Dozens of protesters turned out yesterday evening (Monday 28 Jan) to stand in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and against United States interference in Venezuela. Éirígí activists, along with those from the Communist Party of Ireland, Sinn Féin, the Workers’ Party of Ireland and Indian cultural organisation Kranthi, attended the event outside the United States embassy in Dublin 4. Representatives from each group and the independent TD, Clare Daly, addressed the protest.
The US, along with a host of its puppet regimes in South America and NATO allies in Europe, have recognised the self-proclaimed presidency of National Assembly head, Juan Guaidó. The opposition coup-plotters argue the results of the May 2018 presidential elections are unconstitutional, despite numerous international observers saying otherwise. The US and its Venezuelan minions are using this as an opportunity to depose democratically elected president, Nicolás Maduro.
Speaking at the protest, Cathaoirleach Éirígí Brian Leeson said,
“Éirígí are proud to stand in solidarity tonight with the Venezuelan people and the Bolivarian Revolution. The rank hypocrisy of the United States preaching to the Venezuelan government about democracy couldn’t be any more brazen. The US have for decades worked to overthrow and undermine any government in Latin America who refuses to toe its line. The Maduro government is just the latest in a long-line of democratically elected administrations to fall afoul of US imperialism.
The right wing in Venezuela have never respected a democratic election result since Hugo Chavez’s election in 1998, they never have and they never will. What is at stake here is democracy, socio-economic democracy and equality. If the Venezuelan government falls, what will replace it will be an horrific right-wing dictatorship, as is unfolding with Jair Bolsonaro’s rule in Brazil.”
“We should take no lessons from Donald Trump, or the right-wing opposition in Venezuela about democracy. They have from the outset attempted to overthrow and undermine the democratic Bolivarian revolution. We stand here today to support that revolution and take a stand against US imperialism everywhere.”