Latinx Greens demonstrate in defense of Venezuelan consulate in New York
In response to the seizure of the Venezuelan consulate in New York (Monday 3/18/2019) by allies of self-declared leader Juan Guaido, members of the Green Party's Latinx Caucus joined other demonstrators in defense of Venezuela and of international diplomatic law.
Greens from the Latinx Caucus along with allies from "A Call to Action on Puerto Rico" had been engaged in a rally for the Independence of Puerto Rico at the United Nations when word came that Guaido's supporters had seized Venezuela's diplomatic properties in Washington and New York. Bronx native and Green Party Latinx Caucus Co-chair William Nogueras stated, "we received word that right-wing supporters of Guaido occupied the consulate on 51st., so we all went straight over to defend Venezuela." This seizure of Venezuela's diplomatic properties, apparently supported by the U.S. government, was in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations which requires host countries to protect diplomatic missions.
Latinx Caucus of the Green Party of the United States
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2019
For more information contact
Lorraine Liriano Chávez or William Nogueras,
Latinx caucus of the Green Party US, [email protected]
The Latinx Caucus of the Green Party which has members from various Latinx communities throughout the country, has decried colonialism and opposes both, the Trump and Obama administration's sanctions on Venezuela.
In declaring through executive order that Venezuela poses an "unusual and extraordinary threat" to U.S. National Security and imposing severe sanctions, Obama laid the foundation for the current humanitarian crisis taking place in Venezuela. Trump's further tightening of sanctions and bombastic rhetoric has worsened the crisis.
The Latinx Caucus points to the history of U.S intervention in Latin America which has always led to the installation of Dictators and vast human rights abuses, to urge all Americans to join us in demanding that the U.S. stay out of Venezuela and end all sanctions, said Lorraine Liriano Chávez.
We also urge all Greens to join the Latinx Caucus in supporting "A Call to Action on Puerto Rico" to rally at the United Nations every 3rd Monday of the month, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.