FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 13 August 2018
Teri Mattson (US) +1.415.259.9626, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alison Bodine (Canada) +1.604.518.7361, email@example.com
Raul Burbano (Canada), 1.416.522.8615, firstname.lastname@example.org
International Days of Action Calling for an End to US and Canadian Sanctions
On 14 August 2018, solidarity organizations and anti-war activists among other concerned
individuals and groups will participate in an international day of action denouncing US and
Canadian Sanctions against Venezuela. These economic sanctions, referred to as unilateral
coercive economic measures in Venezuela, are illegal under the Organization of American States
(OAS) and the United Nations (UN) charters. Since 14 August 2017, the Trump administration
has heightened these sanctions to have a broader impact across Venezuelan society preventing
the government from: refinancing its debt and present challenges for imports.
The Campaign to End US and Canada Sanctions Against Venezuela states, “On May 21, the day
after the re-election of Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, the US further expanded
economic sanctions against Venezuela. Both the US and Canada have sanctions targeting
senior Venezuelan government officials. These sanctions severely hamper the government’s
ability to engage with international financial entities.” Furthermore, they have a devastating
impact on Venezuelans everyday lives.
Actions on 14 August will include a social media campaign #SanctionsAreWar
and#EndVenezuelaSanctions, local actions outside of Venezuelan consulates and embassies
in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, continued circulation of the international Call to
Action condemning sanctions and more.
Recent news of the assassination attempt on President Nicolás Maduro as well as other high
ranking military and government officials, speak to clear signs of escalating warfare against
Venezuela. And while not military intervention, sanctions create conditions that economically
strangle a nation and are often the prelude to overt warfare.
Join the international campaign on 14 August 2018 in demanding an end to US and Canada
sanctions against Venezuela.
Who: Campaign to End US and Canadian Sanctions Against Venezuela
What: International Days of Action Denouncing US and Canadian Sanctions
When: 14 August 2018
Where: Multiple locations