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Venezuela's Dramatic Unfolding Events

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People in Venezuela are continuing to take to the streets in their thousands to protest against the government. The situation is becoming increasingly violent as riot police confront the demonstrators. Over the past month nearly 40 people have been killed. Vladimir Hernandez has spent a day out on the streets of the capital Caracas

 

 

 

 

 

 

The United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) have issued a strong statement calling for the U.S. government to stop its attempts to destabilize the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro. The statement serves notice that the U.S. antiwar movement will oppose any attempts on the part of the U.S. government at “regime change” in Venezuela, whether by economic pressure, coup attempts, or military intervention.

 

According to Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer of the Black Alliance for Peace,

“The U.S. led destabilization project in Venezuela is an attack on all progressive peoples and movements in the Americas, including the over 150 million Black people in the region. The Black Alliance for Peace understands that there can no peace without justice, and so we stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela who are defending their project for social justice, self-determination and national sovereignty. In our joint statement with UNAC, we are calling on the Trump Administration to immediately cease its subversive activities in Venezuela.”

 

Joe Lombardo, Co-coordinator of UNAC, stated,

 

“Today the U.S. has military bases in over 130 countries. It has around 20 times the number of military bases as all other countries in the world combined. Through military force, economic sabotage and other means, it seeks to impose Wall Street’s will on all countries. The brave people of Venezuela have resisted these attempts in their country, and so UNAC and BAP stand with them.”

 

UNAC will use its upcoming national conference (http://UNACconference2017) to express support for Venezuela.

 

 

 

 

Statement on Venezuela by the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and the Black Alliance for Peace 

 

The United States has been conducting a brutal, 20-year-long campaign of destabilization against Venezuela in an attempt to cause “regime change” in that country.  This has taken the form of economic sabotage and financial manipulation as well as support for the mobilization of right-wing forces in increasingly violent demonstrations.

This is not a recent policy but one that has also been carried out under the Obama and Bush administrations as well as the present Trump administration. In 2002, right-wing forces inside Venezuela attempted a coup against then-President Hugo Chavez. Many sources have confirmed that the U.S. gave the go-ahead to the opposition to orchestrate the coup and promised support.  Soon after the coup, the people of Venezuela turned out in the streets in massive numbers and restored Chavez to the presidency.

Barack Obama continued the assault on the Venezuelan revolution by imposing crippling sanctions and asserting that Venezuela was a “security threat” to the United States. These attacks from the U.S. exemplify attempts to realize full-spectrum dominance, the epitome of imperialist intervention which has brought so much suffering to the world.

Some of the very same opposition leaders who were involved in the 2002 coup attempt are today behind the present unrest, which has seen well-financed opposition forces leading violent protests against the government of Nicolas Maduro. The U.S. corporate media has reported on these actions but has blamed the violence on the Venezuelan government and has not reported the huge mobilizations in defense of the Maduro government.

Now a bipartisan bill has been submitted in the Senate (S.1018) with the intention of further destabilizing Venezuela.  For more information on this bill and some actions you can take to oppose it, please go to http://afgj.org/take-action-today-to-support-venezuelas-democracy.

The economic crises in Venezuela is severe. The Venezuelan economy is dependent on its large oil resources.  The oil has been nationalized since 1976, but there has been a continual push from U.S. interests as well as wealthy Venezuelans to privatize it. Though the oil remains nationalized, the refining, transportation, and markets are all private and have been used to undercut the ability of the oil industry to support the economy. Additionally, in the past few years, with the encouragement of Wall Street, oil production around the world has been kept high, driving down the price, which hurts oil-dependent economies, including those of countries that the U.S. opposes, such as Russia and Iran, in addition to Venezuela.

The U.S. media also has been full of stories of Venezuelan supermarkets with near-empty shelves and long lines of people seeking basic necessities. What hasn’t been reported is that the privately owned food corporations are deliberately hoarding supplies intended for working-class neighborhoods while making sure that food and other goods are readily available in the wealthier areas.

The Bolivarian Revolution has always endeavored to be an ally of the people of United States and to extend a hand of friendship and solidarity.  When the U.S. government turned its back on the people of the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Venezuelan government offered humanitarian aid but was rebuffed. Venezuela provided fuel assistance to low-income Black and Brown people when the U.S. government would not.

These acts reinforced the strong support that many in the Black community had for the process in Venezuela and deepened the commitment of Black activists to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and their process. This support is in line with the long-standing Black radical tradition of defending nations under imperialist attack by the U.S. government. 

The defeat of the Bolivarian Revolution at the hands of U.S. imperialism and its reactionary right-wing allies in Venezuela would be a defeat for progressive forces all over the world and a disaster for the people of Venezuela and its people, as it has been in Libya and Ukraine and Haiti and every nation that has lost its sovereignty to the two-party commitment to imperialist intervention.

 

UNAC and the Black Alliance for Peace demand:

 

End US interference in the affairs of Venezuela!

Self-determination for the Venezuelan people!

End the sanctions and economic warfare now!

 

http://www.globalresearch.ca/u-s-attempts-at-destabilization-the-peace-movement-stands-in-solidarity-with-venezuela/5589658

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karbatal    0

As much as Venezuelan people are suffering a horrible situation,  this is Peron part II. 

Watching Evita last evening I just couldn't help comparing both situations. Since Hugo Chavez put the foreign investors out,  the pressure against the Venezuelan government from external forces is unbearable.  The opositor in jail like Peron,  his wife campaigning outside like Evita... Populism galore trying to make believe that a new government would solve the problems... 

Sorry but I don't swallow it. As the Che sings in Evita,  pity that elections are a important step to gain power,  but there are other things you can do to grant full control of the country,  and that's through revolts. 

That said,  stupid Maduro should throw the towel and go.  USA and the EU have won. They want the oil and they will get it. 

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I have family in venezuela, and they are really divided... it´s incredible this is happening in a country with such quantity of natural resources...well, or maybe not.I really don´t have a lot of info about it, but it seems to me that Chavez and probably other latin american politicians wanted to change the system to improve their countries situation, and they have lost the battle long time ago.I guess it´s time to let Milton Friedman´s ideas enter Venezuela

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karbatal    0

It's all a mix between Chavismo being shit and the controlling powers being the worst. 

No country EVER has expelled foreign firms and gain control of their resources and survive.  Never. 

Venezuela will be neoconservative soon,  people will live better than now (not difficult,  as this prefabricated crisis has reached a catastrophic level)  and then afterwards they will realise that they are still poor as rats while oligarchs are megarich.  

 

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Just now, karbatal said:

It's all a mix between Chavismo being shit and the controlling powers being the worst. 

No country EVER has expelled foreign firms and gain control of their resources and survive.  Never. 

Venezuela will be neoconservative soon,  people will live better than now (not difficult,  as this prefabricated crisis has reached a catastrophic level)  and then afterwards they will realise that they are still poor as rats while oligarchs are megarich.  

 

yes, but I can understand some people trying to change the sistem they were living... don´t get me wrong, I  know Chavez wasn´t Allende, but venezuela was very corrupted, if half of what they say was true...anyways, your last paragraph is what will happen in the next years, that´s for sure.

I remember back in the day asking my father if our friends from argentina were suffering the corralito and all the problems, and he told me that most of them had the money outside argentina already.and same with our people in venezuela...

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Icykiller    0

Chavez was just one in the many rounds of coups in Venezuela's modern history (http://www.nexos.com.mx/?p=27353). His moment seems mild now, looking back, because oil prices were high in the 2000s. The living situation in Venezuela, from what I've heard, has been unbearable for quite some time, so it is all really a time bomb awaiting to explode.

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