Communists say NO to Piñera | Los comunistas dicen NO a Piñera

The following text is a translation of a speech delivered by the Chair of the Auckland Branch, New Communist Party of Aotearoa in Spanish at a rally of the Chilean community on October 10, 2019.

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These last months we have seen a historical change for Chile. A change that started with independence and continued with Allende. That change has been slowed by people like Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher, and Augusto Pinochet. That change towards a free and fair Chile. Where liberty, happiness, and equality could flourish. Sadly, as I said, that change has been halted by the oppressor’s armed hand. Those people who are only interested in their well-being and personal wealth. Those people that have no problem in selling their country and exploiting their compatriots. Today we are saying No to those people. No more repression. No more exploitation. No more corruption. No more dictatorship.

In spite of being Colombian, the problems that Chile is experiencing today feel them my own. Because they are problems that all Latin America suffer. Our countries have the victims of Spanish colonization and US imperialism. They haven’t given us either peace or justice. Our identity is being attacked. Our resources are being privatized. Our people are being exploited. All of these have to cease. We have to say No. No to those politicians who only want to gain wealth in public positions. Those people are traitors to the country and their people. And now Chile has awakened and it is saying No to Piñera.

It is a joy to be among you all. I feel a great proudness of being Latinamerican when I see all of us marching united for solidarity, justice, and equality. Likewise, as president of the Auckland branch of the New Communist Party of Aotearoa, I want to tell you that we are with you in all struggles and that our party is founded on the principles of equality and justice for the people.

Estos últimos meses hemos visto un cambio histórico para Chile. Un cambio que empezó con la independencia y siguió con Allende. Ese cambio que se ha visto frenado por gente como Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher, y Augusto Pinochet. Ese cambio hacia un Chile libre y justo. Donde la alegría, libertad, justicia, e igualdad florezcan. Tristemente, como ya dije, ese cambio se ha visto frenado por la mano armada del opresor. Esas personas que solo se interesan por su bienestar y riqueza personal. Que no tienen problema en vender su país y explotar a sus compatriotas. Hoy estamos diciendo que no a esas personas. No más represión. No mas explotación. No más corrupción. No mas dictadura.

A pesar de ser Colombiano los problemas que hoy vive Chile los siento propios. Porque son problemas que toda Latinoamérica sufre. Nuestros países han sido víctimas de la colonización española y el imperialismo gringo. No nos han dado descanso, ni justicia. Nuestra identidad está siendo atacada. Nuestros recursos son privatizados. Nuestra gente está siendo explotada. Todo esto tiene que cesar. Tenemos que decir que no. No a esos políticos que lo único que buscan es engordar en los puestos públicos. Esas personas son traidores de la patria y de su gente. Chile ha despertado y le está diciendo no a Piñera.

Es una alegría poder estar entre todos ustedes. Siento un gran orgullo por ser Latino al vernos todos unidos marchando por solidaridad, justicia e igualdad. Igualmente como presidente de la rama de Auckland del Nuevo Partido Comunista de Aotearoa les quiero decir que estamos con ustedes en todas las luchas y que nuestro partido está fundado en los principios de igualdad y justicia para el pueblo.