Members of the Network in Defense of Humanity (Caribbean Chapter) and the Friends of Venezuela Solidarity Committee stood in unison in front of the Errol Barrow statue in Independence Square to affirm their stance with the Venezuelan government against imperialist North American interference.
Surrounded by members of the Barbados-Venezuelan community, social activist Bobby Clarke presented Venezuelan Ambassador Jose Gomez Febres with the Caribbean Statement of Solidarity with Venezuela.
The solidarity statement comes at a time when Venezuela is plagued with internal turmoil as the result of conspiracies involving the wealthy elite, its opposition and interference from the United States.
The statement says “we, the undersigned citizens and leaders of civil society organisations of the Caribbean call upon our governments and their multi-lateral organisation (CARICOM) to take urgent steps to make it absolutely clear to the government of the United States of American that the nations and the people of the Caribbean consider Venezuela to be an integral sister nation of our Caribbean civilisation, and that we denounce and repudiate all attempts to unlawfully attack, subvert or remove the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party.”
Signed by 23 countries, the statement is supported by civil movements throughout the Caribbean, Europe and Africa.
Pan Africanist David Comissiong argued that this was an issue of illegal interference and on the eve of the December 6th elections, was impactful on the entire Caribbean.
“Many forces, imperialist…North American forces…that wish dearly …to subvert the United Socialist government of Venezuela because they know if they can knock out the progressive government of Venezuela that virtually the entire progressive program of the Americas will be in danger.
“If Venezuela is destroyed there is a very strong likelihood that Petro Caribe will not survive, ALBA…Telesur….CELAC will not survive” said Comissiong.
Trade Union activist, David Denny reiterated this point, saying, “Venezuela is playing a leading role within our region.”
He added that members of the Barbados community will be sending “working class solidarity” to the “working-class” government of Venezuela.
Denny contested that he and those in attendance were there to defend “what is right against what is wrong”.
“We are not just here standing next to Errol Barrow to hold a public meeting,” said Denny, adding “we are supporting an international working class struggle, where a worker is leading one of the leading countries in the Americas.”(KK)