Ago 14, 2019

The Assembly of Caribbean People is dismayed and outraged, but not surprised at the new economic embargo imposed by American President Donald Trump against the people of Venezuela. This move, signed on August 5th, 2019, freezes all Venezuelan government assets in the United States and barred transactions with its authorities. It is the Venezuelan people who own those assets. Who do these authorities represent if not the Venezuelan people? This is a move calculated to cause increasing harm to a nation that is already under siege. 

The justifications for the American embargo read like the list of charges against Trump himself and the disasters he has created in his own country: silencing dissent, social control, illegal raids, extra-judicial killings, decreased hospital services and oppression of the poor and the political opposition. It is the vilest hypocrisy for the American government to interfere in another sovereign country on humanitarian grounds as they maintain concentration camps and are wracked by mass shootings and 

electoral interference. 

As Caribbean People, we also oppose the United States' pattern of interference in its neighbours' affairs. Is it that America's silence is only for those with the armies and weapons to defend themselves? American righteousness only moves against the small and weak like Grenada, Cuba and Haiti. 

And the results are clear - Cuba is isolated but defiant, Haiti is subjected to continual inference and the people suffer under mismanagement, imposed governance and the abuses of occupation. It seems indeed that "the cruelty is the point" and Trump is demonstrating his power to harm and hurt our neighbours, people like us with similar histories and challenges, simply because he can. 

The Assembly of Caribbean People is a conference that brings together Caribbean people across the lines that divide us - language, social sector, gender, age, religion, ethnicity. Our aim is to strengthen 

Towards a people's agenda for the sovereignty of the region and the welfare of the people En vuede l'eboration d'un agenda pour la souveraineté de la caraibe et pour le bien-être de notre peuple 

Hacia una agenda popular para la soberanía del caribe y el bienestar de nuestro pueblo Werke naan een volks - agenda voor soevereiniteiten welzyn van het volk in de regio 

Assembly of Caribbean People Asamblea Del Pueblo Caribeño 

Assemblée Du Peuple Caraïbe Assemblee van het Caraibissch Volk 

Asanble Pep Karayib La clo OWTU, Paramount Building, 99A Circular Road, 

San Fernando, Trinidad W.1. Tel: 1 (868) 652-2701/2/3; Fax: 1 (868) 652-7170 


integration and unity and to foster independence and self-determination "in a divided world that don't need islands no more." The 8th Assembly of Caribbean People runs from August 15-18, 2019. This year's theme, "Confronting the imperialist agenda, the resistance and unity of our peoples have been strengthened through the Assembly of Caribbean People" is especially relevant and poignant at this time. 

All members of the public are invited to join the Assembly's conference and to make their voices heard. The threats that challenge us in Trinidad and Tobago also menace our neighbours. Follow us on Facebook for more information - Assembly of Caribbean People T&T or @ACPTNT - or email us via Ozzi Warwick, chairman of the Local Organising Committee, is also available at 497-4923. 

Yours respectfully, Ozzi Warwick 

Chairman Local Organising Committee Assembly of Caribbean People