The Oaxaca branch of the Mexican National Educational Workers Union, CNTE, has defended Venezuela against U.S. President Trump’s threats of military action.
In a formal statement, the union criticized the United States for “violating” Venezuela’s sovereignty and issued a declaration in support of the Venezuelan government.
The declaration “manifests its support for the democratic process of the Venezuelan Constituent Assembly and repudiates U.S. external intervention that has led to the death of our Venezuelan brothers.”
The statement also attacks the “inequality, poverty, marginalization, impunity and scarcity” provoked by countries like the United States and reiterates the union's support for social movements fighting against neoliberal governments.
Venezuela has received worldwide support since Trump warned of a "military option" against Venezuela. Uruguayan and Spanish groups recently denounced U.S. interference in Venezuela's internal affairs, joining government from across the political spectrum to reject Trump's threats.
The CNTE, Mexico's main education union, has been at the forefront of many social justice battles in Mexico. The union has fiercely fought the government of President Peña Nieto to improve education for the rural poor and provide teachers with more resources.