Venezuelan embassy responds to US statement

Pirela points to the Constitution of Venezuela
Pirela points to the Constitution of Venezuela

The Venezuelan embassy in Dominica has responded to an executive order issued by US President Barack Obama which declared Venezuela a national security threat.

“It is a very foolish statement to say that a country like Venezuela, peaceful and an integrator of nations is a threat to the most powerful country of the world.” Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Hayden Pirela, said in a release on Tuesday.

The US also put in place a set of sanctions aimed at government officials which it accused of violating human rights.

But Pirela said the US is threatening Venezuela because “we do not kneel to them.”

“These are very strong statements made by President Barack Obama in saying that Venezuela is a threat to the United States,” he said.

Pirela noted that Obama’s only objective “is to create conflicts among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.”

“He should choose to dialogue and not make threats. He is accustomed to listening only to the Venezuelan opposition and is not capable of adhering to the call for dialogue being made by President Nicolas Maduro,” he remarked. “We are a free and sovereign country.”

The Venezuelan government has already responded with Maduro saying the US intends to topple his government.

“President Barack Obama, representing the US imperialist elite, has personally decided to take on the task of defeating my government and intervening in Venezuela to control it,” he said in a national television address.

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46 Comments

  1. I am Dominican
    March 12, 2015

    A friend in deed is a friend in need. A military coup was orchestrated against a democratically elected government in Egypt and the USA supported the coup by providing hundreds of million dollars in aid to the illegitimate government. An elected President Aristide of Haiti was deposed by the US and exiled to Africa. Venezuela has provided an abundance of aid to Caribbean countries – More than the US has provided or is providing. We only see the interest of the US in the fight against drugs. Our needs for a stadium, fishing complexes, road rehabilitation, airport improvements etc were of no importance to the US. Venezuela is a friend in deed. Therefore we as Caribbean nationals need to stand in solidarity with President Maduro. Let President Obama deal with ISIS. All those who are denouncing Venezuela on this forum are crabs.

    • Shaka zulu
      March 12, 2015

      Its amazing you still believe someone is responsible for building your home. I bet my last dollar you still live at your parents place.

    • jamesd
      March 13, 2015

      We should stand in solidarity with the venezuelan people who are suffering under this corrupt regime. Not with the dictator wannabe who is finishing the work of his predecessor to turn the country into a decadent failed state. How about you come over here for a visit so you can see who is the crab when you have to spend hours in a line just to get toilet paper.

  2. new kid on the block
    March 12, 2015

    so Vene is a threat to the US. what about Syria, isnt there enough reasons to invade that country? I need to klnow how Vene is a threat when you been buyin their oil for soo long? boss take a chill pill. Russia doing all kinds of things yet you dialogue with Putin. what has Vene done. China has human rights issues why do you still trade with them and owe them soo much money. we aint blind bro. You want a war to boost the Democrats changes at the next US elections. Good luck.

  3. Mahaut talk roro
    March 11, 2015

    Yes big bully America your day will come ohhhhh issl or Islam state we give you a good fight so put all your rules sanction hope give them sanction too lol

  4. I am Dominican
    March 11, 2015

    Obama’s statement only help to ignite Venezuelans nationalistic instincts and boost President Maduro’s image as a national hero. It’s like David against Goliath.

  5. educator
    March 11, 2015

    before yall rush to condeming president obama, yall must understand that in order for the US to impose sanctions on another state according to the US constitution it must first declare that state a threat to the safety of the US… So calling Venezuela a threat is more to do with legal terminology… And if we as Dominicans dont see the instability in the Venezuelan economy we are just as blind as maduro

  6. Dr. Sam Christian
    March 11, 2015

    Thank God for Venezuela!
    …and let Venezuelans resolve their own issues

  7. The Facts
    March 10, 2015

    Obama said that there should be dialogue with ISIS. Can you imagine that? ISIS wants no dialogue with any country. They want war, to destroy and annihilate democracy and everyone because they are Muslims and the democratic world is predominantly Christians.
    I will tell you this much, I am on the side of Venezuela. Why? Because Venezuela has greatly assisted Dominica. This is just cause for us to stand behind Venezuela and not become traitors and enemies.
    Every country has problems and Dominica is no exception. Simply read the comments of those who oppose the current government.
    Dominicans should support Venezuela in this strife against the US. This does not mean they would denounce the US but I do think the US is in error – President Obama. He needs to be challenged on this matter, even though he will not relent. He cannot always be correct. We know he is not.

    • Country Man
      March 11, 2015

      Your logic begs reason.

    • jamesd
      March 11, 2015

      You have no idea what you’re talking about. This is not the US government against the people of Venezuela, this is the US government against the corrupt socialist regime of the enshrined dictator from the grave Chavez (who by all counts is still the supreme head). Sure we have gotten help from them, but can you think of why they would go around trying to buy out governments? You don’t have to think so far, just from the sentiments you express anyone can see that their strategy is working – “we should support them because they’ve helped us”. Are we really that cheap? We will turn a blind eye to the plight of a people oppressed under a deluded, corrupt regime because of a coffee plant and some airport upgrades? smh

    • Francisco Telemaque
      March 11, 2015

      The Facts, are you not tired of lying?

      When and where did you hear Obama said there should be dialog with ISIS? You are a despicable lair! Obama has recently developed a plan to declare war on ISIS, supported by the congress of the United States, that was in the news this morning on nation wide Television.

      For almost a year now the United States, and allies in the Middle East are bombing the hell out of ISIS positions in Syria, and Iraq, with drones, and fighter aircrafts. Are you not ashamed of lying so openly? Do you believe Obama would dialog with terrorist who capture the innocent and chop their heads off: Do you believe any president with commence would negotiate with terrorist who cage people and set them on fire while alive?

  8. March 10, 2015

    America likes to feast on the weak America is a razo blade they are supporting egypt which has an illegal government that came in power by miliatry force (coup) a government that vilolates human rights and imprison journalist american gives egypt millions of dollars every year but never condem their actions so my advise to america is held the venezuelan people too show them u care and not instigate war

  9. AD
    March 10, 2015

    And this is what happens when the US knows full well it had Venezuela right where it wants it. Those oil prices have not dropped for nothing!

  10. alas
    March 10, 2015

    padna you and maduro in over all you heads!!!
    put toilet paper on de shop shelves!!!
    you selling so much oil you still can’t afford it?
    you have been accusing US of coup plotting……can you provide de evidence and put it on de screen like de Constitution you claim to be holding?
    Dat would really put Obama and de US in a stinking hole.
    You to fast to hold up something saying is de Constitution.
    Why you doh manufacture some evidence and put it on camera too.
    Take US to de World Court….de UN security council!!!!
    But you failing there…you just crying wolf because de people getting fed up with all u.
    You and Maduro are just pitiful!!!!!

  11. exit
    March 10, 2015

    Venezuela too corrupt!! Set the people free.!! They like to talk about government democratically elected but if it really was their would not be all this turmoil. It is a governement riggings elections to stay in power. Dominica, no difference. The people will never be at peace when injustice and lies rule a nation….all it does is bubbles and breed discontent in every corner of the country…Venezuela so rich and yet so damn poor because they so corrupt!! Obama is right!!

  12. Oh No
    March 10, 2015

    This ambassador comes across like a toothless tiger! You must address human rights violations in Venezuela which the Domnica government condones and seems to be following.

  13. home boy
    March 10, 2015

    we do not want your brand of Communism in Dominica go take care of your economy in Venezuela

  14. Shameless
    March 10, 2015

    The honorable ambassador must watch his words carefully. While it is expected that he will support Maduro’s position, pouring gasoline on an already burning fire will not help quench it. The USA has taken a beating from Venezuela ranging from presidential insults to flagrant false accusations. Obama has had enough of the sheet! Venezuela has gone as far as kidnapping US citizens in the name of “spies” simply to further their propaganda. Skerrit better stay out of that fight because our little SSU is no match for the Miami Dade Police SWAT Team muchless for the feared fighting machine universally known and respected called the US Marines (Semper Fi) :twisted: :twisted: .

    Mauro the dictator and his worthless gang MUST go for Venezuelans to see a better future.
    Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :twisted:

  15. COMBOS
    March 10, 2015

    hey sir or whatever you call urself mr. ambasor can you go to Venezuela to make your statements? we are in enough corruption already for you to want to take on the USA.. we want to remain at peace with these people…. Majority of Dominicans oversears are in the us and not even a handful in Venezuela so retract your statement please we as Dominicans did no ask you question.. we asking our PM.. Thanks… Humble Dominican

    • COMBOS
      March 10, 2015

      this is the reason why we as small islands states should remain free of those little alliances for times like now when allegiance is required… we don’t want to take Venezuela side we want to fight within our own rights for ourselves. we don’t want to speak for Venezuela. who will speak for us when our turn comes?

  16. Bird's Eye
    March 10, 2015

    Some leaders are proactive, others are reactive.
    Mr. Skerrit was not proactive in distancing himself from Khadaffi before he was deposed and assassinated and as a consequence, Dominica’s leader came off looking somewhat strange to be allied with a deposed leader to the end.
    History appears to be repeating itself. It is only a matter of time before the corrupt Venezuela regime is relegated to the dustbin of history. Yet Mr. Skerrit is hanging on and refuses to be proactive and abandon Maduro and his cronies.
    Is this a case of birds of a feather flocking together?

  17. Clayton Shillingford
    March 10, 2015

    This US/Venezuela situation is goi9ng to escalate.. What will be the impact on ALBA of which Dominica is a
    member??

    • COMBOS
      March 10, 2015

      why should Dominica be fighting venezuela’s battle?

    • Shaka zulu
      March 10, 2015

      The ALBA Security System (ASS) Will mobilize and will comprise of elements of the Dominica Skeritt Service Unit (SSU) they will train in the Jungles in Guyana under the skills of Reginal Austrie Former Guerilla Fighter as they prepare for US led invasion on our mother land Venezuela. :lol: :lol: After all they pay our teachers, build our roads, fund our tablets give us gas, build our industries while thier people suffer. That is sacrifice they make for us. Skerrit was this close to calling the PM of Grenada stupid for not taking 20 million he get for them from Padre Venny. He knew better, and thought the grenada people need it.
      I want to hear him now. Man of no values and principle.

    • DEAL or NO DEAL
      March 10, 2015

      Clayton,maybe you can tell us since you are so concerned and knows it all.

      • jamesd
        March 11, 2015

        You have to be joking. How can you deduce that he “knows it all” from two lines of text? You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to see that the situation in that country is just a ticking time bomb. The only question right now is when it will blow.

  18. Ideal
    March 10, 2015

    What opposition are you talking about sir, are they not all in jail. Where is the democracy in your country. .Soon you all will be going down in including your friends (will not name names)

  19. March 10, 2015

    President Obama has said Venezuela is a security threat to the USA.

    Venezuela’s ambassador to Dominica, Hayden Pirela, has responded in an address to Dominica.

    Basically Ambassador Pirela said Obama is lashing out at Venezuela because the nation has refused to bow to him and be controlled by America.

    This is exactly what others have said. The USA is like the school yard bully. Because of its size and place on the world stage America thinks it has the right to say to smaller nations ”If I cannot control you I will destroy you.”

    This was seen when America began to push smaller nations to drop their anti-gay laws and legalize same sex marriages. One American Ambassador visiting a smaller nation took the liberty in a speech to lash out at their laws against homosexuality and tell them that change was needed.

    America is a nation in deep trouble. Thy need to realize nobody outside their own boundaries is bowing to them.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

    • jamesd
      March 11, 2015

      Hey bro how about you go and live for two days in Venezuela so you can see what the United States is concerned about. Or have you not seen any of the news reports. If I am in my house minding my own business and a mother in a next house is constantly talking about how I am the cause for all the problems in her house I’d be concerned. Even more so when I see the way she treating her own children, beating them and abusing them. If she can do that to her own children, think of what she could do to me if given the chance. Now add to that that she deals with people from a few blocks down who are know to be violent and possibly have guns. Yea that’s what the situation is like right now. When this circus government can learn to handle it’s own problems then they will be left alone but for now somebody definitely needs to intervene in this situation.

    • March 11, 2015

      “America in deep trouble”, Rev. Donald Hill?

      Obviously, Rev. Hill, you seem to fall short of knowledge in history, politics, law, social issues and ethics. Your comments lack weight and is based on your own…agenda and limited knowledge.

      I refer you “back to the drawing board” for redress.

      • March 21, 2015

        CR DB:

        First you do not give us your name. If you were giving testimony in a court of law you would be required to state your name. The average reader probably does not know who you are or what you are.

        Second you do not address the subject at hand. Instead of speaking to the news article or discrediting a single statement I made you lash out at me personally by saying I seem to ”fall short” in no less than five different areas.

        Third you refer to my ”limited knowledge”. You know nothing about my graduate or post graduate work because these are not things I have posted on my ministry website. To make the statements you have made is not characteristic of a person who is interested in meaningful dialogue.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist.

  20. Erasmus B. Black
    March 10, 2015

    “He should choose to dialogue …” Hot heads and cold hearts never resolved anything. I submit that since he has friendly relations with both sides our Dear Leader can mediate the conflict between the U.S. and our new motherland. After all, the Dear Leader is an interpreter par excellence of Constitutions, an eloquent and persuasive speaker, a Psychology graduate unparalleled, with hands-on teaching experience, knowledge of management and possessing great interpersonal and facilitation skills and very good at brainstorming with the opposition . His cadre of consultants include some trained in the ” jungles of Guyana” as well as policy experts and strategists. His noble envoy to Venezuela can serve as the interpreter.

  21. anonymous2
    March 10, 2015

    Don’t you know, that everybody and just about every country is a security threat as far as BO is concerned. It is a ploy to bring down people and countries. BO is working for the elite to help them take over the world. They knew that the drop in oil prices, which Saudi could afford but Venezuela couldn’t afford, would help to bring down Venezuela. Their economic strategy is very obvious.

    • Me
      March 11, 2015

      Right on. The people who side with Amerika are just so lost. They watch mainstream media, empire, and all these brainwashing reality shows and form these warped opinions. It’s a waste of time trying to educate these people.

  22. Ma Moses
    March 10, 2015

    Surely that statement is superfluous as the poor man must defend his own country at all cost and I don’t blame him for that.

  23. FOUCHETTE FEU
    March 10, 2015

    but for months I hearing maduro accusing America and expelling diplomats and also issue a visa for any Americans wishing to go to Venezuela. noW Obama respond the ambarassidor crying.

    maduro have no idea of how to revive his economy and that is because his god chavez laid the ground for ultimate failure of his government.. they muzzled the press, seized private businesses and gave it to their cronies to run with no idea on running a complex business, imprison the opposition with trumped up charges of coup. spend Venezuelan monies on those ALBA countries. a land with fertile soil cannot produce food because they have made the Venezuelan people beggars like Dominicans…

    VENEZUELANS SHOULD DEMAND THAT THE FAILED MADURO GOVERNMENT SHOULD RESIGNED

  24. Francisco Telemaque
    March 10, 2015

    β€œIt is a very foolish statement to say that a country like Venezuela, peaceful and an integrator of nations is a threat to the most powerful country of the world.”

    Man stop your baloney: Integrator of what? I will let you off easy on this one due to the fact your comprehension of the English language is limited, perhaps it is time for you to take some lessons from professor, doctor Roosevelt Skerrit
    Now the only integration you Venezuelans has done is the integration of Ave’s (Bird island) which rightly belongs to Dominica.

    Other than that you may have integrated the shallow mind of Skerrit, and the rest of the juntas of Central America into what you term ALBA, you are just talking fart, that worth nothing more than fart!

    Prap, prap, prap…………….hahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah!

  25. Music Producer
    March 10, 2015

    LOL, Barak does not run the USA, Dick Cheney does. And neither one cares about the plight of Blacks

    • Francisco Telemaque
      March 11, 2015

      If your rhetoric here is intended as a joke, the joke is on you, it simply proves that you are ignorant of the world around you, or you are simply a total fool!

  26. NacVibes
    March 10, 2015

    Change the record, I’m not a lover of the USA, but who does the Venezuelan government think they fooling.

  27. Referee
    March 10, 2015

    The number one rule for human survival is never to tether one’s self to someone doomed to extinction.
    Yet, this is exactly what prime minister Skerrit is doing with respect to Venezuela and its leaders.
    Whether out of blind loyalty or sheer naivete, Mr. Skerrit is signalling that he is willing to stick with a pariah nation, rather than cut it loose and save himself the wrath of the United States which can make life uncomfortable for Mr. Skerrit who must be mindful of what happened to the US visa of the former prime minister of St. Kitts.
    Among the reasons the US gave for sanctions against Venezuela officials is” public corruption”. Yes, corruption, a matter some in this commonwealth may not be unfamiliar with.
    So yes, I can see the wrath of the US being directed towards Dominica since the same conditions that led to the Venezuela sanctions are undoubtedly present in Dominica, and being friends with the disgraced Venezuela regime will not help.

  28. wavette
    March 10, 2015

    Go home! You getting fat in Dominica and your people are starving.

  29. jojo
    March 10, 2015

    Why is all that our business?……oh yes I know

  30. grell
    March 10, 2015

    Ah boy SKERRO you need to choose who your with,you son was born on US SOIL.More to come people monitor closely.

  31. The Evangelist
    March 10, 2015

    Once again the Venezuelan embassy is using their Dominican office to play their game. They are now putting the people of Dominica at risk. Skerrit is playing a very dangerous game here and he needs to stop it! We all know that when Obama said Venezuela was a threat to US national security many of us thought they also had their eyes on Dominica since Skerrit, as well as his ambassador and certain ministers have made so many anti US statements in defense of Venezuella and its corrupt government. So Skerrit better tell the Ambassador to go to Venezuela if he really wants the US to listen to his response.

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