[News] Over 5 Million Venezuelans Sign Letter Urging Repeal of Obama's Executive Order

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  Over 5 Million Venezuelans Sign Letter Urging Repeal of Obama's
  Executive Order

*http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11301*
<http://venezuelanalysis.com/printmail/11301><http://venezuelanalysis.com/print/11301> 


By Lucas Koerner

Caracas, March 30, 2015 (venezuelanalysis.com 
<http://venezuelanalysis.com/>) - Over 5 million Venezuelans have voiced 
their opposition to the Executive Order issued by the White House on 
March 9, which brands Venezuela an "unusual and extraordinary threat" 
and imposes new sanctions.

Over the past week, millions of Venezuelans have mobilized in a 
nationwide petition drive, signing their names to an open letter 
addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to immediately 
repeal the executive order <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11288>.

In response to President Maduro's call for 10 million signatures, the 
grassroots initiative has taken off dramatically over the past week with 
armies of volunteers manning over 760 sign-up points in public squares 
throughout the nation as well as going door to door in order to reach 
those with special needs.

President Nicolas Maduro has characterized this effort as an "emphatic 
success" and called for it to continue during Holy Week vacations. It is 
hoped that Venezuelans will continue pledging their signatures from 
"highways, beaches, and mountains" in a show of national unity in the 
face of U.S. aggression.

*Venezuela Delivers Formal Letter of Protest to US Embassy *

Meanwhile, on Friday, Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez confirmed that 
the Venezuelan government had delivered a formal letter of protest to 
the U.S. embassy in Caracas urging the Obama administration to repeal 
the executive order.

Rodriguez underscored that the letter was the latest in a series of 
diplomatic overtures initiated by the Bolivarian government, suggesting 
that continued intransigence on the part of Washington may oblige 
Venezuela to appeal to international legal mechanisms.

The foreign minister also noted that Venezuela enjoys the backing of a 
significant segment of the international community, which has manifested 
its solidarity with the Bolivarian government via a series of statements 
by various multilateral blocs, including UNASUR, ALBA, the Non-Aligned 
Movement, CELAC, and the G77+China <http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11298>.

“This should allow the government of the United States to reflect. Look 
at a map, a map that shows the whole world is telling the U.S, its 
government and its administration to cease aggression against 
Venezuela," stated Rodriguez, pointing to a world map highlighting the 
multitude of nations which have voiced support for Venezuela in response 
to U.S. threats.

*New Poll Finds 65% of Venezuelans "Optimistic" *

In the midst of an international media campaign which has consistently 
presented Venezuela as a nation mired in economic and political turmoil, 
a new survey by the private polling firm Hinterlaces has found that 65% 
of Venezuelans chose "optimistic" as the term that best describes their 
emotional state, a four point increase over January.

Meanwhile, those who describe themselves as "pessimistic" or 
"frustrated" declined by four points to 34% and and 21% respectively.

Moreover, the percentage of Venezuelans who characterized themselves as 
"hopeful" rose five points since January to 78%.

For political analyst Jose Vicente Rangel, the poll figures as a 
critical vote of confidence for a government besieged by economic war, 
systematic misrepresentation in the international press, and U.S. 
sanctions.

"An important sector of Venezuelan society is perceiving a unified, 
cohesive government that is working to problem solve, Chavimo has 
regained positive expectations and hope, wielding arguments and banners 
[of support] in order to confront the discourse of pessimism and 
fatalism," stated the former high ranking government official on his 
television program.

The poll was conducted between the 14th and 18th of March and featured 
200 respondents from throughout the country.

Published on Mar 30th 2015 at 10.38pm

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