REJECTION OF THE ERRATIC STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES AGAINST THE HOMELAND OF BOLÍVAR – STATEMENT FROM MINISTRY OF PEOPLE’S POWER FOR FOREIGN RELATIONS, BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF VENEZUELA

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela rejects the unbelievable
statement published today by the White House on 07/17/2017.
It is a document of a sort that has never been seen before, which, due
to its poor level and awful quality, makes it difficult to intellectually
understand the intentions of the assailant country. Without a doubt, the
government of the United States is used to humiliating other nations in
its international relations and believes that it will receive as a response
the subordination to which they are accustomed. The trench that the
government of the United States is digging in its relations with Venezuela
makes it difficult to rationally predict its actions for the entire international
community.

The government of the United States, unashamedly, shows its absolute
bias towards the violent and extremist sectors of Venezuelan politics,
which favor the use of terrorism to overthrow a popular and democratic
government.

The moral ruin of the Venezuelan opposition has dragged President
Trump to commit an open aggression against a Latin American country.
We know not who could have written, let alone authorized, a statement
with such a conceptual and moral poverty.

The thin democratic veil of the Venezuelan opposition has fallen, and it
reveals the brutal interventionist force of the U.S. government, which has
been behind the violence suffered by the Venezuelan people in the last
four months.

It is not the first time that we denounce and confront threats as ludicrous
as those contained in this unbelievable document.

We call on the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as
on the free peoples of the world, to understand the magnitude of the
brutal threat contained in this imperial statement and to defend the
sovereignty, self-determination, and independence, fundamental
principles of international law.

The original constituent power is contemplated in our Constitution and it
only concerns the Venezuelan people. The National Constituent
Assembly will be elected by the direct, universal, and secret ballot of all
Venezuelans, under the authority of the National Electoral Council, as
contemplated in our legal framework. It is an act of political sovereignty
of the Republic, nothing and no one can stop it. The Constituent
Assembly will go on!

Today, Venezuelan people are free and will respond united against the
insolent threat posed by a xenophobic and racist empire. The antiimperialist
thought of the Liberator is more valid than ever.

“The United States seems destined by Providence to
plague America with misery in the name of liberty”
– Simón Bolívar

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