Protest actions were held around Australia on November 17 as part of the "Chavez not Bush!" international week of solidarity with Venezuela. The actions called opposed US interference in Venezuela's December 3 presidential election. In Sydney (pictured), 40 people picketing the US consulate were addressed by Keysar Trad from the Islamic Friendship Association, and Kiraz Janicke and Marce Cameron from the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Trad spoke strongly in favour of Venezuela's right to self-determination and pointed to Iraq and Afghanistan as disastrous examples of the US government's failure to respect this principle.
' Chavez not Bush!'