Defend Venezuelan democracy
It is happening again. Having failed once, twice, to engineer the violent overthrow of the democratically elected government of Venezuela, the CIA is at it again. This time, however, the American public has forewarning:
- Noted journalist Eva Golinger has exposed the CIA's 'Operation Pliers' efforts to destabilize Venezuela in advance of this Sunday's national referendum on constitutional reform. Read Golinger's report here.
- The Center for Economic Policy Reform's Mark Weisbrot warns of likely attempts to distort exit polls on that referendum vote. Read Weisbrot's analysis here.
- And Venezuela en Vivo is scheduling regular broadcasts in English and Spanish from Venezuela. Click here to listen to Radio Venezuela en Vivo.
Be cautious of what you read in U.S. newspapers of current events in Venezuela. In the coming days you can expect to see the continued ramping-up of rhetoric and dramatic fictions against what is sure to be a strong "Yes" vote for Venezuelan constitutional reform.
The Bush administration, and the Clinton administration before it, established the tone of current U.S. relations with Venezuela. U.S.-Venezuelan relations were not always so unfortunate. Venezuelan democrats came to the British colonies to fight on behalf of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson's administration gave aid to Simon Bolivar and the South American struggle against Spanish imperialism. In memory of those legacies, let American democrats once again support the democratic aspirations of the people of Venezuela:
- Write letters to your local and national newspapers denouncing this third attempt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela.
- Call your local, state, and federal elected officials and urge them to introduce resolutions denouncing the destabilization campaign against Venezuela.