Indonesia's social movements, academics, artists, among others, came together in solidarity with Venezuela, warning the international community against U.S. aggressions and threats of militarized actions against the South American country.
Members of social rights group’s published a statement Thursday in celebration of the nation’s 72nd Independence Day saying that the “hostile statements” made by U.S. President Donald Trump against the Bolivarian nation were “categorically and emphatically rejected by academic groups, social movements, trade unions, peasants, artists, political organizations of the left, progressive media, women's organizations, student movements and friends of Venezuela in Indonesia.”
“We reiterate that from Indonesia the Popular Movements unreservedly support the Venezuelan people and Government in these moments of imperial warlike pretensions and we alert the international community about the dangers of invasion that are ever more intense in Venezuela,” the communique continued.
Signed by six of the island nation’s most popular and prominent rights groups, the document stated that the threats violated “international principles and regulations that protect the independence, sovereignty, and self-determination of States.”
The statement ended with a strong declaration of independence for Indonesia and for Venezuela’s people and government and was delivered to the embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Spanish.
Earlier this week, Bolivarian President Nicolas Maduro on behalf of his nation, congratulated the archipelago nation on its Independence Day, calling Indonesia it’s “Sister Republic.”
“The Bolivarian Government expresses its deepest respect and affection for the Republic of Indonesia ... reiterating the willingness of the Bolivarian government to continue to strengthen the relations of cooperation and friendship between our nations, to continue advancing in the construction of a more equitable, just, human, pluripolar and multicentric world,” Maduro stated.
Indonesia declared independence from Dutch colonial rule in 1945. Leftist leader Sukarno was appointed the country's first president but was deposed in a U.S.- and British-backed coup in 1965, leading to one of the biggest massacres of communists and progressives of the century.
A founder of the Non-Aligned Movement, Indonesia has a long-standing internationalist tradition, which is upheld today by the country's social movements.