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      Venezuelan Revolution Moves Forward!
      Stop U.S. Intervention!

      The World Stands with Venezuela!

      By Alison Bodine

      Tuesday, April 19 was an International Day of Solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, with actions taking place in 40 countries spanning four continents.

      This international day of action was called in response one of the most recent U.S. government attacks on Venezuela. In March 2016, U.S. President Obama renewed Executive Order declaring Venezuela an, “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security of the United States” and paving the way for continued U.S. sanctions.

      At demonstrations from Canada, U.S., and Mexico to Europe and Lebanon to the streets of Venezuela, supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution also joined in a social media campaign using the Twitter hashtag #SomosRevolucionBolivariana (We are the Bolivarian Revolution). Across Canada, solidarity actions were also held in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto.

      The solidarity action in Vancouver was organized by the Fire This Time Venezuela Solidarity Campaign with the support of the Venezuelan Consulate in Vancouver. The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign organized two events on April 19, a protest at the U.S. Consulate demanding “U.S. Hands Off Venezuela!” followed by info tabling and petitioning against U.S. and imperialist intervention in Venezuela at the downtown Vancouver Art Gallery.

      Kelly White, Coast Salish Elder and supportor of Venezuela opened the program with words and a song of solidarity against U.S. intervention. Then, in between rounds of chanting and marching in front of the U.S. Consulate, Vancouver participants heard from a variety of speakers against Western intervention in Venezuela. This included Azza Rojbi, who spoke from Vancouver’s antiwar coalition Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO), as well as Tamara Hansen, the chair of Vancouver Communities in Solidarity with Venezuela (VCSC) who read aloud a letter of solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution sent as part of the April 19 Day of Action. This protest at the U.S. Consulate, was also the 5th consecutive monthly protest organized by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign at the U.S. Consulate.

      Following the protest supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution took the action down the street to a busy plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Here, the Fire This Time Venezuela Solidarity Campaign was joined by members of the Venezuelan Consulate as we as the Hugo Chavez Peoples Defense Front – Southwest Chapter. Over the next few hours, participants invited people passing by to get more information about Venezuela as well as to sign the petition calling for an end to imperialist intervention in Venezuela.

      In addition to information about the Bolivarian Revolution and its gigantic social, economic and political gains, the tables also included an art display describing the April 11 attempted coup in Venezuela and the popular uprising of Venezuelan people that returned President Chavez to power less than 48 hours later.

      April 19 is also a significant day in Venezuelan history as it marks the anniversary of the “Cry for Independence” and the signing of the “Act of Independence,” 206 years ago, in 1810.

      Fire This Time invites you to join the Fire This Time’s Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in the streets of Vancouver, Canada to defend the Bolivarian Revolution and demand:

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