Trump's threat to Venezuela is aggression to Latin America, says analyst — Interview

13 August, 2017, 11:01 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Trump's threat to Venezuela is aggression to Latin America, says analyst — Interview

According to Suarez, the US military option in Venezuela could be carried out under the pretext of a "humanitarian intervention".

Suarez said Trump's words are part of a "plan" carried out in the last few months to topple the Venezuelan leader and "implode" the nation with severe food and medicine shortages.

Also facing sanctions was Bladimir Armas, a National Guard colonel accused by government critics of human rights abuses.

"For years he's been saying the U.S.is preparing an invasion, and everyone laughed".

But on Saturday the bloc was condemning Washington's saber rattling.

In a message sent through her account in the social network Twitter, Rodriguez rejected the threats expressed the eve by U.S. President, Donald Trump, when he declared that "the U.S. has many options on Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary".

Trump's comments have been downplayed by the State Department and Pentagon, but have drawn the ire of a region that has always been sensitive to Washington meddling and CIA-backed coups.

This week in Peru, foreign ministers from 12 Western Hemisphere nations condemned the breakdown of democracy in Venezuela and refused to recognize a new, pro-government assembly created by Maduro that is charged with rewriting the constitution but is seen by many as an illegitimate power grab.

Well before Maduro himself responded, governments in Latin America with a long memory of US interventions were quick to express alarm over what sounded to them like saber-rattling.

"It's hard to imagine a worse time for Trump to make this threat", David Smilde, a senior fellow with the Washington Office on Latin America, said in a statement.

"He's doing Maduro a favor by reinforcing the nationalist position that the Gringos want to come and attack Venezuela". And the regime's use of excessive force and mass detentions had repulsed all but its staunchest allies in the region.

After the election, the United States slapped a string of sanctions on Venezuelan individuals involved in the creation of the ANC, including Maduro, who later rebuffed the measure that targeted him personally.

Luis Suarez, a Cuban professor on global relations, reckons this direct threat as an explicit violation of the declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean as a peace zone, signed in Havana in 2014 by all presidents of the region during the annual summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.

And on Friday, the government's new Constituent Assembly was moving ahead to establish a so-called truth commission, which would serve as a new tribunal to investigate crimes. On Friday, the government announced that it had captured former National Guard Capt. Juan Carlos Caguaripano, who is accused of leading an August 6 raid on a military base. "Instead Maduro has chosen the path of dictatorship".

"Only an imbecile would wage war on his neighbor", Fox told Trump in a tweet.

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