[News] Venezuelan Social Movements Take to the Streets to Oppose U.S. Aggression
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*Venezuelan Social Movements Take to the Streets to Oppose U.S.
Mar 13th 2015, by Lucas Koerner
"A lot of balls and ovaries there are here to defend this land. Yankees
of shit." An anti-imperialist refrain inspired by a popular Chávez
slogan. (Credit: Lucas Koerner/venezuelanalysis.com)
Caracas, March 13, 2015 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan social
movements converged in Plaza Venezuela in the center of the capital on
Thursday to manifest their firm rejection of the latest round of U.S.
On Monday, President Obama issued an executive order sanctioning seven
top officials of the Venezuelan government as well as declaring the
Bolivarian nation an "unusual and extraordinary national security
threat," <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11256> a step that could pave
the way for possible economic sanctions
This latest move by the U.S. administration has been roundly condemend
by a host of nations <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11259> and
regional bodies, including Cuba, Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, UNASUR,
CELAC, and most recently China and Russia.
Among the movements assembled in the center of Caracas on Thursday were
various collectives such as the Pioneers Encampament,
government-affiliated social missions such as the Great Housing Mission
and Barrio Tricolor, as well as a plethora of people representing their
neighborhood communal councils.
Chanting "Yankee go home" and "Venezuela respects itself", thousands of
Venezuelans of all ages filled the streets with their characteristic red
shirts, exhibiting national pride and indignation in response to the
White House’s announcements.
"We are here to defend the motherland left to us by Chávez, Bolívar,
Zamora, and all of our heroes and heroines, because we've also had many
heroines, many barefooted women who defended this country. We're
following in the same legacy as all of them," Lies Guzmán of the
Socialist Environmental Workers' Front told Venezuelanalysis.
"We are steeled, knee to the ground, for anything that happens, with the
women in the vanguard, prepared on all fronts, including the diplomatic,
military, and guerrilla fronts if necessary."
In his executive order, President Obama expressed concern for alleged
human rights violations in Venezuela.
Olenia Quintana, 32, of the Pioneers Encampment collective challenged
what she perceives to be a clear double standard underlying the U.S
"If you're talking about human rights, the first thing that Obama needs
to do in his country is revise all of the laws. [The United States] is
the only country [in the hemisphere] with the death penalty. Here there
is no death penalty."
This critique has been repeated on numerous occasions by President
Nicolas Maduro who has denounced the U.S. government's human rights
record vis-a-vis its own people.
On Monday, the Venezuelan leader called on Obama to defend the rights of
U.S. citizens, including "Black people killed in U.S. cities every day,
the thousands of people who don't have a place to sleep and die of cold
on the streets of New York, Boston, or Chicago, and those detained in
Despite general indignation, Venezuelans attending yesterday’s rally
were keen to distinguish between the actions of the U.S. government and
"The message to the people of the United States is that they should rise
up," declared José Zegarra, 36, a construction worker and general
coordinator of the Revolutionary Hugo Chávez Workers' Front.
"In the United States, there are many dignified people who know that
their government has regrettably interfered in the affairs of other
countries, believing itself the world policeman. But the average North
American person isn't any kind of world policeman, but a person who has
to work to eat, work to pay the mortgage, work to pay the heat and
Guzmán echoed this sentiment, underscoring the need for social and
political transformation in the U.S.
"[The U.S. people] must organize and make the necessary changes in their
country, which is a noble but subdued country, whose people are much
more subdued than our own [people]."
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