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Venezuela: Thousands Protest Rio Treaty Sanctions in Caracas

Thousands took to the streets of Caracas decrying the decision of the members of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, known as the Rio Treaty, to impose sanctions on Venezuelan officials.

Footage shows thousands of people with signs and flags flooding the streets.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza and member of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello attended the event as main speakers.

Arreaza said that the Rio Treaty was the treaty of military assistance “that had never been applied” and that they now intended to “apply it to the people of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.” Cabello, in turn, described the agreement as an “obsolete and repressive mechanism.”

The member countries of the Rio Treaty at meeting in Bogota on Tuesday decided to adopt sanctions against 29 officials of the Government of Venezuela.

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