For immediate release
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
LOCAL GROUP OF LATIN AMERICANS DENOUNCE RIGHT WING VIOLENCE IN VENEZUELA
The Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton would like to call upon all groups who value democracy, equity, liberty, peace and justice to support the constitutional Bolivarian government of Venezuela and democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro.
This past 12th of February opposition demonstrations throughout the country lead to destabilization and violence. The destabilization was organized by Villca Fernandez, the leader of the extreme right wing student movement; Leopoldo Lopez, leader of the extreme right political party “Voluntad Popular” and Maria Corina Machado, deputy of the National Assembly. These three opposition leaders summoned people to “take to the streets” in an attempt to destabilize and overthrow the democratically elected president.
Shortly after the leaders of the opposition left the demonstrations, a violent attack against the office of the Public Ministry erupted with a small group of masked persons throwing rocks and homemade explosives. As a result, Juan “Juancho” Montoya, a community leader of the barrio “23 de Enero” (23 of January) and an opposition student “Basil De Costa” suffered fatal bullet wounds to the head in an act that mimicked the sniper shots fired the day of the attempted coup against past President Hugo Chavez on April 11, 2002. It is important to note that the constitutional government of Nicolas Maduro has won both the 2013 Federal and Municipal elections.
The Memoria Viva Society of Edmonton also denounces the corporate media that is equally implicit in aiding and protecting undemocratic leaders and promoting misinformation and violence. The corporate media of Venezuela along with international media outlets, continue to provide the public with biased accounts of the events of February 12, 2014. The demonstrators are portrayed as pacifists against a “repressive, corrupt and violent” regime and those leading and organizing the attacks depicted as victims and political prisoners.
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