Young Latin Americans meet in Washington to strengthen democracy

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Young Latin Americans meet in Washington to strengthen democracy

Youth and Democracy in the Americas was founded in 2018 in Miami, Florida, by Cecilia Navas, a Venezuelan alumna of the Florida National University.

WASHINGTON- The complex political and social scenarios that Latin American countries face, and especially the lack of public freedoms in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, where democracy is a pending issue, were the central issues that brought together a group of young Latin American leaders in the US capital, under the auspices of the non-profit organization “Youth and Democracy in the Americas” or Youth and Democracy, which also had the collaboration of the Organization of American States (OAS).

One of the representatives of Cuba, Kiele Alessandra Cabrera, speaking about her expectations, stressed that she participated because it was important to meet with other young people to join forces and ideas, to fight against totalitarianism and collaborate for a better future with democracy and freedom.

“There are political prisoners to whom we want to give visibility, more than 200 in Nicaragua, more than 1,200 in Cuba, like Lisandra Góngora who is now on a hunger strike and many other innocent women, prisoners of conscience, and we are here to give them a voice,” Cabrera said.

Also at the event was the OAS Commissioner for the Venezuelan migrant and refugee crisis, and former mayor of the Municipality of El Hatillo, in Venezuela, currently in exile, David Smolansky, who told Diario Las Américas that “unfortunately the migrant crisis Venezuelans has become the largest in the world. For now, around 7,100,000 people have fled from the dictatorship of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela, which has caused a shortage of medicines, insecurity, persecution, lack of basic services and the economic collapse of the country.

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