Singer and songwriter Roger Waters has tweeted a very popular video taking aim at billionaire Richard Branson. The Pink Floyd legend critiqued Branson’s plans to host a “Live-Aid-ish” concert on the Colombian-Venezuelan border.
Branson’s concert is scheduled to happen on 22 February and is apparently about raising ‘humanitarian aid’ for the Venezuelan people. But people who’ve been following The Canary‘s reporting will understand that there’s nothing ‘humanitarian’ behind the actions of the US and its allies, which are currently backing a coup attempt in the Latin American country.
None of this was lost on Waters, who said:
The important thing about this is that, even if you listen to their shtick, it has nothing to do with ‘humanitarian aid’ at all. It has to do with Richard Branson – and I’m not surprised by this – having bought the US saying ‘we have decided to take over Venezuela’.
The US is destroying the Venezuelan economy
Branson claims that the Venezuelan government is responsible for the nation’s current economic crisis and is “refusing to allow any humanitarian aid into the country”. But Branson’s statement is false. As The Canary has explained, the Venezuelan government has requested and received aid from the UN. It simply doesn’t trust US intentions, and with good reason.
The Canary has also repeatedly reported that establishment experts themselves admit that the purpose of brutal US sanctions is to “make the economy scream”; and that economist Mark Weisbrot has insisted that “the sanctions do actually kill people”, stressing that the latest rounds of US sanctions will “destroy what’s left of the economy”.
‘Nothing to do with democracy’
Waters, however, understands that this latest Western intervention has:
nothing to do with the needs of the Venezuelan people, it has nothing to do with democracy, it has nothing to do with freedom and it has nothing to do with aid.
As he stressed, he has:
friends who are in Caracas right now. There is, so far, no civil war, no mayhem, no murder, no apparent dictatorship, no mass imprisonment of opposition, no suppression of the press. None of that is going on, even though that is the narrative that is being sold to the rest of us.
The Red Cross and the UN, unequivocally agree, don’t politicize aid. Leave the Venezuelan people alone to exercise their legal right to self determination. pic.twitter.com/I0yS3u75b6
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) February 18, 2019
Taking a principled stand
Waters is known for his principled and controversial stands. For example, he has long defended the right of Palestinian people to self-determination in the face of Israeli settler-colonialism, despite the predictable smears from the pro-Israel lobby.
The irony is, of course, that Branson himself once took a principled stand to try and prevent the illegal US/UK invasion of Iraq in 2003. In fact, many of the same characters behind that criminal invasion – such as John Bolton and Elliott Abrams – are now pushing the coup in Venezuela.
Waters’ political positions have not always been popular in the West. But history has consistently proven him right. And this will be no exception.
- In the US: write to your Congressperson and demand that they oppose the coup and end the crippling US sanctions that are exacerbating the humanitarian situation.
- In the UK: write to your MP and ask them to oppose the coup, the sanctions, and return Venezuela’s gold to the Maduro government, to help alleviate the suffering of Venezuela’s people (be sure to be polite and concise in order to be effective).
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