International reaction pours in from Venezuela uprising

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International reaction pours in from Venezuela uprising

International reaction to the uprising has been pouring in. CGTN’s Michelle Begue reports on how other nations are responding to Venezuela’s events.

Duque, for his part, backed the coup attempt in Venezuela. “We call the military and the people of Venezuela to be on the right side of history,” he said, adding that he “rejects dictatorship and usurpation of Maduro.”

Colombia called for an emergency meeting of the Lima Group-a bloc of 14 nations dedicated to settling the Venezuelan crisis, peacefully.

Reporters asked Colombia’s foreign minister if members of the Lima Group planned the coup-an accusation made by Maduro government.

“Colombia is at the forefront of what has been happening in Venezuela – from a political and diplomatic point-of-view – to create conditions to permit our neighbor Venezuela to live in democracy and freedom again,” Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Colombia’s Foreign Minister said.

But Latin American nations remain sharply divided. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel tweeted:

“We strongly reject this coup.” He accused armed groups of “creating terror on the street of Venezuela.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales also condemned the uprising, saying it is “serving foreign interests.”

The president of Peru expressed support for Guaido, but insisted any change should be brought about by the Venezuelan people without foreign interventions.

“But we have always said that it should be the Venezuelan people’s decision. We have never been in agreement with foreign military intervention. For that, we need the people and we are currently seeing the armed forces manifest themselves to take the road back to democracy,” President of Peru, Martin Vizcarra said.

Mexico expressed concern over any escalation of violence and bloodshed. Mexico is among the nations that have not recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido.

“We hope for dialogue, that human rights will be respected and that there be no violence in all countries of the world. But, we do not intervene, because the respect for rights of others is peace,” Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.

With the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela is also flashpoint in great power politics. U.S. Secretary of State tweeted support for “The Venezuelan people and their quest for freedom and democracy.” A Russian foreign ministry statement condemned what it called the “radical opposition,” and its, quote, “violent methods of confrontation.”

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