Thursday, April 20, 2017

OAS chief says Venezuelan regime has blood on its hands for violence at protests

Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro condemned the Venezuelan government’s disregard for democracy and human rights in Miami on Wednesday as Venezuelans took to the streets in massive numbers and the Venezuelan ambassador faulted the OAS for violence associated with recent protests.

“There is not a coup d’etat in Venezuela, there is no intervention, no one is bombing Venezuela,” Almagro said in an interview with Miami Herald and El Nuevo reporters and editorial writers. But people are in the streets because they are hungry and the government isn’t guaranteeing their rights or providing adequate healthcare, he said.

Venezuelan Ambassador Samuel Moncada blamed an April 3 OAS resolution for the violence that has taken place during the marches. The resolution expressed “grave concern” about the unconstitutional alteration of the democratic order in Venezuela ....