Bolivian President Evo Morales condemned what he considered to be the United States' "interference" in Nicaragua Thursday, denouncing the "criminal strategies" against the government of Daniel Ortega.
"On the anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Revolution, I denounce that the empire is deploying criminal strategies against the government of Brother Daniel Ortega," he wrote on Twitter.
Morales also accused the United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, as well as the National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, of "openly supporting violence" in Nicaragua. Accompanying Morales' message was a photograph commemorating the 39th anniversary of the "triumph of the Sandinista Revolution" in the Central American country.
Bolivia and Nicaragua are part of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America or ALBA. The latter country is currently going through the bloodiest sociopolitical crisis since the 1980s.
The protests began on April 18 due to failed social security reforms; however, they soon turned into calls for Ortega's resignation.
On Thursday, Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the triumph of the Sandinista Popular Revolution, a process that signaled the end of the Somoza family dictatorship and represented socioeconomic transformations to the benefit of the Nicaraguan people.
The historical turning point came on July 19, 1979, as the Sandinista National Liberation Front, or FSLN, assumed the responsibilities of the government and set about reconstructing the country.
"Since April, Nicaragua has been included in the plan for the destruction of the new democratic governments in Latin America, a plan that is conceived and orchestrated by the Think Tanks serving the large transnational corporations," writes Luis Varese, a Peruvian freedom fighter and captain of the Sandinista Popular Army (EPS) during the revolution, who was present in Managua on July 19, 1979.
Making a comparison between today and 1979, Varese told teleSUR that when the revolution triumphed in 1979, "the popular government started and almost at the same time the United States gave arms to the 'contra' (counter-revolution). The possibility of progressive governments in Latin America was attacked back then, as it is being again now."