Thursday, January 24, 2019

Led by the USA, 'Lima Group' advances its intervention plans against Venezuela

The so-called "Lima Group," made up of governments from 13 Latin American countries, decided not to recognize the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro, who takes office on January 10. The decision was taken at a meeting held on January 4. The current Foreign Minister of Bolsonaro military government, Ernesto Araújo, attended the meeting.

At the meeting, governments took the decision not to recognize the Venezuelan government as legitimate and constitutional, and urged Maduro to hand over the power to the parliament - of majoritarian opposition.

The Lima Group is an organization that was created in 2017 at the initiative of the Peruvian government, which was encouraged by Yankee imperialism, with the objective of isolating the Venezuelan government and increasing the political and economic pressure on the regime of Nicolás Maduro, with the immediate objective of "reestablishing democracy in Venezuela ".

Today, the Lima Group, coordinated by Yankee imperialism - in the person of the Yankee Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who personally leads the work of the Group - pressures the government of Maduro to dissolve the Constituent Assembly convened by him in 2017. A Constituent Assembly, of corporatist character, that holds supreme power and thus replaced the Venezuelan parliament, removing the groups of "opposition" from power.

The Lima Group is composed of the governments of Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Panama and Paraguay. In addition to the official countries, it seems that there will be participation of the Secretary of State for Yankee imperialism, Mike Pompeo, in the videoconference meetings.


The serious social, political and institutional crisis in Venezuela is the result of a serious economic crisis of that country's bureaucratic capitalism. The Venezuelan economy is sustained by the export of commodities, especially crude oil (95% of exports), and the largest buyer is the USA, followed by China. Thus the relative economic and political stability that the Hugo Chávez government enjoyed from its election in 1999 through 2013 was due to the high oil prices in the international market, which varied in 2013 and threw the Venezuelan economy down the pit.

The economic crisis and the flight of capital (industrial plants and imperialist capitals out of the country) led to an even greater internal strife between the sectors of the Venezuelan big bourgeoisie, especially between the comprador fraction (banks and financial monopolies) and the bureaucratic fraction (monopolies industrial sectors linked to the State) that seek greater control of the State apparatus to allocate resources to their respective businesses.

Yankee imperialism, seeking to stabilize the country to better plunder it and to overexploit Venezuelan workers, stimulates and propels the purchasing power groups of the big bourgeoisie to subvert the regime of Nicolas Maduro and install a new government in its place. 

Since taking office, Donald Turmp, head of the USA, even mentioned that he is studying "a military option" to solve the crisis in Venezuela; other officials of US imperialism say openly about the possibility of a coup against Maduro.

Among the reactionary crossfire of these fractions of the big bourgeoisie, the workers, peasants and workers in general, in addition to the small and medium land owners, suffer. Inflation is 13,000 percent, and unemployment is expected to rise to 36 percent by 2022. High unemployment and miserable wages implies that households do not consume and this increases the bankruptcy of small and medium-sized national companies, which, in turn, increases unemployment and social collapse.

The Peru People's Movement (Reorganization Committee), an organization created by the Communist Party of Peru for international work, wrote in a statement published in September 2018: 

"A great opportunity to rebuild its Communist Party is presented to the proletariat of Venezuela, because it is a necessity. The proletariat of this country, represented by its vanguard, has to fight to lead the armed struggle by opposing the military intervention of imperialist if it takes place. Regardless of the situation, the Maoist revolutionaries in Venezuela must take the lead in the struggle of the masses to lead it against imperialism, semi-feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism, transforming the armed struggle into a People's War, all to make revolution. "

translated from A Nova Democracia website of Brazil by Dem Volke Dienen

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