Venezuelan VP Celebrates Puebla Group ‘Bravery’ at Progressive Bloc’s 9th Gathering in Mexico

“We’re not here to manage the crisis of capitalism, this is about putting political power into a project against Imperial hegemony,” said Rodríguez.
Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez addresses attendees at the 9th Gathering of the Puebla Group organized under the banner: “Moving forward in unity”.

Mexico City, Mexico, October 3, 2023 (venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez commended the “bravery” of the Puebla Group for its efforts to confront aggressions and unilateral sanctions against her country by the US and allied right-wing governments in the region.

The Puebla Group, founded in 2019 as a space to unite progressive parties and leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean, held its 9th Gathering in its namesake city in Mexico on Saturday and Sunday. The official slogan was “Moving forward in unity.”

More than 200 representatives from 18 countries, including numerous former presidents such as Ecuador’s Rafael Correa and Bolivia’s Evo Morales, discussed multilateralism, the climate change crisis, and regional unity in the face of an emerging multipolar global order.

“We’re not here to govern in order to manage the crisis of capitalism, [instead] this is about putting political power at the command of a project against Imperial hegemony, at the command of the unity and integration of our peoples, at the command of our economic independence,” said Rodríguez during her address Saturday at International Museum of the Baroque in Puebla.

The Venezuelan official focused her speech on the various methods employed by the US and its allies in the region to oust the Nicolás Maduro government from power, commenting on the economic measures employed against Venezuela that she classified as an “economic war.” 

Rodríguez reiterated the impact the US sanctions have had on the country, highlighting the freezing of the country’s assets abroad and the seizure of Citgo, Venezuela’s most important foreign asset that will likely soon see its shares auctioned off in order to settle arbitration awards.

The Puebla Group’s official declaration from its 9th gathering explicitly condemned unilateral coercive measures, also known as sanctions, against Venezuela and Cuba.

“These acts not only violate the charter of human rights, but also represent a declaration of war and subsequent acts that impact the most vulnerable,” read the declaration.

The Puebla Group called for a rejection of neoliberalism, proposing what it called a “solidarity model of development”. The statement similarly denounced the use of legal instruments to exclude or marginalize political leaders and parties, a practice commonly known as “lawfare.” The group went on to explicitly back Guatemalan President-elect Bernardo Arévalo as he and his party face efforts to “sabotage” the transition of power in the Central American nation.

Furthermore, the group’s declaration called for the “dedollarization” of the world economy, calling instead for various currencies to be used for international commerce. The dominance of the US dollar for international transactions has been historically used by the US to enforce its hegemony and exclude countries such as Venezuela and Russia from global trade systems such as SWIFT.

The Venezuelan government continued to strengthen its international alliances with National Assembly President Jorge Rodríguez’s visit to Moscow Saturday. He met the President of the State Duma of the Russian Federation, Viacheslav Volodin, signing various agreements to facilitate cooperation between the two countries’ parliaments. The legislative delegation’s trip to Russia came as part of the 1st “Russia – Latin America” International Parliamentary Conference. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the conference on its opening day, with his speech touching on similar themes as those explored by the Puebla Group.

“It would not be an exaggeration to say that even today Latin American countries are showing a pattern in the success of the progressive process of forming a multipolar system of international relations based on equality, justice, respect for international law and each other’s legitimate interests,” said Putin.

In his address to the conference, the Venezuelan National Assembly president backed Putin’s call for the construction of a multipolar world, denounced US-led sanctions and called for a united defense of national sovereignty. Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the Parliamentary Conference, Jorge Rodríguez likewise held bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Cuba and Honduras.

Edited by Ricardo Vaz in Lafayette, Colorado.