President Maduro: ‘US Blockade on Venezuela Has Cost at Least 400,000 Deaths’

President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference from Miraflores Palace on October 11, 2020.
President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference from Miraflores Palace on October 11, 2020. | Photo: EFE/Prensa Miraflores

In the last five years, the blockade succeeded in cutting off financing to Venezuela, preventing it from accessing the required currency to acquire food, medicine, spare parts and essential raw materials for economic activity.

Oct 11 (teleSUR) Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro addressed to the peoples of the world in a letter published on Saturday to denounce the illegal blockade that the U.S. government has imposed upon his country for about two decades.

Maduro explained that in the last five years “the blockade succeeded in cutting off financing to Venezuela, preventing it from accessing the required currency to acquire food, medicine, spare parts and essential raw materials for economic activity.”

Moreover, “the U.S. has decreed a ban on the commercialization of Venezuelan hydrocarbons, its main export product, and source of fiscal income,” the president added.

Amid the increase of hostilities against the South American nation, Venezuela’s National Constitutional Assembly approved on October 8 the Anti-Blockade Law for National Development and the Guarantee of the Rights of the Venezuelan people, which aims at protecting the citizens from the continuous attacks on the economy and the wellbeing of the population.


Jorge Arreaza [email protected]Brothers & sisters: I share with you a letter from President @NicolasMaduro to the Peoples of the world on the impact of the criminal imperialist blockade & our actions from #Venezuela. It’s yours. Read it, share it. We shall overcome!

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In this sense, Maduro explained that the law “will allow for the creation of mechanisms to improve the nations’ income.” Furthermore, it will stimulate internal economic activity and carry out productive alliances.

The letter highlights the deadly impact of the U.S. blockade on the Venezuelan people as research carried out by the U.S. Center for Economic and Policy Research revealed that the blockade “is responsible for at least 400.000 deaths” in the country. 

Despite several attempts by the U.S. government to discredit Venezuela’s electoral process, president Nicolás Maduro explained that all democratic conditions were established to hold the legislative elections on December 6 2020 as over 90 percent of political organizations have registered before the National Electoral Council.