A mass mobilization through the center of Caracas rejected the renewal of an American decree by U.S. President Barack Obama, declaring that Venezuela is a threat to the security of the United States.
The march was headed by Vice President Aristobulo Isturiz, and leftwing deputy Diosdado Cabello, who arrived at the central square in the afternoon to accompany Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on the stage located near the Palacio de Miraflores.
Soundbite (Spanish) – Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela:
“There is no reason for Obama to have ratified this decree. The entire planet is asking for the decree to be repealed.”
Maduro announced that, next week, demonstrations would take place in all states and municipalities denounce interference by the U.S. government in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
Soundbite (Spanish) Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela:
“The legacy that Obama will ultimately leave behind will be what he did to the people of Libya, Syria, and Ukraine, and what he tried to do to the people of Bolivar and Chavez. He tries to besmirch our honor and our history”.
The “executive order” signed by the US president on March 9, 2015 led the government of Venezuela to launch a campaign for Obama to repeal the decree, which gathered 13 million signatures.