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Caracas says no to U.S./ Israeli Wars

by Meredith Aby-Keirstead |
August 3, 2006
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Caracas, Venezuela - Despite the rain, 500 people demonstrated here, at Plaza Venezuela, Aug. 1, to protest Israel’s attacks on Lebanon and Gaza, and the U.S. support for Israel’s` offensives. Speakers, poets and singers denounced U.S. imperialism and Zionism from the stage.

The Venezuelan and Arab crowd made the Plaza a sea of Lebanese and Palestinian flags. Demonstrators held signs in Arabic and Spanish. One protester’s sign read, “Bush and Olhmert are assassins, terrorists, fascists. Long live the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance!”

Erika Zurawski, a U.S. anti-war activist, was at the demonstration and explained, “The Venezuelan people really highlighted the role of U.S. imperialism in aggravating the conflict in the Middle East. They stood united as one oppressed nation in solidarity with another, recognizing the importance of the Arab struggle as the battleground in an ongoing defeat of US imperialism.”

The demonstrators chanted, “Viva el pueblo Arabe! Viva la lucha Palestina! Viva la lucha Lebanesa!” or, “Long live the Arab people! Long live the Palestinian fight! Long live the Lebanese fight!”