Fidel Castro, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa condemn US sanctions on Venezuela

hands_off_venezuelaObama’s executive order on Venezuela draws international condemnation. In unison with Latin American leaders’ comments, social media users have coined the hashtag #ObamaYankeeGoHome, posting over 80,000 tweets with the tag within the first 24 hours following Obama’s announcements.

teleSUR (March 10) – More Latin American countries rallied behind Venezuela Tuesday to condemn new U.S. sanctions against the South American nation.

Thumbnail for Panamanian Social Movement Defends Venezuelan SovereigntyThe Cuban government has slammed the U.S. sanctions as “arbitrary and aggressive.”

“How is Venezuela a threat to the United States? Thousands of kilometers away, without strategic weapons and without the resources … to conspire against the U.S. constitutional order; the (White House) declaration has little credibility,” read a statement published in the newspaper Granma.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has also praised Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s “brilliant and valiant” response to what he described as “brutal” U.S. plans against Venezuela. The comments were made in a short letter to Maduro on Monday night.

Earlier in the day, Bolivia’s President Evo Morales said the regional blocs CELAC and UNASUR should immediately hold an “emergency meeting,” arguing the U.S. sanctions pose a threat to “all of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

“We condemn, we repudiate, in the 21st Century we won’t accept this kind of intervention by the United States,” Morales said. “All of our solidarity and our support goes to President Maduro, and the revolutionary Bolivarian government and people of Venezuela.”

UNASUR’s head and other regional leaders including Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa have already slammed the White House’s decision to impose more sanctions on Venezuela.

On Monday, President Barack Obama declared Venezuela an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the United States.

Obama also issued sanctions on several high ranking Venezuelan government officials. The measures were issued under an executive order. In the past, the Obama administration has condemned Maduro for using executive orders to pass legislation.

“We believe the separation of powers and the presence of independent branches of government are essential elements of democracy,” a White House spokesperson said in 2013, after Maduro used an executive order to pass legislation aimed at stabilizing consumer prices.

Latin American leaders and regional bodies expressed their support of the government of Venezuela, rejecting the claims and threats from the Washington against Venezuela.

Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, stated:

Obama’s executive order declaring Venezuela “unusual and extraordinary threat to US national security” and setting the state of national emergency to deal with this “threat”.

It must be a joke, which reminds us of the darkest hours of our America, when we received invasions and dictatorships imposed by imperialism.

Will they understand that Latin America has already changed?

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega issued a letter in solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Nicaraguans took to social media with the hashtag #NicaraguaConVenezuela to express their support.

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Even the Venezuelan right-wing political group, the MUD, is rejecting the claim that country is a threat to US National Security.

Read more about Obama’s executive order on Venezuela here.
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One response to “Fidel Castro, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa condemn US sanctions on Venezuela

  1. Interesting that the only country on the Earth who views Venezuela as a “threat” is the United States. None of Venezuela’s neighboring nations view it as a threat, nor any nation around the world as far as one can see.


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