The already dangerous situation involving Venezuela has suddenly escalated over the last few days, as the legally elected president, Nicolas Maduro, has prepared to start a new term.
On January 21, a small group of Venezuelan National Guard soldiers attempted and failed to carry out a military coup. It is quite clear that they were encouraged in this effort not only by the Venezuelan right but by reactionary leaders and governments in neighboring countries, and by U.S. President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. National Security advisor John Bolton.
Then on January 23, the Trump administration announced that it is recognizing an obscure right wing politician, Juan Guiadó, as the legitimate president of Venezuela. In response, and very naturally, Venezuela has broken off diplomatic relations with the United States.
More unilateral sanctions are also being imposed by the Trump administration.
There is a danger that this high handed action on the part of the Trump administration will serve as a pretext for even more violent intervention by the United States and allied governments in Brazil, Colombia and others in Venezuelan internal affairs.
This sharp escalation of attacks on Venezuela comes after long U.S. campaign of destabilizing the Venezuelan economy and society. Imperialism cannot tolerate, in its so called “back yard”, governments that use their nations’ wealth, in Venezuela’s case derived from its massive oil resources, to improve the lives of working people and the poor rather than deliver that wealth to fill the coffers of transnational corporations.
Destabilizing Venezuela with a view to achieving “regime change” and the imposition of yet another anti-worker right wing government like those of Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and Ivan Duque in Colombia is not in the interests of the Venezuelan working people or those of the United States. Under both President Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has repeatedly shown its willingness to maintain friendly relations with the United States and its people, even going so far as to help poor communities in the United States by providing them with discounted heating oil.
The people of the United States need to speak out forcefully and immediately to put a stop to the Trump administrations’ reckless actions against Venezuela, which could easily lead to a civil war with regional and U.S. participation.
The Communist Party USA calls on all our members and friends to immediately contact their senators and representatives to demand an end to this illegal and dangerous intervention in the affairs of a sovereign nation which has done nothing to harm our country or its people.