Above photo: People gather in Caracas on August 10 to protest the blockade.
On Monday, August 5, President Trump signed an Executive Order that worsens the US blockade of Venezuela. The order can be used to basically go after any person or entity that supports the Maduro administration. It also includes restrictions on travel for people who support the current government. Here is Popular Resistance’s statement about the blockade.
While the order has language saying it won’t impact access to food and medicine, just two days after it was signed a ship carrying 25 thousands tons of soy was held up in Panama.
Citing the blockade, the Maduro government decided not to send representatives to the next round of talks with the opposition in Barbados. Instead, millions of Venezuelans were urged to sign a document that will be delivered to the United Nations denouncing the blockade.
Saturday, August 10, was declared a World Protest Day against the Venezuelan Blockade. Telesur reports:
Carrying national flags and wearing red sport hats, thousands began to gather early in the morning at squares and other public places. They would then take to the streets of Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, protest against the U.S. President.
President Maduro thanked the citizen support and invited the Venezuelan people to continue participating in the defense of the peace and sovereignty of their country.
“I greet the World’s Great Day of Protest to reject the U.S. empire and the brutal blockade against Venezuela. I invite the entire Venezuelan people to sign in defense of our independence, peace and national sovereignty. Raise your voice with dignity! #NoMoreTrump,” he tweeted.
Through the social media networks, it was also possible to appreciate actions that social and political organizations from abroad offered to the Bolivarian revolution.
Similar events in rejection of the U.S. blockade took place in countries such as Australia, Angola, Bulgaria, Canada, Spain, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Malaysia, Namibia, Portugal, Serbia, South Africa, Turkey and the U.S.
“In addition, several social leaders and political leaders have joined the world protest, one of whom was the Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, who shared a supporting text to Maduro,” the Spanish outlet El Mundo reported.
“The dignity of the Venezuelan people and the strength of the Bolivarian Revolution do not break with criminal imperial sanctions. #HandsOffVenezuela,” Diaz-Canel, tweeted.
#VIDEO | Venezuela se movilizó por el derecho de un pueblo a construir su futuro, por los valores de la autodeterminación de los pueblos, el respeto a la soberanía nacional y la no intervención en los asuntos internos.#NoMásTrump#TrumpDesbloqueaVenezuela pic.twitter.com/jkQsiK1vjE
— Cancillería Venezuela 🇻🇪 (@CancilleriaVE) August 11, 2019
In Berlin, Germany, activists protested in front of the US Consulate.
In the United States, protests took place in San Francisco:
#SanFrancisco activists joined International Day of Solidarity w #Venezuela: #TrumpUnBlockVenezuela #TrumpDesbloqueaVenezuela @NicolasMaduro @FidelidadACuba @dcabellor @CubaVenezCte @ICAP_cuba @siempreconcuba @answercoalition @FreddyBernal @AvilaFeraaso @jorgerpsuv @BrianBeckerDC pic.twitter.com/v8zBEQaqt7
— Gloria La Riva (@GloriaLaRiva) August 11, 2019
and Washington, DC:
— ANSWER Coalition (@answercoalition) August 10, 2019
There were also protests in Benin (in West Africa):
Desde el oeste de África nos envían fotos Los Amigos de Venezuela (ALAV). En la República de Benín también condenan la aplicación de sanciones económicas contra Venezuela y dicen #NoMoreTrump#TrumpDesbloqueaVenezuela. pic.twitter.com/Y8aEu5Q3sE
— #NoMasTrump (@DesbloqueaVE) August 11, 2019
— teleSUR TV (@teleSURtv) August 10, 2019
#Vancouver #Canada protesting at the #US consulate against blockade & war on #Venezuela #TrumpHandsOffVenezuela #TrumpUnblockVenezuela #TrumpDesbloqueaVenezuela #venezuelavictoriosa #NoMasTrump #NoMoreTrump #VenezuelaResisteAlBloqueo @DesbloqueaVE @EmbaVenezCanada @CancilleriaVE pic.twitter.com/8MbSD03d09
— FireThisTime (@FTT_np) August 10, 2019
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Chanting “No more Trump!”
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) August 11, 2019
— Angelo Rivas R (@AngeloRivasVen) August 10, 2019
— Paola Dragnic (@PaoladrateleSUR) August 10, 2019