On Feb. 22, supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela and its democratically elected president Nicolas Maduro took to the streets in protest against a right-wing demonstration taking place in front of the Plaza of the Americas in downtown Chicago.
Chanting “Maduro, amigo, el pueblo está contigo” and “Chávez vive, la lucha sigue”, supporters put up a spirited opposition to the right-wing demonstration. Some homemade signs read “Thank You Venezuelan Government and CITGO for Energy Aid to the poor of the U.S.” and “No U.S. intervention in Venezuela.”
The right wing protesters showed their true colors by displaying a large American flag next to the Venezuelan flag, signifying their ties to a U.S. government that has no interest in the plights of Venezuela’s poor and historically oppressed.
The people of Chicago will continue to stand in solidarity with those defending the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela and Latin America as long as it is under attack. The continued deepening of the many progressive gains of the revolution is of central importance to people struggling for justice everywhere.
Supporters of this demonstration included: The Venezuela Solidarity Committee – Chicago, ANSWER Chicago, Veterans for Peace-Chicago, Midwest Workers Association, Chicago Anti-War Committee, March 19 Anti-War Coalition, La Voz de los de Abajo, All-African People’s Revolutionary Party and the U.S. Palestinian Community Network.
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