There has been a groundswell of opposition in Venezuela and internationally to the latest US aggression.
U.S. President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order March 9 declaring a “national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro thanked the supporters who backed the call for Obama to “repeal the decree” through his twitter account. The signatures will be handed in during the Summit of the Americas which starts later this week in Panama and will be attended by all the nations of North, Central and South America.
Mounting hostility from the U.S towards Venezuela is likely to be one of the most hotly debated themes at the Summit which U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to attend.
Additionally, millions have taken to Twitter to express their oppostion to the U.S. aggression. It was revealed last week that at least five million tweets across 105 countries have demanded a repeal of the measures.
Strong international backing for Venezuela
The government has also been backed strongly in the international arena.
Many high profile Latin Americans have come out in support of the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro, including former Uruguayan president, Jose Mujica, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.
In March all 33 members of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) expressed their opposition to the U.S. government move, with other regional bodies including the United Nations of South America (UNASUR) doing likewise.
Further afield, the G77+China group, comprising 134 countries, also issued a statement rejecting President Obama’s executive order against Venezuela.
Last week, in response, the U.S. Sub-secretary for Latin America, Roberta Jacobson, was ‘disappointed’ by the levels of support shown for Venezuela following the latest sanctions
Source: Petition Against Obama Decree on Venezuela Tops 8m Signatures TeleSUR