Statement of the Socialist Party (Zambia) on the United States coup against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro
On Wednesday United States President Donald Trump declared:
“Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela. In its role as the only legitimate branch of government duly elected by the Venezuelan people, the National Assembly invoked the country’s Constitution to declare Nicolas Maduro illegitimate, and the office of the presidency therefore vacant. The people of Venezuela have courageously spoken out against Maduro and his regime and demanded freedom and the rule of law.
I will continue to use the full weight of United States economic and diplomatic power to press for the restoration of Venezuelan democracy. We encourage other Western Hemisphere governments to recognize National Assembly President Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela, and we will work constructively with them in support of his efforts to restore constitutional legitimacy. We continue to hold the illegitimate Maduro regime directly responsible for any threats it may pose to the safety of the Venezuelan people.”
As interim president Guaido noted yesterday: “Violence is the usurper’s weapon; we only have one clear action: to remain united and firm for a democratic and free Venezuela.”
We all know how the many years of the Yankee strategies in Venezuela has led to a polarized society.
Any military strategy to oust the legitimately elected government of President Nicolas Maduro will nothing but lead to a long and bloody civil conflict in Venezuela.
And this has always been the US panacea wherever it has economic interests.
Access to oil and various other natural resources that the empire needs to satisfy its huge consumeristic appetite has led to nasty military interventions.
You can list the blood coups and regime change strategies that have left nothing but total havoc in many countries among them: Iraq – Desert Storm and toppling of Saddam Hussein, Libya – the intervention and assassination of Muamar Gaddafi, the Patrice Lumumba assassination and instability in the mineral rich DRC, the bloody Chilean coup that toppled Salvador Allende, the military regimes in Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Nicaragua, Guatemala, etc.
In all those instances, Washington via the CIA had a hand and several US transnational corporations had or have vested interests.
Certainly, the Donald Trump administration has revived the doctrine that sees Latin America and the Caribbean region as its backyard. This cannot be tolerated. That doctrine must be confined to the 20th century gun-boat diplomacy.
President Maduro’s crime has been his refusal to submit to fascist interests. He has resolutely stood for national interests; distributing national resources for restoration of socio-economic benefit of Venezuelans – giving the nation its dignity.
Washington has never recognized an administration that does not submit to right-wing interests.
Trump and his Vice-President Mike Pence’s recognition of Juan Guaido as interim Venezuelan president is nothing but an American-led coup against a constitutional government of President Maduro.
We call on all civilized nations and leaders to reject and condemn this US coup in Venezuela and defend that country’s independence.
Trump’s government and its Washington lackeys are the usurpers of power in Venezuela.
With the stance taken by the empire, their evil motive and schemes over Venezuela has been unmasked.
Only last week, President Maduro observed that “We are in a better position to confront the cut throat battle against international sanctions that have cost Venezuela losses of some 20 billion dollars in 2018 alone. It is savage persecution. I am intent on raising oil production, increasing Venezuela’s petrochemical capacity, the production of gold, of diamonds, of coltan, iron, steel, aluminum, etc. – riches that the country has, and raw materials that have an open international market, despite the extensive international persecution decreed by the US.”
Again, we stand in solidarity with President Maduro, all Venezuelan revolutionaries and people in the defence of their Revolution and homeland’s sovereignty.
Statement issued by Dr Fred M’membe on behalf of the Politburo of the Socialist Party (Zambia)
Mwika Royal Village