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02 December 2007

¡Sí a la reforma constitucional! - Venezuela Updates and ACTION ALERT

Updated information in solidarity with the Constitutional Reform Referendum in Venezuela...

The International Hands Off venezuela Campaign has launched a special blog to follow developments in English:
http://hovreferendum.wordpress.com/

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Marea roja cubrió de punta a punta las calles de Caracas en apoyo a Chávez [Lots of photos and video of pro-Reform pro-Chávez rallies in Venezuela] - http://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/n105638.html

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Radio Mission Statement - http://radiovenezuelaenvivo.blogspot.com/

Venezuela En Vivo is a live web-streaming internet radio based in Caracas, Venezuela, and broadcast in English, French and Portuguese (In English En Français Em Portugues) by a group of Venezuelan and international journalists, academics and activists living and working in Venezuela. The radio will report on the latest breaking news in and around the day of Venezuela..s December 2nd Constitutional Reform Referendum; cover the destabilization attempts against the democratic electoral process; put the events in to context with interviews and analytical content; and act as an alternative source of news to the mainstream media, which has proven time and again unable to report independently and unbiased on Venezuela.

The radio will begin periodic broadcast on Thursday, November 29th and will continue in to the following week. Special 24 hour coverage will
take place on December 2nd. See upcoming program schedule for more details.

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Key Online English Articles about the Reform Process can be found at: http://www.venezuelanalysis.com/constreform

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The US media has launched a major campaign against democracy in Venezuela: "The U.S. Media and Government Launch an All-Out Campaign Against the Venezuelan Revolution"

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The Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC has issued a Communiqué regarding the lies being propagated by the US government:

United States Administration Lies about Venezuelan Electoral Process

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, DC, clarifies to the public opinion the reality of the process of the international observers of the constitutional referendum process in Venezuela as a consequence of the statements released by the United States Department of State on November 30, 2007, through its spokesperson, Sean McCormack, which are aimed at generating doubts regarding our electoral branch and asserting that there are no guarantees that the result of the elections expresses the will of the majority of the people in Venezuela.

The Department of State reveals its total lack of knowledge by assuring that there will be no international observers in the voting process to be held on December 2, 2007, in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and in which the people of Venezuela will exercise their right to decide whether they approve or reject a reform of 69 articles of our constitution.

The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Washington, DC, would like to remind the Department of State, as well as the public opinion in the United States, that 39 countries in the world will send their electoral international observers to see our democratic process of people's participation, including the United States, as well as more than 100 observers and specialists in electoral systems who belong to electoral bodies in Europe and the Americas.

Likewise, Venezuelan organizations such as Asamblea de Educación, Ojo Electoral and Universitarios por la Equidad, will be part of the observing process and will be able to accredit approximately 500 observers for each organization. Unlike elections in the United States, we have had a broad auditing system in Venezuela and the immediate verification after voting by a paper trail has guaranteed the trustworthiness of the results every voting process we have undertaken.

The opportunity is propitious to alert the international community about actions that some undemocratic sectors could undertake by failing to concede the final results of the referendum process, abetting on opinion tendencies whose only interest is to destabilize the correct performance and democratic character of the elections in our country, such as the ones asserted today by the Department of State.

It is our duty to appeal to the sense of responsibility of the spokespeople of the administration of the United States regarding the attempts of not legitimizing and conceding our democratic and sovereign processes.


- Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States of America 01/12/07

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***ACTION ALERT: PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY***

AN URGENT CALL TO ACTION FROM THE VENEZUELA SOLIDARITY NETWORK
(www.vensolidarity.net Email us at vsn@afgj.org. Call us at 202-544-9355 or 520-243-0381)

SHOUT OUT FOR VENEZUELA: NOVEMBER 30TH THROUGH DECEMBER 7TH

TELL CONGRESS: NO US SPONSORED COUP ATTEMPT IN VENEZUELA
(Congressional contact info provided below)

Venezuela is under direct threat!!! New evidence has been uncovered about plans to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela, and even to assassinate its president, Hugo Chávez. The time for American citizens who favor justice and non-intervention to spring into
action is not the day after a coup, but the days before!

The Venezuela Solidarity Network is calling on Solidarity and pro-Democracy activists to participate in the NOV. 30 THROUGH DEC. 7TH SHOUT OUT FOR VENEZUELA!

DEMAND THAT CONGRESS:

1) Intervene to stop US violations of Venezuelan sovereignty by the State Department and the CIA;

2) Respect the electoral decisions of the Venezuelan people;

3) Investigate recent evidence of a US sponsored and directed plot to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela;

We are urging solidarity and pro-Democracy activists everywhere to call, email, and/or visit your members of the House and Senate and the US State Department and demand that there be NO US SPONSORED AND FUNDED, CIA DIRECTED, COUP ATTEMPT AGAINST THE PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT OF VENEZUELA. We are urging non-US citizens to also contact US Embassies and Consulates. Please email AND call Congress. While emails alone are less effective, emails combined with phone calls and/or visits to Congressional and other government offices are a powerful strategy to get the word out.

SAMPLE EMAIL TO CONGRESS (CUT, PASTE, AND SEND!):

The Honorable (full name)
United States House of Representatives/United States Senate
Washington DC 20515

Dear Representative/Senator (last name)

I am writing you to express my urgent concern about plots already underway to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela - plots which are being coordinated with sectors of the US government. Most distressing is the recent uncovering of a memo from CIA Officer Michael Middleton Steer to the CIA Director General Michael Hayden outlining details of "Operation Pliers", an effort to interfere in the Dec. 2nd vote on constitutional reforms in Venezuela, and to encourage a coup against the Venezuelan government. The memo indicates that as much as $8 million dollars, funneled through USAID, have been given by the US government to finance the opposition's campaign against the reforms. The memo details strategies for interfering with and discrediting the vote, and calls for steps to be taken that would lead to an overthrow of the Venezuelan government, including support provided from US military bases in Curacao and Colombia.

This is just one piece of evidence recently uncovered indicating preparation for a US sponsored coup. Others include CNN briefly showing a picture of President Chavez with a caption that read, "Who killed him?" Supposedly it was a technical error. There have also been reports that at a recent rally a laser pointer appeared on Chávez' chest and head, and recently a cache of weapons and US military uniforms were found at a private residence in Caracas.

There is one fact that every Congress person and every citizen in the United States of America needs to know: democracy is alive and well in Venezuela. Whether we like it or not, the current government of Venezuela is an elected and popular government. Its elections have been certified by a number of international bodies, including the Carter Center, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and the NAACP. Any attempt by the US to support an overthrow of the Venezuelan government would be interpreted by the world as an assault against democracy and an abandonment of democratic principles.

I am writing to demand that you, as a representative of the people, take action NOW to contact the CIA, the State Department, USAID, and the Bush administration and let them know that another US sponsored coup attempt in Venezuela is unacceptable. Furthermore, I am writing to demand that
a Congressional investigation be undertaken regarding this memo and other violations of Venezuela's sovereignty.

Here are some informative links that will help you better understand the current situation in Venezuela.

Regarding the current US sponsored threats to Venezuelan democracy:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stan-goff/the-cia-plan-to-destabili_b_74557.html

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?c..va&aid=7475

For accurate information about the Constitutional Reforms:

Democracy Still Alive and Well in Venezuela,
http://www.cepr.net/content/view/1366/45/

What is Venezuela's Constitutional Reform Really About,
http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/2890

Venezuela's Constitutional Reform: An Article by Article Summary
http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/2890

Sincerely,

(Your name and address)

HOW TO CONTACT YOUR SENATOR, REPRESENTATIVE, AND THE WHITE HOUSE

CALL THE CAPITOL SWITCHBOARD TOLL FREE AT:
1-800-828-0498
1-877-210-5351
1-800-614-2803
1-866-340-9281

TO EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE, FOLLOW THIS LINK:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/

TO EMAIL YOUR SENATOR, FOLLOW THIS LINK:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

FOR DETAILED CONTACT INFO FOR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS, INCLUDING INFO ON LOCAL OFFICES:
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt

TO CONTACT THE STATE DEPARTMENT:
202-647-4000

TO CONTACT THE WHITE HOUSE:
202-456-1111
202-456-6213

Or email President Bush at
president@whitehouse.gov

Comments:
My highest hope is that the program to rid the world of tyrants like Chavez succeeds completely, suddenly and permanently.

If I were him I would not sleep at night.

He is a cancer that must be eliminated.

Soon.
 
It's over cupcake. Go find another revolución someplace that you can fight from the safety of your parents basement in the States.

Viva la libertad!
 
Don't you just hate it when democracy actually reflects the wishes of the people as opposed to your nutty vision of the world?
 
Isn't it just terrible when democracy actually reflects the wishes of the people

Just like it has in the last two US presidential elections!

..now watch the slaughter begin as your god chavez ramps up those who backed him- that's IF he thinks he still has the balls.
 
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA!

!!

HA.

It's over cupcake. Go find another revolución someplace that you can fight from the safety of your parents basement in the States.

Viva la libertad!

Don't you just hate it when democracy actually reflects the wishes of the people as opposed to your nutty vision of the world?

COMMIE SCUM!
 
Oh well, I guess the referendum failed - that's how democracy works.

So much for all the "dictator" libels against President Chavez.
 
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