Eleven members of the OAS voted to hear Maria Corina Machado, an opposition member of the Venezuelan legislature, speak in public session in Washington. Twenty-two voted against. Those who voted against were apparently trying to help el Presidente Maduro’s Venezuelan regime. If so, they made a big mistake. If nothing else, they increased her ability to use the substantial press coverage she is likely to have this weekend in Washington to focus more world attention on the mess that Venezuela has become than it has thus far received.
But in the end, these mediocre diplomats really blew it. For one thing, Machado’s visit captured even more attention by the refusal to receive her publicly. CNN would not have interviewed her as prominently as they did today. And via that press conference and the distribution of the video she meant to show at the OAS, Machado has made her point and is likely to make it even stronger in the upcoming days.
The embedded video is in Spanish, but the graphics require no Spanish comprehension. They show the realities of repression as imposed by Maduro’s regime. Please watch it.
Daniel, at Venezuela News and Views, provides another useful analysis for those interested in grasping the realities of events in Venezuela over the past month. It too is well worth reading. Here is his summary of the situation:
In short, what I am trying to say is that far from shoring up support Venezuela today has seen its potential weakness as ONLY the bribed country are still paying lip service. As tonight reports of violence and injured keep piling up from across the country we can wonder how long does the regime can postpone the consequences? Venezuela is not an island concentration camp, you know.
There is photo at the end of Daniel’s post of Maria Corina Machado standing in front of the OAS building in Washington.
Today’s spectacle at the Organization of American States was truly shameful for anyone that believes in free speech and the basic rights of people. The Government of Panama had graciously given up its representation to have opposition’s Maria Corina Machado to speak at the OAS in representation of the opposition, to present the case of the repression and the lack of democratic rights that Venezuelans face today.
And instead of accepting that fact, this club that seems to represent the so called “leaders” of Latin American and the Caribbean, proceeded to vote on whether Machado’s speech should be made in a public or in a private forum. In the end, 22 countries voted against the public forum and only 11 voted in favor.
Ironic and depressing that in order to listen to charges of censorship and repression, the representatives of these so called “democracies” had to start by protecting the…
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