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MSJ wants Caricom support for Venezuela

Published: 
Monday, March 19, 2018

Officials of the Joint Trade Union Movement (JTUM) and Movement for Social Justice (MSJ) yesterday appealed to Caricom to stand up for the beleaguered nation of Venezuela in the face of a looming threat by the Donald Trump-led US Government.

At a press conference at OWTU’s San Fernando headquarters yesterday, JTUM general secretary Ozzi Warwick said the group is concerned about increased aggression by Trump against Venezuela.

Warwick warned: “Any attempt to interfere and destabilise Venezuela will ultimately destabilise the entire region and for Trinidad and Tobago in particular which is so close to Venezuela it can also destabilise our own country.”

Khafra Kambon, chairman of the Emancipation Support Committee, said an attempted coup or military intervention in Venezuela will have dire consequences for T&T.

“I want to appeal to the public of Trinidad and Tobago to recognise what it would mean if you have the destabilisation in Venezuela that has taken place in all those areas where the United States has gone to bring democracy. Everywhere they have brought democracy to so far, we are seeing displacement, degradation and everything else.”

Kambon said with Venezuela just seven miles away, T&T will experience a flood of refugees.

MSJ leader David Abdulah said Trump has made open threats to remove Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro. “It is very important that small countries like Trinidad and Tobago and other countries in the Caribbean respect these international principles (between states) and adhere to them because if we don’t stand up and speak out against the United States and others who wish to violate those principles by interfering in the internal affairs of Venezuela, or infringing on the sovereignty of Venezuela by military aggression, then what would happen to us as much smaller countries?

“We then we will have no voice speaking out for us if intervention by external forces take place in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

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