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The Linn-Benton Chapter of the Pacific Green Party opposes attempts by the Trump administration to foment a coup in Venezuela. This destabilization of Venezuela follows more than a century of North American interference to gain control of natural resources, exploitable land and labor to benefit U.S. corporations in Latin America. Since Hugo Chavez’s election in 1999, U.S. administrations have attacked the Venezuelan people through economic sabotage, propaganda and direct support of anti-government “resistance” groups.

Most recently, the U.S. administration urged Juan Guaido, the conservative speaker of Venezuela’s parliament, to declare himself president, akin to Nancy Pelosi declaring herself the president of the United States at the urging of a foreign power. There is no constitutional basis for Guaido’s claim, nor popular support for the regime change sought by Wall Street and international petroleum conglomerates. If regime change is supported by the majority of Venezuelan voters, let Venezuelans decide that in the next Presidential election.

Nicolas Maduro received 68 percent approval in the 2018 presidential election. Outside election monitors certified that the election complied with all international standards and national electoral law.

A few Democratic members of the U.S. Congress have expressed opposition to U.S. interference. The Pacific Green Party congratulates Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Ilham Omar (Minnesota), Ro Khanna (California) and Barbara Lee (California) on their principled stands. We urge Rep. DeFazio and Sens. Merkley and Wyden to also assert the authority of Congress and speak out against the militarist designs of the administration.

Mike Beilstein

Corvallis (Feb. 9)

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The author writes on behalf of the Coordinating Committee of the Linn-Benton Chapter of the Pacific Green Party.