Venezuela: Massive rejection of Obama’s signing of sanctions

March and rally in Caracas December 15, 2014, celebrates 15 years of the Bolivarian constitution and denounces U.S. interference in Venezuelan affairs.

On December 18, one day after Venezuela publicly rejected sanctions against Cuba on the grounds that it is the people who bear the brunt, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials. The legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress the preceding week. The santions would deny visas and freeze assets of government officials.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro rejected the sanctions saying that the Americas will never be a colony of the United States, Telesur reported.

“President Obama has taken a false step against our country, by signing the sanctions, despite the national and continental rejection of them. On the one hand, he recognizes the failure of the aggression against and blockade of Cuba … which with dignity, has resisted and won, and on the other hand he has started a stage of increased aggressions against (Venezuela),” said Maduro via Twitter.

“These are the contradictions of an empire that tries to impose its domination in whatever way it sees fit, underestimating the strength and awareness of our homeland,” he said.

“That’s why, I reject these insolent measures taken by the imperialist elite of the United States against Venezuela. The homeland of Bolivar should be respected.

“The Imperialists of the north, anyway they can, will keep on failing. Our America will never again be a colony of anyone, we swear by it,” he added.

The U.S claims the sanctions are in retaliation for the so-called repressive or violent role of government officials earlier this year, Telesur reports.

“Some right-wing opposition supporters participated in blockades, burning over 100 public buses, stations, and buildings, and shot at Chavista marchers, while also physically and verbally attacking people trying to get to school or hospitals between February and April this year. Fourty-three people were killed, the majority being civilians and members of the pro-government national guard. The government arrested some of the people perpetrating violence, although most of those arrested have been released,” Telesur explained.

On December 15, Venezuelans marched against the sanctions. The country also celebrated 15 years of a constitution that gave them an active role in decision-making, and broad rights.

(Photos: AVN, Prensa Miraflores)

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