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The US government has recently imposed sanctions on the Venezuela state-owned oil company PDVSA, which Venezuela has described as “a hostile action on the fringes of international law that violates the principles of the Charter of the UN.”

The following statement has already been endorsed by numerous cultural figures including Linton Kwesi Johnson and John Pilger, trade union general secretaries, writers, academics, student leaders, community representatives, peace campaigners and others.

“We oppose the decision of US government to impose sanctions on the Venezuela state-owned oil company PDVSA, when no action of any kind undertaken by Venezuela contradicts any principle of international law. The sanctions have been described by Venezuela as “a hostile action on the fringes of international law that violates the principles of the Charter of the UN,” and rejected by Venezuela’s elected National Assembly.

This is the latest in a series of violations of Venezuela’s sovereignty in recent years. It reflects an increasingly hostile agenda being driven by the Republican Right, following its successes at last November’s US elections, which have led to it controlling a number of important foreign affairs committees.

This hostility includes a stated desire by leading right-wing republicans to add Venezuela to the US list of “state sponsors of terrorism” and has seen substantial increases in funding of Venezuela opposition groups. It also comes within the context of a build up of US military bases in the region in recent years, which many see as a threat to the region’s stability.

We believe that in the run-up to Presidential Elections in December 2012, it is up to the Venezuelan people alone to decide their own future, free from external interference, and call on all governments to respect this right.”

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