statement said: "The People's Progressive Party/Civic is deeply concerned
about the deteriorating situation in Venezuela which, if unresolved, can
develop into civil strife and great harm to the Venezuelan people, particularly
of the strike campaign have been forthright about its purpose, namely, to
topple the lawfully elected president of Venezuela or to force him to call
joins with all democratic forces in the region and the world in condemning
the campaign of the strike organisers to remove the lawfully elected president
by unacceptable methods. The issue goes far beyond President Chavez. The
region including Guyana has been emerging out of an authoritarian past and
has been struggling to establish democratic institutions. We have seen in
Brazil and Ecuador the election of presidents who have great sympathy for
the poor. The region cannot allow oligarchic, backward and reactionary forces
to destroy the democratic institutions painstakingly built and thwart the
democratic will of the electorate. We must resist their determination to
remove or overthrow Governments which do not subscribe to their agenda."
welcomes the position of CARICOM and Governments further afield and calls
on them to further condemn the strike campaign and acts of intimidation by
the organisers in Venezuela."
" We express
our full and complete solidarity with the democratically elected government
of President Hugo Chavez and the poor and oppressed in Venezuela."