Venezuelan diplomats and students condemned acts of aggression by the United States to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and expressed their support for the upcoming national elections on May 22, during an act marking Latin American and Caribbean Dignity Day, at the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) March 5, where tribute was paid to late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on the fifth anniversary of his passing.
Ernesto Chávez Hernández, diplomatic attaché at the Venezuelan Embassy spoke about the country’s upcoming elections, noting, “These will be the 24th elections in 19 years of the Bolivarian Revolution, almost a world record.”
“These elections will show our people’s participatory spirit and will silence the media farce accusing us of being anti-democratic,” he noted.
“We are calling for peace and the rejection of violence in the face of interventionist aggression,” stated the diplomat, citing in this regard, the success of the 2016 referendum to establish a National Constituent Assembly.
“Every time we vote, we vote against neoliberalism and imperialism. We don’t want war, or terrorism, this is why we will go out once again to vote,” stated Chávez Hernández.
Meanwhile, Dr. Viky Dávila, physical medicine and rehabilitation resident at the Julio Díaz Hospital in Havana, stated that the people of Venezuela will continue to build the Bolivarian Revolution, drawing on the legacy of Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías.
“Our great strength is the unity achieved in recent years. We know that we must change and not be satisfied without action,” she stated.
Dr. Dávila explained that Venezuelan doctors who want medicine to remain a business leave the country, while those trained by the Bolivarian Revolution practice medicine from the heart, without expecting anything in return.
Dr. Marta Ortega Herrera, dermatology resident at the Salvador Allende Clinical, Surgical Teaching Hospital, shares a similar opinion, noting that the Venezuelan people will be victorious in these elections, and will go out to vote with the strength and spirit that President Hugo Chávez left in the people.
“Hugo Chávez left us a free and sovereign homeland, as well as his example with which to face any internal or external threat against our country. We have resisted and this is the same strength which enables us to resist any kind of act of aggression for however long,” she added.
Dr. William Durán Ramírez meanwhile, noted that his people are resisting the imperial onslaught with dignity.
A resident at the Hermanos Ameijeiras Clinical Surgical Cardiology Hospital, he stated that the Bolivarian Revolution has faced tough challenges ever since it began, but is sure that his people, united, will achieve many more victories in this unequal war waged by the U.S. government.
“We will show that the legacy left by Chávez is alive in Venezuela and that we are ready to demonstrate to the world that there is a vibrant, participatory, protagonist democracy, based on our socialism.”