US Interventionism in Latin America as Main Issue at Cuban Forum

Havana, Dec 13 (Prensa Latina) Cuban academics and historians met on Thursday in Havana to debate on US military interventionism in Latin America, illustrated by the aggressions against Grenada and Panama. The Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of Peoples hosted the one-day workshop, at which participants explained Washington’s hostile stance and the current threats to peace by its policy.

In statements to Prensa Latina, the president of the Movement, Silvio Platero, stressed the importance of the meeting, as part of the escalating aggressiveness by the US government, headed by Donald Trump, and its efforts to revitalize the Monroe Doctrine.

The president of the Our Americas Chair and professor at the Hemispheric and US Studies Center, Jorge Hernandez, referred to the different forms of US intervention in Latin America since the 13 colonies were founded on July 4, 1776.

Hernandez emphasized the aggressions against Granada, on October 25, 1983; and Panama, which started on December 20, 1989, which he described as lamentable and heartbreaking pages in regional history.

‘The United States has in first place an ideological interest in Latin America due to the existing geographical proximity, in the second place an economic attraction for the resources, raw materials and oil of the subcontinent’, affirmed the University of Havana expert.

He added, in third place, that the White House seeks the internal domination in Latin America, due the territorial proximity of the states and the access of several nations to the Pacific Ocean.

At the same time, Jose Luis Mendez, from the Center for Historical Research on State Security, described the difficult moments in previous periods and during the US military invasion of Panama.

The historian underlined that in Panama, there was a strong ideological fragmentation and a great deterioration of the internal situation as a result of the previous coups d’état.

For his part, Otto Marrero, from the Caribbean Studies Chair at the University of Havana, narrated several of the bombings that took place in non-military places in Granada, such as the airport and a psychiatric hospital, which caused hundreds of deaths.

‘The action is summed up as one of the most inglorious and infamous events a powerful country can carry out in relation to a small country’, Marrero noted.

As a result of these bloody events, thousands of people were injured, hundreds disappeared and millions of dollars in material losses were reported.

The United States military intervention, in its various forms, is one of the mechanisms of imperialism, whose objectives are the appropriation of strategic resources, territorial control and the expansion of the neoliberal economic model, the experts insisted at the workshop.

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