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Statement of the Socialist Party (Zambia) on the attempted coup in Venezuela

Statement of the Socialist Party (Zambia) on the attempted coup in Venezuela

The Socialist Party in Zambia herewith condemns the on-going coup attempt against the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.

Having failed over the years to kill the leadership and destroy the gains of the Bolivarian Revolution, the United States is now desperately turning to rogues in the army to do their dirty job.

As it is to be expected, the greatest majority of the troops and all commanders are loyal to the people, the Constitution and their homeland. Commandante Nicholas Maduro is the undisputed constitutional President of Venezuela.

It is grotesque that in the 21st Century a country still aims at enslaving other nations in order to plunder their wealth. The immense oil resources of Venezuela belong to the masses in that country.
The United States and European imperialist powers plus their representatives in Venezuela have plundered that country for centuries. The Bolivarian Revolution reversed that plunder and redistributed the wealth to its people. This is against the logic of capitalist plunder. This is the reason why today a coup is underway – to deny the Venezuelan masses their regained sovereignty and dignity.

The coup must be condemned in the strongest sense. It is highly destructive; it promotes violence and undemocratic values.

All of the current United States policy toward Venezuela, including this attempted coup, are a direct and unceremonious interference in its internal affairs. It is hard to imagine a more monstrous example of interference in the internal affairs of another country.
But this is not new. They did it against Hugo Chavez in 2002.
They did it to Kwame Nkrumah in Ghana, Patrice Lumumba in Congo, Salvador Allende in Chile and many others in Latin America and Africa.

Our total support goes to the Bolivarian Revolution, the people of Venezuela and Commandante Nicholas Maduro.

Viva the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela!

Abash United States imperialism!

Issued by the Politburo
Socialist Party (Zambia)

April 30, 2019
17:25 hours
Lusaka, Zambia

M’membe’s full statement on Maduro

M’membe’s full statement on Maduro

Comrade Nicolás Maduro Moros President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Miraflores, Caracas, Venezuela.

Comrade Nicolás,

Receive our warm revolutionary congratulations from the Socialist Party (Zambia) on this day when you are assuming reigns for the second term of office to lead the great nation of Simon Bolivar.

As a true Chavista, you have continued to pursue the Bolivarian socio-economic agenda crafted under the guidance of late president Hugo Chavez Frias despite a wave of economic and financial sanctions from the empire, including harsh rhetoric bordering on military intervention from those occupying the White House and their lackeys.

Comrade Nicolás, yours is not an enviable job for the weak much less with a series of salvo you receive from imperialists. But for us who espouse people centred-development, we can firmly assure you that you are not alone.

What the Bolivarian Revolution has achieved since assuming power in 1999 to date cannot be compared to the previous right-wing administrations that pretended to have been administering the affairs of that great nation for Venezuelans. For centuries, Venezuelas oil and gold was a preserve for the capitalist North.
The anger coming from transnational corporations and their fronts in Washington is nothing but a result of frustrations and hunger for Venezuelan natural resources that have been socialised/nationalised by the Bolivarian Revolution. The benefits are all there
to see: housing infrastructure, medical facilities, literacy campaign and building of polytechnic institutions, including massive investment in sport. How else was Venezuela expected to rebound from centuries of a raped economy at the hands of capitalists other than implementing radical reforms as undertaken by the Chavistas?
This is what the Bolivarian Revolution has undertaken to do: Free health care in poor urban and rural neighborhoods (Mission Barrio Adentro), expanded access to education, literacy programms for the elderly (Mission Robinson) and cheap food markets (Mission Mercal). Under housing, you have Mission Habitat which later was updated to Mission Viviendas and then Mission Zamora an integrated land reform and land redistribution programme where several large landed estates and factories have been or are in process of being expropriated to stimulate the agricultural sector, create economic activity and redistribute wealth to the poor. Instead of receiving accolades, it has been sanctioned, economically strangled for standing up to capital!
Capitalists abhor governments that empower citizens, administrations that put man at the centre of any developmental paradigm.
With the Chavistas in government, OPEC consolidated itself and we remember how well you utilized proceeds to uplift the standards of your people; the hardworking sons and daughters of Bolivar.
At the time when global petroleum prices rose beyond US$100 per barrel, the Bolivarian Revolution opted for solidarity measures through PetroCaribe and PetroSur, to cushion Caribbean and Central American nations that depend on oil for all forms of energy requirements. This included subsidizing US citizens during harsh winter days.
Without preferential oil trade for the Caribbean region and parts of South America, on top of dwindling remittances, none of those almost 20 countries would have a semblance of an economy during and post 2008 global financial and economic meltdown that originated in the US.
Apart from the noble citizens of these Caribbean and South/Central American states, no one wants to laud this priceless gesture to humanity.
Global capitalists loathe initiatives that makes man strong. Capital hates universal dignity, it discourages any attempts at distributing wealth to all because such destroy niches that imperialists depend on for survival and exploitation. We have followed the Bolivarian Revolutions path towards Western Hemisphere integration, right from formation of UNASUR to founding of the Community of Latin America and the Caribbean States (CELAC), the only body for independent hemispheric States excluding the US and Canada.
The significance of Venezuela to the stability of the Americas is huge.
If saving humanity makes us pariahs in the eyes of imperialist, let it be so. Theres no coming back. Socialism is not only an alternative to neo-liberalism, it is the only solution to the socio-economic challenges facing humanity today.
As we join you and the Venezuelan people on this inauguration day that is being celebrated by all progressive movements and leftist parties around the world we are reminded of Comrade Raul Castro’s words at the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution that: The greatest lesson that revolutionaries and progressive movements can draw from the situation that has shaped is that of never neglecting unity with the people, and not desisting in the struggle in defense of the interests of the oppressed, however difficult the circumstances.

Comrade Nicolas, congratulations

Dr Fred Mmembe Socialist Party (Zambia) presidential candidate for 2021 and Deputy General Secretary

Dr Musumali reaffirms Africa’s commitment to international solidarity

Dr Musumali reaffirms Africa’s commitment to international solidarity

Socialist Party General Secretary Dr Cosmas Musumali speaks about the forthcoming international assembly in February 2019. In a pre-conference interview, Dr Musumali reaffirms Africa’s commitment to international solidarity and the expectations of the conference.

Full statement:

Greetings Dear comrades

I am Cosmas Musumali, I am the General Secretary of the Socialist Party in Zambia

I am speaking on behalf of Sub Saharan Africa

Sub Saharan Africa is going to be represented by over 200 delegates in the Caracas meeting

We are looking forward to coming to Caracas

We just had our pan African conference in Ghana in September this year, and the theme of that conference was Uniting the struggle of the masses against capitalism and imperialism. We drew a lot of conclusions; we gained a lot of insights in that conference. And this is the value addition that we are bringing as a continent to Caracas.

We see the situation as one that involves us merging our forces, bringing together diverse struggles of the masses and coming up with a global anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist front. This is necessary, it is also timely, we live in a world today that is fragmented. A world in which globalised capitalism is creating havoc in all communities. We live in times of uncertainty, times of war and times of increased poverty of the masses.

We see everywhere in Europe, in Latin America and even in Africa, rightist parties, parties that are anti-democratic coming into power. And this is not a good development for the entire humanity. As sub Saharan Africa we stand firm with the people of Venezuela, we support and are confident that the aims of the Bolivarian revolution will prosper and will triumph.

We fight for justice, we fight for equity, and we fight for peace. And this is what the Bolivarian revolution stand for. So as we come into Caracas in February 2019, it is going to be a joyous occasion. We would want to celebrate the victories of the Bolivarian revolution. A lot has happened over the past years, despite the siege, despite all the troubles that have been brought in against the people of Venezuela. But they have stood firm and they are still resisting. And this has to be celebrated.

But this conference or the international assembly is also for us, a journey. It’s a journey that’s not going to end with that conference, with that international assembly in Caracas. It’s a journey that we have to walk for the years to come. And we will be giving each other ideas in terms of how to continue those diverse struggles.

We also want the world to know, we want the capitalist world to understand that we would not stand by as Sub Saharan Africa and allow the destruction of a wonderful project that the Bolivarian revolution began. Africa has suffered from capitalism, the past 400 years we have drawn lessons. It is a continent that has been plundered, it has been brutalized, and we understand very well.

We know what the people of Venezuela are going through and we want to use that occasion when we come there to offer that solidarity. The world must know Africa is behind Venezuela and the international assembly is there for us to make this point clear to everyone.