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Veterans For Peace Chapter 92

(VFP 92) is the local chapter of Veterans For Peace in the greater Seattle area.

Stop U.S. War on Venezuela! Solidarity w/ DC Embassy Protectors!

Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Emergency Protest Saturday 5/18 @ 1 pm , 4th and Pine, Seattle (Westlake)
Stop the U.S. War on Venezuela! Support the Embassy Protection Collective in Washington DC!

The Trump administration is waging an economic, political and diplomatic war on Venezuela, seeking to isolate and strangle the country, while at the same time threatening a military assault.
In an outrageous move, Trump on January 23 appointed a previously unknown extreme right-wing politician, the puppet Juan Guiadó, as “president” of Venezuela, in place of the elected president, Nicolás Maduro. But the Venezuelan people have heroically resisted and
defeated this latest attempt at U.S.-sponsored regime change.

In blatant violation of international law, the State Department has attempted to turn over the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC to a representative of the puppet Guaidó. But for weeks, a courageous group of activists, invited by the legitimate government of Venezuela, have been inside the embassy, resisting a takeover by fascist thugs aided by the U.S. Secret Service and the DC police.

A number of supporters of the Embassy Protection Collective (EPC) have been assaulted by extreme right-wingers surrounding the embassy, which federal and local police have watched, only arresting defenders of the EPC.

The Secret Service and DC police have refused to arrest fascists who have carried out repeated acts of vandalism against a building which is protected under the Vienna Convention, to which the United States is a signatory. Now, both electric power and water to the embassy have been shut off.

In conjunction with the national mobilization at the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC, please join us for an emergency protest and solidarity action Saturday, May 18 @ 1 pm at 4th and Pine

-ANSWER Coalition Seattle   https://www.facebook.com/events/2100707646818402/

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Veterans Call on U.S. Troops to Resist Illegal Orders to Invade Venezuela in Response to Trump

Veterans For Peace (VFP) calls on all members of the U.S. military to refuse illegal orders to intervene in Venezuela. Furthermore, VFP urges all U.S. military leaders to inform the president that they will order their units to stand down from preparations to invade Venezuela. 
President Donald Trump has called on Venezuelan soldiers to disobey orders and join coup perpetrators headed by U.S.-backed opposition leader, Juan Guaidó.  If they do not do this, President Trump threatened: “You will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out.  You will lose everything.”

Veterans For Peace President, Gerry Condon states, “While President Trump speaks of supporting democracy in Venezuela and Latin America, the real purpose of the U.S. assault on the Venezuelan government is to fully open the vast Venezuelan oil reserves to U.S. and other Western oil corporations as well as to destroy progressive governments in Latin America that put their own peoples’ needs above the profits of foreign corporations.”

Illegal, immoral and irresponsible U.S. actions, including "sanctions" (economic war) have already taken a great toll on the people Venezuela.  Nonetheless, the vast majority of Venezuelan people and military are standing firm against foreign intervention.
There is a very real possibility that President Trump will order U.S. troops to intervene in Venezuela, whether through a direct invasion and occupation, or through support for irregular counter-revolutionary forces. This would likely lead to a widening war that could spread to other Latin American countries and the Caribbean, bringing increasing suffering to the peoples of Latin America and the U.S.
It is illegal under both U.S. and international law to launch a military attack against another nation unless it is clearly in self-defense, and is approved by the United Nations. 

There are a number of options for GI’s who do not wish to follow illegal orders. Veterans For Peace wants service-members to be fully informed as they make profound choices with possibly serious consequences. We urge GI’s facing possible deployment to contact the National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force at (619) 463-2369 and/or help@militarylawhelp.com for referral to a civilian attorney to discuss your options.

Interviews available upon request.
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Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 and has approximately 3,000 members in 150 chapters located in every U.S. state and several countries.  It is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization, is recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations, and is the only national veterans' organization calling for the abolishment of war.

 

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