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Today, we’re bringing you a speech by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza direct from Caracas, speaking about Canada’s interference in Venezuela. It’s from a webinar held on August 20, 2020, hosted by the Canadian Foreign Policy Institute, co-sponsored by Common Frontiers Canada, Canadian Latin American Alliance and Canadian Dimension.

From the description of the event: Nearly two years ago, the Trudeau government threw its support behind a U.S.-backed plan to declare an opposition politician, Juan Guaidó, “interim leader” of Venezuela.

Since then, the Trump administration has orchestrated numerous coup attempts and appealed for an army mutiny against the country’s elected president, Nicolás Maduro. To this end, it has adopted extreme unilateral coercive economic measures against the socialist Latin American state.

The Canadian government has also sanctioned Venezuelan officials and built up an international coalition through the Lima Group, a multilateral body dedicated to a “peaceful exit to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.”

Trudeau and Trump’s efforts to stoke a revolt are having an ever-greater impact on the lives of ordinary Venezuelans. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), 40,000 people have died between 2017 and 2018 as a result of punitive sanctions. At the same time, Guaidó’s chances of taking power are slimmer today than at any point since he claimed the presidency.

Still, the Trudeau government has maintained its support for Washington’s regime change efforts.

This event was co-sponsored and supported by a coalition of Canadian organizations: The Canada Files, Ottawa Peace Council, The Canadian Network on Cuba, Table de concertation de solidarité Québec-Cuba, The Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, Socialist Action, The Fire This Time movement for Social Justice – Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, ALBA Canada-Ottawa, ILPS Ottawa, Anti-imperialist Alliance, Hands off Latin America – Saskatoon, Frente Hugo Chávez para la Defensa de los Pueblos – Vancouver, Regina Peace Council, and Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War.

Minister Arreaza’s presentation has been excerpted from a longer presentation.  If you would like to hear the entire webinar, you can listen and watch here

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