05 | 12 | 2019

The People’s Power Minister for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, spoke Friday at the International Congress of Young People and Students, held in Caracas, where he congratulated the effort to articulate the activity and welcomed foreign participants.

“You are at the epicenter of the transformations, of the resistance, but also Venezuela is the epicenter of the offensive. We have not been content to be resisting, and look that they have attacked us: attempted coup, threat of invasion, economic blockade, attempted assassination; but we are not on the defensive, we are resisting when appropriate, but we are on offense”, he said at the event.

The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) strongly rejects the consummation of the coup d'état in Bolivia against President Evo Morales, his government, the democratic constitutionality and the Bolivian people.

As the CPPC has previously pointed out, this is yet another step towards the execution of the destabilization agenda commanded from Washington against the peoples and countries that in Latin America and the Caribbean have been leading processes of affirmation of sovereignty, social progress and cooperation

Tomorrow, a national strike has been called for in Colombia by a broad sector in civil society to protest against the government’s policies, the lack of progress in the implementation of the peace agreement with FARC-EP, the situation of violence, which affects indigenous and rural communities, the lack of guarantees for social leaders and ex-combatants, and corruption.

Organisations and social movements warn of the risk of excessive use of force by members of the security forces during demonstrations, of massive and generalized detentions of people exercising their right to demonstrate and the stigmatization of the sectors calling for strike by members of the governing party, which endangers social leaders. Between January and September 2019 there have been more than 100 murders of human rights defenders, and in October alone 11 indigenous leaders have been assassinated.

In Bolivia, since the general elections of 20 October, violent riots and demonstrations have been taking place, in which officials and activists allied with Morales and his MAS political party were beaten and their houses, plus government property, were burned. Despite his electoral victory by securing more than 40% of the electorate's vote and recording a 10% margin between him and his nearest challenger, on November 10, Evo Morales announced that he was stepping down from his position to calm down the political climate in the country. Following the example of Juan Guaidó in Venezuela, the arch-conservative Jeanine Añez declared herself "transitional president" in La Paz, too. The USA and Brazil immediately recognized her, and thus also the breach of the constitution. As developments rapidly evolved into another US-backed coup d'état, Communist Parties raised their voice to condemn the imperialist intervention and to express their solidarity with the people of Bolivia.

PAME, a member of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), expresses its solidarity with the people of Colombia and the November 21 General Strike against the anti-labor measures of the Duque government.

The Colombian government is promoting a series of anti-workers’ measures aimed at further privatizing of social Insurance and Healthcare, while imposing more flexible labor relations with victims primarily the young workers. The anti-workers’ policy of the Colombian Government is combined with repression, persecution, assassinations of workers, trade unionists, people’s militant.

The president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, said that in Bolivia a Nazi-fascist sector has been imposed and it’s massacring the people, after the coup d’etat was consummated in the highlands, on November 10.

After the persecutions and threats of the de facto government that the Bolivian ultra-right tries to impose, chaired by Senator Jeanine Áñez, who proclaimed herself interim president, the Head of State ordered the withdrawal of Venezuelan diplomatic personnel in Bolivia, who arrived in the country Saturday night.

We energically denounce the invasion of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela this Wednesday, 13th of November, in Brasília, by a group of provocative and violent supporters of the putschist, self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaidó. This is a criminal act and a very grave violation of international law, which guides the diplomatic relations between sovereign States.

Even more serious is that the extreme-right Government in Brazil, presided by Jair Bolsonaro, is conniving with the act. Previously, the Brazilian government had arbitrarily decided to welcome the representatives of the Venezuelan putschism in Brazil, giving the agrément to a false Ambassador to Brazil.

The Democratic Socialists of America stands in solidarity with the Chilean people in the face of massive human rights violations in the wake of the recent uprising that has moved to a general strike.

The Chilean government and its billionaire president Sebastian Piñera — who himself made a fortune off the so-called liberalization of the country — have reacted violently to mass protest resulting from decades of frustration with uneven distribution of wealth and empty promises since the end of the military dictatorship. Military rule ended Chile’s democratic road to socialism under President Salvador Allende and his Popular Unity coalition.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) condemns the coup against the elected President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.

We denounce, in the eyes of the world working class, the dirty role of the USA and the Organization of American States (OAS) as well as the reactionary forces of Bolivia that have organized the fascist coup.

That coup against the people of Bolivia confirms that imperialism acts ruthlessly. In Bolivia, almost the same methods are implemented again as in Chile, during the coup d’etat of the dictator Pinochet; when Salvador Allende stayed there and fought against the putschists, becoming a heroic symbol.

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) condemns in the strongest terms the military coup in Bolivia that forced President Evo Morales to resign on November 10, along with Vice President Álvaro García-Linera, the leaders of the Bolivia Senate and Chamber of Deputies, as well as a host of government ministers.

All were under personal threat of violence from right-wing opposition forces if they did not resign. Morales, who had already agreed to a new round of elections early on November 10 in an effort to defuse rising tension and political violence across the country, ultimately resigned later in the day after the head of Bolivia’s armed forces, General Williams Kaliman publicly called for him to do so. This was a blatant and unacceptable encroachment of the military into Bolivia’s democratic system.

It is with joy that we followed live images of the release of Brazil’s former President Lula da Silva from incarceration.

Lula’s imprisonment since April 2018 was the result of an unfair political process, part of an institutional coup that led to President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, to prevent him from running in the presidential elections.

Lula’s freedom represents a blow against the undemocratic, authoritarian and far right forces, supported by the US, that have enforced a de facto coup d’etat in Brazil and have imposed severe regressive policies in the social, labour and democratic rights of the Brazilian people.

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