Words at rally in Vancouver

March 18, 2018

Canada is on the wrong side of history under the Justin Trudeau government! Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is misguided by her misplaced rightwing ideology.

I have recently returned from Venezuela where I participated in the international meeting Todos Somos Venezuela together with 350 people from 95 countries.

There were 13 delegates from Canada.

The meeting was uplifting for the show of support for Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution. At times it was moving, especially when Chavez was remembered with shouts of “Chavez Vive!”

But beyond the emotional sentiment, we have heard repeatedly that Venezuela wants peace, and we have learned about the resilience of the Venezuelan people who are under siege from a coordinated attack from the US and Canada, mainly. Canada has co-opted more than a dozen Latin American countries against Venezuela, the so called Lima Group, a splinter of the OAS that failed to reach a vote to condemn Venezuela.

Both the US and Canada have issued sanctions against Venezuela. And the US has a virtual financial blockade that prevents Venezuela access to international financing. The sanctions are meant to strangle the Venezuelan economy and people.

Despite that, there is no “humanitarian crisis” in Venezuela. That is important to state because “humanitarian crisis” is a technical term in international agreements. It defines a situation in a country where it is deemed that the government is not capable of providing to the population and therefore an intervention is granted and permitted.

Someone reminded us in Caracas that the Spanish colonizers used a different “technical term” in order to intervene, “Evangelize” to save the souls of native people.

Alfred de Zayas, a UN human rights expert, has visited Venezuela, has been free to speak to everybody there, and he reported back that there is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The sanctions should be lifted because they are creating a scarcity of essential products.

Instead, as I have heard at the Caracas meeting, “Venezuela does not need sanctions. Venezuela needs love.”

Other great statements I heard were:

  • “Venezuela defiende los logros sociales antes que los politicos.” [Venezuela defends social achievements before political ones]
  • “Esta es una revolucion social antes que politica.” [This is a social revolution before a political one]
  • “La doctrina de Venezuela es la convivencia.” [Venezuela’s doctrine is coexistence]
  • “El socialismo es el camino.” [Socialism is the way]

Canada is on the wrong side of history under the Justin Trudeau government!

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is misguided by her misplaced rightwing ideology.

The US has its greedy eyes on the huge Venezuelan oil reserves. Canada has its greedy eyes on other Venezuelan resources like gold and diamonds and other minerals. Their imperial greed is obfuscating their judgment.

At the Caracas meeting all we have heard from the whole country is that

  • Venezuela wants PEACE
  • Venezuela wants DEMOCRACY
  • Venezuela wants JUSTICE
  • Venezuela has a right to SOVEREIGNTY and INDEPENDENCE
  • Venezuela wants to develop a strong economy that will benefit all.
  • Venezuela rejects any interference and military threat that creates insecurity among Venezuelans.
  • Venezuela wants to design its own social system freely.

Venezuela has responded to violence with restraint almost a year ago.

Venezuela has responded to violence, threats and the boycott of democracy by the radical rightwing opposition with a continued call to dialogue and more democracy. Calling to a National Constituent Assembly and calling to all Venezuelans to discuss and decide the kind of society they want was a necessary and timely decision.

All those of us who believe in an independent and sovereign Venezuela are called to get involved from any platform, organization, or community we belong to and let our voices be heard.

We have something to say to the Canadian government:

  • We want to tell the Canadian government not to interfere with Venezuela, lift all sanctions, and stop forcing nations of Latin America to turn against Venezuela and make them traitors to our Latin American Homeland!
  • We want to tell the Canadian government that Venezuela does not need sanctions. Venezuela needs love.
  • We want to tell the Canadian government that Venezuela is a democratic country with more than 25 elections in less than 20 years!
  • We want to tell the Canadian government that on May 20th there will be presidential and local elections in Venezuela in one of the most transparent electoral systems in the world recognized by the Carter Center. Not like in Honduras or Colombia.
  • We want to tell the Canadian government that opposition candidates, who also value democracy, are participating in the elections. The Canadian government must stop supporting the most radical opposition groups that have promoted violence and have boycotted democracy by excluding themselves from the process.
  • We want to tell the Canadian government that Nicolas Maduro is not a dictator; on the contrary he is a legitimate follower of Chavez that believes, as Chavez said, “The people are the fuel of the machine of history.” The people have the capacity to decide. They do not need Chrystia Freeland to “evangelize” them.
  • We want to tell the Canadian government that there is no humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, but there is a humanitarian crisis in Canada within the indigenous population that this government is unfit to care for; that require an intervention!
  • We want to tell the Canadian government to stay out of Venezuela’s internal affairs as established in international law.

Finally, we want to tell the Canadian and US governments: Keep your

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

HANDS OFF VENEZUELA!

TODOS SOMOS VENEZUELA!

WE ARE ALL VENEZUELA!!

VENCEREMOS!

[Nino Pagliccia on behalf of the Frente para la Defensa de los Pueblos Hugo Chavez – Suroeste de Canada]