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Philippine-Venezuela Solidarity (Phil-Ven-Sol) Statement


July 5, Independence Day of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela


We condemn the right-wing campaign of violence and terror which has accelerated in the lead up to the July 30 Constituent Assembly elections as an attempt to overthrow the government of President Nicholas Maduro and reverse the gains of the Bolivarian revolution launched by Hugo Chavez, the former President and socialist leader of the revolution. On this day of Bolivarian independence, we stand in solidarity with the Venezuelan people as they struggle to defend the gains of the Bolivarian revolution. In doing so, we condemn the intervention of the United States which has financed and promoted the right-wing opposition to oust the Maduro government.


The campaign of terror unleashed by the right-wing are typically fascist-style tactics aimed at maximizing the harm to the public and public property, combined with the targeted killings of supporters of the revolution – worker and peasant leaders, students and soldiers. According to Telesur at least 94 people have been killed since the new wave of opposition-led street violence began in early April. In addition to those killed, over 1200 have been injured. A majority of the victims have been people who were not participating in any protest. The violence has also been aimed against public infrastructure in general: schools, hospitals, popular markets, food shortage deposits, electricity infrastructure, public transport, and government institutions.


Economic sabotage has been a weapon of the counter-revolution in Venezuela, used against the government of President Hugo Chavez during the oil-lockout of 2002-2003, to this day. The economic impact of the decline in global oil prices, has been intensified through a brutal campaign of deliberate and protracted economic sabotage that has included induced shortages and spiraling inflation, as a consequence of the manipulation of the illegal exchange rate. Workers have taken strike action against companies such as General Motors, for deliberately slowing down production, to sabotage the economy. The government also points out that the price of Venezuela’s debt has been increased by international finance institutions, despite the country fulfilling all its financial commitments.


The strategy is the use of street violence to sow political instability and economic sabotage to demoralize and demobilize the base of support for the revolution and the overall population. Internationally, the corporate media runs a campaign to paint Venezuela as a ‘failed state’ and the government as a ‘dictatorship’ against the people.


The opposition, however, would be insignificant without active and committed support from the U.S. government. According to a 2007 U.S. strategic document leaked by former CIA-whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013, Venezuela was seen as the main adversary of the United States in the Western Hemisphere. Since at least 2009 the U.S. Department of State has budgeted at least US$49 million in total to support right-wing opposition forces in Venezuela. U.S. government funds have now become a mainstay of the U.S. State Department congressional budget for foreign operations. In May the Trump administration slapped sanctions against Venezuela’s Supreme Court judges, freezing any money they have in U.S. banks, making it illegal for U.S. citizens to conduct any transactions with them and prohibiting them from getting visas to travel to the United States. The U.S. government is predictably silent on the widespread violence of the right-wing opposition groups that they fund.


The Maduro government is attempting to find political means to resolve the crisis through the establishment of a Constituent Assembly which has been designed to strengthen the voices at the grassroots and the population as a whole.


Stop the rightwing violence!


End U.S. intervention!


Defend the Bolivarian revolution!




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