Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez greets his supporters next to a poster of the Cuban
revolution hero Ernesto "Che" Gevara during a rally in Caracas,
Venezuela, Saturday, June 29, 2002. More than 100,000 people rallied
Saturday in support of President Hugo Chavez's so-called ``peaceful and democratic
revolution.'' (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
The OAS and april crisis in
The conspiracy against the Venezuelan
government, the first episode of which occurred between last
April 10 and 14, was organized and planned from outside. In it
we find the State Department of the United States, the
governments of Spain and Colombia, and others that remain in
the shadows but bet everything on causing a definitive
overthrow of the Bolivarian process as a fundamental step for
acceleration of the strategic aims of domination contained in
the FTAA, before 2005.
Venezuela, with its innovative process of changes and new
ways of confronting globalization and neo-liberalism, even if
timidly, has become the Latin American and Caribbean black
sheep that finds and demonstrates various paths for action by
the workers, the dispossessed residents of the shanty towns,
the street vendors, campesinos, the poor and all those sectors
thrown into misery including a good percentage of the middle
class, pauperized without pity by the capitalist crisis.
In the eyes of imperialism, the present Venezuelan
government is the troublesome little devil that is pulling in
its wake all the diabolic conspiracies from Alaska to
Patagonia organized with purposes harmful to progress toward
the new colonization of the continent. It is the impertinent
element ungoverned by protocol that at any moment and in
whatever company blurts out the most inopportune statements to
contradict the dominant rationale and framework being
Since he speaks so much about participatory democracy
rather than the representative variety the Organization of
American States (OAS) has sustained from its beginning, and
about Venezuelan sovereignty in opposition to foreign military
presence and over flights of the cradle of Bolivar by U.S.
military planes, when the presence of President Hugo Chavez
Frias is announced, the hair of the organization’s leaders
stands on end because they know they face serious contention
with their aims.
That explains in part the role the OAS is playing in
relation to the Venezuelan crisis that viewed superficially
may seem to fit the equanimity and good offices of which it so
prides itself. But this is not the case. The international
organism’s position corresponds precisely to the need to make
the best of the failed coup d’etat and guide the conspiracy to
a course more certain of success. For this reason it even
abstained from describing the matter of Carmona Estanga as it
was in reality.
The anti-terrorist policy applied with class bias in favour
of U.S. imperialism failed to condemn the putchists who
suspended the Constitution, the National Assembly, the State
and Municipal governments, the national bodies of justice,
monitoring, control and defense of human rights, changed the
name of the Republic, murdered dozens of innocent citizens in
cold blood and arrested ministers and deputies, all under the
cry of “Long Live Democracy!” and with the cross raised as the
new symbol of power.
They also maintained silence in the face of the presence of
U.S. warplanes and ships in Venezuelan skies and waters. They
did nothing in relation to the evident pilgrimage of putchists
to Washington, the presence of U.S. military in the Tiuna Fort
on the days of the coup. There was not one word in
condemnation of those who violated the Cuban embassy, causing
a great deal of damage, and who had orders to rape the women
found there. These were deeds that should have been condemned,
in light of the theoretical postulates of the OAS.
Supporters of the President Hugo Chavez, holding posters of Pedro Carmona and
Cuban revolution hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, scream "Justice, justice"
outside of the Venezuelan Congress in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, May 2, 2002.
Carmona was sworn in as interim president for a day during a failed coup last month against
President Hugo Chavez. The poster at left reads "Jail to the conspirators."
(AP Photo/Fernando LLano)
Aware of the destabilizing role of the principal
communications media, the OAS encouraged them to continue
their work, supposedly to defend press freedom. They know the
fifth column within the revolution bore fruit by weakening the
revolution's forces in the National Assembly, politicizing the
Supreme Court of Justice in favour of the right, undermining
the National Electoral Council and strengthening the trappings
of war that are seen in the elegant neighbourhoods of
These days, the OAS missions to Venezuela have the apparent
objective of preserving democracy and assisting the dialogue
between the sides of the conflict. This is not the case.
They say nothing against the economic terrorism that has
removed 8 billion US dollars from the country in a few months;
much less, of the destabilizing force ensconced in Petroleos
de Venezuela (PDVSA), expressed as a state within a state,
where the interests of the transnationals are rewarded and the
aim is privatization in opposition to the healthy nationalist
principal of protecting the principal resources of the people.
They maintain a respectful silence in the face of unrestricted
corruption and the mildness of justice in combating it.
Everything that contributes to discredit President Hugo
Chavez Frias and the Bolivarian government aims for a solution
to the crisis, but in the direction of imposing a regime
similar to the one that has ruled Colombia for many years.
Today, that one stands out as a lackey of U.S. imperialism
standing against the popular and democratic current that is
beginning to awaken in Latin America and which has its
expression in the mobilization and organization of the
oppressed peoples of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.
Above all, and the destabilizing activities of the OAS are
oriented in that direction, the aim is to publicly punish the
Venezuelan popular and democratic process so it does not
become a continental paradigm for the hopes of other peoples
battling against misery. They have collected enormous strength
because up to now in this country, it has been demonstrated
that by combining the forms of struggle, it is possible to
achieve substantial change, even using the mechanisms of
bourgeois democracy via the vote.
The OAS is one of the main political, ideological and legal
instruments for development of “Plan Colombia” and its
complement, the Andean Initiative. These consist of neither
more nor less than the use of war and gringo intervention as
the form of domination. Together with other schemes like the
Plan Puebla Panama, they are to guarantee the full unfolding
of the FTAA.
The Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, the armed revolt of
the Colombian people, the mobilizations and insurrectional
outbursts in Peru and Ecuador and the immense popular movement
in Argentina, as well as the possible popular victory in
Brazil, are united by the ideology that inspired the first
independence. Today, with Bolivar as the standard, they are
swiftly advancing toward the class confrontation that shall
give rise to the second and definitive independence of our
In the face of this reality and the strength of the peoples
and their struggles, the crafty means of the OAS for the
defense of U.S. imperialism are useless, both its “democracy”
clause, its agreement to fight against terrorism, and much
less its exclusion of Cuba.
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