and Lima Group Continue Unacceptable Stand on Venezuela
Denounce Canada's Self-Serving Foreign Policy
January 27, 2020.
Protest in Ottawa against visit by imposter Juan Guaidó.
As deputies of the new Venezuelan National Assembly were being
sworn in on January 5, the imposter, self-proclaimed "interim
president" Juan Guaidó, gathered a motley crew from remnants
of the former National Assembly, whose term expired that day, to
declare that the term of that defunct body, along with his fictitious
presidency, were extended for another year.
latest stunt was directed by the U.S., and supported by Canada and some
others. They had declared long in advance that they would not recognize
the newly-elected parliament, but would continue recognizing the
outgoing National Assembly as the only "legitimate" democratic
institution in the country even after its term was up. In that way,
they hope to prolong the farce of a parallel government with no power,
that lacks support inside the country and exists mainly on social
media. Time and again they have staged stunts in the belief
that each would bring the Maduro government down. Time and again this
has not happened. It seems that now they think another year will do the
The same day, a diminished Lima
Group issued a statement
exhorting whoever pays attention to it anymore, to "join in the
disregard and rejection of this illegitimate National Assembly."
It stopped short of taking the position advocated by the U.S. and
Canada of supporting the outgoing legislature after its term expires
and recognizing the "presidency" of Juan Guaidó.
Just one day before, then-Foreign Minister François-Philippe
Champagne wrote in his department’s Twitter
account: "As the Dec 6 elections were neither free nor fair,
continue to recognize the National Assembly, democratically elected in
2015, as #Venezuela's legitimate legislature and its president as
Venezuela's Interim President."
The U.S. had
tried, but failed as well, to get the Organization of American States
(OAS) to adopt this position at a special meeting of the organization
held in December right after the new National Assembly was elected.
With Canada's help, the U.S. was able to corral enough countries to get
an interfering resolution passed that called on the international
community to "join in the rejection of these fraudulent elections" and
demanded the holding of new legislative and presidential elections as
soon as possible. But it did not call for continuing to recognize the
outgoing National Assembly instead of the newly elected one, and had no
mention of recognizing Guaidó as interim president.
It did not take long for the social media monopolies to be
up their efforts on behalf of the regime change cause. Twitter has
suspended the account of the new National Assembly. Now a fake one
controlled by Guaidó's coup forces posing as the "official
the National Assembly of Venezuela," is all that appears in an online
search. Did those who cheered when Twitter censored Trump by shutting
down his account, not realize how that private company's power would be
and is being used to censor many others targeted by the imperialist
Meanwhile, sanctions against
Venezuela are killing the people of that country, something Canada
never speaks about. Sanctions are an act of war in which Canada is
engaging without having to declare war or sacrifice a single soldier.
No matter what one thinks of the government of Venezuela, it is up to
the Venezuelan people to settle their own scores and the U.S. and
Canada interfering in their affairs in the name of freedom and
democracy is unacceptable.
actions of the Trudeau government are beyond shameful. And just as
shameful, no opposition party has seen fit to denounce what the
government has been up to -- participating in a brutal economic war
against Venezuelans and telling them who they can and cannot elect to
govern them, preventing Venezuelans resident in Canada from voting in
the 2018 presidential election (the only country to do so), and
recognizing an illegal parallel government and its so-called ambassador
in Canada, plucked from the putrid swamp of Miami's anti-Cuba mafia, as
the "legitimate" representatives of the Venezuelan people.
In addition, Canada is now refusing to renew the visas of or
accept any diplomatic personnel designated by the Bolivarian Government
of Venezuela, thereby depriving more than 20,000 Venezuelan-Canadians
and immigrants from that country of consular services. Should it permit
the Embassy of Venezuela to be occupied by the pretend government, it
would be a violation of the Vienna Convention governing diplomatic
affairs. Such an embassy could not even function since it controls no
government services whatsoever.
None of the cartel
parties can claim to be acting for Canadians who have never given their
consent for any of this. The position of the Communist Party of Canada
(Marxist-Leninist) is well known. It calls on Canadians to insist that
the Government of Canada cease all involvement in these illegitimate
activities and completely disassociate itself from the U.S.
regime-change project. The Biden presidency has made it clear it will
continue to push for regime change by having more effectively targeted
sanctions, according to the new Secretary of State Anthony Blinken.
It is to the credit of the Venezuelan people and their
government that they have stood firm, steadfastly resisting plot after
plot to incite a bloody civil war and smash their civil-military union
so that foreign and domestic interests can seize control of their
country and do away with their Bolivarian nation-building project,
under the hoax of "restoring democracy." Their resolve and the fact
that justice is on their side has also won them the support of
democratic and anti-imperialist forces the world over, including in
Canada and Quebec.
While the Canadian government
has cast its lot with an illegitimate and illegal imperialist plot
against the Venezuelan people, it is the Canadian people who are
upholding the rule of law, democratic principles and human rights by
speaking in their own name and organizing actions to say Hands off Venezuela! Respect
Venezuela's Sovereignty! Let the Venezuelan People Decide!
This article was published in
Volume 51 Number 2 - February 7, 2021
Denounce Canada's Self-Serving Foreign Policy