Venezuela: 10 million sign petition against US attacks

Evo Morales (left) and Nicolas Maduro (right) receive the signatures at the presidential palace in Caracas.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, along with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales, received a petition with 10 million signatures against U.S. President Barack Obama's executive order labelling the country as a “security treat” on April 9.

After the decree was issued, Maduro launched a campaign seeking 10 million signatures from Venezuelans demanding the decree be repealed, saying he would present them to the U.S. President Barack Obama at the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Speaking to thousands of people who marched to the Palace of Miraflores in Caracas, Maduro said that Obama, who earlier in the day told a press conference that Venezuela was not considered a “threat” by the US, had now changed his mind.

The Venezuelan leader praised the Venezuelan people for the level of mobilization against the US move, saying: “All my respect for this great unity, in such a short time period, receiving over 10 million signatures, this is proper unity, this is the anti-imperialist people.”

Maduro also pointed to the support received from the Union of the South American Nations (UNASUR), the Movement of Non Aligned Countries, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (CELAC), as well as the G77+ China, as proof that Venezuela was not isolated.

Morales also addressed the crowd, saying that the U.S. aggression was not only directed against Venezuela “but also against Bolivia and all Latin America.”

The Bolivian president, who is set to travel with Maduro to the Summit of the Americas, added that Washington is attempting to divide the region, “because they want to steal from us and sack our natural resources ... We cannot forget how they use to subdue us with military dictatorships and neoliberal policies.”

Electoral authorities in Venezuela have confirmed the authenticity of the signatures, with a margin of error of 1.3 percent.

[Reprinted from TeleSUR English.]

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