Latin America strongly rejects extreme right wing violence & destabilisation plans in Venezuela

In response to the extreme right wing violence unleashed to oust the legitimate and democratically elected government  of Venezuela, nations across Latin America have come out strongly in support of President Maduro’s call for dialogue and peace and rejected the recent wave of violence.

Amongst those to make a clear statement on the matter include the two regional bodies UNASUR (Union of South American nations) and Mercosur (the common market of the South).

The Mercosur (common market of the South) country members, official statement rejects all acts of violence and condemns the destabilization attempts against the government of President Maduro, repudiating “all kind of violence and intolerance which pretends to attack democracy and its institutions, whatever its origin”, and reiterating “its strong commitment [to] the full exercise of democratic institutions, and in that framework rejects the criminal actions from violent groups that want to disseminate intolerance and hatred as an instrument of political struggle” in Venezuela.

Furthermore, the statement calls on all sides ”to continue addressing the nation’s problems through dialogue in the framework of the democratic institutions, rule of the law, as has been promoted by President Nicolas Maduro in recent weeks“. (Read more here )

Meanwhile, on the 15th February, at an emergency meeting, the important body UNASUR (Union of the South American countries) also issued a statement condemning the violence in Venezuela and in support of dialogue for the peaceful resolution of domestic differences, reading that “UNASUR Member States express their strong opposition both to the recent violence in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the attempt to destabilize the legitimately democratic order constituted by popular vote.

In expressing solidarity with the families of the victims of the events, we are calling for peace and tranquility in the country and we reaffirm our commitment to the preservation of democratic institutions as a fundamental pillar of the regional integration process.

Members of Unasur repudiate any attempt to break the rule of law in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and also highlight the conviction that any demand must be channeled through democratic means.

In that sense, we appeal to all political and social forces of the country to prioritize and seek dialogue for the peaceful resolution of their differences, within the existing juridical and constitutional order.” (Source here)

Additionally, statements to this effect have been issued individually by numerous governments in the region, including:

  • Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa expressed outright condemnation of the violence and strong and unequivocal support for President Nicolas Maduro. Correa pointed out that his government has also been the target of externally-funded destabilisation plans.
  • Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, regretted the loss of life and the violence and called upon respectful and open dialogue. The Colombian government stated in communique that the stability of Venezuela is vital for Venezuelans, Colombians and the region.
  • The government of Argentina issued a strongly worded statement warning that a destabilisation plan was afoot and regretting the opposition march that brought about violence. Argentina’s statement added that the people of Venezuela had peacefully and democratically elected Nicolas Maduro as their president and that this had been confirmed by results at the 8 December municipal elections. For Argentina, the priority duty of the region’s democracies was to carry act collective solidarity against “those who are seeking to replace legitimate governments that have been elected by the people.”
  • Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua also made statements along similar lines (some of these can be seen here) with the Cuban government expressing “its full support| and “call[ing] for the broadest international solidarity, convinced that the Venezuelan people will defend … the government that it freely and sovereignly elected, headed by President Maduro.”

Although fortunately they have been successful only in Honduras and Paraguay, it should be borne in mind that many other Latin American countries have been recently the target of similar destabilisation plans to those seen in Venezuela in recent years, with many  becoming extremely weary of externally-funded, externally-organised, and violent, campaigns of destabilization.