Reverend Raul Suarez, director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, who attended the El Salvador elections as an international observer, assured that the process is highly significant for Latin America. In statements to the Prensa Latina he emphasized that these days made him recall the first days of the Cuban Revolution.
During a meeting at the Cuban embassy in San Salvador, Suarez said that he was very moved to see so many young people full of life, enthusiastic, excited and in love with the moment in which they were living.
He pointed out that he had been in five municipalities and that the young people he saw involved in the process were a sign of hope.
In his opinion, the National Liberation Front’s (FMLN) 10 percentage point lead over the right-wing Nationalist Republican Alliance (Arena) in Sunday’s primary election was highly significant.
What has happened here in this Sunday’s elections is very important and has a great historical meaning for Latin American and Caribbean peoples, he reiterated.
“And it is in El Salvador that the FMLN candidate, Salvador Sanchez Cerén was a guerrilla commander not so long ago and has not hidden his way of thinking or feelings and still won this Sunday’s elections.”
“This process and results remind us of our first love, that love when we saw Fidel Castro arriving triumphant in 1959,” he said.