Obama Repudiated in Latin America

BRASILIA, March 20. — Thousands of Brazilians rallied on Sunday to protest against US President Barack Obama’s visit to that country, demanding him to put an end to the economic blockade of Cuba, in place for more than half a century, and to release the Cuban Five being unjustly held in US prisons for 12 years now, reported the Prensa Latina news agency.

Carrying flags and banners, thousands of Brazilians took the streets in Rio de Janeiro to protest against US President Barack Obama’s visit to that nation and condemn US interventionist policies. Protesters strongly rejected Obama and his allies authorizing the use of military force against Libya, an announcement the US leader made during his Brazil visit, said local news agency reports.

Meanwhile, a large crowd of people concentrated in front of Rio’s Municipal Theater to join the clamor for justice, place where Obama delivered a 21-minute long speech.

Brazilian Senator Eduardo Suplicy, a left-wing politician from the governing Workers Party of Brazil (PT), who attended Obama’s speech at the Municipal Theater, told the local the Globo news agency that he was hoping, in vain, for Obama to announce the end of the US blockade of Cuba once and for all.

On Sunday, university students in Santiago de Chile, the capital of Chile, joined forces with professors, Communist Party leaders and human rights activists to also protest against Obama’s forthcoming visit to that nation, scheduled to take place within the next few hours.

Joining protests led by Chilean communists and progressive activists were several student organizations, such as the Chilean Federation of University Students.

Protesters marched the streets chanting slogans such as “Yankee, go home”, “Obama, stay out of Lybia and Latin America,” “Down with the nuclear pact,” and “Imperialism is death.”

As well, they urged Obama to apologize in public for his government’s complicity in the September 11, 1973 coup d’état in Chile, reported Notimex

Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Chile on Monday, as part of a five-day trip to Latin America that concludes with a visit to El Salvador.

Granma Daily

 

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