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Debates
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

18. Situation in Venezuela (debate)
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  Charles Tannock, on behalf of the ECR Group . – Mr President, given events in Venezuela during the past year, the autocratic tendencies of President Maduro’s rule are now self—evident. Neutralising the legitimately elected National Assembly by convening a bogus constituent assembly, relying on the judgments of a pliant judiciary, repressing protests by violent crackdowns that have killed at least 130 people are all hallmarks of a wannabe dictator and, in his case, not a very clever one at that. It should also be remarked that most of the country’s opposition leaders have found themselves banned from politics, jailed or under house arrest.

As is illustrated by Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour Party in my own Member State, there are many in this Parliament that wish to turn a blind eye to the undermining of democracy in Venezuela because of long—held sympathies for the Hugo Chavez model of socialism in Latin America. This now is a disservice to the millions of ordinary Venezuelans that are suffering from the ongoing political and economic mess and turmoil that Maduro has created. Chronic food and medical shortages continue to persist, a fact made all the more galling for a country with one of the world’s largest proven oil reserves. I believe strongly that the OAS, with EU support, must maintain the pressure on Venezuela to prevent the emergence of another Cuban dictatorship in Latin America.

 
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