2019 A YEAR OF AGONY AND PUSH FORWARD FOR ORGANIZED CRIME’S DICTATORSHIPS IN THE AMERICAS
Carlos Sánchez Berzain*
For Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia’s dictatorships, 2019 has been the year that has identified them as; a group of Transnational Organized Crime that holds power through the daily commission of crime, and as a criminal undertaking and not a political one. Their appalling economic, social, and humanitarian situation has driven them to apply a violent and desperate offensive against democracies, with a direct impact in Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, and the destabilization of the entire region. 2019 has been a year of agony for the “Castrochavism” dictatorships who, in an effort to survive, apply a general offensive against democracies.
Castrochavism is “the nomenclature of the Transnational Organized Crime’s system that usurps political power in Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua that must be treated as a structure of Organized Crime and not as a political undertaking. This system has reduced the oppressed nations to a state of helplessness and represents the most serious threat against peace and security in the Americas”.
Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua’s dictatorships started 2019 in a serious situation that soon turned into agony:
Cuba, in a growing economic crisis due to its situation as a parasite state, the time-bomb that aging dictator Raul Castro and its other historic leaders represent, with the revealed evidence to be the owner of a criminal system that is involved in human, as well as narcotics’ trafficking, corruption, institutionalized violation of human rights and more, controlling Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua.
Venezuela, in a humanitarian crisis and governed by a criminal regime operated by Cuba, a narco-state but with the hope of having a legitimate government led by President Juan Guaido who was recognized by more than 50 countries and who set the course to end the usurpation of power that, regretfully, did not happen this year.
Bolivia, with an economy dressed up by data manipulation and a growing political crisis due to Evo Morales’ persistence to be a candidate for the fourth consecutive time, contravening his own constitution and the referendum of 21 February of 2016 that said no to his reelection. Morales committed electoral fraud and other crimes that led to his resignation and the installation of an interim government to conduct new elections, as the start of the transition towards democracy.
Nicaragua, subjected by the violence of massacres, political prisoners, torture, and tens of thousands of exiled, the result of the brutality of the Ortega-Murillo’s regime, who in order to stay in power apply the bloody Castroist methods as in Venezuela, Bolivia, and the very own Cuba.
Castrochavist dictatorships’ agony is hastened by their own crimes because they turned Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Bolivia into narco-states, sustainers of and related to the FARC, the ELN and other criminal groups in Colombia, Mexico and elsewhere. The institutionalized violation of human rights, the disappearance of the rule of law and the separation and independence of the branches of government, the manipulation of the judicial branch as the means for political repression with political prisoners, tortured, exiled, and assassinated. The transnational corruption, new uncovered multimillionaires with impunity, the abuse of power and the squandering of resources while the people go hungry, all make these regimes impossible to sustain, as was shown by the dictator’s fall in Bolivia.
In this state of agony, Castrochavist dictatorships started a general offensive against Americas’ democracies with a frustrated coup against Ecuador’s president Moreno, with the successful destabilization of Piñera’s government in Chile, with the permanent attack to Duque’s government in Colombia, and the destabilization of Brazil, Peru, Macri’s Argentina, and more.
They applied the old method of Cuba’s dictatorship carried out with guerrillas in the sixties, more guerrillas, narcotics’ trafficking and terrorism in the seventies and eighties, until Cuba was left bankrupt by the Soviet Union’s demise. The Castrochavist offensive is acknowledged and celebrated by; Castro, Maduro, Cabello, Morales, Diaz-Canel, Ortega, and their spokesmen. They control Argentina’s government with Fernandez/Kirchner and openly manipulate Mexico’s government with Lopez Obrador. They lost Bolivia, but criminally conspire to recover it with the open complicity of Argentina, Mexico, and Spain.
Thus 2019 comes to an end, with a violent and fierce agony of Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua’s dictatorships that know they are lost and that the only alternative to extend their dying condition and criminal enterprises is by attacking democracies.
*Attorney & Political Scientist. Director of the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.
Translated from Spanish by; Edgar L. Terrazas, member of the American Translators’ Association, ATA #234680.