Súmate put on trial as U.S. puppet
Published Jul 23, 2005 7:35 PM
On July 7, the National Endowment for
Democracy’s puppet organization in Venezuela, Súmate, was indicted
on the charge of treason. According to Venezuelan laws, a non-partisan civil
organization cannot either act as a political party, interfere with elections,
or take foreign funds.
Súmate openly acquired $53,400 from the
National Endowment for Democracy to “conspire against the
government,” according to a Venezuelan judge. Further more, the leaders of
Súmate, Marina Corina Machado and Alejandro Plaz, signed the infamous
“Carmona Decree,” the mandate created during the April 2002 failed
coup against President Hugo Chávez. Rather than being a civil,
non-partisan organization, Súmate had called for the removal of
Chávez during a previous recall referendum.
by blatantly calling their popularly elected president a “dictator,”
Súmate was not enhancing the democracy of Venezuela, as its mission
states—rather it represented U.S. interests to destabilize the Bolivarian
Marina Machado received an invitation in May to meet with
President George W. Bush in the Oval Office. Machado was the first Venezuelan to
be received by Bush during his time in office. This fostered outrage in
Venezuela that an already anti-Chavista organization, masquerading as a group to
promote civil society, was taking funds and orders from the White House.
This crystallized the case against them as being thoroughly
pro-imperialist and counter-revolutionary.
After the initial court date
was set against Súmate, NED President Carl Gersh man made a visit to
Venezuela in a vain attempt to derail the trial of Machado and Plaz, threatening
the Venezuelan government with a cessation of aid money by the World Bank. The
World Bank has been funding Venezuela’s judicial reform process.
Due to the fact that the revolutionary government held firm, this aid has
recently been revoked. This attempted bribe on the part of the NED has certainly
not alleviated the crisis for the U.S. imperialist government, but has
It has shown how the NED and Súmate are hired hands
of the U.S. imperialists and have close connections to the World Bank and IMF,
whose structural policies are responsible for impoverishing Third World
The NED has never been about “democracy.” Following
the April 2002 coup, the NED received a $1-million grant for its “work in
Venezuela.” These millions pumped into the NED are pushed into
Súmate, which funds groups and parties that consistently work against the
One example is the funding of an opportunist
left-sounding group, Bandera Roja or Red Flag, which is responsible for attacks
against Commando Maisanta centers (election brigades), the state oil company
PDVSA, and the Bolivarian Circles—grassroots organizations that implement
Besides its operations in Venezuela, the NED has been a
U.S. tool for destabilization of sovereign nations worldwide under the guise of
promoting the “democratic” process. The NED played key roles in the
“Orange” and “Gucci” revolutions, which were in reality
imperialist interventions in the former Soviet Union and in Syria,
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela says it is perfectly
acceptable and legitimate for civil organizations and non-partisan organizations
to exist, as they strengthen revolutionary democracy, but not organizations that
are a façade and a cover for U.S. imperialist interests and whose real
aim is to derail the Bolivarian Revolution and achieve another right-wing coup.
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