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Venezuela: protest letter in the Guardian


Letter to the Guardian 

Abuses in Venezuela

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 4 August 2011 20.59 BST

Dear Sir,

Why have you ignored one of Venezuela’s most serious human rights problems – the assassination of hundreds of peasant activists since 2001 by gunmen hired by wealthy land owners? On 8 June, Venezuelanalysis.com reported a 10,000-person march on the National Assembly to demand justice for the victims. You reported none of this and have disregarded this grave human rights issue for years, although you recently published articles about Chávez going bald and about his “conspiracy theories” surrounding the death of Simón Bolívar. Peasants have clearly been targeted in order to defeat the Chávez government’s efforts to remedy the gross inequities in land distribution across Venezuela. The victims of this violence, and the truth, deserve better.

Noam Chomsky MIT

Roger Annis CanadaHaitiAction.ca

Rachael Boothroyd VenezuelAnalysis.com

Brian Concannon Human rights lawyer

Charles Callman Activist

David Cromwell Medialens

Mike Davis Author

David Edwards Medialens

Joe Emersberger HaitiAnalysis.com

Yves Engler Author

Anthony Fenton Journalist

Crystal Geyer Activist

Eva Golinger Author, Correo del Orinoco International

Kim Ives Haiti Liberté

John E Jones Author, Canada

Brooks Kind Artist

Tamara Pearson VenezuelAnalysis.com

David Peterson Writer

Adrienne Pine American University, Washington DC

John Pilger Journalist, flmmaker

Dr Diana Raby Senior fellow in Latin American Studies, University of Liverpool

Bob Rawlings US

Dr William Robinson University of California, Santa Barbara

Manuel Rozental Colombian activist and physician

Jeb Sprague University of California, Santa Barbara

Saras Udanpur London

Greg Wilpert VenezuelAnalysis.com

Michael D Yates Professor emeritus, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, and associate editor of Monthly Review

Gabriele Zamparini Filmmaker

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