Havana, Jul 16 (Prensa Latina) Former Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño denounced today in this capital the political and judicial persecution against Latin American progressive and leftist leaders and called the Sao Paulo Forum (SPF) to show solidarity with these people.
Interviewed by Prensa Latina during the second day of the 24th Meeting of the SPF, Patiño warned that this situation affects former presidents such as Dilma Rousseff, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (in prison), Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Rafael Correa, as well as former Ecuadorian Vice President Jorge Glas, also in jail.
‘It is opportune that there are positions of support for these leaders during this annual meeting,’ he said.
According to the Ecuadorian leader, the crusade ‘of the rightwing and the imperialist forces’ also seems to take shape against Bolivian President, Evo Morales, and express against governments such as Nicaragua, a Central American country affected by violence.
We are currently living in a special scenario, although not all are bad news, after the electoral victory of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico and the good results in Colombia for Gustavo Petro in the presidential elections, he said.
Patiño considered that the return of the Sao Paulo Forum to the Cuban capital, after the 1993 and 2001 editions, provides an opportunity to discuss the positive experiences and failures of the leftwing in recent years, amid to reimposing neoliberalism in the region.