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Issue #1857      February 20, 2019

Editorial

Solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the US military threats and economic war against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention” the government of the United States and its allies are preparing for a military intervention in Venezuela. International reports of military operations currently underway by US troops in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries is of a serious concern and endangers peace.

The Communist Party of Australia is rallying with the international community in support of self-determination of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela and their democratically elected president Maduro and demands US hands off Venezuela. Inside the United States there is considerable opposition to interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign country.

The US-controlled mass media has intensified its campaign against President Maduro and his government. It spreads lies and misinformation about the real situation inside Venezuela. The intention is to create confusion which could lead to a civil war.

The CPA condemns the US continuing its unilateral economic coercive measures against Venezuela that includes the freeze of billion in assets.

Supporters of the Bolivarian revolution have been demonstrating inside and outside Venezuela against the US sponsored coup d’tat and in support of the legitimate government of Nicolas Maduro.

The Communist Party of Australia joins the international community in solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and its legitimate government.

The CPA demands the Australian government withdraws its recognition of the coup puppet president and his attempts to gain political power.

The CPA supports a peaceful political solution to the crisis based on the principles of self-determination and non-interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation.

Hands off Venezuela
Statement: US Labour Against the War

The US has no legitimate claim to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, to take sides in internal political disputes, or to undermine governments elected by the people. We have seen the disastrous consequences of recent US interventions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and, through its alliance with Saudi Arabia, in Yemen. US intervention in Venezuela can only bring further hardship and suffering, as followed US support for the 2009 coup in Honduras that overthrew the elected government there and contributed to the stream of asylum-seekers now on our southern border seeking relief from that disaster.

It reveals the deep cynicism of US policy makers that they denounce what they call a dictatorial regime in Venezuela while providing unlimited support to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its murderous absolute dictatorship of the royal family.

In the case of Venezuela, the economic distress has been precipitated largely by the decline in world oil prices. Oil is the most important revenue source for the Venezuelan government. But Venezuela’s economic difficulties have been greatly compounded by economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the United States, beginning in March 2015 under Barack Obama. These have been explicitly designed to choke off Venezuela’s access to international markets and resources for the purpose of destabilising the Maduro government and, before that, the government of Hugo Chávez.

The economic chaos the US now points to in Venezuela as a justification for intervention is in large part a consequence of US policy, which is designed to provoke popular unrest, sow divisions and precipitate an uprising against the government.

We strongly condemn the tacit support given to President Trump’s intervention by leaders of the Democratic Party. Whether articulated by Republicans or Democrats, US intervention to destabilise other countries violates the UN Charter and international law. This interference in Venezuela’s internal affairs serves the interests of wealthy elites and multinational corporations, not the interests of the Venezuelan or American people. It is always the people who end up paying for these interventions in suffering, blood and treasure.

Real international solidarity calls upon us to demand of our government: Hands off Venezuela!

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