MONTEVIDEO – Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro is a good person who is non-violent, former Ecuadorian head of state Rafael Correa said on Friday in an exclusive interview with EFE.
He made that assessment when asked about violence stemming from a political and economic crisis in Venezuela and nearly daily street protests against Maduro’s leftist government.
“Oftentimes the violence comes from the right. There are groups there that want to create chaos and violence, but what you read in the newspapers is that the repression and violence comes from the security forces, from the government. And that’s not the case,” Correa said.
The former president said Venezuela was under permanent attack from foreign powers, saying the assault was media-driven and economic in nature and was doing that country a great deal of harm.
Correa also denounced what he termed a “double-standard,” saying that Venezuela’s government receives constant criticism while events in other countries are ignored.
“What did they say about the shameless coup in Brazil? They were totally silent,” he said, referring to last year’s ouster via impeachment of then-President Dilma Rousseff, who was replaced by her vice president, Michel Temer.
Correa said the Organization of American States, which this week concluded its 47th General Assembly in the Mexican city of Cancun without approving any resolution on Venezuela, “is not the right space” to tackle the situation in the Andean nation.
“What sense is there in the 21st century to be addressing regional Latin American problems in a Washington-based organization? The OAS is the United States’ Ministry of Colonies, as Fidel Castro called it,” Correa said.
Instead, Venezuela’s problems should be raised during gatherings of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac) and the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), he added.