Venezuela in the news: Weekly report

US economic blockade takes the life of a child in Venezuela

The economic and financial blockade imposed by the United States on Venezuela yesterday took the life of a 6-year-old boy who required a bone marrow transplant, informed the Foreign Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, who cataloged the event as a “Criminal and inhumane act”.

Giovanny Figuera, the infant who died, was part of  the list of Venezuelan children waiting for a transplant and specialized drugs that are acquired and processed through a program run by Petróleos de Venezuela (Pdvsa), a state-owned company that is currently suffering from the embargo of the administration of Donald Trump.

Foreign Minister Arreaza from Moscow: The US Government has decided to drown the Venezuelan economy

The control of the natural resources of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is the underlying objective of the hostile policy adopted by the United States government against the Latin American country, the Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza reiterated on Monday.

During a press conference at the Venezuelan Embassy in Moscow, the diplomat denounced the resurgence of the illegal unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela from the White House. “As they were unsuccessful  through the coup d’état, through assassination, to facilitate the policy of regime change by force they have decided to drown the Venezuelan economy,” said the foreign minister and emphasized that the United States lacks the moral or legal authority to apply sanctions to other nations.

Foreign Minister Arreaza: Where does the UN Charter establish that a unilateral war is legal?

Venezuelan Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, granted an exclusive interview to RT on Monday explaining the origin of the coup attempts in Venezuela, he pointed out the complicity of several Latin American governments in this regard and recalled the importance of the Russian-Chinese mediation in the crisis, described a feeling of “despair” and “frustration” among the Venezuelan opponents and refuted the legality of any hostility against Caracas.

“They are in a situation of obsession, of desperation, and there are a firm people, and a strong Bolivarian National Armed Force, and they will continue in one failure after another, in one frustration after another, and we will continue to seek the future,” the diplomat said.

It’s time for diplomacy: Russia says that US intervention in Venezuela would be a humiliation for Latin America

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Sunday urged the US government to respect international law established in the Charter of the United Nations (UN), and at the same time, condemned the campaign carried out to overthrow the legitimate government of Venezuela. These statements came from Moscow, where he met with his Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza, to then offer a joint press conference to national and international media.

“We are convinced that force cannot be used to overthrow a government, it is evident that like any other people, the people of Venezuela will determine their destiny within the framework of peaceful dialogue, without intervention in their internal affairs”, noted the Russian diplomat during the bilateral work meeting.

For his part, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, on behalf of the National Government, expressed his gratitude to the Russian government for its consequent struggle for respect of international law, the sovereignty of Venezuela and defense of the most elementary principles so that the world coexists in peace.

Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice orders trial against seven opposition deputies for treason and conspiracy

The Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela (TSJ), handed out guilty verdicts to seven opposition deputies of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) in contempt for the illicit linked to treason, conspiracy, instigation to the insurrection, civil rebellion, conspiracy to commit a crime, usurpation of functions, public incitement to the disobedience of the laws and continued hatred, after participation in the attempted coup last April 30th.

This request for the indictment of crimes against the representatives of the opposition of the Bolivarian nation was made official by the Attorney General of the Public Ministry of Venezuela, Tarek Willian Saab.

Spanish ex-president, criticize US policy about Venezuela

 Spanish president, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, lashed out at the attitude and policies of US President Donald Trump towards Venezuela, and called for the promotion of dialogue in the South American nation. “I am worried about some of the things that the American administration has tried to do for some months, since President Trump made Venezuela a target,” said Rodríguez Zapatero.

He also stressed that “we have the fundamental responsibility in a friendly, brother country, to strive for peace, not force, for dialogue, not confrontation, for aid and not sanctions.”

Pompeo recognizes that Guaidó did not have support from the Armed Forces in a coup attempt in Venezuela

Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, acknowledged on Sunday in an interview with CBS that the opposition deputy Juan Guaidó did not have the support of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces in the attempted coup of April 30th against the Venezuelan government

“We did not achieved it. We will not succeed until the day we have it, “said Pompeo regarding the continuity of the destabilizing plan, which also includes an economic blockade against Venezuelans.

Guaidó also acknowledged in an interview with the Washington Post that he “miscalculated” the support that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces would give him, since in total there were some 25 rebellious low-ranking soldiers.

#TrumpDesbloqueaVenezuela, global title against sanctions

On Monday, May 6th, a global tweet was made against the unilateral sanctions imposed by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Venezuela. The measures have been defined as illegal by the Venezuelan government and have left many losses.

The sanctions of the US government against Venezuela include the restriction of economic activities for the country, the blocking of payments for the Venezuelan government not to meet its financial commitments, among other measures, which have left a negative balance that exceeds 1 billion dollars in losses.

Foreign Minister Arreaza: Venezuela is capable of overcoming any military threat

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza stated that if the United States opts for military means, “we have an armed force, a militia and a people capable of resisting and defeating any army, no matter how powerful it may be.”

“The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela does not represent any threat to the United States, but in the event of a military intervention the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and the Venezuelan people are prepared to defend sovereignty,” he said.

 President Nicolás Maduro: We have a military power that guarantees peace and national defense

On Saturday, May 4th President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced the conspiracies of the United States (US) Government to weaken and divide the Bolivarian National Armed Forces .

The President accompanied the military exercises of the cadets of the Bolivarian Military University in the Training Center “G / J José Laurencio Silva”, in the town of El Pao, Cojedes state, in the west of the country. Along with the military high command, he rejected the violent actions of last Tuesday when an attempted coup was carried out in the South American nation in which a small group of military personnel participated.

 Installed more than 16 thousand assemblies for dialogue in Venezuela

Some 16,841 assemblies integrated by the social movements of Venezuela were installed in the National Day of Dialogue and Rectification, a space for debate aimed at promoting effective changes in the Bolivarian Revolution.

The meeting addressed in the first instance the Plan of the Homeland 2019-2025, where the participants defined the fundamental elements that allow for the construction of the Concrete Action Agenda based on this instrument of economic and social development.

The dynamics of discussion of Venezuelan social movements seeks to meet the demands of citizenship around the economy, social protection, peace and revolutionary transformation of the South American country, said the vice president for the social area, Aristóbulo Istúriz.

 Venezuela questions Pompeo’s statements on sanctions

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, questioned the statements of US Secretary of State (US), Mike Pompeo, about the consequences of the illegal sanctions imposed on the South American country.

The diplomat stressed that Pompeo fails to explain the accusations made last Tuesday, when they hinted that allegedly Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro would leave the country in the context of the coup attempt promoted by the opposition. In this regard, he indicated that President Donald Trump had to deny everything that was said, even after stating that Russia would have averted the action.

 Caricom advocates a peaceful solution to the situation in Venezuela

The Caribbean Community (Caricom) advocated for a peaceful solution to Venezuela’s political situation in compliance with the universal principles of non-intervention and respect for sovereignty.

In a statement, Caricom expressed its “concern” about the worsening situation in Venezuela and how it is affecting the population, but stressed the need for a “peaceful internal process” and without external intervention. The multilateral organization reiterated its position that the situation in Venezuela must be resolved through “an internal peaceful process that avoids the use of force.”

Housing program in Venezuela is the leader in the world

Within the framework of the closing of the II International Housing Forum, the achievements of the Great Housing Mission Venezuela social program have made it a world leader in this area.

To celebrate the eighth anniversary of the government program created by Commander Hugo Chávez, the First National Congress of Builders for Peace was also held in the South American nation. “The 156 delegates that are here had the opportunity to see that the Great Housing Mission Venezuela is the largest socialist mission that exists within the Revolution, to allow it to deliver the 2,600,000 milestone to the world,” said Minister for Housing and Habitat of Venezuela, Ildemaro Villarroel.

Venezuela demands protection for its embassy in Washington

The Government of Venezuela demanded the US Department of State to comply with their obligation as signatories to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and protect the building of the former embassy of Venezuela in Washington. Just as Venezuela protects American facilities in Caracas.

This requirement, which was published on the Twitter account of Foreign Minister Jorge Arreza, arises from the protests registered in front of the Venezuelan embassy by opponents and supporters of President Nicolás Maduro.

Venezuelan Minister of Defense condemns coup actions

The Minister for the Defense of Venezuela, Vladimir Padrino López, repudiated the violent actions promoted by groups of the Venezuelan right wing, during the coup attempt against President Nicolás Maduro.

“Those are the peaceful demonstrations that you are calling on: the one of weapons, the one of violence, the one of death and here are the results”, said Padrino López in a micro through his Twitter account. The Venezuelan minister rejected the actions of the groups opposing President Maduro against the troops of the Bolivarian National Guard , in which at least eight officials of the security agency were injured.

NAM asks the UN for respect for Venezuela

Representatives of the countries of the Non-Aligned Movement asked the United Nations (UN) to respect the sovereignty of Venezuela and stop the interference.

The Cuban representative in NAM, Ana Silvia Rodríguez, told the media that when talking about Venezuela, it is not only about the sovereignty of that country, but that Latin America and the Caribbean are also at risk. In that context, she pointed out that the legitimacy of the Venezuelan government is being disputed between popular power and the imposition of a government by the United States.

Other countries such as Syria and Palestine, which have also been the object of the US imperialist vision, have also rejected the siege of Donald Trump’s government in Venezuela.