[News] Venezuela Promotes Peace As Violent Protests Reach 50th Day
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Venezuela Promotes Peace As Violent Protests Reach 50th Day
May 20, 2017
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez on Saturday reiterated calls
for supporting peace in the South American country and criticized
ongoing violent right-wing protests, which have since reached the 50-day
US Has Budgeted $49M for Venezuelan Right-Wing Since 2009
Rodriguez, speaking at a community event promoting Venezuela’s
constituent assembly, said President Nicolas Maduro’s proposal would
establish dialogue to resolve differences and create a state of peace
“We want no one to stay in their house because we have an essential task
before us, which is the defense of Venezuela,” she said.
“It is a choice for all Venezuelans who oppose violence, want peace for
our children and want to defend the sovereignty of Venezuela against the
The call has been supported by the National Electoral Council, oil union
workers, sports promoters and other key sectors of Venezuelan society.
Even 17 opposition parties have agreed to discuss the terms of the
Right-wing groups aligned with the Democratic Unity Roundtable, however,
have refused to negotiate with the government. Instead, they have
perpetrated violent protests, which have since claimed at least 52 lives.
Venezuela’s Minister of Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas
Poljak has rejected false information being released by international
media which claims all of those who died were victims of “state
crackdowns.” Contrarily, he stressed that there have been more officers
of the Bolivarian National Guard wounded by gunshots than the total
number of fatal victims.
During the protests, opposition forces have gone as far as employing a
crude weaponry device dubbed “poopootov cocktails.” These are plastic
bottles filled with human feces that are launched against government
Marielys Valdez, inspector general of courts, stated that the use of
excrement in demonstrations to “neutralize public order” is considered a
biochemical weapon whose use is punishable by law.
A host of other Venezuelan officials have also spoken out, saying the
demonstrators are breaking international treaties on biological and
On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets
Control imposed sanctions on eight current and former Venezuelan Supreme
Court justices for allegedly aiding Maduro in supposedly “murdering”
protesters during the opposition-led violent protests.
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