Protest Against Intervention in Venezuela (12/18, SF)

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Tue Dec 17 17:56:44 MST 2002


Protest In San Francisco Against Intervention in Venezuela
by solidarity * Tuesday December 17, 2002 at 04:04 PM
venezuelasolidarity at hotmail.com

S.F. PRESS CONFERENCE / RALLY IN SUPPORT OF VENEZUELA'S DEMOCRATIC
PROCESS COORDINATED WITH ACTIONS NATIONWIDE
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18th, NOON at VENEZUELAN CONSULATE 311 CALIFORNIA @ BATTERY

Local News Desk

For Immediate Release: Contact: Amie Fishman (415) 317-2509
December 16, 2002 or Eric Quezada (415) 699-0270


S.F. PRESS CONFERENCE / RALLY IN SUPPORT OF VENEZUELA'S DEMOCRATIC
PROCESS COORDINATED WITH ACTIONS NATIONWIDE
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 18th, NOON at VENEZUELAN CONSULATE

Bay Area community leaders embark on second trip to gain knowledge of
turbulent political situation and support democracy in Venezuela

San Francisco, CA - A second fact-finding delegation to Venezuela
this year will launch with a press conference and rally on Wednesday
December 18th at noon, at the Venezuelan Consulate, 311 California
St., in San Francisco in conjunction with other rallies of solidarity
with Venezuela's democratic process throughout the U.S. and the
world, including Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Paris, France.

Delegation members will gain first-hand knowledge of Venezuela's
complex political situation through dialogues with civic leaders,
community members, labor leaders, independent media makers, and
neighborhood groups dedicated to community-driven development (known
as Bolivarian Circles).

Venezuela is currently experiencing the longest sustained general
strike in its history. This strike has been coordinated by the
richest sectors of Venezuelan society, some of whom briefly overthrew
the democratically elected government of President Hugo Chávez in a
violent coup on April 11th of this year, and some of whom have
publicly called for similar unconstitutional measures in the current
conflict.

Though Chavez has been elected twice in the last four years and his
policy reforms have been ratified by a majority in national
referendums, the government has been continually under siege by
well-funded groups in Venezuela and abroad who have sought to
destabilize the oil-rich nation.

Strongly biased, anti-Chavez reporting by media outlets in Venezuela
and the U.S. has made it difficult to ascertain the situation on the
ground (as documented by media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy
in Reporting, at http://www.fair.org).

The delegation is a project of the Venezuela Solidarity Group (VSG),
a network of Bay Area community leaders who support democracy and
equitable development in Venezuela. In keeping with international
law, the VSG also works to oppose illegal intervention by other
nations in Venezuela's affairs.

Wednesday's press conference will be a send-off for the delegation,
which will last ten days in early January. Please contact Amie
Fishman at 415-317-2509 or Eric Quezada at 415-699-0270 for further
information and to coordinate interviews for the press conference and
during the delegation's visit.

<http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/12/1551638.php>
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Yoshie

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