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Cuba’s Fidel Castro praises Venezuela’s Maduro response to US ‘brutal plans’

Venezuela''s president Nicolas Maduro and Cuba''s Fidel Castro (file photo.)
Venezuela''s president Nicolas Maduro and Cuba''s Fidel Castro (file photo.)
Venezuela''s president Nicolas Maduro and Cuba''s Fidel Castro (file photo.)

Cuba’s ex president Fidel Castro congratulated Venezuela’s head of state Nicolás Maduro for its “brilliant, brave” response to US “brutal plans” against Caracas, in a letter released yesterday after US president Barack Obama declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials.

“Dear Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela Bolivarian Republic: I congratulate you on your brilliant and brave speech before the brutal plans of the US government,” the letter reads. “Your words will go down in history as an evidence that Humanity can and should know the truth,” Castro added.

Maduro yesterday denounced the US sanctions as an attempt to topple his government. At the end of a thundering two-hour speech, Maduro said he would seek decree powers to counter the "imperialist" threat, and appointed one of the sanctioned officials as the new interior minister.

"President Barack Obama (...) has personally decided to take on the task of defeating my government and intervening in Venezuela to control it," Maduro said in a televised address.

In response, Maduro said he would ask the National Assembly, controlled by the ruling Socialists, to grant him decree powers - for the second time in his nearly two-year rule through a so-called Enabling Law, which critics blast as a power grab.

Maduro also paraded the seven officials, hailing them as "heroes" and naming national intelligence head Gustavo Gonzalez, whom Washington accuses of complicity in violence against protesters, as new interior minister.

Cuba released an official statement yesterday, offering Caracas its “unconditional support.”

“No one has the right to intervene in the internal affairs of a sovereign State or to declare it, unsupportedly, a threat to its national security,” the statement added.

Reaction from Mercosur, Unasur

Cabinet Chief Aníbal Fernández spoke about the US sanctions to Venezuela and said he was confident that Mercosur and Unasur blocs will “make matters clear” with an official statement soon.

He pointed out that “a country’s decisions are sovereign” before “choices or expressions that have little to do with that.”

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