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      Vancouver Solidarity with Venezuela Continues to Grow!
      Venezuela, We Are With You!

      By Noah Fine

      Since the passing of former Venezuelan President and leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan right-wing and their U.S. allies have been working tirelessly to sabotage the gains made by the Venezuelan Government and people.

      At no other time in the last 16 years of Bolivarian Revolution has the threat by the right-wing been so great to dispose the revolutionary government now led by President Nicolás Maduro.

      For this reason united action around the world is so necessary to come to the defence of the Bolivarian Revolution and its’ government who are struggling to carry on with the mission began by Chávez to better the lives of millions of Venezuelan people, especially the poor.

      Since December of 2015 Fire This Time’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign has held a monthly protest action and petition campaign against U.S. intervention in Venezuela, in defence of the sovereignty and self-determination of the people of Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution.

      On October 14th, 2016 dozens of supporters of the Venezuelan Revolution braved the pouring rain to protest U.S. intervention in Venezuela in front of the U.S. Consulate in Downtown Vancouver. Loud chants of “U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!” could be heard throughout the area before the group posed for a picture under the U.S. Consulate sign.

      The group then moved to the Vancouver Art Gallery, one of the busiest locations for foot traffic in Vancouver where they set up a table, tent and banners before approaching passers-by to sign the Fire This Time petition demanding an end to U.S. intervention in Venezuela.

      Hundreds of people stopped to take photos, take some information, ask questions or sign the petition. Coordinator of the Fire This Time Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, Alison Bodine invited participants to continue joining in each month to express that in Vancouver as in every part of the world, solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution exists and needs to grow as the Venezuelan people continue to see heightened threats from the Venezuelan capitalist class and their U.S. backers.

      As Venezuelan people continue to struggle for a better life, Fire This Time’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign continues to state, “Venezuela, we are with you!”

      U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!

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