Cuba: Protesters rally in support of Venezuela amidst fresh sanctions

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Havana, Friday, to rally against US President Donald Trump and the American government's intervention in Venezuela amidst new financial sanctions placed on the country. The protesters also displayed their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Demonstrators chanted and held banners reading «Trump out of Venezuela» and «#TrumpOut of Latin... Еще America,» amongst others. Venezuelan Ambassador to Cuba Ali Rodriguez said the Venezuelan people had responded to Trump's threats with «courage and [our] determination to be free and independent no matter the price we have to pay.» President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship and Solidarity Fernando Gonzalez said the world knows that «Venezuela is not a military threat to any country» and the «revolutionary governments of Chavez and Maduro have worked for the union of our region and for the dignity of our people.» The Trump administration imposed sweeping financial sanctions on Venezuela, Friday, leading to an increase in tensions between the two countries. In particular the sanctions prohibit financial institutions from providing new money to the Venezuelan government or state oil company PDVSA. Trump recently said he would not rule out military intervention in Venezuela after Maduro introduced a controversial new Constituent Assembly last month.

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