Álvaro Uribe asked harsh questions about Latin American socialism: what did he say?

Álvaro Uribe, former Colombian president and former senator – credit Sergio Acero/Colprensa

The ex-president Alvaro Uribe He spoke about the moment that leftist leaders in Latin America are going through. She did so when referring to a speech by the president of Honduras, Xiomara Castrowho has held the position since January 27, 2022.

Castro, who is part of the Libertad y Refoundación political party—created by her husband, former Honduran president Manuel Zelaya—at the G77+China Summit stated that “achieving democratic socialism is a mission and reason for being to radically change and improve the quality of life of our people. “That the popular consultation be respected as the path we have chosen to seek to achieve this objective.”

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Given this, Uribe Vélez, through his account on X (formerly Twitter), questioned Latin American and Cuban democratic socialism.

“What is the difference between Latin American and Cuban democratic socialism? The first is chosen, but both end in the annulment of freedoms, of private entrepreneurship,” the former president published.

The former Colombian president concluded the same publication by saying that both “they make everyone equal in poverty.”

Publication by Álvaro Uribe, former Colombian president, on Latin American socialism - credit @AlvaroUribeVel/X
Publication by Álvaro Uribe, former Colombian president, on Latin American socialism – credit @AlvaroUribeVel/X

Former President Álvaro Uribe has been raising serious questions about the policies defended by President Gustavo Petro. He did it one day before the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the coup d’état that ended the life of former Chilean president Salvador Allende, the first popularly elected socialist leader. From his perspective, he emphasized policies that resemble those that aroused criticism of Gustavo Petro.

“My companions, between tears and orphaned looks, gathered around a transistor radio that broadcast the coup d’état in Chile. They had the age, the indoctrination and the Latin American moment for the ideal of the Marxist revolution. I had experienced two forms of violence in the countryside: political and guerrilla violence. Furthermore, I followed the terrible Cuban wall as far as possible,” Uribe Vélez recalled in a text published on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Allende’s overthrow.

According to Uribe, the student socialist movement of the time was divided between armed struggle and electoral rise, but he stayed out of the trends. However, he described the coup as the transition from an “economic Marxist dictatorship to one of elimination of political freedoms.”

“In Colombia, as throughout the world, the news produced many reactions. The presidential campaign was already underway and the two main candidates spoke out. The doctor Alfonso Lopez He was very critical of the coup, he justified Allende’s decisions as a delay of postponed reforms. The doctor Alvaro Gomez He pointed out that it was a consequence of the left-wing government,” recalled the former Colombian president.

On the other hand, in Bucaramanga, where the seventh edition of the cargo transportation business meeting was held, former President Álvaro Uribe Vélez addressed more than 100 attendees and addressed various relevant issues, including issues such as security, infrastructure , energy transition and, of course, the increase in the price per gallon regular gasoline and diesel (Acpm).

Uribe Vélez began his speech by commenting on the protests and blockades in the country. He expressed that, although the protest is legitimate, The international organizations of the United Nations have not supported the blockades.

The former president stressed the difference between a strike in a company and the blockade of a country’s roads. Besides, criticized the lack of an official policy to unblock the roads and urged transporters to take more active action in this regard.

Insecurity has grown in recent months in Colombia, said former president Álvaro Uribe - credit Colprensa
Insecurity has grown in recent months in Colombia, said former president Álvaro Uribe – credit Colprensa

On unsafety, He emphasized that its growth did not begin during the government of President Gustavo Petro, but it did gained speed in recent months. He emphasized that there are areas of the country where groups outside the law exercise effective jurisdiction.

He also proposed the creation of safety fronts on roadspossibly with the support of the active reserve of the armed forces, to strengthen security on the country’s communication routes.

As for the carrying weapons, former President Uribe opined that not all citizens should be armed because it is not practical in the context of transportation. He posed a hypothetical scenario in which a truck driver confronts an armed group and argued that in that context weapons would not be useful.

Finally, the natural leader of the Democratic Center referred to the issue of Health Promotion Companies (EPS), highlighting that they should not be eliminated, but rather improved. Furthermore, he expressed his disagreement with the idea of ​​linking to state health centers as in Cuba and stated that this is not an acceptable option.

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