Venezuela Wins First Battle Against US Sponsored Coup
The US economic war on Venezuela, some errors in economic management and the drop in the price of oil after the Chavista expansion of public services have caused big problems in the economy. It is up to Venezuelans and their government to solve them. The world must continue to defend their sovereignty against the US and its allies.
The UN Security Council voted against the US resolution on Venezuela by 19 votes to 16, at a meeting called by the US. There was strong support for Venezuela from China, Russia and Cuba at the meeting. The Caribbean countries in ‘CARICOM’ have also supported the Venezuelan government and people, as did many other countries, including South Africa and NATO member Turkey.
The countries in the ‘Lima Group’ in South America, which are backing the US, have suddenly shown reluctance for the armed invasion which the US wants before it joins in with its own armed forces.
The Venezuelan government is in talks with many in the opposition. They have also published tapes showing that Guaido, the US selected ‘legitimate leader’, had been in talks with the government even though he boycotted the last elections when Maduro was elected by 63% of the vote.
Colombia, one neighbour, has said its actions will be purely political and denied it will accept US forces, 5000 of which were planned for it. Brazil’s Bolsonaro, a great admirer of Trump, who wishes closer relations with the US, is still a danger, but opposition by the Brazilian people is a great obstacle to him.
Bolivia, Cuba and Nicaragua have given full support to Maduro and importantly so has the newly-elected Mexican government. El Salvador in Central America has criticised US intervention. Uruguay has offered to assist Maduro in a dialogue with the opposition. Importantly, most of the Venezuelan people and the armed forces have backed their government and opposed the attempted coup.
There is no doubt that Venezuela has many problems to solve. But these problems are for the people of Venezuela to solve, and threats and posturing from the US must be opposed.