Communiqué of La Corriente: In the Face of US War Threats, Defend Peace, Sovereignty and Democracy

The U.S. plan to overthrow Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian revolution reaches ever-increasing levels of pressure. As the days go by without the internal rupture that the plan seeks, as the unity of the Bolivarian National Armed Force, institutional unity and popular mobilization in defense of sovereignty and democracy are maintained, diplomatic, economic and media aggressions become stronger and military threats increase.

In recent days the operation has developed around the so-called humanitarian aid on the border with Colombia, specifically in Cúcuta. The stage has been erected and an intense media campaign, plagued with fake news and grotesque lies, has been deployed to build: 1) the legitimizing of the entry of so-called humanitarian aid “authorized” by the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó, 2) a distorted portrayal of actions by the legitimate Venezuelan government to prevent its entry, 3) the image of a despotic government without popular support and with the whole world against it, 4) a magnified and catastrophic perception of the Venezuelan economic and social situation, 5) the endorsement, senseless and manipulated, of a portion of the Venezuelan population in favour of foreign intervention. In the right-wing mobilization on February 12, Guaidó announced that the date for the end of this farce will be February 23.

In addition to the brutal global media campaign against Venezuela, there is the information blackout on: 1) the mobilizations carried out by Chavismo in almost all the states of the country, 2) the profound impact of unilateral coercive measures against the economy of the country as the main cause of the economic-social situation of Venezuela, 3) the successes of diplomacy of the legitimate Venezuelan government, and 4) the blatant violation of the legal framework of public international law that implies the recognition of Juan Guaidó as the supposed president in charge of Venezuela and the advance on the issue of humanitarian aid.

The configuration of the international chessboard in support of the U.S. hasn’t quite worked either. Apart from the Lima Group, except for Mexico, and the European allies that lined up at the outset, the US has not had any major successes. They failed in the UN Security Council and also in the OAS General Assembly. Russia, China and Turkey stand firm in their support for Maduro’s legitimate government. Even in the case of China and Russia, information has circulated about military support and eventual participation in the exercises that the FANB has been carrying out.

Chancellor Arreaza met with the UN Secretary General, who expressed his recognition of Maduro’s government and his willingness to continue deepening technical cooperation projects with Venezuela. It was revealed that India had reached an agreement with the Venezuelan government to increase its oil purchases and pay for them in inputs as a way to evade the financial blockade against Venezuela. The conference on Venezuela was successfully held in Uruguay, which gave way to the so-called Montevideo Mechanism, despite a refusal to participate by the U.S. and its puppets of the Venezuelan right. Finally, Chancellor Arreaza announced from New York the creation of a Group of States, Russia and China included, for the defense of the UN Charter, International Law and the rejection of the aggression against Venezuela.

In this context, the US intensifies its aggression. In addition to Juan Guaidó’s usual calls to the FANB to join the coup and support the entry of supplies sent to Cúcuta by the U.S., there are direct calls to the FANB by security advisor John Bolton, as well as pronouncements on the matter by Mike Pompeo. Trump, from a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, reiterated his usual direct threats to President Maduro.

Then the threat of the use of the military option appears with more force. Information begins to circulate on US preparations to mobilize troops, specifically from San Diego and the east coast of Florida, estimated to be as far as the Colombian border with Venezuela. The Cuban government, for its part, warned of the displacement, to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, of special operations forces and marine infantry “that are used for covert actions, including against leaders of other countries. This, at the same time that Holland authorizes the installation of a storage facility in Curacao for supplies of supposed humanitarian aid, simultaneously with the announcement of the Brazilian government to maintain troops in the state of Roraima, bordering Venezuela, for an additional sixty days.

The Bolivarian Government, on the other hand, in addition to the intense diplomatic and media activity, has been deepening the military exercises within the framework of the doctrine of military civic union for the integral defense of the territory. The Revolutionary Current Bolívar and Zamora have joined them with their active militancy in the Bolivarian National Militia, and make a call to all the patriotic forces and currents of the country, independently of ideological positions and beyond the criticisms, errors and ethical and political deviations of sectors of the government, to incorporate themselves firmly in the tasks of defense of the homeland.

Likewise, we call on the leadership of the revolution to intensify the actions linked to the announcement made on the convocation of popular assemblies and open town councils in the face of advanced elections of the National Assembly. It is central in this battle that the exercise of politics implies a radical opening to popular participation and protagonism, to collective debate and analysis, horizontal between the people and the leadership at all levels. Massive mobilizations and political acts are necessary, but it is crucial that steps are taken towards a policy centered on the principles of revolutionary democracy, whose fundamental basis is the power of the people, popular power.

It is also necessary to open spaces to organizations of all kinds (professional, territorial, guilds, neighborhoods, partisans, religious) beyond Chavismo. The present time requires a convocation that is capable of summing up all the wills that are against interference and war. The strength of the country must be placed in the preservation of peace, sovereignty and democracy. In this direction, La Corriente is promoting the realization of Popular Patriotic Civic-Military Marches in the territories, in the communities. It is about creating spaces for broad participation, where all sectors can materialize the necessary national alliance for peace, sovereignty and democracy.

These are crucial hours and Venezuela needs the participation of the entire population in this historic battle. It is not only a question of defending President Maduro and the Bolivarian government. What is at stake is the very life of the country, of the nation, that is, our existence as a people, our historical, cultural and affective unity. There is no time for hesitation. The moment is now.
National Coordination Revolutionary Current Bolívar and Zamora

Translation by Internationalist 360°