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Tillerson’s Visit: Rubbing Pepper and Salt in an Open Wound says JA Peace Council

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a Latin American Tour tyo discuss Venezuela, which will take him to Jamaica as his last stop on the tour. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a Latin American Tour tyo discuss Venezuela, which will take him to Jamaica as his last stop on the tour.
KINGSTON, February 5, 2018 - The Jamaica Peace Council says it is "deeply concerned about the inclusion of our country  as part of the 5-nation , 6-day  tour of Latin America and the Caribbean by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson which has been openly declared as a mission to consolidate support for ‘regime change’ in Venezuela."

Our concern is heightened by the fact, that the  other countries he is visiting – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Peru and Colombia – have been unconditionally carrying out the  bidding  of  the  Trump administration  in the Organisation of American States (OAS) against Venezuela, at the United Nations (UN) in support of the relocation of Israel’s capital to Jerusalem, and in other regional bodies where they are members.

The unconditional pro Trump US policy stance is the trademark of the current governments of these nations. We are concerned that Jamaica’s government is being considered in the same light as the government’s of these other nations.

In a media release today, the Council said "Jamaica has had a long and rich tradition of upholding inviolable principles which predates our independence and  transcends  political administrations. It is on this foundation, that both former prime ministers PJ Patterson (PNP) and Bruce Golding (JLP) find equally disturbing the vacillation  of the current administration, on these time-honoured principles."

"We are also disturbed because of the US president’s recent racist slur against all African nations, El Salvador and Haiti, from which SOS Rex Tillerson has not distanced himself. People of colour worldwide have not recovered from this vicious attack on our dignity. So, to have President Trump’s emissary visit Jamaica at this time, to enlist our support in ousting the leadership of a nation which consists mainly of people of colour, is like rubbing pepper and salt in an open wound."

According to the release, "former Commander Hugo Chávez when he visited Jamaica, the first of five times, in talking with a Jamaican child about how proud he was of his African roots said, “When we were children, we were told that we had a motherland: Spain. However, we discovered later that one of our greatest motherlands of all is Africa. We love Africa and everyday we are much more aware of the roots we had in Africa. Racism is very characteristic of imperialism and capitalism. Hate against me has a lot to do with racism, because of my big mouth and curly hair, and I am so proud to have this mouth and this hair because it’s African”

"Our current and  precarious economic situation which has  left us deep in the clutches of the international finance capital led by the IMF, should not be traded in for the ‘carrot and stick’ policy which has always been a  part of the US administration’s arsenal and is now being used to garner support in our region for regime change in Venezuela," the organization said.

The Jamaica Peace Council called on "the current JLP administration to defend the UN principle enshrined under Article 36/103, titled ‘Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States”, when the US Secretary of State visits Jamaica on Wednesday. Our government must let him know that we are proud of our African heritage and we are not for sale. Our government must let him know that we stand with the government and people of Venezuela as they exercise their sovereign right to self-determination."

"Like Bolivar, Marti, Marcus Garvey,  Chavez, Nelson Mandela and Fidel, we stand in support of  the peoples who struggle for a better life and for peace and solidarity without domination by any foreign power," the council declared.

Last modified onTuesday, 06 February 2018 12:00
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