Leaders from across the region issued their congratulations to the Greek people following the historic referendum
Latin American leaders have congratulated the Greek government and its people, following Sunday's historic referendum, in which voters elected to reject debt austerity proposals by their European lenders.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, describing the result tweeted, “The ‘no’ vote in Greece is a victory against the financial terrorism carried out by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).”
Bolivia’s left-wing president, Evo Morales, said, "I congratulate the great Greek people for the victory of “no” … which is a defeat of European imperialism. It is the beginning of the liberation of the European people. My respect and admiration for the historic Greek people, the birthplace of democracy. The Greek people have defeated the harshest capitalism".
Cuba’s Raul Castro also sent a message to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras saying "I extend sincere congratulations on the victory of the No vote in the referendum ...that result shows the majority support of the Greek people for the courageous policy of your government. I reiterate my highest consideration and esteem."
Argentine President Cristina Kirchner also sent her support to the Greek people.
Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patiño, tweeted the overwhelming vote against the proposed austerity measures by European creditors represented “solid backing” for Greece’s prime minister, Alexis Tsipras.
Ecuador, like Greece, held a debt audit that found the country’s debt illegal and illegitimate and that later led to the South American nation substantially reducing its repayments to creditors. Ahead of the vote, Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, said Greece should ignore the advice of the IMF and international financial bureaucracies.