Boric called at CELAC for free elections in Venezuela and the release of political prisoners in Nicaragua
The Chilean president demanded an improvement in the institutions of both countries where dictatorships rule that violate the human rights of the population. It contradicted the position of the Argentine government that had defended those dictatorships
Boric asked CELAC for free elections in Venezuela
The President of Chile, Gabriel Boric asked this Tuesday during his speech at the CELAC Summit the release of the “opponents who are still detained in an undignified manner” in Nicaragua while also calling for free elections in Venezuela.
On the other hand, he also referred to the political crisis in Peru in recent weeks. “We cannot be indifferent when today in our sister nation of Peru, people who go out to march and demand what they consider fair end up being shot by those who should defend them,” Boric indicated before the bloc's plenary.
The Chilean president, who makes his debut in a CELAC conclave after assuming power a year ago, stressed “the urgent need for a change of course in Peru.” “The balance that the path of repression and violence has left -after the failed self-coup of former President Pedro Castillo- is unacceptable,” he added.
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Boric< /b> who since he came to power has harshly criticized the authoritarian regimes in the region and for this reason many analysts consider him a benchmark for the new Latin American left, he also referred to the crisis in Venezuela and called for the return of the South American country “to multinational forums”.
The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, and Chilean President Gabriel Boric meet during the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 24, 2023 (Reuters)
BoricHe called for “free, fair and transparent” elections in Venezuela for 2024 and expressed his government’s desire to “collaborate in the dialogue between the different sectors of the country to find a way out” of the crisis. “Outside of democracy there is no possible freedom or dignity (…) The dictatorship (in Chile) abruptly taught us through blood and fire the effects of relativizing democracy and human rights,” added the former student leader, who asked to condemn the violations of human rights “regardless of the sign politician of whoever governs”.
“Democracy must be respected especially in free elections when the one with whom I disagree wins and human rights are civilizing advances that must be respected”, concluded.
The VII Summit of CELAC brings together representatives of the 33 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean this Tuesday at the central Sheraton hotel in Buenos Aires.
In addition to Boric, fifteen heads of state and government are attending the conclave, including Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Brazil), Luis Alberto Arce (Bolivia), Luis Lacalle Pou (Uruguay) , Gustavo Petro (Colombia), Miguel Díaz-Canel (Cuba) and Xiomara Castro (Honduras).
Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela
< p class="paragraph">The inauguration of the CELAC Summit once again made evident the affinity that exists between the Argentine government, today headed by Alberto Fernández and Cristina Kirchner, with the dictatorships led by the Nicaraguan Daniel Ortega, the Cuban Miguel Díaz Canel and the Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro.
In the opening speech of the event that was held in Buenos Aires, the host head of state first invited his to fight against “the blockades” suffered by some countries in the region: “They are a very perverse method of sanctioning, not governments but peoples. Therefore, we cannot continue to allow it”.
The Argentine president continued his speech, but more explicitly: “Cuba carries a blockade of more than six decades and that is inexcusable. Venezuela suffers just as much and we have to raise our voices… We believe in democracy, which is definitely at risk. After the pandemic, the ultra-right it has stood up and threatens each of our peoples. We must not allow this reluctant and fascist right wing to put the institutionality of our peoples at risk.”
Leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean States pose for a family photo during the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, January 24, 2023 ( Reuters)
Alberto Fernández's ideological position was deepened moments later in his speech: “All those who are here have been elected by their peoples and their peoples legitimize them as rulers . And therefore, regardless of how each people decides, in diversity we must respect each other and in diversity we must grow together”. A very striking phrase if one considers the characteristics of the governments of Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela.
On behalf of Nicaragua was attended by Foreign Minister Denis Moncada; The head of the regime Miguel Díaz Canel participated for Cuba ; and Venezuela sent its Foreign Minister, Yván Gil, as a reference.