CODEPINK disrupts Mike Pompeo: “Don’t support a coup in Venezuela!”



CODEPINK disrupts Mike Pompeo speaking at Organization of American States in DC, “don’t support a coup in Venezuela!”


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January 24, 2019 - CODEPINK’s Medea Benjamin disrupted Mike Pompeo speaking today at Organization of American States in DC to protest U.S. administration support the coup taking place in Venezuela. Her sign read “OAS: Don’t Support a Coup in Venezuela.”

Video of disruption here:

Benjamin spoke out: Pompeo and the OAS should not be orchestrating a coup in Venezuela. The U.S. has a long and sordid history of supporting coups in Latin America and they always turned out horrible for the people. Look at Guatemala in 53’ and Chile in 73’, as well as Honduras today.”

Adding to the horror of a coup in Venezuela, we are appalled that Trump has appointed himself dictator of the world, empowered to decide who is president of a sovereign country. "No one in a democratic country, especially not the media, should be supporting Trump’s unilateral action to declare Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela,” said CODEPINK co-founder Jodie Evans.

Earlier today,  Donald Trump tweeted that he recognized Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaido as the “Interim President of Venezuela” despite Nicolas Maduro being democratically elected & sworn in for a second term in May.  

All of this comes as Venezuela is facing an economic crisis caused in part by falling oil prices and broad U.S. sanctions. In November 2018, the Congressional Research Service published a short overview of current U.S. sanctions in Venezuela. The report states: “Analysts are concerned that stronger sanctions could exacerbate Venezuela’s difficult humanitarian situation, which has been marked by shortages of food and medicines, increased poverty, and mass migration. Many Venezuelan civil society groups oppose sanctions that could worsen humanitarian conditions.”

“Trump’s declaration that Juan Guaido is the Interim President of Venezuela is not dissimilar to his action to declare, in violation of international law and world consensus, Jerusalem the capital of Israel. It flies in the face of democracy and diplomatic international relations” said CODEPINK national co-director Ariel Gold.

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  • Martin O'Donnell
    commented 2019-01-25 19:26:54 -0500
    Against democracy once again as in the days of Smedley Butler.Monied interests in D.C. stomping on the U.S. Constitution.Those like Pompeo know no truths to be self evident.
  • Glamenis Echenique
    commented 2019-01-25 14:32:33 -0500
    Excuse my english! Use the google translator.
  • Glamenis Echenique
    commented 2019-01-25 14:31:21 -0500
    Please like to justify an intromission and intervention of the USA and other countries. If it is your backyard, that is your home but our country is respected. If we talk about the dead, we’re going to talk. Those students are the same ones who burned children’s maternity centers, burned hospitals, attacked public transport that you thought were saints. By god I do not justify the dead but they were invited and deceived by the same Venezuelan opposition they were used as cannon fodder because it is a film edited and the same USA that they use in all the countries that they want to adminstrar.Tu you think that this asymmetrical war of 20 What have you done to Venezuela for CHavez? Is it because of Maduro? It is for the oil tanker and all the riches of the Venezuelan people. And you right-wing people have believed that this brave people that liberated 7 nations will be able to let themselves be governed by a small group of ultra right that has killed so many people in their 40 years of the 4th Republic? These neo-Nazis, xenophobes and racists are going to deliver Venezuela to the transnationals of the world. Why is so much noise with Venezuela you think people are stupid? Please. Long live the brave people of Venezuela who never tire of fighting against people as vain and as directed and mediated as you. To defend that homeland that country is the guarantee of many resources for the whole world.
  • Jorge E. Meleán
    commented 2019-01-25 08:40:40 -0500
    With all due respect, CODEPINK is obviously not well informed of the reality of what is and has been happening in Venezuela for the last few years. Are you aware for example of the numerous human right violations charged against the Maduro regime? Have you informed yourself of the way the regime has stayed in power for so long? Are you aware of the names of the many young students that have been killed by Maduro’s armed groups?
    The Trump administration is taking a strong stance in supporting a peaceful democratic end to the nightmare in Venezuela, and finally standing up against the corruption and Castro-Communism in our hemisphere, which the longer we have allowed it to continue, the more it continues to affect North America.
    There is no coup going on in Venezuela. On the contrary, we are trying to restore democracy and provide humanitarian relief to the Venezuelans.
  • Jackson Maldonado
    commented 2019-01-25 08:05:20 -0500
    Do you protest just for the sake of protesting? You are backing a military dictatorship
  • Anna Meehan
    commented 2019-01-24 23:48:10 -0500
    Por favor… Deja Venezuela en paz. Deja Nicolas Maduro estar presidente de su pais.