Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

China calls for peaceful dialogue on Venezuela crisis

China calls for peaceful dialogue on Venezuela crisis

The US continues to try to impose a long-sought regime change in Venezuela, a lot of the pieces have already fallen into place, to the point that the US is already backing a "new" government there, and demanding that the world do the same.

On Monday, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said they could not participate in the distribution of international humanitarian aid to Venezuela from Colombia if there was no prior agreement with those organizations.

Maduro, after launching a signature-gathering campaign against alleged U.S. interference, has repeatedly stressed his sentiment that the main objective behind Washington's interest in the political outcome in Venezuela is the nation's oil reserves, said to the largest in the world. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote last month.

However "controversial" such a move might be, the self-proclaimed US-backed "interim" president of Venezuela has claimed he would not rule out the possibility of "authorizing" a foreign military intervention to topple Maduro.

"That recognition sent a big surge of hope among most of my countrymen", the activist said.

China is a close ally of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro who is now locked in a bitter power tussle with Juan Guaido, the 35-year-old opposition leader, who has declared himself interim president.

"We've seen some National Guard sergeants who've shown unhappiness and they're being tortured".

Despite the insane number of foreign journalists that attended the propaganda event and reported on the call for mutiny, there is no indication the Venezuelan military will lift the blockade they erected to prevent the passage of any kind of trucks.

"There has to be a national solution to our situation", the opposition leader told The Post. That would be a disaster for us.

Members of the South American country's security forces fear they or their families could be targeted by Maduro if they defect, so the United States would need to offer them something that could outweigh those concerns, said Eric Farnsworth, vice president of the Council of the Americas think tank in Washington.

The 35-year-old opposition figure called on the Venezuelan army to allow the "humanitarian aid", now in a warehouse at the Colombian border, to enter the country.

Almost 90 percent of Venezuelans - a once wealthy country of 32 million - live in poverty, with hundreds of thousands lining up daily for staple items like rice, flour and corn.

Blaming Maduro for bringing the dire social and economic crisis upon the sanctions-strangled Venezuela, Guaido has been taking advantage of the situation to push for regime change and pleading with his global support base to urgently send humanitarian aid.

Venezuela frequently suffers from power cuts, a lack of running water and public transport, while there is also a shortage of doctors and medical supplies in hospitals.

While criticizing Maduro for his crackdown on protesters and other abuses, progressive lawmakers in the US have denounced the Trump administration's interference in Venezuela's internal political affairs.

Like this: