ALBA rejects US threats against Venezuela

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro gestures as he arrives for an event with supporters in Caracas, Venezuela July 20, 2017. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS

The nations which make up the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) have rejected threats made against Venezuela by the United States if the South American country goes ahead with a vote for a National Constituent Assembly scheduled for July 30.

“ALBA countries reject those countries that not only ignore the Venezuelan legal system and the constitutional and legitimate government of President Nicolas Maduro, but also put at risk the status of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace,” the organization said in a statement.

Last week US President Donald Trump threatend “swift and economic action” against Venezuela if the vote goes ahead.

ALBA, of which Dominica is a member, said the imposition of such measures “constitutes a clear violation of international law and an unacceptable interventionist application of U.S. law.”

The organization said the move “[does] not contribute to the resolution of the situation that the country is going through,” and promised to stand with Venezuela in the face of the new threats.

The opposition in Venezuela sees the Constituent Assembly vote as a farce designed to ensure a majority for a government with minority popular support. They are demanding conventional free elections including the office of President.

However, according to pro-Maduro media channel the vote “is intended to further develop the country’s democracy and to help ease tensions with the opposition.”

Meanwhile, Maduro himself remains defiant.

“The imperial right wing believes it can give orders to Venezuela, the only ones who give orders here are the people,” he said in his weekly TV program last week. “This time next week Venezuelans will vote for a Constituent Assembly.”

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  1. Let The Truth Be Known - Original
    July 24, 2017

    Like it or not, friends stick with friends through thick and thin. If they are grateful people, they remember kindnesses shown to them. All of you would do the same for a friend, not so?
    Friends may not condone certain policies of friends but they will not turn their backs on them. It is something to comprehend.
    If you are a true friend, you will want what is good for the entire country.
    Let us pray that the protests end in Venezuela. Those who continue to protest are not doing themselves, other nationals and their country a favor. No benefit whatsoever.

  2. Pragmatik
    July 24, 2017

    So many here seem to have a fight to pick with the US. I wonder how many of you would choose to live in Venezuela over the US.

    Even your prime minister goes to the extent of taking advantage of the loophole in the US system of registration to gain citizenship for his children. Why didn’t he have his wife birth their children in Venezuela?

    But is the US that bad.

    Not Maduro, who is trying to imprison an entire supreme court because they weren’t hand picked by him. It’s the US that’s evil because they want to bring an end to the disgrace that is happening in Venezuela. smdh

    • ye yep
      July 24, 2017

      good point.

      They sit down in their living rooms, big belly full of food, well rested and talking crap about the US

  3. EnfantDiable
    July 24, 2017

    Under De Donald the US is “tweibshaying” before the world “drunk with military power”.

  4. jaded
    July 24, 2017

    The rest of the world needs to condemn the U.S. for allowing the casual and wanton execution of unarmed black men by police officers. It seems that policemen have replaced the slave master. Black men in the U.S are more afraid of police officers than terrorists.

  5. Be aware of the links
    July 24, 2017

    Dominicans take time to read that article from St. Lucia. Maybe the traffickers are already here

  6. July 24, 2017

    The US is on a dangerous quest to destroying and conquering our countries. We have to take a unified stand against this. The time to put our voices and minds together is now. America is only interested in America’s interests. Do not be misled by these greedy people. Anytime they cannot control, they will invade and cause mayhem. Wake up and let’s fight this thing. They elected Trump, you all don’t see the rest of the world disrespecting their choice. Democracy is democracy!

    • Pragmatik
      July 24, 2017

      How many venezuelans will you take into your home when they start fleeing their country after it officially becomes a failed state?

  7. July 24, 2017

    The US again boy! When will Trump and his government learn to stay out of other people’s affairs?

  8. July 24, 2017

    The United States refers to others as dictators, when they are the real embodiment of dictatorship. SMH!

    • Pragmatik
      July 24, 2017

      You are out of your mind. The US system is set up such that even executive orders from the PRESIDENT of the united states can be shut down by courts lower than the supreme court. Right now in Venezuela the opposition has the a super majority in the national assembly and yet everything they try to do is blocked by one man. The republicans have the house and the senate right now and they can barely pass a simple health care reform. How is that dictatorship? Some of you just talk out of your –

      • Hugh .G. Recshun
        July 24, 2017

        If thats really the case why isnt he now voted out of office through impeachment since he is facing so much resistance and investigation? Corruption and control.

  9. Ibo France
    July 24, 2017

    When the US arbitrarily intervenes in other countries internal upheavals, hardly anything gets solved, the situation only exacerbates. Venezuela is no quick fix. I perceive that negotiations to procure a long term solution are going to be extremely difficult as each competing fraction is convinced that its solutions are best for the country. The US ‘Big Club’ approach would do much more harm than good as half the population would become alienated. Let common sense and thoughtfulness prevail.

    • July 24, 2017

      I agree. No matter how bad Maduro is, economic sanctions will hurt the people more than the regime’s elites. Even if U.S. policymakers had noble intentions (which surely no one believes), the best thing they can do is probably just to do nothing.

      • UK Dominican
        July 24, 2017

        I suggest the U.S. simply stop refining Venezuelan crude. That will seriously impede those Venezuelans that benefit form diverted oil funds going into offshore dollar accounts instead of the Venezuelan treasury. Go and visit to see how may affluent Venezuelans live in Panama for example.

      • Hugh .G. Recshun
        July 24, 2017

        They want that OIL!!. Trust me they couldnt give two poops about Venezuela or Venezuelans. Left to them, trump and his administration regard them the same as they did Mexicans. America has been trying to shake up the region against Venezuela for some time now. In attempts to lure the smaller countries to buy US owned fuel and energy. With the introduction of ALBA, Dominica, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua and a host of other countries have benefited from Venezuela and hve used less US owned gas and oil and other “resources” thus they have lost a significant grip on the region. They have been trying to gain it back. With ISIS recently, they found a good enough season to drop the price of oil by half to destable ISIS’ source of funding as they had taken control of a the oil industru in some of the middle East to fund their brand or terrorism. This in turn affected Venezuela and totally destabilized thr country economically. 2 birds, one stone.

      • Emile Dominique
        July 24, 2017

        @Steve Foerster…..” noble intentions” the USA does not have . According to The Nation a USA magazine of July 17\24, 2017 ( there were 7,407 gun deaths for 2017 so far, there were 42 gun deaths PER DAY. There were 168 mass shooting in 2017 so far. No noble intentions to do something about it. Human trafficking and human smuggling is on the increase with no noble intentions expressed. We are not even factoring the death of innocent black people. Someone should be imposing sanctions for these murders to stop.
        So if they do not care about there own people, how can they care about actions they take to make Venezuelans angry against the Mundoro Administration a duly elected government. Why don’t they advocate negotiations to bring the matter to a peaceful ending ,and end the technical food embago they imposed on a fellow member of the OAS.

  10. kubulol
    July 24, 2017

    So what ALBA does suggest ?
    To let the dictatorship’s forces kill more civilians ?
    The death toll has reached 100 ; not enough ?

    Venezuelans want freedom, free opposition and free private medias.
    Anything wrong ?

    • July 24, 2017

      The US suggestion is to impose more economic sanctions on Venezuela thereby increasing the hardship on the Venezuelan population. I guess you would love that? ?

      • Pragmatik
        July 24, 2017

        Nonsense. Those sanctions would not make things much harder than they already are. If the US really wanted to starve Venezuela all they have to do is stop buying oil from them.

  11. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017

    I hardly would call that news. Would one expect Alba to say anything else? Whatever happened to their new currency, the Sucre, I wonder. Did the ants eat the sucre?

  12. %
    July 24, 2017

    Anything to FREE the Venexzuelan people I support it,because my country,Dominica is a microcosm of Venezuela.Bad governance,poverty,high unemployment,TREATING and BRIBING,etc.
    Venezuela needs liberation
    Dominica needs liberation.

  13. truth , shall set you free
    July 24, 2017

    I have reached at a point in life that i dont read law books anymore ,dont listen to the police to know what is wrong ,I dont read the constitution ,I hardly listen to my conscience , I only listen to skerit and the things he supports,Then i know what is wrong ,For he never supports what is right,

    • Anansi
      July 24, 2017

      :lol: I love that comment truth_shall_set_you_free. Just do and say the opposite of what Skerrit stands for, that way you’re garaunteed peace of mind and soul.

  14. July 24, 2017

    Why is not Dominica not helping ven they lest us so much these people need food and where is the Domnica to assist them pm send they food they are hunger where are we no to stand by them when we need then
    pls help them

    • 0%
      July 24, 2017

      we can send coconuts and mangoes :lol: :)

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