Latin America’s Communists Lament Death of ‘Brother’ Iranian President Raisi

Latin America’s left-wing dictatorships on Monday expressed public condolences to Iran following the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdullahian and several other senior regime officials.

Raisi died on Sunday when his helicopter crashed while returning from neighboring Azerbaijan. Raisi, who took office in 2021, has long been known as the “Butcher of Tehran” for his achievements. participation He is credited with a series of mass executions of between 5,000 and 30,000 Iranian political prisoners in 1988, when he was deputy prosecutor general of Iran. Nevertheless, he publicly declared himself a “defender of human rights.”

For the past two years, the late Iranian president has spearheaded efforts to expand Iran’s influence in Latin America, touring the region and signing multiple cooperation agreements and commercial deals. Raisi also promoted anti-Israel and anti-American sentiment in the Western Hemisphere.

In June 2023, Mr. Raisi trip He visited authoritarian regimes in Latin America, including Cuba, Venezuela, and march In 2024, Raisi met with Bolivian socialist President Luis Arce in Algeria on the sidelines of the Gas Exporting Countries Conference.many experts consider Bolivia, Islamic regime’s ‘most successful’ project in the region Decades The idea is to use communist and socialist dictatorships to expand Tehran’s agenda.

The socialist government that rules Venezuela statement On Monday morning, dictator President Nicolas Maduro and his “first combatant” wife Cilia Flores expressed “deep sadness” and “heartfelt words of comfort, peace and encouragement” over Raisi’s death through the Foreign Ministry. did. “We raise our prayers to a gracious and merciful God to give us the spiritual strength we need in this moment of grief,” the couple said in a statement.

The statement read:

Venezuela conveys its deep sorrow to all of Iran and to the families and relatives of the deceased and hopes that President Raisi’s precious legacy of loyalty and friendship to the Venezuelan people and government will be continued in every good deed. For his country, justice, peace, and the welfare of mankind.

Venezuela’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed hope that an investigation by Iranian authorities would “quickly identify the origins and causes of this deadly event.”

Prior to the statement, President Maduro released a message on social media, calling Raisi a “brother,” “an exemplary man, an extraordinary leader of the world,” and “an excellent human being and defender of popular sovereignty.” “He is an unconditional person.” Friends of our country. “

“A heartfelt hug from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Iran, you are an example of dignity, morality and resistance. Brothers and sisters, be strong!” Maduro concluded.

In Cuba, President Miguel Diaz-Canel, the figurehead of the communist Castro regime, expressed regret. In response to Raisi’s death, a representative from the ruling Communist Party described him as “a great friend, a fine politician, and loved by the people.”

Nicaragua’s communist dictator Daniel Ortega expressed his condolences in a statement. letter In a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Ortega said his “heartfelt sympathy” stands with him as he grieves.

“As always, we thank the fraternal federation for all its love, prayers and solidarity in their grief, and we are confident that our Lord God will ease this suffering, and that the spiritual strength of the Iranian authorities and our brothers will allow them to move forward and continue to fight the necessary battle for justice and peace,” the letter read.

Ortega concluded, “My heartfelt condolences go out to the families of each of our deceased brothers, in the living hope of resurrection.”

Bolivian Socialist President Luis Arce issued a statement on the sidelines of a summit of gas exporting countries in Algeria recalling his recent meeting with Raisi in March.

“That meeting revealed his leadership and deep commitment to his people, who expressed his willingness to work with Bolivia to strengthen key areas such as health, education, agriculture and communications, which we value infinitely.” ” President Arce’s message said.

“From Bolivia, we extend our deepest condolences to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, the Government of Iran, the brave Iranian people, and the families of the deceased at this moment of deep sadness. We are with you,” the message ended.

Colombia’s condolences came in the form of a press note issued by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in which the government of far-left President Gustavo Petro offered its condolences to the families of the helicopter crash victims and to “the Iranian people in general.” expressed his intention. ”

This was announced by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. statement On Monday, it expressed “deep sadness” at the news of Raisi’s death.

“The Brazilian government expresses its heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the families of President Raisi, Foreign Minister Abdollahian and the other victims of this irreplaceable loss, as well as the government and people of Iran,” the statement said. mentioned in.

Ebrahim Raisi (right) meets with Brazilian President Inácio Lula da Silva as part of the 15th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 24, 2023. (Photo provided by: Iranian Presidential Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency, via Getty Images)

Mexican leftist President Andres Manuel López Obrador expressed ‘My heartfelt condolences’ to the Iranian people who died during the remarks Monday morning, usually as part of a long work day. weekly Press conference.

Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its condolences in a written statement over the death of Iranian Foreign Minister Amir Abdullahian Raisi and his aides. statement It was released on Monday.

Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.