In face of US sanctions and President Barack Obama declaring Venezuela a national security threat, a political scientist in St. Lucia is calling for a united Caribbean voice supporting the South American country.
News website, teleSUR, has quoted Denys Springer as describing US actions against Venezuela as atrocious.
“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,” he was quoted as saying.
He went on to say that Venezuela has provided assistance to the Caribbean through initiatives such as Petrocaribe and ALBA.
“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,” teleSUR quoted Springer as saying.
Earlier this week Obama signed an executive order declaring Venezuela a national security threat. The US also placed sanctions on a number of high ranking Venezuelan officials, accusing them of human rights violation.
Venezuela responded by saying the US intends to topple the government.