[News] Venezuela: Arreaza Slams US for 'Criminal' Blockade
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Venezuela: Arreaza Slams US for 'Criminal' Blockade
April 26, 2019
The United States Treasury sanctioned Venezuelan Minister of Foreign
Affairs Jorge Arreaza
who condemned the move and denounced what he described as "criminal"
acts by the U.S. against the oil-rich Latin American country.
US Sanctions Killed Over 40,000 Venezuelans Since 2017
The Office of Foreign Assets Control, a financial intelligence and
enforcement agency of Treasury Department, designated Jorge Arreaza and
Judge Carol Bealexis Padilla de Arretureta as targets of fresh sanctions
"There are reactions that confirm that we are on the right path and give
us more STRENGTH to fight. Yesterday at the UN, we irrefutably denounced
the US criminal blockade against Venezuela. Today the Trump
administration responds with desperation against us. The TRUTH hurts!"
Arreaza tweeted Friday just after the U.S. treasury made the announcement.
At a United Nations meeting Thursday, Arreaza said that the unilateral
sanctions imposed by the United States are not against officials, but
against the general population.
The same day, a study co-authored by world-renowned economics
professor at Columbia University, Jeffrey Sachs, and co-founder
of the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), Mark Weisbrot,
was released and found that U.S. imposed sanctions on Venezuela have led
to the unnecessary medical deaths of over 40,000 Venezuelans since
“The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines,
medical equipment, food and other essential imports,” write Weisbrot and
Sachs. “This is illegal under international laws and treaties that the
U.S. has signed. Congress should move to stop it,” insist the experts.
Arreaza reported that in the coming days President Nicolas Maduro will
announce the creation of a registry to "keep track of the effects our
people are suffering as a result of the blockade" imposed by the U.S.
President Donald Trump's administration.
The report also indicates that the Venezuelan government is unable to
access over US$20 billion of its own funds and gold because of the U.S.
Some reactions confirm that we walk the right path. It gives us more
STRENGTH for the struggle. Yesterday, we denounced the US criminal
blockade against Venezuela at the UN. Today, the Trump
administration responds with desperation against us. TRUTH hurts!
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) April 26, 2019
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin claimed Friday in an official press
release that “the United States will not stand by and watch as the
illegitimate Maduro regime starves the Venezuelan people of their
wealth, humanity, and right to democracy.”
“(The) Treasury will continue to target corrupt Maduro insiders,
including those tasked with conducting diplomacy and carrying out
justice on behalf of this illegitimate regime. This Administration
stands with the Venezuelan people, and alongside an international
coalition committed to holding accountable those who are responsible for
Venezuela’s tragic decline,” he added.
In an advisory released September 20, 2017, just after the Trump
administration doubled down on sanctions that began during the Barack
Obama presidency, the U.S. Treasury Department said: "Venezuela faces
severe economic and political circumstances due to the rupture of
democratic and constitutional order by the government and policy
such as that seen in Venezuela, can further damage its economic growth
According to the CEPR report the sanctions have blocked an "estimated
80,000 people with HIV" to not have access to their antiretroviral
treatment since 2017. "Another 4 million with diabetes and hypertension
... cannot obtain insulin or cardiovascular medicine," because of U.S.
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