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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity condemns wave of violence of the right in Venezuela

Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity


 Against the Fascist Violence in Venezuela
 Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
 From the Network of Intellectuals and Artists in Defense of Humanity

For several weeks now the fascist right in Venezuela has been carrying out a combination of destabilizing actions orchestrated together with the intelligence agencies of imperialism.  The plan has as its principle objective to generate incidents of violence in the streets, especially in the states bordering the Republic of Colombia.  Among these actions are the siege and the attack on the residence of Governor José Vielma Mora in the State of Táchira, victims of which were his wife and children, who required medical treatment.  

Led and cheered on by parties of the extreme right, such as Voluntad Popular, these actions were repeated in other cities of the country resulting in people being wounded, street closures, destruction of public and private property, as well as provocative acts against the police forces. This led up to Feb. 12, date on which citizens were commemorating the Bicentenary of the Batalla de la Victoria and Youth Day,  when the violence had its largest breakout after various peaceful manifestations on the part of the revolutionary youth and of the opposition, with the terrible total of three dead, the burning of five official vehicles, the destruction of facade of the headquarters of the attorney general of the Republic and the siege and the attempt to destroy several offices attached to judicial and governmental functions, actions which suggest a Ukraine type plan.  All of that coincides with a continuous public call by Leopoldo López and María Corina Machado to "go out onto the streets and stay there," until the President of the Republic steps down.

In this sense, the Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity is compelled to take a position with respect to actions which are the product of a deliberate plan which is trying to lead Venezuela towards a civil war which opens the doors to imperialist intervention. Enough of violence and death for ambitions of power and domination. 

For these reasons:

1. We deeply regret the death of the three citizens who fell victim to intolerance yesterday, and we demand that expedited justice be carried through the strict application of the law so that never again will reckless agents of imperialism perturb the peace of our country.

2.  We energetically condemn these acts of violence and we join in the call to peace made by the President of the Republic Nicolás Maduro Moros; and, while firmly maintaining the legacy of Commander Hugo Chávez, we reaffirm the peaceful nature which has always characterized the Bolivarian Revolution.  

3.  We call on all those who have differences with the Bolivarian Project to express them in a truly peaceful way--without disrupting public order and public life--within the different avenues for dialogue that the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela guarantees and that the revolution has always provided for everybody to express themselves.
4.  Finally, we call on international solidarity to squelch any attempt to impose violence in a country which is advancing firmly toward a society of justice, equality and peace.

2014: Year of the Bicentenary Youth

“We cannot choose between winning or dying.  It is necessary to win”

Red de Intelectuales y Artistas en Defensa de la Humanidad
Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Cultura
Dirección General de Relaciones Internacionales
Teléfono +58 212 5095719
Twitter: @humanidadenred

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