International mobilisation against coup - solidarity with Venezuela

All around the world there were rallies, pickets and meetings against the attempted coup in Venezuela and in support of the revolution. Here are some accounts of those. 

 In London, after several soldiarity meetings during the week and assaults on Venezuelan consular staff by Capriles supporters there was a tense stand off between Capriles supporters and supporters of the Bolivarian revolution at the embassy on Saturday 20. Here's a report: 

Last Saturday in Central London a group of Venezuelan and Latin American activists decided to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with Venezuelan Democracy, the group slowly started to gather around 12pm in front of the Venezuelan Embassy, by 2 o’clock when the opposition had arrived there was already a group of people chanting “We are democracy, Maduro President”.

The Capriles supporters were surprised that there were ordinary people who were prepared to defend democracy in Venezuela. Both sides sang the Venezuelan National anthem and chanted ‘the people united will never be defeated’. The demonstration on both sides was mainly peaceful with occasional angry opposition demonstrators shouting racial abuse or accusing people of being paid to attend the vigil (see this Facebook picture gallery for some examples, warning, content is shocking)

Surprisingly there were people in the opposition who wanted to know more about the organisers of the pro-democracy vigil. This type of conversations took place on the sides and some ended with a handshake.

DemandaDerechistaWe were asked by a Venezuelan of the opposition why were we there defending something that was not of our concern. So, we answered that since the Bolivarian Revolution there is in Latin America a union that we had never seen before, organizations such as UNASUR and ALBA had made that union more palpable and real. We said that the democracy in Venezuela is our concern since an attack on a democratically elected president could open the door for coups d’états like we used to have in the continent.

Also, something that caught our attention was a placard of the opposition that said: ‘Remember Falklands, Iraq, Libya… We deserve attention from Britain because Venezuela has oil too!! And more.’ This placard shows how desperate ‘Caprilistas’ are, inviting imperialists forces to occupy Venezuela.

The day was a great success for the defenders of democracy as around 5pm the opposition dispersed fast, it almost looked like they had vanished. We found ourselves hugging, singing and dancing. It was clear that we had won, and that our message of peace and democracy was hard loud and clear.

Hands Off Venezuela
Bolivia Solidarity Campaign
Latin American Workers Association

and some PICS: 

defending Bolivarian revolution LAWAS Liga Right wingers asking for UK military interventionRight wingers asking for UK military intervention

The Venezuelan embassy in London also covered both the opposition and the solidarity demos

- excellent report and PIC Gallery of the action in Berlín - by FBR Peumayén

and a VIDEO:

- Venezuelanalysis has also published a PIC Gallery of actions around the world:

Sydney (Australia Venezuela Solidarity Network)

- Report of mobilisations around Europe and PIC gallery (by Prensa Juventud PSUV Alemania in Aporrea)

Sweden - Prensa Juventud PSUV desde Europa (Comando Internacional Antigolpe)

- VIDEO of rally in Barcelona on April 17



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