NY Green Party Denounces US-Backed Coup in Venezuela

NEW YORK — The Green Party of New York denounced the ongoing US-backed coup in Venezuela as the latest in a long line of US imperial interventions in Latin America. Party officers pointed out that the Trump administration has been enforcing crippling sanctions on Venezuela and met with military leaders last year to plot a coup, which was openly reported in US news outlets.

The US openly backed a coup in 2002 that temporarily deposed President Hugo Chavez, and the Bush, Obama, and Trump regimes have supported the right-wing opposition and its neoliberal plans for the Venezuelan economy. Party leaders said members of the New York Congressional delegation, including Senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Representative Ocasio-Cortez should introduce a resolution to cut off all US support for the coup.

“The United States has now provoked a second coup in Venezuela in an attempt to install a friendly regime in a nation with some of the largest oil reserves on Earth. While Trump allies with fascists like Bolsonaro in Brazil and murderous monarchs like Mohammed Bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, his regime has continued US imperial policies by attempting to overthrow a left-wing government in Venezuela and institute neoliberal policies that would plunder the economy for the oligarchs and wealthy that lead the Venezuelan Opposition. The Green Party stands with the Venezuelan people against this blatant imperial attempt at regime change,” said party co-chair Peter LaVenia.

“Under the Bolivarian Revolution the Venezuelan government set up large-scale social programs designed to combat poverty, workers and local governments have been empowered, supported the rights of indigenous peoples and the state has taken control of resources that were formerly in the hands of foreign multinationals. The United States and its allies cannot tolerate any attempt by a poor country to buck the neoliberal model and institute any kind of socialist reforms, so they have consistently attempted to overthrow the government. The Opposition is run by wealthy Venezuelans who are of European descent and have often targeted Chavistas who are poor and often of African and indigenous heritage. The Opposition has murdered people because they were pro-government. They have harassed and shot journalists and plotted to blow up pro-government news stations. This is fascism. We oppose the coup attempt and demand that the Congressional leadership of New York introduce a resolution to cut off all funding to the Venezuelan Opposition and coup government,” said party co-chair Gloria Mattera.


Green Party of New York

For Immediate Release
January 25, 2019

Peter LaVenia, Co-chair, GPNY chair2@gpny.org or 518-495-8001
Gloria Mattera, Co-chair, GPNY chair@gpny.org or 917-886-4538

4 thoughts on “NY Green Party Denounces US-Backed Coup in Venezuela

  1. Brian Moore

    Bravo to the Green Party of New York for its public stand against the strong arm tactics of the Trump Administration in fermenting a coup in the economic struggling country of Venezuela. I concur that the Venezuelan opposition up until now has been from the powerful economic class and not from the actual Venezuelan citizens. However, because of the American economic sanctions, the dwindling price of oil and the sabotage by oil and food competitors (i.e. Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US), it has created a new burden on the Maduro Administration, thereby undermining its credibility and dividing the country causing more unrest. The United States should stop meddling in the intereests of other nations and conducting undemocratic, if not despotic and authoritiauthoritarian actions to undermine a duly elected government.

  2. Brian Moore

    Also responsible for the latest crisis in Venezuela is our own Florida U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio. Rubio has been fermenting US government intervention in Venezuela for over year, in an ongoing effort to pander to his own economic base, the conservative autcratic Cuban-Americans living in Florida who are still fighting Fidel Castro and lthe Cuban government and any country who is allied with Cuba.

    If America’s intervention causes violence and further polarization in Venezuela US senator Rubio will have blood on his hands. He is agitating a situation that could have major ramifications on the safety of our own country. Already we see Russia challenging our country’s actions, and now they have sent in over 400 of their own military to protect President Maduro against any military coup efforts being brought on by our foolish self-serving actions. Rubio’s allegiance should be in question.

  3. Fred Stein

    I don’t believe in intervention. Their government has starved the people. 2 million people have fled the country. Just like with Stalin the Left never sees a tyrant, when there is one. National Socialism will lose again.

  4. Chuck Moulton

    I agree with Fred.

    I oppose intervention, even though Venezuela is run by an authoritarian dictator who is killing a lot of people through mass starvation caused by his socialist policies.

    It’s nuts that the Greens are coming out in favor of mass starvation and authoritarianism. I guess they are willing to kill any amount of people to prop up their repeatedly failed utopian idea which has never worked in theory or practice. Sad.

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