March 27, 2015
Vincentians rally in solidarity with Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, a rally in support and solidarity with Venezuela and the Bolivarian Revolution was held in front of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

The call was made by the Venezuelan-Vincentian Friendship Association (VENVIFA) and attracted an important number of activists and personalities{{more}} in solidarity with the rejection of the Executive Order issued by the President of the United States of America Barack Obama, in which he declares Venezuela as an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of his country.

President of VENVIFA Mike Browne established the important bonds of brotherhood that unite the two nations, especially during the last 16 years after the arrival of the Bolivarian Revolution, with Commander Hugo Chavez, who incorporated the notions of solidarity and cooperation to bilateral relationships. Browne, former minister of Foreign Affairs and Education of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, expressed deep rejection of the Executive Order signed by President Obama and urged him to repeal it, convinced that the people of Bolívar and Chavez do not represent a threat, but peace.

The activity was attended by the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who joined in the rejection of unilateral and imperialist interference by the United States and said that a nation which has promoted the Declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace cannot be considered a threat to the security of any country. Also, he noted that at the next meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with the United States, to be held on April 9 in Jamaica, he would take the message of the Venezuelan people and peoples of ALBA for the Executive Order to be repealed and a dialogue mechanism between Venezuela and the United States be established that allows the improvement of relations between the two countries as equals, as sovereign and independent states.

Meanwhile Chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Daliana Guanipa, thanked the members of the Diplomatic Corps present, the Cuban collaborators in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and especially members of VENVIFA for the outpouring of support and solidarity with Venezuela, the Bolivarian Revolution and President Nicolas Maduro, in these times of imperialist attack and recalled that Venezuela is not alone, that the whole world has raised its voice in categorical rejection of this new imperialist intervention in the great nation.

She also read the Declaration signed by the Heads of State and Government of the ALBA-TCP, on March 17, 2015 in Caracas, as a demonstration of the overwhelming support these brother countries have given, and at the same time invited the persons present to form part of the Global Campaign for Collecting signatures for the repeal of the decree issued by President Obama.

Persons interested in signing a petition for the repeal of the Executive Order issued by the US Government against Venezuela may do so at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Murray’s Road, Kingstown.