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Tuesday, 10 July 2018 00:00

207 years of sovereignty and independence

 

Wednesday marked the 207th anniversary of July 5, 1811, when the Congress of Venezuela solemnly declared its separation from Spain and the Venezuelan people expressed their unbreakable willingness to live freely and independently. This clamor for independence remains alive and well today, as the country faces the threat of foreign intervention.

President Nicolás Maduro led commemorative acts on this historic day and he called upon the people and the Bolivarian National Armed Force to guarantee peace and economic independence for Venezuela. “With experience, perseverance and the love we have for our homeland, we will achieve independence and economic peace. I call on the civil-military union to be read for the battles to come,” he stressed.

The President affirmed that the “Venezuelan people are fighting with love, with smiles, with hope – there should be no doubt about that. The peoples’ hopes and defiance are more alive than ever in the battle we are fighting in this criminal economic war waged by the oligarchy and imperialism,” he continued. His words were met with support throughout the nation and internationally from regional countries who believe in the principles of self-determination and non-interference in the affairs of Venezuelans.

Washington D.C.

In commemoration of this valiant move towards independence, the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States and the country’s Mission to the Organization of American States held a floral offering in front of the statue of the Liberator Simón Bolívar. The diplomatic missions of Antigua and Barbuda, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Bahamas, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Guyana took part in the act as an expression of solidarity.

The Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Lissett Hernández, led the event and read two extracts from the declaration of independence that describe the essence of that historic event.

“207 years later, this declaration lives on today more than ever as we maintain a spirit of emancipation, of liberty, of independence and sovereignty, convinced that during these difficult times we, as part of the people, must accompany the struggle to maintain independence. We have developed a protagonic and participatory process in which sovereignty resides within the people, who are more powerful and more organized than ever,” Hernández said.  

 

Press – Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the United States / July 5, 2018

 

 

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