April 2015        

Demonstrate in solidarity with Venezuela

Sunday 19 April 2015 at the US embassy, Dublin

In 1985 President Ronald Reagan declared Nicaragua “a threat to the United States” and proceeded to finance and arm the “contras” in order to overthrow the democratically elected Sandinista government. When, thirty years later, the current president of the United States, Barack Obama, declares Venezuela to be “a threat to the United States” it can only mean one thing: the US is seeking to overthrow the government of Venezuela.
     Since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998 transformed the political situation in Venezuela and Latin America, the US has striven to restore its dominion over the continent. It has supported and encouraged the Venezuelan ultra-right, during the coup d’état in 2002 and since, in all its efforts to destabilise and undermine the Bolivarian government.
     Last year the ultra-right organised street violence, resulting in the death of forty-three people. This year, in February, Venezuelan security services uncovered a plot for another coup d’état. You would not know this from the Irish media, which take their news from the Washington Post and the New York Times. They would have us believe that the deaths last year were the result of state repression of peaceful demonstrations and that there was no plot, and that persons convicted of violent crimes or awaiting trial are “political prisoners.”
     These false reports have been endorsed by the US Senate and the EU Parliament. It is on this basis that the Senate orders sanctions and the President issues his executive order.
     The threats against Venezuela have been repudiated by UNASUR, by ALBA, and by CELAC,* representing a majority of Latin American states, which no longer accept the hegemony of the United States. The Co-ordinating Bureau of the Non-Aligned Movement in the United Nations has joined in this call.
     The Venezuela-Ireland Network is organising a demonstration outside the US embassy in Dublin at 2 p.m. on Sunday 19 April to call for the rescinding of the order declaring Venezuela to be a threat to the United States, for the ending of sanctions against officials who were only acting according to the constitution and laws of Venezuela, and for an end to all US interference in Venezuelan affairs.

*UNASUR is the Union of South American States; ALBA is the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America; CELAC is the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

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