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9 July 2019 → A solemn ceremony in honour of the 208th Anniversary of the independence of Venezuela was held in the park named after Simon Bolivar

On the occasion of the 208th Anniversary of the proclamation of independence of Venezuela and the Days of the Bolivarian Armed Forces, a solemn ceremony was held in the Simon Bolivar Park on July 9, the “Minsk-Novosti” Agency correspondent reports.

The ceremony was opened by the national anthems of Venezuela and Belarus, performed by the orchestra of the Military Academy of Belarus.

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of Belarus Vladimir Grakun, ambassadors of a number of foreign states, military attaches accredited in the country, representatives of the Ministry of Defense, the Administration of Partizansky District of Minsk, public organizations, veterans.

“It has been 208 years since independence was received, but the struggle is still going on,” the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Republic of Belarus José Joaquin Boggiano Pericci said in his speech of welcome. “Venezuela is currently experiencing an economic blockade by the United States, which causes a lot of suffering to the Venezuelan people. We continue to struggle to overcome this situation, and we believe that justice will prevail”.

In his turn, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Vladimir Grakun expressed confidence that the Venezuelan people will adequately cope with the external threat.

The participants in the solemn ceremony laid wreaths and flowers to the liberator bust. The Venezuelan Ambassador also expressed special gratitude to the teachers and students of the Minsk State Linguistic University and awarded the diplomas to Natalia Grishanova, Head of the Belarus-Spain Society, and Yekaterina Yermak, student of the Romance Languages Department.

Photo by Sergey Lukashov

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