Venezuelans protest against US sanctions

May 26th, 2011 - 9:09 am ICT by IANS  

Caracas, May 26 (IANS) Thousands of Venezuelans Wednesday gathered in oil facilities of Caracas and other cities to stage protest against the US economic sanctions against state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Xinhua reported.

President Hugo Chavez saluted the protests by writing in his Twitter account: “Congratulations to the workers of PDVSA! From my trench receive a solidary greet and my encouraging word for everybody. Venezuela is respected!”

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez, during an event to protest against these sanctions in Anzoategui state, said that as a sovereign country, Venezuela is the one who decides who are its friends and not the US.

“Here we have a brave president, committed with the interest of the people,” Ramirez added.

Edmundo Kabachi, an expert on international affairs, said that the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) must take a strong position as an answer to the US sanctions.

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