Posted: Monday, July 5, 2021. 11:39 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: As Sunday was Independence Day in the United States of America, today, Monday, is Independence Day in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
Venezuela left the Spanish Empire 210 years ago and in the last few decades or so has turned to a socialist outlook under Presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.
It has been an ally of the Latin American and Caribbean region through the Petrocaribe and ALBA programs, supplying part of its vast resources of raw and refined petroleum products and apportioning part of the revenue toward social programs in its sister nations.
Ambassador in Belize Gerardo Argote commented: “This commemoration is part of a deep struggle of resistance for the maintenance of that freedom and political, economic and ideological independence. The freedom obtained has guided our self-determination and sovereignty as the main values to defend and this struggle has resulted in the imposition of unjust and illegal economic and financial sanctions against our country.”
A video accompanying Ambassador Argote’s statement features congratulatory messages from People’s United Party chairman and Minister of the Public Service Henry Charles Usher, on behalf of the Government of Belize, and a representative of the party’s youth wing; the Ambassador of Cuba to Belize Lissette Perez Perez; the leaders of the Belize People’s Front, Nancy Marin, and the Belize Progressive Party, Patrick Rogers, journalist Derrick Velasquez of Southern Belize Media and a representative of the Garifuna community. Each saluted Venezuela’s continued resistance against international sanctions and interference in its electoral and social process, as a struggle for power continues between forces allied to Maduro and those allied to Juan Guaido, former president of the National Assembly, who has laid claim to the presidency.
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