Canadian, Latin American & Caribbean Policy Center – Communique

The Canadian, Latin American & Caribbean Policy Center strongly condemns the coup attempt against the legitimate President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, on the part of the neoconservative extreme right led by President Donald Trump, with the company of few rightist governments of the western hemisphere grouped in the so-called “Grupo de Lima”, with the infamous complacency of the Canadian government of Justin Trudeau.

The pretension of these countries to recognize as Venezuelan Head of State the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, currently in contempt of court according to the Supreme Court of Justice, constitutes a flagrant violation of the Venezuelan Constitution and laws, and to the principles of international law. It also sets a very dangerous precedent in Latin American. The application of this new “Plan Condor” means a setback for the region to the horrific times of coup and terror already overcome.

Only the people of Venezuela have the power to choose their own government. On May 20th, 2018, the then candidate Nicolás Maduro obtained 6,245,862 of valid votes to win the presidency of Venezuela, followed by the opposition candidate Henry Falcón, who only reached 1,927,387 votes, with a 46.02% of participation. This unusual participation was originated by the boycott promoted by the extreme right, but it did not mean in any way the delegitimization of this electoral process. Precisely, the extreme right stopped participating in these elections after receiving direct orders from the US government not to sign an agreement for peace and political coexistence with the government, after months of negotiations in the Dominican Republic under the mediation of the Dominican President Danilo Medina and the former Spanish president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.

The Canadian, Latin American & Caribbean Policy Center urges the Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean community to recognize and respect the sovereign will of the Venezuelan people, and demands the Canadian government, with respect to Venezuela, to respect the principles of non-intervention and the inalienable right to self-determination and independence enshrined in the international law.

Attempted Coup in Venezuela with Abby Martin, Greg Wilpert, Paul Jay

January 25, 2019

Solidarity with Venezuela!


The undersigned Justice Advocates and Progressive Organizations:

Strongly condemn United States Vice-President Mike Pence’s statement advocating the overthrow of democratically elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The statement by the United States Vice-President violates International Law and Regulations and disrespects Venezuela right to self-determination, and sovereignty.

We denounce the Canadian government’s efforts to interfere in Venezuela’s internal affairs and denounce the lack of respect it has shown to Venezuela’s right to self-determination.

We oppose the sanctions imposed on the people of Venezuela and we call on the Canadian government to stop interfering in Venezuela national affairs.  

We stand for principles of international accords, treaties, and agreements, as well as for the United Nations General Assembly Resolutions against acts that attempt to destabilize democratic governments.

We call on the International community to oppose and condemn the actions of the United States, against democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

We stand with those countries, governments, and heads of state who have expressed their support for Venezuela’s Democracy and its democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.

Decades of disastrous U.S. military interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libia, Syria, and Palestine demonstrate how wrong US foreign policy has been.

U.S. Foreign policy is responsible for millions of civilian deaths, ravaged countries, and the ongoing chaos that has replaced functioning democracies.

Venezuela is investing its oil revenue and other resources in social programs such as public housing, education, health, and gender equality; in spite of or maybe because of that, the United States is publicly declaring Venezuela a dictatorship and once again showing that it does not respect the sovereign democracy of other countries nor their right to self-determination.





We the undersigned,

Venezuela Solidarity
Hugo Chavez Front (HCPDF)

Bolivarian Circle Louis Riel
Toronto Association for Peace and Solidarity (TAPS)
Canadian Peace Congress

Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA)
Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network – LACSN
Socialist Action
Victor Jara Cultural Group
Casa Salvador Allende Toronto
Communist Party of Canada – Parti Communiste du Canada
Young Communist League – Toronto
Guatemala Community Network, Toronto

NDP Socialist Caucus