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Washington against South America

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'When is it considered legitimate to try and overthrow a democratically-elected government?  In Washington, the answer has always been simple:  when the U.S. government says it is.  Not surprisingly, that’s not the way Latin American governments generally see it.

'On Sunday, the Mercosur governments (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Venezuela) released a statement on the past week’s demonstrations in Venezuela.  They described “the recent violent acts” in Venezuela as “attempts to destabilize the democratic order.”  They made it abundantly clear where they stood.'

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the
Center for Economic and Policy
Research in Washington DC.and
president of Just Foreign Policy.