Trump, Trudeau and Almagro: Hands Off Venezuela!

Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice
Statement — September 18, 2018

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Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice Venezuela Solidarity Campaign condemns in the strongest possible terms the increasingly frantic and violent threats made by the United States and Canada against the independent country of Venezuela. These are predictably parroted by their paid puppets in Latin America, with Organization of American States (OAS) director Luis Almagro declaring last Friday, “With respect to a military intervention to overthrow Nicolas Maduro’s regime, I don’t think any option should be ruled out.”

In a bizarre turn of events, 10 of 14 “Lima Group” governments felt the need to release a joint statement outlining their refusal to participate in a military intervention. The “Lima Group” was created specifically to target Venezuela and its democratically elected President, Nicolas Maduro. This unprecedented division and ensuing statement are clear enough proof that threats of military intervention are deadly serious.

Four Lima Group countries refused to be part of the joint statement. That Canada, Panama, Guyana, and Colombia are unwilling to make the simple promise not to invade a sovereign country is extremely alarming.

Just last month President Maduro survived an assassination attempt by a bomb equipped drone, and just last a week a New York Times report revealed U.S. officials had been meeting with ex-Venezuelan army officers who were plotting to overthrow President Maduro.

We have reached a point where there is the absolute necessity for anyone even remotely concerned with human rights and sovereignty to speak out against the unrelenting attacks on Venezuela. The last two decades have only reinforced that the U.S. and Canada have no problem using deadly military might to achieve their foreign policy objectives, especially in the Middle East. We do not need any more destruction like in Iraq, Libya or Syria. We cannot afford for the New Era of War and Occupation to stretch its bloody claws into Latin America.

Bolivian President Evo Morales has a clear perspective, “Attacking Venezuela is attacking Latin America.” We demand Luis Almagro’s immediate resignation, retraction and full apology to Venezuela. We here in Canada must say, “Attacking Venezuela is attacking all poor and working people at home and abroad.” We demand a government that prioritizes healthcare, education and housing, not military conquest. We demand the government of Canada respect the sovereignty and self-determination of Venezuela.

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