Havana, Oct 16.- Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel highlighted the imprint left on the Latin American progressive forces by the victory of the Popular Unity of Chile, which brought socialist Salvador Allende to power in 1970.
In a letter addressed to Mónica Valente, executive secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, whose meeting is dedicated this year to celebrate that event, the Cuban president recalled that this victory opened a path of hope for the first socialist construction through electoral channels.
It is exciting and emotional that in this year full of survival challenges for all, the Latin American left honors our common history of struggles by deciding to celebrate 50 years of Popular Unity, he pointed out.
In his letter, Díaz-Canel reflected that this popular success was carried out in such a creative and enthusiastic way that it is still possible to feel the joy of his songs in the midst of the profound struggle of the entire society to transform itself.
He pointed out that this movement dared to touch the interests of big capital to return their rights to the people, which caused powerful external adversaries, in sad alliance with the internal ones, throw Allende after only three years in office.
From that moment, the Cuban head of state recalled, Chile was seized by fascism and spread throughout the southern hemisphere under the protection of Operation Condor, and neoliberalism was imposed.
The revolutionary process of the 1970s remained in Latin American history with its painful but unavoidable lessons for future revolutionary processes in our region, he assured.
He also said that during his visit to the Palacio de La Moneda during his stay in Santiago de Chile, in 2013, the historical leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, told him that there was a spirit in that place and invited him to find it.
That invitation, coming from a Marxist like Fidel Castro, was totally devoid of mysticism. He was, without a doubt, calling us to review a history that still has much to teach us.
May this half century of Popular Unity serve as a spur to find it, Diaz-Canel urged. (Text and photo: PL)