Feb. 19th, 2019 5pm – Columbia Plaza (U.S. Rep. Upton local office)
350 E. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007
On Tuesday, February 19th the Kalamazoo Socialist Party and Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War will be holding a protest in front of U.S. Representative Fred Upton’s office in opposition to the U.S. government’s attempted coup in Venezuela.
The United States backs Juan Guaido, an opposition member of the Venezuelan assembly who is both unelected and virtually unknown to a majority of the population. As people in the Trump administration such as John Bolton beat the drums of war, and render the desire for access to Venezuela’s oil reserves explicit, we see the push for intervention made stronger with lies, fabrications, and pro-interventionist bias from the very same media that made the case for the disastrous Iraq war.
Venezuela is also the most recent on a sad history of South and Central American nations who have faced meddling, CIA backed coups, and wanton destruction from the U.S. government. As the current administration has signalled, particularly in the selection of Elliot Abrams as envoy, a convicted criminal and facilitator of War crimes implicated in the Contra scandal and others, and it’s propensity to use sanctions and the suffering of Venezuelans as a bargaining chip, they have very little interest in the actual lives of the Venezuelan people and all the interest in the world in Venezuela’s resources.
When we say hands off Venezuela, we say:
-NO to the attempted coup! The U.S. has no right to meddle in other country’s affairs and select their leaders.
-NO to the sanctions, oil embargo, and economic warfare being waged by the U.S. to undermine and weaken Venezuela
-NO to U.S. intervention and war from the U.S. military, CIA, and their proxies in the region
We will stand against this brazen act of imperialism on Tuesday at 350 E. Michigan (Columbia Plaza, located next to Sakozy’s Bakery and housing the local office of Rep. Upton)