The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain
Week commencing 15th March 2019

Stand by Venezuela!

THE AMERICAN cyber-attack on Venezuela’s national power grid is the latest chapter in the less than covert attempt by US imperialism to bring down the Maduro government and destroy the Bolivarian revolution.

Most of Venezuela was blacked-out for nearly four days, bringing the country’s embattled economy to a near standstill. Although power is now returning, reactionary American politicians have rushed to celebrate the imperialist sabotage that deprived the population of an essential basic service, left hospitals without the power they require to work and disrupted other basic services that are indispensable in the everyday-life of the masses such as food, water supply, transportation, communications, public safety, trade, bank transactions and payments using credit cards. The sabotage perpetrated against the power supply system in Venezuela was an act of terror against the defenceless population of an entire nation, turning it into a hostage of the non-conventional war launched by US imperialism against the legitimate government of Nicolás Maduro and the civic and military union of the Bolivarian and Chavista people.

But the Venezuelan people have closed ranks around the Maduro government and the Chavista revolution that has dared to stand up to the might of US imperialism to empower working people to take power into their own hands.

Every step that the Trump clan and their Venezuelan hirelings take has been thwarted by the Venezuelan people. Every attempt by US imperialism and its Latin American agents to impose its will on the country has been exposed as a plot by the CIA and its local placemen to achieve ‘regime change’ in Venezuela.

The May government has joined in Donald Trump’s crusade against Venezuela by ordering the ‘independent’ Bank of England to withhold $1.2 billion in Venezuelan gold, in yet another attempt to curry favour with the White House.

Grovelling to the Americans comes, of course, as second nature to Tories, who believe that the global interests of the British ruling class are best preserved through the might of US imperialism. It’s a view also shared by the Blairites on the Labour backbenches and, indeed, by some who pose as Corbyn supporters who mask their support for imperialism with phoney talk about “human rights”, “democracy” and “humanitarian aid”.

Last month communist and workers’ parties, including the New Communist Party (NCP), condemned the imperialist plans of the USA, the European Union and their allies in Latin America to overthrow the legally elected Maduro government and get their greedy hands on Venezuela’s oil and gold assets.

The world communist movement condemned the latest provocations of US imperialism and stated that any attempted coup or imperialist attack will be opposed, not only by “the people of Venezuela, but also by the communist and workers’ parties — the working class and people’s movement all around the world!

“Loyal to the principles of proletarian Internationalism we express our solidarity with the people of Venezuela. Only the people of Venezuela have the capacity to decide on the internal affairs of their country. We express our solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela, the Communist Youth of Venezuela and other Venezuelan anti-imperialist forces that struggle under difficult conditions to defend the people’s interests.”