Venezuelan Embassy in Dominica Calls for Peace in Venezuela
Venezuela seems to be gaining the attention of the entire region lately, after protests broke out on February 12th, following efforts by the right wing Opposition to provoke a violent overthrow of the democratically elected Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
On Tuesday 17th February, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, turned himself over to authorities amid a rally by his supporters in Caracas.
Dominica too seems to be caught in the cross fire, with members of the Dominican based Venezuelan Embassy supported by the Dominica Labour Party (DLP), prompting an anti-protest movement.
General Secretary of the DLP, Mr. Edward Registe called for “peace and every effort at finding diplomatic solutions” to end the violence in Venezuela and urged nations to stand in solidarity of any attempt to forcibly seek regime change anywhere in the world.
“We stand in condemnation of all attempts by opposition operatives, who are seeking to disrupt the rule of law, in an attempt to stage a coup for the downfall of the Maduro Administration.”
He went on to say that “we have watched in disbelief the violence which has been encouraged and conducted over the past several weeks and also in the last few days that resulted in deaths and injuries”.
Meanwhile, former mayor of the Roseau City Council, Mr. Cecil Joseph, called on US President Barack Obama to condemn the “wrongful doings of people who figure out they need their way in Venezuela”
“I would like to call on the civilized administration of Mr. Obama, if he believes in freedom of people, if he believes in the establishment of organizations and if he believes in the existence of any country that he should condemn what is now happening in Venezuela,” Joseph stated.
”Dissatisfaction with the country’s economic problems and the high rate of violent crimes, are said to be fueling the protests.
Yesterday, the Venezuelan Government restricted media coverage of the protests, stating that it violated the Radio, TV and Electronic Media Social Responsibility Law, which bans content condoning violence or hatred.
Staff of PDV Petro Caribe, the Dominica Labour Youth Organisation and National Labour Women’s Organisation also expressed their dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs in Venezuela.
The Venezuelan Government is presently led by President Nicolas Maduro.