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Issue #1678      March 25, 2015

Hands off Venezuela – protest in Sydney

Protests were held across the globe over the past week in support of the independence of Venezuela. They took place in the wake of an Executive Order issued a fortnight ago in which US President Barack Obama spoke of the “unusual and extraordinary” threat Venezuela posed to the national security and foreign policy of the US. The statement dramatically underscored growing threats being made against the people, their democratically elected government and the revolutionary process begun in 1998.

Photo: Anna Pha

In Sydney, a protest organised by the Communist Party of Australia outside the US Consulate in Martin Place in Sydney on Saturday was well attended and was supported by a wide range of solidarity and political groups. The Australia Cuba Friendship Society in Sydney, the Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network, the Circulo Bolivariano, the FMLN in Sydney, the Communist Party of Australia, the Guatemala Human Rights Committee, the Grupo Ibiray-Fondo Raul Sendic, the Latin American Social Forum (Sydney), the Salvador Allende Monument in Sydney Inc and the Socialist Alliance endorsed the protest. Representatives from most groups spoke at the event. Speakers from the Australian Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition and the Communist League also spoke. Bob Briton, General Secretary of the CPA was MC. It was a great display of unity and solidarity.

Speeches stressed that Venezuela threatens no-one; the real threat posed to the US administration is that of a good example. Despite an economic blockade, sabotage and political interference orchestrated by the US, the Bolivarian Revolution has achieved remarkable improvements in living standards for its poorest people. Previous coup and other attempts to destabilise the country have failed due to the strength of the resolve of the Venezuela people to continue along the path to socialism. Further protests and solidarity actions in Australia are being planned.

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