An article by Maduro, published in The New York Times, warned that a “bill to allocate an additional $15 million to these opposition organizations is being debated now in the Congress,” which will consider whether or not “to impose sanctions on Venezuela”.
“In the United States, the protesters have been described as ‘peaceful,’ while the Venezuelan government is said to be violently repressing them. According to this narrative, the American government is siding with the people of Venezuela; in reality, it is on the side of the 1 percent who wish to drag our country back to when the 99 percent were shut out of political life and only the few, including American companies benefited from Venezuela’s oil,” Maduro noted.
In addition, he noted, “The protesters have a single goal: the unconstitutional ouster of the democratically elected government. Antigovernment leaders made this clear when they started the campaign in January, vowing to create chaos in the streets.”
As a result, the Venezuelan president said that protesters are responsible for, at least half of the 36 fatalities that have resulted from such chaos.
Maduro pointed out that the protesters had attacked hospitals, torched a university in Tachira, thrown Molotov cocktails and stones at public transportation, and attacked public institutions such as the district attorney’s office and the Supreme Court.
Maduro denounced the fact that anti-government protests are being led by members of the wealthiest sectors of the Venezuelan society that “seek to reverse the gains of the democratic process that have benefited the vast majority of the people.”
The leader stressed that this process of change began with the movement founded in 1998 by the late Bolivarian leader Hugo Chavez.