Paraguay’s new president expresses solidarity with the fight for freedom in Cuba

Santiago Peña Palacios, Paraguay’s new president, is standing on the side of Cubans fighting for democracy and freedom from communist tyranny. It’s good to see that not all of Latin America is Latrine America.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Paraguay’s new president stands in solidarity with the struggle for democracy in Cuba

The new president of Paraguay, Santiago Peña Palacios, invited two Cuban exile organizations to his inauguration ceremony held on August 15th. These organizations are symbols of the struggle for democracy on the island.

The organizations invited were the Assembly of Cuban Resistance (ARC) and the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba. Their leaders attended the inauguration as guests, which took place last Tuesday in Asunción, the capital of the country.

The gesture of the new 44-year-old president, an economist who achieved a convincing victory in the April election representing the conservative Colorado Party, has been appreciated as a demonstration of commitment to respecting human rights and ending the communist system in Cuba.

“It is a recognition of the Cuban opposition. It is a recognition of the validity of our struggle, a recognition that the Castro regime does not have a monopoly on representing Cuba. Obviously, the Cuban people want other avenues, another form, they want to be able to regain their sovereignty and freedom,” stated Orlando Gutiérrez Boronat, coordinator of ARC based in Miami, to Martí Noticias.

“I believe the invitation to this important event in Paraguay and the collateral meetings that took place are a strong recognition of the Cuban people’s fight for their freedom and the work of the Assembly. I think there’s an open recognition of the Cuban exile community. In the case of the Assembly, this year we’ve already met with about five presidents from different countries and seven national congresses, an unprecedented recognition of the Cuban people’s struggle and the representation of the human rights struggle in Cuba,” affirmed Gutiérrez Boronat.

For Tony Costa of the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, this invitation was not only an honor but also “represented the opportunity to voice the struggles and suffering for human rights and democracy within Cuba. It greatly honored us to represent our people in exile as well as those within the island who yearn for fundamental rights to choose their leaders through a free and democratic process, as just happened in Paraguay.”

“The experience of being present at Santiago Peña’s inauguration was deeply emotional as a tangible reminder of what the people in Cuba deserve and long for. We are confident that soon the day will come when we can witness an inauguration in Cuba similar to what we just witnessed in Paraguay, and that is what we work for at the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, because we know that a better Cuba is possible,” added Costa.

The inauguration also had a delegation from the Cuban regime, led by the Minister of Education of Cuba, Naima Ariatne Trujillo, the Director for South America in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carlos de Céspedes Piedra, and Francisco Fernández Peña, the Havana ambassador in Paraguay.

After the popular uprising of July 11, 2021, in Cuba, Peña Palacios, who was a presidential candidate at that time, declared: “I join the call for respect for the rights of the Cuban people and the end of a model that has impoverished a nation for decades. The same model that some political sectors in our country would like to have. Communism has always failed throughout history!”

The ceremony featured the participation of several heads of state: the President of Chile, Gabriel Boric; the President of Bolivia, Luis Arce; the President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in addition to the King of Spain, Felipe VI.

In his speech, the new president addressed the challenges he faces ahead in tackling corruption and poverty alleviation. In this regard, he stated that “the eradication of poverty is only achieved through open-market policies.”

1 thought on “Paraguay’s new president expresses solidarity with the fight for freedom in Cuba”

  1. There are always exceptions, but as the name implies, they are exceptional and obviously a minority. One is grateful for the likes of Paraguay and Costa Rica, but that does not change the prevailing reality.

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