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Issue #1851      December 5, 2018

Farewell to Daniel

On Friday November 30 activists in Perth gathered at Trades Hall to farewell Daniel Gasparri, Chargé d’Affaires of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Gasparri has spent five years in Australia and during this time he worked tirelessly to break the media misinformation about his country.

He toured several cities bringing together different solidarity groups to strengthen the support for the Bolivarian Revolution. As Guardian readers might know, the government of President Nicolas Maduro has been under enormous pressure from a violent right-wing opposition backed by the United States.

The US has advanced hostile policies towards the Bolivarian revolution and its government. It has manipulated public opinion and often used blackmail to isolate Venezuela from other countries. The Trump Administration even at one point threatened a military invasion of Venezuela.

Purchase of medicine and food-stuffs has also been hindered severely by the US economic blockade imposed on the country. Unfortunately, the Australian government has given bipartisan support and backed up US policies towards the Bolivarian Revolution.

Mick Buchan, CFMEU State Secretary presented Gasparri with a plaque as appreciation for his solidarity and friendship with construction workers in Australia. Elly Hulm also presented Gasparri with a message of solidarity and gift on behalf on the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society, Perth branch. Several other speakers from a number of solidarity organisations expressed their commitment to continue the effort to overcome the right-wing mass media and continue the solidarity work with the Bolivarian people, their government and revolution.

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