In response to recent false claims of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice that truckers in Venezuela are engaged in a strike, Venezuela’s National Union of Workers (UNT) issues a rejection of Rice’s strategy to attack Venezuela. See US Secretary of State Reverses Brief Thaw in Relations with Venezuela for more on Rice’s recent comments.
The U.S. Empire’s intention of promoting an International Front against Venezuela is rejected by the Venezuelan workers, even more when they intend to manipulate the international community by stating that it is necessary to support “the transport strike” that would be in course in Venezuela, and which is only in the imagination and bad intentions of Bush’s attacking government.
Pretending to support workers that allegedly protest against the legitimate and democratic government of President Chávez is an old trick the United States used in Chile when they promoted a Truckers Strike against Allende’s government. This plan led to the establishment of Pinochet’s bloody dictatorship.
The workers strongly respond to this new attack. As happened with the oil strike, we will not let them use and manipulate workers. We will face the pro-coup and pro-empire workers’ organization in its attempt to stop businesses and services and make it look like a workers’ strike according to the U.S. propaganda against Venezuela.
We reject worker’s and business organizations that disguise themselves as workers, that are part of a plan designed in Washington and that try to stop transportation when the working families are going to enjoy their Carnival vacations.
We made an appeal to all unions for working together against this new attack against workers. The National Union of Workers (UNT, Spanish acronym) calls all Latin American unions in order to prepare an international response by workers to this imperialist attack targeting Venezuela. We also call U.S. workers and their unions to reject this attack and manipulation that the U.S. government wants to carry out against workers and Venezuela.
LET’S REJECT THIS NEW IMPERIALIST ATTACK!
LET’S DEFEAT THE SABOTAGE ATTEMPTS AGAINST OUR COUNTRY!
WORKERS’ INTERNATIONAL UNITY TO STOP THE EMPIRE’S PLANS AGAINST VENEZUELA!
BOLIVAR’S HOMELAND MUST BE RESPECTED!
NATIONAL UNION OF VENEZUELAN WORKERS (UNT)