Stop venezuela's decline

Stop venezuela's decline

Protests in Venezuela © Ariana Cubillos

Eight Latin American countries support pope's call for negotiated settlement for Venezuela. President Maduro, meanwhile, proposes a constituent assembly. Opposition smells tactics.

A total of eight Latin American governments threw their weight behind Pope Francis' encouragement to make every effort to resolve the crisis in Venezuela.

A negotiated way out of the humanitarian, economic and political crisis is needed, according to a joint statement by the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Paraguay and Uruguay, disseminated Monday by the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

Roadmap for elections called for

Everything possible must be done for Venezuela – but with the necessary guarantees, the letter continues. Among them, the signatories call for an end to violence in the country and a full implementation of the rule of law. Political prisoners must also be released, parliament must be given back its rights and a roadmap for elections must be drawn up, the eight governments demanded.

President Nicolas Maduro, meanwhile, proposed the convening of a constituent assembly to resolve the political crisis. The people and the working class should play a prominent role in this, the socialist announced at a rally for "Labor Day" on 1. May in the capital Caracas. He did not give details. The goal is a change of the people and not the parties, Maduro continued. He said this was intended to avert a coup d'etat by the opposition.

Opposition criticizes Pope's statement

Opposition rejects the move. She considers it a tactical move to keep the socialists in power. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles called for not accepting an invitation to a catch-all meeting. He also criticized Pope Francis's statement that the opposition in the country is divided. The opposite is the case, Capriles said.

In many cities of Venezuela there were again protests against the government during the long weekend. There, protesters banged spoons on cooking pots, a traditional means of protest.

Over the weekend, the Pope had called on Venezuela's government and all social groups to show moderation in the face of unrest. Human rights must be respected and any further violence must be avoided. Francis went on to call for a negotiated solution to "the grave humanitarian, social, political and economic crisis that is draining the population". The Latin American countries are now following up on this demand.

Weeks of mass protests

Mass protests against the Maduro government have been taking place for weeks in Caracas. More than 30 people have died so far in clashes with security forces and private militias. The Vatican's number two, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, had been Holy See ambassador to Venezuela from 2009 until his appointment to his current post. He is trying to keep diplomatic channels open for Rome to mediate.

Venezuela has been experiencing a severe supply crisis and political tensions for more than three years. The opposition accuses the government of being responsible for the catastrophic supply situation and a suppression of basic democratic rights.

The latest wave of protests ignited over the judiciary's failed attempt to strip parliament of power. There, the opposition has the majority. It demands the holding of regional and local elections that have been postponed for weeks. The government had recently announced a further arming of pro-government militias. Each member should receive a rifle, Maduro promised. The revolution must be radicalized. A few weeks ago, the Vatican tried to mediate between the two sides. However, the talks came to nothing.

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