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No to the coup in Paraguay – Emergency Public Meeting Thurs 12 July

Come along to the EMERGENCY PUBLIC MEETING IN SOLIDARITY WITH PARAGUAY on Thursday 12 July.

Three years ago the elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was ousted in a coup. Now, the Paraguan people face an attack on their democracy with the removal of their elected, reforming president Fernando Lugo.

Vice-president Federico Franco has been put in power in place of Lugo after an illegitimate “impeachment” process last Friday.

Lugo has labelled his removal as a blow against democracy and although he has accepted that he is currently out of office he has termed it an “express coup d’etat,” asserting he did not resign.

In what is widely regarded as a wholly illegitimate “impeachment process,” both the Parliament and the Senate – both dominated by the right – voted in favour of impeaching Lugo and gave him just 24 hours to prepare for his trial.

These procedures have previously been declared illegal and unconstitutional by the Lugo government – a view echoed by regional bodies. Venezuela has denounced what has happened as a “new type of coup.”

The Venezuela Solidarity Campaign is organising an Emergency Public Meeting next week on Thursday 12 July.

The latest confirmed speakers for the meeting include Her excellency Alicia Castro, the New Ambassador here for Argentina, and previously a well known progressive and trade union leader, will be joined by Juan Carlos Piedra from Ecuador, on behalf of the Alianza Pais Movement (the political force led by President Correa.)

Other confirmed speakers include:
• Ricardo Medina, member of the Front for the Defence of Democracy in Paraguay (GB), radio journalist, correspondent of Radio Fe y Alegria (Paraguay), researcher of the National Archives of Political History of Richmond & collaborator of the academic journal Latin American Research Review.
• Richard Gott, writer
• Jeremy Corbyn MP
• Tony Burke, Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union
• Francisco Dominguez, Venezuela Solidarity Campaign
• Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition (pers cap)
• Plus a short film showing & more to be confirmed

The meeting is taking place from 6.30-8.30pm in the ‘Diccus’ room at Unite House, 128 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X (nearest tube: Holborn.)

If possible, please register in advance to info@venezuelasolidarity.co.uk.

The meeting is called by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, hosted by Unite the Union and supported by the GMB, the NUS Black Students’ Campaign, Justice for Cleaners, Next Generation Labour, Liberation, the Morning Star, Tribune, Caribbean Labour Solidarity, the Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Justice for Colombia with thanks to Thompsons Solicitors.

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