Caracas, April 28, 2019 (venezuelanalysis.com) – On Saturday, April 27, a joyful popular mobilization was held in Caracas to celebrate the country’s formal departure from the Organization of American States. Venezuela renounced the Inter-American Charter on April 27 of 2017, and the final departure from the organization was formalized this April in an official communique which stated that after having complied with the regulatory period of two years, Venezuela is now independent of the OAS and that “any instrument subscribed by or emanating from the OAS will no longer have any judicial or political effect” in the country.
The central slogan of the mobilization was “Goodbye OEA! Venezuela must be respected!” referencing the acts of interference committed by the organization through the promotion of economic sanctions and most recently the acceptance of a member of the Venezuelan National Assembly in contempt as the representative of the self-proclaimed president, Juan Guaidó within the OAS this violating international law and Venezuela’s national sovereignty. Various banners and speakers also emphasized the role that the OAS has historically played in exercising US control over the region, facilitating coups and violating sovereignty in other Latina American countries, such as Honduras and Brazil.
Render Peña, the International Delegate for the Youth of the United Venezuelan Socialist Party (JPSUV) explains why the formal exit of the Venezuela from the OAS is a “victory for the Venezuelan people and regional sovereignty.”
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