Venezuela's President highlights complaint against US coercive measures

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro highlighted this Friday the complaint filed at the International Criminal Court against the US government's unilateral coercive measures against his country.

On Twitter, the president described such actions, harmful to the welfare of the Venezuelan people, as crimes against humanity, and ratified the right of the nation to peace and sovereignty.

'We firmly and categorically denounce the US government to the International Criminal Court for its crimes against humanity, against the Venezuelan people who have the right to peace and self-determination. Stop So Much Aggression and Blockade, Venezuela Demands Justice,' the head of State tweeted.

On February 7, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury exercised punitive actions against the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services (CONVIASA), in a new episode of Washington's hostile policy against Caracas.

Before the new onslaught of the White House, the Bolivarian Executive decided to go to the International Criminal Court of The Hague to file a lawsuit against the United States for the damages caused by coercive measures.

'We are convinced that the aftermaths of unilateral coercive measures constitute crimes against humanity, they are widespread and systematic attacks,' Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza expressed on Thursday.

The head of Venezuelan diplomacy stressed the fact that such actions, violating international law and the sovereignty of nations, seek a political end, a change of government through anti-constitutional channels.

According to a study conducted by the Center for Economic and Political Research - headquartered in the United States - economic aggressions requested by the opposition and applied by the White House are responsible for the death of at least 40,000 Venezuelans.

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Maduro: 'the US Does Not Appoint President in Venezuela'

President Nicolas Maduro slammed Trump for saying that he would crush Venezuela and its socialist project.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Wednesday reminded Donald Trump that the president of Venezuela is chosen by the Venezuelan people and not the United States.

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“In Venezuela, the president is not appointed by the U.S. president; the People choose him through elections," Maduro said and told Trump "enough of your extremist obsession!."

These statements were a reaction to the threats spilled by Trump during the State of the Union speech on Tuesday when he pretended to ignore the decision of the Bolivarian people and referred to Senator Juan Guaido as if he were interim president of the South American nation.

In his response to the U.S. president's statements, Maduro also rejected his foreign policy based on "crushing" Venezuela and recalled that the Bolivian nation continues to work for its development.​​​​​​​

"Never! Nobody crushes Venezuela. Venezuela walks forward with work, love, and perseverance. Venezuela will continue its path to prosperity and happiness with peace, freedom, and dignity,” he said.

The Bolivarian president also recalled that his country is sovereign and has the right to choose its own development model.

“We have the right to build socialism and we are going to build a new, democratic, humanist, Christian, socialism... No one will take away the right to build our own destiny,” Maduro stressed.​​​​​​​

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Venezuela Commemorates 28th Anniversary of National Dignity Day

The Bolivarian Republic President led the civic-military activities on the occasion of the commemoration of National Dignity Day.

Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, told a large crowd Tuesday that on February 4, 1992, "the original dignity of the liberators broke into history, the original project of the Liberator Simón Bolívar and the giants of this country broke."

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Maduro led the event at the Cuartel de la Montaña in honor of the civic-military rebellion of February 4, 1992, led by Commander Hugo Chávez, and in celebration of National Dignity Day.

In his speech, President Maduro said that a group of mercenaries financed and trained by the government of the President of Colombia, Iván Duque, had been sent to the nation to carry out attacks against military units and ships.

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In this regard, the Head of State also revealed that recently a United States warship tried to enter the Venezuelan waters, but was deterred by the Bolivarian Republic's military.

Given these interference efforts against Venezuela, the President called the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) to the highest conscience and to the maximum fulfillment of the patriotic duty in defense of national sovereignty.

In advance, the President indicated through his Twitter account that February 4 is "the essence and the moral key to continue the defense of our right to have a free homeland," Maduro said before starting a military march, accompanied by the country's high political and military command.

On Tuesday, Venezuela planned a series of activities in commemoration of the National Dignity Day, including the military march through Caracas.  ​​​​​​​

In the early hours of the morning, a military civic walk was carried out to the Mountain Barracks, where the remains of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, commander Hugo Chávez, were laid to rest.

This Tuesday marks the 28th anniversary of the rebellion of February 4, 1992 , a civic-military uprising led by Commander Hugo Chavez that stopped the neoliberal package from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the period of the Fourth Republic that kept the Venezuelan people in a deep social, political and economic crisis.

The events that occurred on February 4, 1992, led to the fall of the Fourth Republic and led to the rise of the Bolivarian Revolution in the government.​​​​​​​

 

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Maduro on Merlano Case: Duque Does Not Want the Truth Out There

The Venezuelan President said that the Government of Ivan Duque does not want to extradite the former congresswoman because "she knows many secrets about the Colombian political class."

The president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, said Thursday that his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, has not followed the due process for the extradition of former congresswoman Aída Merlano. Merlano, who arrested last Monday in the city of Maracaibo, Zulia state, after running away from her country, seems not interested in knowing the truth, according to the head of state.

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During a nationwide broadcast, the president criticized Duque for using "a ridiculous, not credible, false justification" to refuse to reestablish consular relations and thus advance in various diplomatic aspects.

"We have in Venezuela the former-senator Aída Merlano, and she was captured by request from Interpol ... The Colombian government does not want her deported because they have not started the process" to do so, said the Executive.

Also, he regretted that Duque falls into ideological extremism and puts partisan interests above the interest of the Colombian people, remembering that neighboring countries should maintain bilateral relations despite their political differences.

"The truth is that Duque does not want Aida Merlano to return to Colombia. This because she knows many secrets of the Colombian political class and that will be unbearable," said the president, adding that the former senator, accused of electoral crimes in her country, "wants to speak and she's telling everything. "

On the other hand, he reiterated that in the country, there are currently more than 30 Colombian citizens requested by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol). Still, they cannot deliver them to their respective government because if refuses to carry out the corresponding procedures to do so.

In this regard, the Venezuelan president questioned the real reasons why his Colombian counterpart did not fulfill his duty and ordered the extradition of these people, including members of the criminal gang "Los Rastrojos."

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Maduro accuses Colombia of trying to dismantle Venezuelan aviation

Caracas, Dec 29 (Prensa Latina) A new complaint today weighs on the government of Colombian President Iván Duque, after Nicolás Maduro, accused him of trying to dismantle Venezuelan aviation.

During the act of greeting at the end of the year to members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), the Venezuelan head of state denounced that from Colombia it is intended to dismantle military aviation, to weaken the country's defense capacity.

'It is Colombia, the Military Intelligence of Colombia that is behind our missiles and our defense system, to steal it, to dismantle it and so that Venezuela does not have Air Defense,' Maduro said.

The Venezuelan president called on the commander of the Comprehensive Aerospace Defense Command (Codai), Juan Teixeira, to reinforce all protection measures and urged the commanders to coordinate with the Popular Power, the Popular Integral Defense Units and take their protection, surveillance and assurance measures for all units.

'We have dismantled more than 60 attempts to steal our missiles and, strategic material of the Air Defense, which are of Russian technology. A week ago we had dismantled a terrorist nucleus financed from Colombia, 'he recalled.

He explained that this group was led by two deputies of the National Assembly in contempt and the Popular Will party, who intended with a group of defending police officers to attack several military units, 'to seek blood, death, violence before December 24 , to blood the Christmas of Venezuela. '

He said hundreds of officers have reported calls and messages from Colombia to deliver military secrets, as well as to extract strategic material, which is why it was aimed at strengthening the protection of the nation's anti-aircraft defense system.

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Venezuelan president says military is committed and loyal to Revolution

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presided over the year-end activity to honor the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), where he highlighted the loyalty and commitment of the military in defense of the country’s sovereignty and peace.

Maduro said: "Today I am more optimistic than ever about the future of our nation and more grateful than ever for the loyalty, professionalism and cohesion of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces."

During his speech, the Venezuelan president also referred to the events that occurred during this year as the tightening of the economic blockade and the imposition of an interim "president" in Venezuela by the United States.

"The Armed Forces reacted to the attacks as a whole, with a slogan that was imposed in this 2019 and assumed by the entire nation: Loyal always, traitors never!" he added.

"We suffered an international conspiracy whose objective was to divide, fracture and destroy the unity, discipline, cohesion and morals of our military forces (...) it is a multiform aggression accompanied by threats of invasion, attempts at bribery, corruption and a structured psychological war so that our military forces would surrender without fighting," the Venezuelan president highlighted.

Maduro recalled the events of last February 23rd, where the right-wing -- supported by the White House and the Government of Colombia -- sought to enter the country with alleged humanitarian aid and incite violence on the border with Colombia to promote a coup d'etat.

"From the Palace of Nariño and from that traitor named Ivan Duque, is where all the conspiracies have been planned to try to destabilize the country and impose a coup d'etat," he denounced.

The Venezuelan president also reiterated that all the aggressions of international factors wanted the armed forces "to doubt their historical and constitutional role," however, they met with the "conscience of steel, an indestructible moral that came to pulverize all forms of psychological wars and conspiracies of 2019."

In the "blood of the military, there is a rebellious will that goes back generations and that has allowed us to defend ourselves against any conspiracy and attempts at division," the head of state emphasized.

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Maduro highlights legitimacy of Bolivarian process

Caracas, Dec 16 (Prensa Latina) Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said that the Bolivarian process enjoys the legitimacy of having been approved by a people who said yes to the constitutional path.

During his speech at the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) session held on Sunday, on the occasion of the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the approval of the Constitution of the Republic in 1999, Maduro highlighted the legitimacy of the Revolution.

'All boycott plans to overthrow the Revolution do not work because we have a deep legitimacy, which nobody else has,' Maduro said.

Speaking at the People's Power plenary session gathered in the Protocol Hemicycle, Maduro said that 'nobody thought that 20 years later we would celebrate this date. We have a solid national thought and it is admirable.'

He recalled that the first binding consultative referendum was held in 1999, and it was 'a libertarian, original, and truly democratic constituent assembly of full powers.'

The head of State said that the project devised by Commander Hugo Chavez was the means to re-found the country and build the basis of the Republic, with a new Constitution of revolutionary and democratic values.

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