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CFMEU and MUA pledge solidarity and support for Venezuela's murderous regime

This is a horrifying video recording of a Venezualan opposition figure being kidnapped from his home by the murderous Venezuelan regime.  The English translation:

12:27 am: now that the dictatorship kidnaps Leopoldo in my house. Not going to bow!

This is Amnesty International's take on the situation:

The dramatic increase in illegal use of force, scores of arbitrary detentions and the killing of at least 10 people, among other worrying attacks against the people of Venezuela recorded this weekend, confirm a consistent pattern of deteriorating human rights in the country, said Amnesty International.

“President Maduro and his government appear to be living in a parallel universe,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“The authorities cannot continue to ignore the tension and violence and should respond to the urgent needs of the entire population, including those who do not agree with the government.”

“The use of lethal force in Venezuela must stop immediately. The authorities must carry out impartial investigations in civil courts into all acts of violence, regardless of who is responsible. Immediate action must be taken to put an end to arbitrary detentions, killings and other serious human rights violations.”

Illegal use of force has dramatically increased in the country. According to the Venezuelan Public Ministry, on the day of the elections for the National Constituent Assembly in Venezuela at least 10 people died, including teenagers.

Indiscriminate attacks against Venezuelan citizens have also been reported, including shootings and firing of tear gas in residential areas and near hospitals in addition to scores of people hurt by military and police forces and armed civilian groups.

And here are the resolutions of support for the murderous regime adopted by John Setka's CFMEU and Paddy Crumlin's Maritime Union of Australia.

Australian trade union solidarity with Venezuela

Resolution adopted at the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Sydney Branch Meeting, 25/7/17:

The MUA Sydney branch resolves:

To pledge our resolute solidarity with the people of Venezuela and their Bolivarian Revolution.

To reject the intervention of the US and other capitalist powers in Venezuela.

To oppose the attacks by violent, fascist gangs of the right-wing opposition in that country.

To call on the Australian labour movement to express solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and against right-wing attacks on Venezuelan democracy.

To call on the government and parliament of Australia to dissociate itself from US intervention in Venezuela’s internal affairs, and to express full support for a peaceful resolution of the current crisis in Venezuela.

To support the upcoming action against Trump’s proposed sanctions on Venezuela this Saturday, July 29, 12 noon at Sydney Town Hall

Carried Unanimously


Resolution adopted at the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU) Victoria Branch Meeting, 26/7/17:

This CFMEU Branch Meeting resolves:

To pledge our support with the people of Venezuela and their Bolivarian Revolution Socialist Government.

This meeting notes the Venezuelan government is a democratically elected government and we reject the intervention of the US and other capitalist powers in Venezuela.

We call on the Australian labour movement to express solidarity with workers in Venezuela and against fascist and violent gangs.

We call on the Australian government to dissociate itself with the US intervention and to work towards a peaceful resolution to this crisis in Venezuela.

Carried Unanimously