The stand by the Venezuelan government against protesters is one for upholding the rights of the poor and disadvantaged in the region, secretary of the Friends Of Venezuela Solidarity Committee, David Denny, said.
Denny made these remarks this morning on the World Peace Council’s Day of International Solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela in courtyard of the Venezuelan Embassy in Barbados, where he joined with Venezuelan Ambassador Jose Gomez Febres, Embassy of Cuba Counsul Orestes Angel Hernandez, other members of the solidarity committee and Venezuelans residents in Barbados in laying a wreath at the bust of Latin America liberator Simon Bolivar.
“This battle is not a battle about democracy in Venezuela, it is a battle against the poor and powerless people of the Americas,” Denny asserted, and added, “The governments in the Caribbean, including the Government of Barbados, have a duty to stand on the side of the poor and powerless people of the Americas and to denounce that right wing opposition force in Venezuela that is creating problems and is trying everything possible to destabilise the Government and people of Venezuela”.
He linked the protests against the government of Venezuela to the deal that country has with Caribbean countries for the supply oil at a concessionary rate.
That is the PetroCaribe deal signed since 2005 with some 12 Caricom member states with the exception of Barbados, Montserrat, and Trinidad and Tobago, in which petroleum is sold to these countries at a reduced rate on easy credit terms.
Speaking this morning, Denny said one of the aims of current protests is to end this agreement that the Caricom states are enjoying with Venezuela.
“These forces in Venezuela are bitter and angry with the whole idea of the PetroCaribe agreement because they do not feel that the poor people of the Caribbean should be enjoying, or having some kind of access to that major resource in Venezuela. They feel very deeply that the resources of Venezuela belong to North America. That it should be lighting up the homes of the very rich in North America, that the poor people in the Caribbean should not benefitting form that process, and that is what this battle is all about.”