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No more coups in Latin America!

category venezuela / colombia | imperialism / war | press release author Monday April 22, 2013 21:39author by Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios - Chile Report this post to the editors

We can be sure that the young people of Latin America will be on the side of the Venezuelan people, because we will never accept a repitition of what happened in Honduras and Paraguay, because we will never accept death as a tool in the hands of the powerful for putting an end to the changes which the poor need. [Castellano]

No more coups in Latin America!

The events of recent days in Venezuela are a decisive moment in the class struggle in the Latin American region. The refusal by the right-wing opposition to accept the electoral defeat - unlike the righist governments in Colombia or Chile - has sparked off coup-mongering violence, with the murder of Chavist militants or of the family members in various parts of the country. Furthermore, there have been burnings of buses, of offices belonging to the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, of health centres and of television companies such as Telesur and Venezolana de Televisión.

This situation forces us into action and into the sort of deep reflection that as the revolutionary, libertarian left must start with the political and historical development of our people in their unceasing struggle for liberation. Having understood that the forms of democracy are no longer useful in protecting its interests, the ruling class intends to halt the Venezuelan process which has allowed our brothers and sisters, the people of Venezuela, over the last 14 years to advance and which has surely given them back some dignity and allowed them to develop enormous revolutionary potential.

In our country, Chile, and all over the continent, the same ones who made no scruples inthe past about overthrowing liberal democracy in order to impose their power, are serrying their ranks with "Caprilismo" [from Henrique Capriles Radonski, leader of the Venezuelan right - tr.] in an attempt to legitimize it, giving it their support in order to overthrow the Bolivarian government and unleash terror and repression. And all this with the support of the government of the United States, the European Union and the Organization of American States, who remain silent in the face of the violence and who apply pressure for the recount of the votes that not even the opposition has officially asked the National Electoral Council.

But this situation is also an alarm bell for the popular camp, given that the statistics tell us that quite a few people went over to the opposition this time only a few months after the last electoral win. There are already rumours in the ranks of the Bolivarians that are calling for the process to be followed more actively, to give the organized masses a greater role and to fight the incipient burocracy which is growing in some sectors of the State apparatus. We believe that this can restore trust and guide the revolutionary ranks, in these times when imperialism and the reaction are seeking to exploit the joyful reaction to the death of Chávez and the electoral reversal.

We believe it is indispensable that the political process of the Venezuelan people be defended in the face of the threat of imperialist reaction, but this support means raising the flags of our political tradition, it means finding the strength to become a revolutionary alternative, overcoming dogmatism and analysing each process with a critical eye.

Today more than ever, our solidarity and our support can be found in our trust that the Venezuelan people are able to defend their path, just as they did on the streets of the capital during the caracazo [mass street protests - tr.] in 1989, and as they did in April 2002 when they faced the first attempt at a coup d'état against the Bolivarian process. We can be sure that the young people of Latin America will be on the side of the Venezuelan people, because we will never accept a repitition of what happened in Honduras and Paraguay, because we will never accept death as a tool in the hands of the powerful for putting an end to the changes which the poor need.

Long live the Venezuelan people and their revolution!
For communism and Liberty!
Long live those who struggle!

Frente de Estudiantes Libertarios de Chile

Translation by FdCA - International Relations Office

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