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MSJ leader David Abdulah

Faced with an intensification of United States military assets off the coast of Venezuela, the political leader of the Movement for Social Justice David Abdulah has called for an end to all military actions in the Caribbean region.

His comments came days after Commander Admiral Craig Faller said the US had enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean Basin, which led to several major drug busts.

“The massive military build-up in the Caribbean Sea under the false guise of a plan to deal with narco-trafficking is a naked move by US imperialism for regime change. It is to be noted that this military build-up came immediately after the US perpetrated the lie that the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and other senior leaders of state and government are engaged in drug trafficking and are wanted for trial in the US,” Abdulah said.

” Not content with such falsehoods, the Trump Administration has, in the tradition of the lawless “wild west”, placed a bounty on President Maduro’s head,” he added.

Abdulah said “the US has a long history of interference and intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean,” and added,

“The US has instigated and/or led countless coups to overthrow democratically elected governments in the region with the sole objective of maintaining its economic and political hegemony, by creating client states that also adopt policies that promote the interests of US capital. It is no secret that a major factor today is that Venezuela has the largest confirmed petroleum deposits in the world. Successive US governments have actively worked for regime change in Venezuela, subsequent to the election of Hugo Chavez as President of Venezuela. These false accusations of narco-trafficking are a part of this agenda of regime change,” he said.

Condemning the US, Abdulah said,” We support the principled position of Caricom that the Caribbean must be a Zone of Peace. We support the internationally recognised principles of respect for the sovereignty of nations and the non-interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state. We call on all Caribbean people to demand that the US cease its military actions in the region, under the thinly disguised plan of a counter-narcotics offensive. In the name of humanity we demand the immediate removal of sanctions against Venezuela and the blockade against Cuba,” he added.

He also said the MSJ stands in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and President Maduro.

Abdulah added the US has the highest number of COVID-19 cases yet instead of focusing on protecting its own citizens from illness and death, “the US has been using its power to bully other nations and deny them medicines and other vitally needed medical equipment.”

” The Trump Administration has blocked the shipment to Barbados of life-saving ventilators. Some of these ventilators were bought by the Barbadian government, others were donated by its prominent citizens such as the acclaimed singer Rihanna. Even Canada was denied access to acquiring personal protective equipment for its health care workers. And the US blocked loans and the sale of medical equipment to Cuba. The latest act was the decision to suspend contributions to the World Health Organisation in the middle of the worst global pandemic in a hundred years,” he added. He noted that Cuba, which has far fewer resources has provided hundreds of health care professionals and medicines to scores of countries to combat the pandemic.