February 25, 2014
ANSWER-NM, Stop the War machine and other local organizations are calling for an emergency rally this Saturday, March 1, in Albuquerque to protest the violent, right-wing opponents of Venezuela’s revolutionary government.
Last year, after Hugo Chávez’s illness became terminal, U.S.-backed and financed opposition groups escalated their anti-government actions. Immediately after Nicolás Maduro’s election as President in April 2013, fascist groups killed several pro-government activists.
On Feb. 12, 2014, during peaceful marches to commemorate the 200th anniversary of La Victoria of the Independence war, armed gunmen fired into crowds, killing three. Dozens were wounded. These attacks are very similar to what took place before the failed right-wing coup of April 2002, when Hugo Chávez was overthrown for 48 hours.
The right wing has been escalating protests with violence and waging a propaganda campaign – including asking for U.S. intervention. Right-wing Voluntud Popular Party leader Leopoldo López, when asked when the attacks would end, stated, “when we get rid of those who govern us.” The opposition is openly calling for the overthrow of the democratically elected government.
We urge you to come out on Sat, Mar. 1 at 2pm, to the University of New Mexico (Central and Cornell), to express support for the Venezuelan government and to denounce the right-wing attacks on the people. Join us to say:
Solidarity with Pres. Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution!
End right-wing violence and provocations! Not another coup attempt!
U.S. Hands OFF Venezuela! End U.S. destabilization efforts!
NO to media lies and manipulation!
The U.S. media is greatly distorting the truth.
The first news claimed that pro-government forces fired the shots. That is a deliberate lie. The shooters and gangs were opposition forces. Watch this video (in Spanish only) of a comrade of Juancho Montoya, who was murdered while peacefully marching.
Spread the word! Bring your friends, placards and solidarity!
Work session to make banners and placards
Wed. Feb. 26, 5pm
ANSWER – NM office, 305 Washington St. SE (b/w Central & Zuni)
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