Venezuela independence speak-out

July 12, 2008

BRISBANE — To mark US and Venezuela independence days, on July 4 and 5 respectively, a speak-out sponsored by the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society and Australia Solidarity with Latin America was held on July 4 to demand an end to US intervention in Central and Latin America.

Speakers called for solidarity with the Venezuelan and Cuban revolutions, which are standing up to US domination in the region, and warned that the US government is planning to increase its intervention in Latin America. They noted that, since the failure of the 2002 attempted coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, the US has stepped up its military exercises in the region and its funding of right-wing opposition groups in Venezuela.

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