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Pence addresses the Venezuelan people ahead of Wednesday's protest day

Wednesday, January 23rd 2019 - 08:51 UTC
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In a taped video message in English, with a few Spanish words and phrases mixed in, Pence, declared Maduro a “dictator” who has no rightful claim to power In a taped video message in English, with a few Spanish words and phrases mixed in, Pence, declared Maduro a “dictator” who has no rightful claim to power
Venezuela’s opposition on Wednesday plans to hold marches nationwide as part of an annual event that marks the fall of a military government in 1958 Venezuela’s opposition on Wednesday plans to hold marches nationwide as part of an annual event that marks the fall of a military government in 1958

United States Vice President Mike Pence issued a video message of support to Venezuelans on Tuesday to encourage those who are protesting against President Nicolas Maduro and underline U.S. backing for opposition leader Juan Guaido.

Venezuela’s opposition on Wednesday plans to hold marches nationwide as part of an annual event that marks the fall of a military government in 1958. Government critics are increasingly comparing Maduro to dictator Marcos Perez, who was pushed from power that year.

In a taped video message in English bit.ly/2sGkcvy with a few Spanish words and phrases mixed in, Pence, who has lashed out at Maduro before, declared him a “dictator” who has no rightful claim to power.

“On behalf of President Donald Trump and all the American people, let me express the unwavering support of the United States as you, the people of Venezuela, raise your voices in a call for freedom,” Pence said after offering a greeting of “hola,” which means “hello” in Spanish.

“Nicolas Maduro is a dictator with no legitimate claim to power. He has never won the presidency in a free and fair election, and has maintained his grip of power by imprisoning anyone who dares to oppose him.”

Pence declared U.S. support again for Guaido, with whom he spoke by phone earlier this month, and the National Assembly, which he leads, as the “last vestige of democracy.”

Pence said Washington supported Guaido’s decision to assert the body’s powers, declare Maduro a “usurper” and push for a transitional government to be established.

“As you make your voices heard tomorrow, on behalf of the American people, we say to all the good people of Venezuela: estamos con ustedes,” Pence said, following up with the translation in English: “We are with you, we stand with you, and we will stay with you until democracy is restored and you reclaim your birthright of libertad.”

Maduro was inaugurated on Jan. 10 amid worldwide criticism that his leadership was illegitimate after a 2018 election that was widely viewed as fraudulent.

In response to Pence’s comments, Maduro accused him of trying to force a coup and said he had ordered a revision of Venezuela’s diplomatic relations with the United States.

“Never before has a high-level official said that the opposition should overthrow the government,” Maduro told a news conference.

Pence has largely taken the lead within the Trump administration in condemning Maduro. He called the inauguration a sham and made clear the United States did not recognize the election result.

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  • Patrick Edgar

    ... an unbelievably audacious nervy graceless move that serves perfectly to re-enforce the Chavistas point of American interference, supplying nourishment to the whole continent's left (as if we were all stupid and did not immediately notice the presumptuousness of it) and further creating divisions in our countries, as naturally there is always those who naively react and respond in desperation grabbing on the notion of “America our friends will help us” fueling anger in those how know very well what America's interest's for Venezuela are masked by the rhetoric of “freedom democracy and people's self determination”. Which of course makes you seriously wonder if that is indeed not the intention.
    Bottom line: The English speaking cultures of the world have all been taught for several generations now, that Hispanic Americans are not equal to you and me, but rather gullible and dumb. All you have to do is read how the British talk about us, and the political policies they have regarding our territorial conflicts, to see it as clear as day.

    Jan 23rd, 2019 - 02:52 pm 0
  • Chicureo

    Patrick

    Decent good people have reached their limit and are begging for intervention. Go to
    https://dolartoday.com
    And watch the live TV feed of the revolution going on at the minute.
    This horrible disaster is sadly their own fault, and an overthrow of Maduro is needed.

    Jan 23rd, 2019 - 03:12 pm 0
  • :o))

    I can't understand!

    Historically; The USA always LOVED the dictators!

    Jan 25th, 2019 - 03:26 pm 0
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