On the anniversary of the violent ‘La Salida’ protests in Venezuela aiming at the ousting of Venezuela’s elected Government, 100 prominent campaigners from across British society (including 82 national politicians from 7 different political parties) have signed a solidarity statement “condemning the ongoing wave of anti-democratic violence from extreme elements of Venezuela’s right-wing opposition [in early 2014], whose declared aim (‘La Salida’) is the ousting of the elected government.”
We the undersigned oppose the plans by the British government to open a new military base in Bahrain, the first British base “east of Suez” since 1971. Rather than increasing military deployment in the Middle East we should be ending our disastrous interventions in the region.
Bahrain is a repressive, undemocratic regime that brutally crushed the movement for democracy in 2011. Britain should not be showing complicity with the actions of the Bahraini monarchy.
Letter to The Guardian from John McDonnell MP, Tariq Ali, Len McCluskey, Ken Loach, Brian Eno, Diane Abbott MP, Michael Rosen, Mohammed Kozbar, Kate Hudson, Caryl Churchill, George Galloway MP, Lindsey German, many more
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