The Bolivarian Republic leader also requested the elimination of "financial, oil and food sanctions."
Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, requested that the U.S. government lift its sanctions due to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) outbreak that whas already had a major affect on the Venezuelan economy.
Maduro called on the Venezuelan people to help demand the end of the economic blockade, especially during this “worldwide crisis period”. The Bolivarian Republic leader also requested the elimination of "financial, oil and food sanctions.
"Venezuelan President also announced an economic measures plan to face the sanitary crisis caused by the virus' spread. Among other dispositions, the rent payments for the population will be suspended for six months and working immobility to December 31."
Venezuelan Foreign MinisterJorge Arreaza also published on his Official twitter profile:
“That in times of a world pandemic, Washington maintains sanctions as instruments of attack against the people to generate suffering, shows the inhuman and cruel character of imperialism. There is no doubt about it: Sanctions are a crime and it shows today, more than ever.”
Europarlamentari@s de @IUEuropa le solicitan a la Comisión Europea crear mecanismos para que la Unión Europea levante sanciones sobre terceros, deje de acatar las sanciones de EEUU y demuestre que EEUU viola el derecho internacional con esas medidas. #TrumpLevantaLasSancionesYa https://t.co/cRmla02XdV— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) March 23, 2020
The Bolivarian Revolution representative added in other publications that Venezuela is requesting the European Commission to create mechanisms to the European Union to lift the sanctions over developing nations. Arreaza also called on the E.U. to prove the U.S. violates international laws by maintaining the sanctions.
Other organizations, such as Spain's Communist Party, supported Maduro’s claims and requested blockade lifting on affected nations, alleging human Rrghts non-accomplice against the U.S.
The virus has spread to several Latin American states, leaving a total of 77 people infected in Venezuela. Fortunately, so far, the Venezuelan authorities have not reported any deaths from COVID-19.
In this sense, Caracas has taken all the necessary steps to face this virus. However, the cruel sanctions by the United States, which are crimes against humanity, have caused difficulties for the population to have access to some kind of medicines.