(FILE) The former president of Colombia, Iván Duque, during an interview with EFE on Tuesday in Madrid, in which he stated that "we must be very careful that total peace is not equal to total impunity" in reference to the plan of the current president, Gustavo Petro, to promote the agreement signed with the FARC guerrillas, which includes other armed groups such as the ELN. EFE/Sergio Perez

Former Colombian President calls to confront progressivism

Buenos Aires, Sep 22 (EFE).- Former Colombian President Ivan Duque (2018-2022) stated that Latin American progressive leaders have a poverty mindset and called to confront them Friday in a center-right leader forum in Buenos Aires.

“Democracy in Latin America is facing a serious threat from those who present themselves as progressives but are, in reality, ‘impoverishment advocates.’ They aim to impoverish the people of Latin America, using the guise of class struggle and hatred, to divide society and clear their path to power, ultimately seeking to perpetuate their rule,” said Duque.

Speaking at a forum of the group Liberty and Democracy, which brings together center-right leaders of the region, Duque said that it is evident today how those who wielded weapons against entire peoples, who were willing to take the lives of others for their way of thinking, now talk about peace.

“They go one week to Chile to mourn Salvador Allende and attack Pinochet’s dictatorship, but a few days later, they can go to Cuba and praise the Castro dictatorship,” he added.

Duque did not name him, but Colombia’s president, Gustavo Petro, traveled this month to Chile to commemorate the 1973 coup against Salvador Allende and then traveled to Cuba to participate in the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the multilateral group G77 + China.

“We cannot continue to allow the flags of the ‘impoverishment advocates’ called progressivism to be what is producing a destruction of Latin America,” he said.

Duque mentioned that Bolivia has a fractured economy as it used the gas profits and today is practically on the verge of being unable to pay its debts.

“We have witnessed the failed model of Venezuela, which has resulted in the largest migration crisis in Latin America. We have seen the Cuban model’s failure, where a silenced population has been oppressed through repression. Additionally, we’ve observed the failure of those attempting to build ‘dictocracies,’ as seen in the case of Nicaragua,” he remarked. EFE