Saturday, February 13, 2021

Joint Statement: Slander and threats against the Communist Party of Venezuela are unacceptable

More than 40 Communist and Workers' Parties sign a joint statement denouncing the attempt by Venezuela's governing party PSUV and President Maduro to politically marginalize and undermine the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV). 

Read here a PCV statement issued earlier this month.

More specifically, the joint statement reads:

Slander and threats against the Communist Party of Venezuela are unacceptable 

 Solidarity with the people, the workers'-people's movement and the CP of Venezuela

The parties signing this Joint Statement have been firmly standing at the side of the people of Venezuela and have repeatedly denounced and condemned the imperialist aggression of the United States, the European Union, and their allies in Latin America against Venezuela and the coup attempt to overthrow the elected president Nicolás Maduro. For us, the denouncing and opposing to the imperialist attacks against the people of Venezuela and the peoples of the world are non-negotiable. 

Based on the principles of Proletarian Internationalism, we maintain warm comradely relations with the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV), which defends the interests of the working class and the working people of Venezuela both against the imperialists as well as the local capitalists that exploit the people and trample on their rights and thus  it demands a revolutionary way out of the capitalist crisis in its country. 

We defend the right of the Communist Party of Venezuela, based on its ideological, political and organizational independence, to distance itself from the ruling PSUV party, to stand for election on its own ballot, to criticize the government, and to oppose its policies, since the government imposes measures that affect the rights and achievements of the people. 

Before the December 2020 elections, the PSUV launched an attempt to slander and exclude the PCV. Initially, an attempt was made to silence and conceal the candidacy of the PCV by excluding its voice from the public and private media. Attempts are now being made to blackmail the PCV into joining one of the two majority parliamentary groups (of the government or of the right-wing opposition) as a precondition to have the right to speak in the National Assembly. Recently, the attack on the PCV escalated when President Maduro repeatedly implied that the PCV was part of “the long arm of US imperialism”. Based on this slander, threats of anti-communist persecution, criminalization and repression of workers'-people's struggles and organizations are being launched. 

This accusation is unacceptable and slanderous, as evidenced by the long course and the heroic struggles of the PCV against imperialism, for the rights of the Venezuelan people. We denounce any thought of persecution against the PCV and other organizations of the people's-revolutionary movement in Venezuela. 

We reject any attempt to undermine the political rights of the PCV and the working class. In this sense, we demand that the government of President Nicolás Maduro stops the attacks and slander aimed at criminalizing the fair struggle of the PVC and the workers of Venezuela. 

Our parties express once again their solidarity with the people of Venezuela, who are the victims of imperialist attacks and the anti-popular management of the capitalist crisis. We particularly express our support for the fair struggle of the Communist Party and the Communist Youth of Venezuela, which defend the interests of the working class and the people under all circumstances.

Solidarity with the Communist Party of Venezuela! 

Proletarians of all countries unite!

SolidNet Parties 

  1. Communist Party of Albania
  2. Communist Party of Armenia
  3. Communist Party of Australia
  4. Party of Labour of Austria
  5. Progressive Tribune-Bahrain
  6. Communist Party of Bangladesh
  7. Communist Party of Belgium
  8. Brazilian Communist Party
  9. Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia
  10. Communist Party of Bulgaria
  11. Party of the Bulgarian Communists
  12. Communist Party in Denmark
  13. Communist Party of El Salvador
  14. German Communist Party
  15. Communist Party of Greece
  16. Hungarian Workers' Party
  17. Communist Party of Kurdistan-Iraq
  18. Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan
  19. Socialist Party of Latvia
  20. Communist Party of Luxembourg
  21. Communist Party of Malta
  22. Communist Party of Mexico
  23. New Communist Party of the Netherlands
  24. Communist Party of Pakistan
  25. Palestinian Peoples Party
  26. Paraguayan Communist Party
  27. Philippine Communist Party [PKP 1930]
  28. Romanian Socialist Party
  29. Russian Communist Workers Party
  30. Union of Communist Parties-CPSU
  31. Party Communists of Serbia
  32. Communist Party of the Workers of Spain
  33. Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain
  34. Sudanese Communist Party
  35. Syrian Communist Party
  36. Communist Party of Swaziland
  37. Communist Party of Turkey
  38. Communist Party of Ukraine
  39. Union of Communists of Ukraine
  40. Communist Party of Venezuela

Other Parties 

  1. Union of Communists in Bulgaria
  2. Fronte Comunista (Italy)

The statement is open for further endorsements.