“A Coup Is Not a Democratic Transition!” US Peace Activist Interrupts Pompeo Speech on Venezuela

“Do not listen to Secretary Pompeo!” declares Medea Benjamin during meeting of OAS delegates in Washington.

U.S. peace activist Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, called on her government to end its meddling in the affairs in Venezuela on Thursday—and called on other nations in the region to respect Venezuela’s sovereignty—as she interrupted remarks by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a meeting of the Organization for American States (OAS) in Washington, DC.

“Don’t support the coup!” Benjamin declared, holding up a sign at the end of the council room. “A coup is not a democratic transition! Do not listen to Secretary Pompeo!”

As security guards forcibly removed her, she continued, “Do not support the coup! Do no support the coup in Venezuela!”

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Pompeo used his remarks to parrot the Trump administration’s claim that the government of President Nicolas Maduro, who was reelected president in May of last year, is not the legitimate president of the country and called his government “morally bankrupt” and “undemocratic to the core.”

Benjamin’s fellow CodePink co-founder Jodie Evans, however, was having none of that:

 

Source URL: Common Dreams

"A Coup Is Not a Democratic Transition!" US Peace Activist Interrupts Pompeo Speech on Venezuela