Talking Points for VSG 2002 Delegation
- This delegation of community leaders is going to offer our support
to the Venezuelan people who, through democratic means, are struggling
to develop an alternative economic model opposed to the destructive
neoliberal policies of globalization. We support the sovereign right
of the Venezuelan people to elect their political leadership and shape
their political process.
- We want to appeal to the Bush administration to respect the democratic
process in Venezuela, including the elected government led by President
Hugo Chavez. We oppose any kind of US intervention in the sovereign
affairs of Venezuela.
- We oppose the tactics of the opposition to undermine the will of the
majority of Venezuelans who have twice elected Hugo Chavez and have
voted to support the economic and political reforms proposed by the
- We also oppose the role of the corporate controlled media in Venezuela
that daily manipulates and misinforms both the Venezuelan people and
the international community. We appeal to the US press to investigate
and balance their reporting on the situation in Venezuela.
- We disagree with the US government’s ongoing support of the
coup leadership and anti-democratic forces in Venezuela. It is indefensible
that the US government granted Pedro Carmona, the leader of the Venezuelan
coup, a visa to speak at a university in southern Florida.
- The US must respect democracy in Latin America regardless of the politics
of the elected government. We cannot return to the days of CIA-supported,
right-wing military coups, like those of Salvador Allende in Chile and
President Arbenz in Guatemala, which led to tens of thousands of disappeared
people, mass violations of human rights, and civil war. Hugo Chavez
must complete his elected term without further illegal opposition.
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