MPs mark Venezuelan coup defeat


5:42 pm - April 15th 2012

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MPs, writers and activists have signed a letter welcoming a decade since the a military coup in Venezuela temporarily ousted Huge Chavez.

The statement said:
April 11th-13th 2012 marks a decade since a military coup in Venezuela temporarily ousted the elected government led by President Hugo Chavez. During the three days that the coup plotters held power, over a dozen people were murdered, human rights violations were perpetrated and Venezuela’s democratic institutions shut down.

Only the reversal of the coup by millions of people heroically taking to the streets prevented further bloodshed, repression and human rights violations.

The defeat of the coup led not only to the restoration of democracy – more elections have been held in Venezuela over the past 12 years than in the previous 40 years – but the flowering of social programmes that have delivered free healthcare to millions for the first time, eradicated illiteracy and lifted millions of people out of poverty.

Evidence has revealed that the coup plotters received backing from US government agencies. Since then US government interventions into Venezuela’s democracy have continued – mainly through tens of millions of dollars in funding to opposition movements. Concerns have been expressed that this is to strengthen those backing the free-market policies and multi-nationals’ control of Venezuela’s huge oil reserves that dominated Venezuela’s past.

On 7 October 2012 Venezuelans will be voting in a Presidential election. It is for the Venezuelan people alone to choose their next government, free from any external intervention.

Signatories include

Colin Burgon (Chair, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign)
Ian Davidson MP
Ian Lavery MP
Michael Meacher MP
Grahame Morris MP
Jim Sheridan MP
Dave Anderson MP
Micheal Meacher MP
Sir Bob Russell MP
Angus McNeil MP
George Galloway MP
Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen, Vice Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Latin America
John Pilger (Journalist & filmmaker)
Owen Jones (Author, Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class )
Linton Kwesi Johnson (Performer)
Ken Loach (Film Director)
Jon McClure (Musician from the Reverend & the Makers)
Lowkey (rapper)
Richard Gott (writer)
Professor Ernesto Laclau (writer)
Dr Francisco Dominguez (Head of the Centre for Latin American Studies, Middlesex University)
Prof Doreen MAssey (Open Unversity Faculty of Social Sciences)
Bruce Kent (Vice President, Pax Christi)
Billy Hayes (General Secretary, CWU)
Manuel Cortes (General Secretary, TSSA)
Tony Burke (Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union)
Heather Wakefield (Head of Local Government, UNISON)
Kanja Sesay (NUS Black Students’ Officer)
Lindsey German (Stop the War Coalition Convenor)
and over 40 others.

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1. Reduced Salt

Shame Chavez supported the murderous psychopath Gaddafi right up until his death (and beyond) calling him a “martyr”, huh.

@1:

How different, how very different, to our own dear Prime Minister for much of that time…

3. Reduced Salt

@2

Yeah cos that’s an argument. “You can’t say anything about this chap about cosying up to dictators because this here other chap did the same”. Piss off. The OP is about Chavez, I’m entitled to bring up his less-than-glowing personal preferences. Good on the Venuezualans an’ all, but the leader himself is a bit of a dick.

You missed out Michael Meacher MP ;)

Is Chavez good for the Venezuelan people? He might be better for the poorer people than a right winger. But he’s a bit of a nutter too isn’t he?
http://hurryupharry.org/2012/04/15/assad-should-worry-about-the-gaddafi-precedent/

What I find a bit frustrating, is that those people who signed that letter, will not talk about the dafter side of Chavez. His support for dictators for example.

(Reuters) – Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Saturday he was praying for Libya’s deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi and also sent a message of solidarity to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against “Yankee” aggression.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/02/us-venezuela-chavez-idUSTRE7901QW20111002

I think what Chavez has acheived for the ordinary people of Venezuela is an inspiration, and proof that where the will is there it can be done. How very different from our own dear Prime Minister…

Very different indeed. You are permitted to insult the PM here without getting banged up for it.

And in Europe, you are (so far) permitted to publish (accurate) crime statistics without being banged up for it.

Whatever you think of his foreign policy, Chavez has done (on the whole) a lot of good for Venezuela.

Having been the victim himself of a US-backed coup attempt, he is naturally sympathetic to others who he sees as being in a similar position, overlooking the differences. And like most British politicians, he is willing to do deals with less than wholly savoury foreign leaders when he thinks it’s in his country’s interests. No one seriously thinks that Chavez is an advocate of Shia theocracy. But he is sympathetic to Iran because he sees the US as his enemy.

Whether or not Damon is right that those who signed the letter refuse to discuss the “dafter” side of Chavez (and I suppose I can see why they might not want to feed the hungry rightwing anti-Chavez pro-coup propaganda machine), it is perfectly possible to criticise these aspects of Venezuelan foreign policy at the same time as backing Chavez. As Jean-Luc Mélenchon recently said: “Of course I’m worried [about Chavez’s health]. We’ve got some differences with Chavez, essentially his policy towards Iran. I disagree: this theory of ‘the enemies of my enemies are my friends’ is unacceptable. In Europe we’ve paid dearly for this kind of idea. But that takes away nothing from the fact that the role of Chavez is central, his personal importance, his leadership – Venezuela isn’t ready to do without him. A lot is at stake, dependent on him personally.” ( http://www.legrandsoir.info/melenchon-l-amerique-du-sud-est-la-principale-source-d-inspiration-du-front-de-gauche.html )

10. Planeshift

” to publish (accurate) crime statistics without being banged up for it.”

Hold on…are you implying that you can get banged up here for publishing innaccurate crime figures?

Daily Mail’s fucked then.

“Whatever you think of his foreign policy, Chavez has done (on the whole) a lot of good for Venezuela.”

I suggest you take a look at Venezuela’s growth and inflation performance versus the rest of Latin America before making such an assertion.

List of prominent British fascists, thugs, bully-boys and apologists for dictators write in support of Venezuelan thuggish fascist bully-boy dictator shocker.

@cjcjc,

In 2007 and 2008, Venezuelan growth exceeded that of Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Colombia. (Venezuelan growth was also very high in 2004-6.) In 2009 it did worse than three of them and in 2010 it fared worse than all four. In 2011 Venezuela returned to growth. I am not sure what the years ahead hold, but Chavez has been in power for more than a decade and if you take the long view I don’t see that what you are suggesting is accurate. Presumably if you blame Chavez for the recession then you also give him credit for the growth years. As for high inflation, this is sometimes an unavoidable consequence of progressive social policy.

14. gruffbilly

@7&8
”And in Europe, you are (so far) permitted to publish (accurate) crime statistics without being banged up for it.”
”You are permitted to insult the PM here without getting banged up for it.”

..Er…as you also can in Venezuela under Chavez ..?

15. gruffbilly

I visited Venezuela 12 years ago and recently. Venezuela a better place.

16. gruffbilly

I visted Venezuela 12 years ago and recently. Venezuela’s a better place.


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