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By Nicolas Maduro | President of Venezuela Posted Mon., Mar.23, 2015
Freedom and Independence
We are the people of Simon Bolívar, our people believe in peace and respect for all nations. More than two centuries ago, our fathers founded a Republic on the basis that all persons are free and equal under the law.
Our nation made the greatest sacrifices to guarantee South American people their right to choose their rulers and to enforce their own laws today.
We believe in Peace, National Sovereignty and International Law
We are a peaceful people. In two centuries of independence, we have never attacked another nation. Our people live in a region of peace, free of weapons of mass destruction, and in freedom to practice all religions. We uphold respect for international law and the sovereignty of all people of the world.
We are friends of the American people:
Francisco de Miranda, a Venezuelan hero, fought with the American people during their independence fight. The relations between our peoples have always been peaceful and respectful.
Since 2005, Venezuela has provided “heating oil” through subsidies for low-income communities in the United States, thanks to our company CITGO.
This contribution has helped tens of thousands of American citizens survive in harsh conditions, giving them relief, and necessary support in times of need, evidencing how solidarity can create powerful alliances across borders.
Incredibly, the U.S government has declared our country a threat to its national security and foreign policy
We honor our freedoms and uphold our rights
Never before in the history of our nations, has a president of the United States attempted to govern Venezuelans by decree. It is a tyrannical and imperial order and it pushes us back into the darkest days of the relationship between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean.
In the name of our long-term friendship we alert our American brothers and sisters, lovers of justice and freedom, of the illegal aggression committed by your government on your behalf. We will not allow our friendship with the people of the United States to be affected by this senseless and groundless decision by President Obama.
1- The U.S. Government immediately cease hostile actions against Venezuelan people and democracy.
2- President Obama abolish the Executive Order that declares Venezuela a threat to U.S. national security, as has been requested by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR).
3. The U.S. Government retract its libelous and defamatory statements and actions against the honorable Venezuelan officials who have just obeyed our laws and our constitution
Our sovereignty is sacred — In the name of our mutual love for national independence we want the government of President Obama to think about and rectify this dangerous precedent.
We are convinced that the defense of our freedom is a right we shall never give up because the future of the humanity lies also in our country. As Simón Bolívar said: “The freedom of the New World is the hope of the universe”.
“Venezuela is not a threat, but a hope”
“Independence or nothing”, Simón Bolívar