Due to a lighting strike taking out our Internet service, today’s update could not be completed. Developments at the Summit of the Americas will be discussed in tomorrow’s update.
Economist Jose Guerra spoke on yesterday’s shocking cuts to the maximum amount of dollars Venezuelans can exchange legally, pointing out that the policy was meant to only target ordinary citizens. Guerra pointed out:
High-level officials have per diem dollar amounts of $700. The Tribunal Supremo de Justicia [the Supreme Court], the SENIAT, the CNE, BCV, the President, People’s Defender, Public Ministry… they [are given] between $500-$700 per day, depending on the destination and their position. But, for the people who need to travel, there are no dollars.
Rousseff Speaks on Sanctions
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff spoke on the U.S. sanctions against seven Venezuelan officials from the summit today, saying:
The maintenance of hemispheric relations no longer allows for unilateral measures and policies of isolation. They are counter-productive and inefficient. For this reason, we reject the placing of sanctions against Venezuela.
It must be pointed out that the sanctions Rousseff referred to were not placed “against Venezuela”: rather, they were placed against seven high-ranking government officials suspected of being involved in systemic human rights violations.
Maduro Welcomed With Cacerolazo in Panama
Venezuelans and other supporters welcomed Maduro with a cacerolazo last night as he arrived at the Atlapas Convention Centre in Panama City, Panama.
Below, two videos of the event:
In Venezuela, a cacerolazo [roughly, “pan protest”] occurs when people bang loudly on pots and pans and turn the lights inside the homes on and off rapidly as a sign of protest. They are not uncommon in Venezuela, and are a way to show solidarity across distance from the safety of one’s home.