JAKARTA – Scores of Indonesians protested on Tuesday in front of the United States embassy in Jakarta against interventionist policy of Washington and its allies and their economic blockade of the crisis-ridden Venezuela.
Over 100 demonstrators, belonging to some trade unions and university groups, marched through the city with placards in support of the Venezuelan people, as well as the ones asking US President Donald Trump to stay away from interfering in Venezuela.
“Being a country that has experienced the oppression of colonialism from the Dutch and the Japanese, we understand the oppression from those who are above towards those who are below,” National Trade Union Confederation (KSN) spokesperson Supinah told EFE.
The march, according to Gebruk workers movement spokesperson Nining Elitos, was to denounce the US imperialism because it does not respect the sovereignty of the people of Venezuela.
The unions criticized the recognition of the speaker of the Venezuelan Parliament, Juan Guaido, as the country’s president by the US and other countries, claiming it was detrimental to the Venezuelan democracy.
President Trump was the first foreign leader to recognize Guaido after he swore in as the interim president of the country on Jan. 23, amid a severe political crisis involving clashes between groups opposing and supporting Venezuelan leftist incumbent Nicolas Maduro.
The foreign ministry of Indonesia said in a statement that it respected the sovereignty of Venezuela, and urged both parties to abstain from taking measures that could worsen the situation in the South American country.
The US, Canada, numerous Latin American countries and the major European powers all consider Maduro’s May 2018 re-election victory to be tainted by fraud and have recognized Guaido as interim president.
Venezuela has been battling political, social and humanitarian crises with instability and breakdown of law and order, along with acute shortage of basic necessities, which has also led to large number of people fleeing to neighboring countries.
On the other hand, Indonesia is known to frequently take to the streets to protest against Trump’s policies such as in December when thousands of people gathered in front of the US embassy to protest Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.