Food shipment destined for Venezuela seized due to US blockade

Aerial view of the new Panama Canal expansion project on the outskirt of Colon City.

(August 7) – Venezuela’s Vice-president Delcy Rodriguez denounced Wednesday that a ship containing 25 thousand tons of soy-made products has been seized in the Panama Canal due to the U.S. blockade while calling on the United Nations to take action against the “serious aggression” that impede Venezuela “right to food”.

“Venezuela denounces before the world that a boat that holds 25 thousand tons of tons of soy, for food production in our country, has been seized in the Panama Canal, due to the criminal blockade imposed by Donald Trump,” the vice president said in a tweet. 

“Venezuela calls on the UN to stop this serious aggression by DonaldTrump’s govt against our country, which constitutes a massive violation of the human rights of the entire Venezuelan people, by attempting to impede their right to food.”

In a subsequent tweet, the Venezuelan senior official explained that the owner of the vessel carrying the merchandise of food was informed by the insurance company that it was prevented from moving that cargo to Venezuela.

The shipment seizure comes just days after Trump signed an executive order Monday that imposes a near-total blockade on government assets in that country, which includes an embargo against food suppliers, among other basic inputs. This is the first time in 30 years that Washington has taken such an action against a sovereign country.

Today tens of thousands of Venezuelans marched in Caracas to protest against the crippling US embargo of their country — and also to symbolically celebrate the 200th anniversary of the great Liberator Simón Bolívar’s victory over Spanish colonialists at the Battle of Boyacá.

Venezuelans often point out that, just as two centuries ago they struggled for liberation from the Spanish empire, they are now trying to free themselves from the suffocating oppression of the US empire.

With a fie from Telesur

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