March 20 2015
Thousands of protesters took to social media Friday to demand President Barack Obama rescind a controversial executive order labelling Venezuela a national security threat.
At 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time, supporters of the Venezuelan government were called on to mass tweet to #ObamaDerogaElDecretoYa (Obama repeal the decree now) and #ObamaRepealTheExecutiveOrder. Shortly after 11 a.m., the first hashtag was trending worldwide. The bilingual social media campaign is aimed at promoting a global petition against Obama’s executive order on Venezuela.
Translation: Language doesn’t matter, country doesn’t matter!
Signed by Obama earlier this month, the executive order describes Venezuela as a “threat” to the United States, and imposed sanctions on several high ranking Venezuelan officials.
President Nicolas Maduro has condemned the sanctions as an attack on Venezuela’s sovereignty.
The right of people to choose their own path
Since being launched on Wednesday, the petition against Obama’s executive order on Change.org “calls on the U.S. government to fulfill its international obligations regarding the respect for a country’s self-determination and the right of its people to freely choose their own path.”
Over 13,000 people have already signed the petition.
Translation: Signature collection kicks off.
“Sanctions, blockades and armed aggressions are no substitute for genuine dialogue. History has shown, as the Obama administration admitted last December 17 with regard to Cuba, that these are ineffective measures that succeed only in causing harm to innocent people,” the petition reads.
On Thursday, Venezuela took to the Organization of American States (OAS) to urge the United States against imposing a Cuba-style blockade, and dismissing claims Venezuela poses a threat to Washington.
“How can they consider Venezuela a threat, how can we be a threat to a powerful country (like the U.S.); when we go to other countries, it is to cooperate, in solidarity,” Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez told the OAS.
“Our army has never left our borders to conquer other territories … our diplomacy has always been peaceful,” she added.
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