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Rally for Venezuelan Sovereignty
May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
There will be a rally on Saturday, May 18, at 1pm at Park Street Station protesting US interference in Venezuela and the treatment of the peace activists who were occupying the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, at the invitation of the Venezuelan government, until they were evicted by the Police on Thursday, May 16.
This is a local rally in support of the larger protest that will happen in DC on Saturday.
The United States has been trying to engineer a coup against the duly-elected government of President Nicholas Maduro and has imposed crippling sanctions on that country, on the basis that they pose an “extraordinary threat” to the US. According to a report by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, the sanctions have killed over 40,000 Venezuelans. (http://cepr.net/publications/reports/economic-sanctions-as-collective-punishment-the-case-of-venezuela)
The US has put representatives of their preferred, non-elected “government” in a diplomatic office in DC and the New York City consulate, and they would like to do the same in the embassy, but peace activists took it over on April 10 and refused to leave until an agreement was reached respecting the sovereignty of Venezuela in its embassy. Instead, the US government chose to ignore international law and arrested them.
During much of the over-a-month-long occupation, a rowdy crowd of coup supporters gathered around the embassy and the Secret Service and DC Police refused to arrest them when they assaulted and otherwise interfered with the peace protesters. Secret Service agents beat up at least one of the peace activists, the president of Veterans for Peace, Gerry Condon.
The electricity was shut off to the embassy, on the orders of Juan Guaido’s newly appointed “ambassador,” and a coup supporter broke in and disabled the water, without facing any legal consequences. The coup supporters surrounding the embassy refused to let food or medicine in, even going as far as to physically attack activists trying to deliver supplies. But Jesse Jackson managed to get food and water in to the protesters on Wednesday, May 15, using a pulley system to a second story window.
The protesters believe that the US should not be in the business of choosing the government of other countries, even if they do have a lot of oil.
Come hear from Bostonians who support the Venezuelan government and their Bolivarian revolution, which has built 2.5 million houses for poor people, provided food for millions, even with the sanctions in place, eradicated illiteracy and created a good system of free health care for Venezuelans.
For a report, from Telesur English, of the eviction of the activists from the embassy, see: https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/US-Police-Illegally-Invade-Venezuelan-Embassy-Arrest-4-Remaining-Activists-20190516-0009.html