Venezuelans march against US sanctions

nicolas maduro rejects sanctionsVenezuela’s Nicolas Maduro said that the Americas will never be a colony of the United States on Thursday (December 18) in response to U.S. President Barack Obama signing legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials.

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro rejected on Thursday sanctions now signed by U.S president Barack Obama this afternoon. The legislation was passed by U.S. Congress last week, authorizing sanctions against Venezuelan officials.

“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.

Twitter translations:

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”

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.

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.

Right-wing opposition violence

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

Some right-wing opposition supporters participated in blockades, burning over 100 public buses, stations, and buildings, shot at Chavista marchers, while also physically and verbally attacking people trying to get to school or hospitals between February and April this year. Forty-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.

The U.S santions would deny visas and freeze assets of government officials.

On Monday, Venezuelans marched against the sanctions. The country also celebrated 15 years of a constitution which gave them protagonistic participation in decision-making, and broad rights.

venezuelans march against sanctions

”I want the response to U.S. actions to be as it’s always has been, the homeland of Liberator Simon Bolivar responds with dignity. This is why I call upon the women of this country to march on Monday, December 15, to march to protest imperialism, an anti-imperialist march from the people of Venezuela,” said Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro at a gathering Friday with the Mothers Food Processing Corporation in Caracas.

Maduro, along with various other Latin American nations, has denounced the U.S. sanctions.

Source:  Venezuela’s Maduro Rejects Obama’s Signing of Sanctions  TeleSUR

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