TELESUR – Saint Lucian nationals are firmly denouncing the escalated US sanctions against Venezuela.
From political scientists to social activists, the nationals of the Caribbean island are also urging citizens of other countries to join in the opposition to the US sanctions.
People all across the Caribbean are shocked at the absurd sanctions against Venezuelan government called by the United States on Monday.
Political Scientist Denys Springer describes the United States sanctions against Venezuela as atrocious. He says he was shocked and dismayed to learn of the disturbing developments.
“To target Venezuela in that way, I believe the whole of the Caribbean should stand in unity with Venezuela and say to the Americans that if you target them you target all of us because this is the South American coast, so to speak. We are part and parcel of the Caribbean that joins up with them,” he said.
He added that the Government of Venezuela, particularly through initiatives like Petrocaribe and the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), has provided much needed help to Caribbean governments, proving that it cares for the most vulnerable in society.
“They are helping us……they have their own country to look after and they are making it their duty to help others, through Petrocaribe and look at the computers that our school children have now got. I think the rest of the Caribbean should say to the Americans, enough is enough and Venezuela has not interfered with you.”
Social activist Edgar Rossini Francois has long been a supporter of the Bolivarian revolution. He too questions the motives of the US government.
“Considering since 2008, the pronouncements of Obama, it doesn’t surprise me, but at the same time, and considering the complexity of the situation he has now found himself in, to create enemies south of the border makes absolutely no sense. It is true that they have lost control of Latin America, not only because of the Bolivarian revolution, but mainly because of the behaviour of the United States in Central and South America and to a certain degree in the Caribbean,” he said.
Representatives of the Venezuelan Government in Saint Lucia have planned a press conference for Friday, at which time they will issue a formal statement on the issue.
In Saint Lucia, the question is why? For most, it makes no sense that the United States of America is taking this hard line decision against Venezuela, a country that continues to help others across Latin America and the Caribbean.