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posted 5 Mar 2013, 22:22 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 6 Mar 2013, 02:43 ]


The National Workers Union stands in solidarity with the poor and working people of Venezuela as they mourn the death of President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías. Chávez’s death is a great setback in the struggle of the people of Venezuela to build a just and fair society on the basis of anti-capitalism and free of imperialist subversion. 
With the death of Chávez, we can expect stepped up intervention and destabilisation from the United States. Indeed, just hours before Chávez died the Venezuelan government announced the expulsion of Air Attaché David Delmonaco, and assistant Air Attaché Devlin Costal of the US embassy in Caracas for being implicated in “conspiracy plans” involving attempts to subvert the Venezuelan armed forces. 
The US will step up its attempts to derail the Bolivarian revolution and the Bolivarian regime is going to be subjected to renewed bouts of subversion, political interference and economic sabotage during the run up to the presidential elections which must be held within a month of Chávez’s death. 

The US was deeply involved in the 2002 coup against the Chávez regime and will fancy its chances in this time of Venezuelan vulnerability. The US already has a military presence in Colombia.
The United States is in the throes of economic crisis and geo-political decline and to offset that decline has raised its military profile all over the globe. In 2008, in an attempt to intimidate Latin American regimes that were exercising their sovereignty the United States re-established the Fourth Fleet which had been mothballed since 1950.

Ever since Don Francisco de Miranda used Port of Spain in 1806-1807 as a base to pursue the independence struggle against Spain in the early 19th century, Trinidad has harboured Venezuelan revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries and the two countries have become inextricably intertwined in a relationship that goes way beyond trade. 

Heightened US aggression is bad news for T&T and the Caribbean. Many Caribbean countries are beneficiaries of the Petro Caribe arrangement which offers them breathing space as they struggle with high energy prices in a situation of economic decline and declining income from tourism. 
T&T is a listening post and a staging area, a jumping off point for US meddling in our closest neighbour's affairs and we are liable to be used as a forward base, an unsinkable warship in the mouth of the Orinoco River. The sovereign territory of T&T is in danger of becoming a hotbed of US subversion and sabotage against our revolutionary neighbour. 

T&T and the US have signed several trade and security deals and we must keep our eyes open for increased US intelligence activity in T&T. 
The National Workers Union calls upon the people of Trinidad and Tobago to be vigilant in the face of an increasingly dangerous military situation in the Caribbean. The T&T government isn’t strong on the question of national sovereignty. When the US Helms Burton Act, contrary to international law, was invoked to prevent the 2011 Caricom Cuba Summit from taking place at the Hilton Hotel the Prime Minister’s response was that “it is not for me to tell the American people what is in their best interest." 

The National Workers Union calls upon the people of Trinidad and Tobago to insist that the government does not allow our country to be used by the US to engage in imperialist destabilisation of Venezuela. Failure to do so will drag our country into a war of aggression (low intensity or otherwise) which may well see our people become collateral damage as the US pursues its goal of derailing the Bolivarian Revolution 
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Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)