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The Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM), representing some seventeen trade unions in Trinidad and Tobago, denounces the interference of imperialist forces in the sovereign state of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, especially through mass media control.

In a country such as the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, where its identity has been forged by the likes of El Libertador Simón Bolívar and José Martí, the imperialist and right-wing forces continue to try to damage the image of the Bolivarian Revolution. A Revolution that has created an alternative to the corrupt, individualistic, capitalist system that existed prior to the emergence of President Hugo Chavez and Bolivarianism.

In the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, where there are so many ordinary people fighting for the revolution, and ready to die for the revolution, the imperialist forces try to misrepresent the facts, painting a picture of a country that does not want this reality. In actuality, on April 19th it was the pro-government Chavista forces that came out in record numbers against the International Media Blockade, Western forces of imperialism, and international intervention in the sovereign state of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

The JTUM recognized the overwhelming support by the Venezuelan working-class that came out in support of the Bolivarian Revolution and President Nicolás Maduro on April 19th, 2017. It must be noted that the actions of certain forces are similar to those taken just before the coup d’état in Brazil in 1964 that led to the overthrow of left-wing President João Goulart by a military junta supported by the US in an operation called “Operation Brother Sam”. During that period, several democratically elected leaders in Latin America were overthrown in similar fashion. Today, history is repeating itself, and the JTUM condemns outright any attempts by foreign powers, whether tacit or otherwise, to oust the democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro.

The fact of the matter is that the PSUV as a single party still controls the majority of seats in the National Assembly. The Democratic Unity Round Table (MUD) is a coalition of several parties, each of which individually has a minority of seats compared to the PSUV. Therefore, the PSUV as a single political force still enjoys large support from the people of Venezuela.

Over the last 120 years there have been recorded some 60 imperialist interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean. Today we see a relentless continuation of the policies of the “Monroe Doctrine” and “Manifest Destiny”, both of which are rejected by the JTUM.

The struggle in Venezuela is about a struggle for the kind of Americas we want to construct. Hugo Chavez became the democratically elected President of Venezuela in 1998. During his presidency, there were several attempts to oust him undemocratically, as evidenced by the attempted coup in 2002. Failure to remove him led to a new strategy of destabilization, with the right-wing opposition openly calling for foreign intervention. Neoliberalism, the theoretical force which has dominated the Latin American political landscape for most of the 20th century, has brought nothing but suffering, poverty and injustice for tens of millions of lives in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The alternative to the anti-people policies of neoliberalism and the dictatorship of Capital is what the people of Venezuela are fighting to preserve.

 On a day symbolic of the victory so many Bolivarians enjoyed against the empire, millions of revolutionaries flooded the streets in support of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. These images were even celebrated, as we honoured the continued desire for an alternative to the capitalist empire. However, shortly after, we were then faced with media propaganda, using the very same pictures to state that these persons were protesting against the Venezuelan government.

We at the JTUM, denounce this misrepresentation of the Venezuelan reality, used only as a mechanism to destroy the imminent possibility of an alternate reality to the failing capitalist system. We stand united with the Government of Venezuela in the struggle against the imperialist forces working in that country. As the struggle continues, we must not lose heart as we stride on. ‘Hasta la Victoria Siempre!’

The Joint Trade Union Movement stands ready to support any endeavor the sovereign state of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela chooses to undertake. The blows are long and hard against the Bolivarian State, but we continue to say:

 

Forward ever, backward never!

A blow to one is a blow to all!

Venezuela no está sola! (Venezuela is not Alone!).

 

Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM)

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