US Dragooning CARICOM Into Its Continued Efforts To Overthrow The Democratically Elected Government of Venezuela
By A.T. Freeman
Following the successfully concluded parliamentary elections in Venezuela on 6 December, the United States has stepped up its illegal efforts to overthrow the government in that country and replace it with a hand chosen puppet.
Calm and Incident Free Elections
To the bitter disappointment of the US and its regime change followers, the election passed off quietly and without incident. According to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela National Electoral Council there was a 30.5% turnout in the elections with the Great Patriotic Pole alliance of parties, which is led by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), receiving 68.43 % of the votes cast and forming the majority in the newly elected parliament. Other parties whose representatives were elected included Democratic Action, Venezuela United and COPEI, which are considered to be part of the opposition to the Bolivarian process, together with the Progressive Advance and Change and the Communist Party of Venezuela/Popular Revolutionary Alternative.
Intensified Regime Change Efforts
Against this background the elections have only driven the US to intensify its regime change efforts against Venezuela. This strategy has been constant since Hugo Chavez was elected president of that country in 1998 and signalled his intention to use Venezuela’s oil wealth for the benefit of its people rather than allowing US oil corporations to steal it. The US efforts have included the attempted coup in 2002, harsh economic sanctions including the theft of Venezuelan property in the USA and United Kingdom, the January 2019 imposition by Washington of Juan Guiado as supposed president of Venezuela in concert with inciting rioting, street violence and sabotage of that country’s electricity infrastructure. Today, as well as continuing to use its creation the Organisation of American States (OAS) in its efforts, the US is also trying to involve CARICOM member states in pursuing its regime change plans.
With this aim in mind, the Permanent Council of the OAS convened a special virtual meeting on the 9 December. In this session, the organisation passed a resolution condemning the Venezuelan election and declaring that the hemispheric grouping would not recognise the results. A number of CARICOM states, realising the illegal aims of the OAS meeting, absented themselves from the meeting on the basis that it had been improperly convened. These states included Dominica, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua and Barbuda. Another group attended the meeting but abstained on the resolution. These included St Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Barbados and Belize. The CARICOM governments which voted for the resolution included Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Lucia and the Bahamas.
These Caribbean governments that have put themselves at the disposal of the US are in no position to lecture anyone on democratic legitimacy. In Haiti’s last legislative elections, the turnout was well under 25% and on January 13, 2020, the mandate of Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies and two-thirds of its senators ended, rendering parliament non-functional. Since then, President Jovenel Moïse has been governing by issuing decrees. The current Guyanese government was strong-armed into power by Mike Pompeo in the face of opposition claims of widespread electoral fraud. The Jamaican government of Andrew Holness, which was elected to power with a smaller proportion of the eligible votes than the winning coalition in Venezuela, took it upon itself to lecture the people of Venezuela on electoral legitimacy.
Jamaican Government Declaration
In a footnote to the notorious OAS resolution, it declared, “The Government of Jamaica remains deeply concerned with the ongoing developments in Venezuela and indeed is particularly concerned about the well-being of the people of that country. In keeping with the principles noted in Resolution AG/RES. 2963 (L-O/20), adopted by the General Assembly on 21st October 2020, we believe that the lead up to the elections held in Venezuela on 6th December 2020, lacked the necessary conditions established in international law, to be determined as the free exercise of a democratic process. Jamaica further believes that the OAS has an important role to play in promoting peace and security in the hemisphere, through an inclusive process, in keeping with the rules and procedures of the Organization. We are also of the view that there is the need for a careful legal assessment by the OAS, of what has unfolded following the elections held on 6th December 2020, including the legal implications, in the context of the OAS”.
It has obviously not occurred to Holness that if the winners of the election in Venezuela are illegitimate having gained the votes of 21% of the eligible voters, so must his government be since they only received the support of 18.6% of eligible voters in Jamaica’s September 3 election.
Andrew Holness, without the support of the Jamaican people and behind their backs, is dragging that country into the criminal machinations of the US regime changers to overthrow the government of Venezuela. The same can be said of the other CARICOM governments who are engaging themselves in Washington’s dirty business. The US must end its regime change efforts against the people of Venezuela and CARICOM member states must, at the very least, distance themselves from these criminal activities.