Fire This Time Movement for Social Justice — Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
July 30, 2017
On May 1, 2017 the President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro called for the formation of a National Constituent Assembly in order to improve and broaden Venezuela’s Constitution and strengthen the Bolivarian revolutionary process. Over the last three months, in the face of increasing right-wing violence, the majority of people in Venezuela, in the millions have mobilized and organized as part of this profound democratic and constitutionally recognized process.
As Venezuelans go to the polls today, they are doing so amidst a right-wing campaign of violence and terror which has killed over 100 people and injured at least 1200 in the last four months. Just last night Constituent Assembly candidate Jose Felix Pineda was shot to death in his home. Through assassinations, murder, arson, theft, and other dangerous and destructive actions, these pro-US mercenaries are attempting to put an end to the National Constituent Assembly process and scare the people of Venezuela away from voting in the election. Their ultimate goal is to overthrow the democratically elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
In the weeks before the July 30 elections, the governments of the US and Canada both released statements demanding that Venezuela government cancel the National Constituent Assembly elections. Important to know that both governments of the US and Canada support the opposition including Venezuela’s violent right-wing demonstrators.
On July 26, 2017 the US government further escalated their attacks by announcing increased sanctions against Venezuela. Chrystia Freeland, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, immediately voiced her approval of this despicable action. The governments of the U.S. and Canada have no right to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela by undermining and violating their self-determination and sovereignty.
The Fire This Time Venezuela Solidarity Campaign condemns all US sanctions against Venezuela, and this campaign of violence and terror carried out by the Venezuelan opposition and their imperialist allies. The people of Venezuela have a right to carry out their National Constituent Assembly in an environment free from violence and foreign intervention.
We call on all poor, working and oppressed people around the world to defend the people of Venezuela, the Constituent Assembly, and the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution. Now it is more important than ever that we come together and unite to demand:
NO TO REGIME CHANGE IN VENEZUELA!
U.S./CANADA HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!
PRESIDENT TRUMP REPEAL THE EXECUTIVE ORDER AGAINST VENEZUELA NOW!
U.S. AND CANADA RESPECT THE SOVEREIGNTY & SELF-DETERMINATION OF THE VENEZUELAN PEOPLE!
LONG LIVE THE VENEZUELAN BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTIONARY PROCESS!
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