The Orlando massacre has sent shock waves around the world, prompting Latin America’s leaders—even those with a track record of bashing the U.S. government—to offer their condolences and support for the victims.
People in Latin America, which is no stranger to homophobia, racism, and gun violence, are coming together on social media to show the gringos their solidarity.
“Mexico deeply laments the acts of violence in Florida, and expresses its solidarity with the families affected and the American people” —Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto
“Our solidarity with the victims of the massacre in Orlando, Florida. We totally condemn this violence.” —Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
“My complete solidarity in the face of such a terrible attack in Orlando. No to terrorism. No to hate” —Peruvian President-elect Pedro Pablo Kuczynski
“Our solidarity with the victims of the massacre in Orlando. Together we will combat homophobia and terrorism” —Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa
“Our condolences to the families of the deceased and injured victims in Orlando. We condemn intolerance and the free market of firearms” —Bolivian President Evo Morales
“We are living in terrible times, times of prejudice and intolerance that cost human lives” — suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff
“We are consternated by the Orlando Massacre. We will accompany the American people” — Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
A prayer for the family members of those who died in such a huge act of evil and discrimination" — J. Balvin Colombian Reggaeton Star
Manuel Rueda is a correspondent for Fusion, covering Mexico and South America. He travels from donkey festivals, to salsa clubs to steamy places with cartel activity.