The Communist Party of Uruguay (PCU) has launched a blistering attack on the rise of U.S. imperialism in Latin America, saying Thursday that it impedes peace, sovereignty, the self-determination of peoples and democracy.
The PCU said U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent tour of the continent sealed this aggression, influencing the Venezuelan opposition to back out of agreements it had reached with the government during dialogue sessions in the Dominican Republic.
The party also criticized Tillerson's invoking of the Monroe Doctrine during a recent speech at the University of Texas — a doctrine they said inspired the United States to carry out "more than 100 invasions, (acts of) aggression, covert operations, coups d'état and sow dictatorship and death on our continent for almost 200 years."
The PCU then went on to attack the position of the Lima Group — made up of rightist governments in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia — and its rejection of the upcoming presidential elections in Venezuela.
"Yankee imperialism is using all means to prevent a way out of the difficult political, economic and social situation facing Venezuela," said the PCU.
The party farther condemned Colombia's decision to deploy more troops along the border with Venezuela, as well as the decades-long blockade against Cuba.