[mgj-discuss] Protest US policy in Venezuela TOMORROW!
tucker at cepr.net
Thu Dec 12 15:20:45 EST 2002
****************** PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY TO LOCAL LISTS
DENOUNCE US POLICY ON VENEZUELA
Where: 17th and Constitution, NW -- Organization of American States
When: Tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 13) at 9 AM
Bring: Pots and Pans to Bang for justice!
Area activists will bang pots and pans outside of the headquarters of the
Organization of American States (OAS) 17th St. and Constitution Ave., NW
tomorrow, Friday, December 13, at 9 a.m. to protest possible US
intervention in Venezuela. The congregants will have signs and chants that
denounce the Bush Administrations failure to state unequivocally its
opposition to violent and unconstitutional overthrow of the democratically
elected government of Venezuela. This comes at a time when the OAS
leadership is meeting to consider proposals to alter its policy in the country.
Venezuela is currently experiencing the longest sustained general strike in
its history. This strike has been coordinated by the richest sectors of
Venezuelan society, some of which temporarily violently overthrew the
democratically elected government of President Hugo Chávez in an April 11
coup this year, and some of which have publicly called for similar
unconstitutional measures in the current conflict.
On April 11, the head of the Chamber of Commerce was installed as head of
the coup government, which was soon after recognized by the US
government. In fact, US diplomats met several times with opposition
leaders in the months leading up to the coup, suggesting knowledge of
subsequent events. Furthermore, US government monies were sent to
opposition groups in the year preceding the coup. The State Departments
Office of the Inspector General, in its evaluation of US involvement in the
April coup, wrote that these actions may have been seen [by the coup
plotters] as lending support to their efforts, notwithstanding our
ritualistic denunciations of undemocratic and unconstitutional means.
The December 13 protest at the OAS will denounce the Bush Administrations
silence on the issue of coup-plotters, which would seem to lend support to
their violent and unconstitutional efforts. The Bush administration and
the OAS must declare that there would be no normal commercial and
diplomatic relations with a coup-installed government, and that they will
not use intervention in the affairs of the democratically elected
government of Venezuela.
For more information on Venezuela, go to
Hasta la Victrola Siempre.
tucker at cepr.net
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