“Venezuela Slams Nation for “Meddling” Over Protest Call.” News, April 18, 2017, sec. Latin America & Caribbean. http://www.bbc.com/news/Veworld-latin-america-39629041.
Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuela’s Foreign Minister, criticized a joint communique by 11 Latin American countries that called on Venezuela’s government to “guarantee the right to peace protest,” as “rude meddling” on their part. The 11 countries were condemning the death of six Venezuelan in an anti-government march earlier this month. Currently, Venezuelan society is deeply divided between those who support the government and President Maduro and those who blame him for the current economic crisis and want him out of office. Because of this division, there has been a lot of anti-government protests in Caracas – many of which end in conflict when the Venezuelan authorities try to stop the protests.
The 11 countries, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay called on on President Maduro “to prevent any violence against protestors.” They also called on the Venezuelan government to set dates for the elections, which were postponed in order to “solve the grave crisis which Venezuela is experiencing and which worries the region.”
Delcy Rodriguez labeled the countries communique as a “rude interference” and accused them of misusing “international laws to back interventionism in Venezuela to attempt to govern the country from abroad.”
The situation in Venezuela is quite relevant to our class because once again we have a government who had failed its people and is using violence to silence any dissent. Another reason this article is relevant has to do with the fear of the 11 nations and Rodriguez’s claim that the Latin American countries want to govern Venezuela from abroad. In a region such as Latin America it makes sense that other countries are worried about the situation in Venezuela, the area has a long history of instability, therefore, they see Venezuela as an enemy to their own stabilities. Venezuela’s fear is also relevant because they are rooted the areas long history of foreign government intervention in times of crisis.
– Clenda Membreno