Economic Warfare in Venezuela: Understanding US imperialism from Palestine to Chile

Documentary screening and discussion panel

When: Friday, February 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Where: 612 Markham St, Toronto. MAP HERE  (1 minute from Bathurst subway stop on Bloor line (Markham St. exit). Join Facebook event HERE
Cost: Free

After losing the elections of April 14, 2013, and having failed in their efforts to cast doubt on the electoral results, the Venezuelan right-wing, with the guidance of US agents, changed its strategy. They recycled a 40-year old plan used against Chile and Salvador Allende to launch an economic sabotage aimed at bringing down the Venezuelan government lead by President Nicolas Maduro.

We look at the response to this situation by the Bolivarian government, in alliance with Socialist Communes, PSUV Party, Social Movements, Workers and other sectors of the organized population.

After screening a short documentary ‘Carbon Copy: The Economic War in Venezuela’ about the current situation in Venezuela, there will be a discussion panel with speakers presenting ongoing resistance to economic sanction and tactics to oppress people of Palestine and Chile.

We also commemorate the Day of Dignity of the Venezuelan People, the attempted coup of 1992 lead by Hugo Chávez and his Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 directed against pro-US President Carlos Andrés Pérez and his neoliberal economic reforms. This historic event was the seed to build and spread the Bolivarian project across Venezuela and Latin America.

Speakers:

– Martha Pardo is the General Consul of the Bolivian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto.

– Santiago Escobar is the Director of Alianza PAIS Canada, he has been working in Social Movements in Ecuador and Venezuela for about 12 years; specially focusing on implementing People’s Media platforms, and against oil giant Chevron. Since arriving in Canada 5 years ago, he has worked on migrant workers’ rights with migrant farm workers in the Niagara region.

– Robert Massoud is a Palestinian-Canadian. He is the founder of Zatoun, Fair Trade olive oil from Palestine (since 2004) and in 2010, he founded Beit Zatoun as a meeting place for building awareness and solidarity across communities and issues – local and global.

– Manuel Luna is member of the Hugo Chavez Peoples Defense Front, economist and past lecturer at York University, who landed in Canada as political refugee during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.

Live music by Juan San Martin and Victor Zaldivia.

Event organized by General Consul of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Toronto, Hugo Chavez Peoples’ Defense Front and Beit Zatoun.

More info at: www.venezuelasolidarity.ca

Need to know:

– Doors open at 6:20
– Free event
– Accessible on demand via portable ramp; washrooms not accessible
– Please avoid using strong-scented products due to sensitivities
– Tasty snacks and refreshments (non-alcoholic) will be provided.

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