban people can count on support from nations like Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, among others, stating that "Cuba is not alone."
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