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May 19, 2017

South American Country Not Alone in Facing Political Issues

Miguel Castillo Pena

Maduro’s government has been faced with almost daily protests since his Supreme Court signed an order that deprived the Venezuelan congress of its powers in March of this year.  The U.S., through its ambassador to the United Nations, has forced members of the UN Security Council to hold a closed-door meeting on Venezuela.  According to Miguel Castillo Pena, while the Organization of American States is also looking closely at the situation in that South American nation, General Secretary Luis Almagro is seemingly unconcerned with similar happenings in neighboring Brazil.


Miguel Castillo Pena, Chargé d’affaires, Venezuela [Translated]

“All countries have problems, they are maybe social, economic, political, but at the world level it may seem that only Venezuela has all the problems in the world.  There are countries that are waging war because of their violation of human rights.  They are missing a lot of people, the murder of journalists.  It would seem that even at the international level the head of the OAS wouldn’t care less about that.  Even the topic of Venezuela is used just to cover up a lot of problems.  We have there the problem in Brazil where a de facto government is now ruling over the people in the face of corruption and no one is saying anything and Almagro is not saying anything and that’s just one of many examples.  As I was saying, the idea of multilateral cooperation is that everyone can solve our own problems and it doesn’t become an inquisition committee against countries that only trying to go for a different political government than may be readily accepted by other countries.”


President Nicolas Maduro refuses the calls of protestant Venezuelans who are demanding elections amid rampant corruption, spiraling inflation, as well as food and medical shortages.

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