OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro: Silent on Colombia and supportive of Israeli apartheid and violence. He must go now!
OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro keeps siding with the oppressors. He’s said nothing about Colombia, where at least 39 protestors have been murdered by security forces and another 379 have been disappeared. Yet he can’t stop tweeting in support of Israel - without a mention of the atrocities committed against Palestinians.
After one of the deadliest nights in Colombia earlier this month, Almagro held a meeting the next day to talk about Venezuela. After thousands of people around the world rallied in solidarity with Palestine over the weekend, Almagro designated Hamas a terrorist organization.
The OAS charter claims it is meant to promote peace, justice, solidarity and independence - but it does none of that. What it does promote is U.S. foreign policy, which is no surprise, as 60% of OAS funding comes from our tax dollars.
It’s no exaggeration to say that the OAS is an extension of the State Department. Almagro led the charge for regime change in Venezuela, even seating fake Venezuelan diplomats from the fake government the U.S. tried to install. He’s pushing for regime change in Nicaragua. He routinely condemns Cuba. He supports Haitian dictator Jovenel Moise. He’s remained silent on the violent repression of protests in Colombia, Chile and Ecuador. These are all positions the OAS shares with the U.S.
At CODEPINK, our campaign against Almagro began when he played an instrumental role in the coup in Bolivia in 2019, leading to massacres and a right-wing coup government that oppressed its population for nearly a year. Even after the people took their government back, Almagro is still at it, criticizing the new government for prosecuting the coup regime for its crimes against humanity.
In radical solidarity,
Leonardo, Michelle, Teri, and Medea
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