Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega last night sent out “all our love and all our Christian, socialist and solidarity spirit” to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez on the eve of his reelection bid on Sunday.
President Ortega lashed out at those who support the opposition in Venezuela as “puppets of the empire.”
“As Sandino said, wherever the empire is intervening, there will be puppets to serve their interests. And here there are puppets also serving the empire, of course there are puppets here. And there are puppets there in Venezuela,” Ortega said.
The president elaborated on his mistrust of marionettes, saying puppets are those who “are happy with bad news,” and “who want President Chávez to die.”
“They are the ones who hate the people because they are full of grudges, of wickedness; they can’t call themselves Christians,” Ortega said. “They can’t be Christians if they want bad things to happen to the Nicaraguan people, if they slander or defame the Bolivarian Revolution and President Chávez.”
He added, “They are the enemies of the people, the enemies of the poor, the enemies of the poor who are trying to get out of poverty in Venezuela and the poor who are fighting to get out of poverty in Nicaragua and all of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
Ortega said that these heathen puppets are those who “accumulate wealth at the cost of hunger and the poverty of the people.”
“Wealth is good,” Ortega said. “Of course wealth is good for the wellbeing of the people and the wellbeing and enjoyment of families. Of course wealth is good, but the wealth of the few, at the cost of the immense majority of people on this planet who live in extreme poverty, who are living in hunger, who are dying due to lack of medicine, who can’t go to school, that is bad wealth. The other wealth is that which develops the Christian principles of a socialist and solidarity project—that is blessed wealth.”