This is Venezuela’s president — Nicolas Maduro — responding to U.S. sanctions against his country.
Maduro — who is fighting for his political survival — says the sanctions will affect Venezuela’s oil reserves, which is one of its important sources of income and foreign currency.
According to national security adviser John Bolton, the measure blocks about $7 billion in assets and will result in more than $11 billion in lost assets over the next year.
The US is backing opposition leader Juan Guaido, who declared himself Venezuela’s interim president — despite Maduro narrowly winning re-election over him.
Guaido hopes the protests will continue to gain international support and force Maduro to step down.
In San Francisco, Fil-Ams joined other Americans who denounce the Trump administration for backing Guaido.
These activists accuse the US government for creating the plight of thousands of Latin refugees.
The U.S. says they will not rule out sending military forces to Colombia or the region in connection with the ongoing political upheaval in Venezuela.