VSC EMERGENCY UPDATE, FEBRUARY 2018

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Tillerson Invokes Possibility of Pinochet-Style Coup in Venezuela

Alarm bells have been ringing in Latin America after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect of a military coup against Venezuela’s elected President, and seemingly praised past military dictatorships as “agents of change” (more here.) This is a disgrace. Right-wing military regimes took hold in many countries in the 1970’s and 80’s with U.S backing, often by toppling left-leaning governments. These dictatorships, which usurped power in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, led to some 60,000 deaths, thousands of disappearances and exiles, as well as the use of torture tactics. Victims included dissidents and leftists, union and peasant leaders, priests and nuns, and many others. And if this wasn’t bad enough, Tillerson has since been touring the region seeking support for the Trump administration’s anti-Venezuela agenda, including through raising the possibility of banning Venezuelan oil (see here.)

Here are 3 things YOU can do to help sound the alarm and support our solidarity work:

1) ATTEND the emergency rally against Trump’s sanctions on Venezuela and Nicaragua on March 15 (details below) with Chris Williamson MP and guests from Latin America. Register here and invite friends here.
2) SHARE the news re Tillerson on Facebook here plus Twitter here, and follow us on Facebook here and Twitter here to get the latest.
3) DONATE here to our #NoTrump Financial Appeal – if only a few more people donate £20 here we will reach our £10,000 target.

Tillerson Invokes Possibility of Pinochet-Style Coup in Venezuela

Alarm bells have been ringing in Latin America after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson raised the prospect of a military coup against Venezuela’s elected President, and seemingly praised past military dictatorships as “agents of change” (more here.) This is a disgrace. Right-wing military regimes took hold in many countries in the 1970’s and 80’s with U.S backing, often by toppling left-leaning governments. These dictatorships, which usurped power in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay, led to some 60,000 deaths, thousands of disappearances and exiles, as well as the use of torture tactics. Victims included dissidents and leftists, union and peasant leaders, priests and nuns, and many others. And if this wasn’t bad enough, Tillerson has since been touring the region seeking support for the Trump administration’s anti-Venezuela agenda, including through raising the possibility of banning Venezuelan oil (see here.)

Here are 3 things YOU can do to help sound the alarm and support our solidarity work:
1) ATTEND the emergency rally against Trump’s sanctions on Venezuela and Nicaragua on March 15 (details below) with Chris Williamson MP and guests from Latin America. Register here and invite friends here.
2) SHARE the news re Tillerson on Facebook here plus Twitter here, and follow us on Facebook here and Twitter here to get the latest.
3) DONATE here to our #NoTrump Financial Appeal – if only a few more people donate £20 here we will reach our £10,000 target.