PressTV: Venezuela expels three US consular officials

Venezuelan President Nicolas MaduroVenezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Mon Feb 17, 2014 5:2AM GMT

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the expulsion of three US consular officials accusing the United States of supporting Venezuelan opposition to destabilize the country.

Maduro ordered the expulsions on Sunday, as tensions rise over the anti-government demonstrations being held across the country.

The American consular officials were not identified; however, Maduro said they had met with university students involved in the protests.

“It’s a group of US functionaries who are in the universities. We’ve been watching them having meetings in the private universities for two months. They work in visas,” said the Venezuelan president.

Maduro said he would not tolerate threats to Venezuela’s sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Leopoldo Lopez, a leader of the opposition, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued, called on anti-government protesters to continue staging demonstrations in order to increase pressure on Maduro.

Lopez made the appeal in a video recording posted on his Twitter account on Sunday, in which he also said he would march together with the demonstrators on Tuesday in the capital, Caracas, and then hand himself in at the state prosecutor’s office.

Lopez, on the run over the past few days, harshly criticized the decision to issue a warrant for his arrest, saying the move is illegal.

Venezuelan authorities accuse the opposition leader of murder and terrorism in connection with last week’s anti-government protests, which left three people dead and dozens of others injured.

The deadly clashes between government opponents and security forces took place on February 12 during a protest in downtown Caracas to denounce Maduro’s handling of Venezuela’s ailing economy.

A day earlier, five anti-government protesters were shot in the western city of Merida, where students have clashed with police in recent days.

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5 Responses to PressTV: Venezuela expels three US consular officials

  1. Nancy C says:

    The US has been going after Venezuela since the Bush regime and Chavez’s election and suspicious death. What’s new is the fighting back and ejecting US diplomats.

    Al Giordano is an ex-pat American journalist living in Mexico. His website NarcoNews is in my opinion the best source for what’s going on in South American. Shortly after Obama’s election, Al published in 2008 an analysis of US imperialist relations with Mexico, Central America & South America, which I think is still valid today.

    Obama and the US-Latin America Time Bomb
    Defusing US Policy Toward Latin America Requires Cutting the Wires in Proper Order
    By Al Giordano
    Special to The Narco News Bulletin

    May 26, 2008

    We’ve all seen those action movies in which a bomb – its digital clock ticking down the seconds to explosion – must be defused. There is typically a clump of wires and a hurried discussion between the heroes – “no, no, don’t cut the red one!” – because the wires have to be disconnected in a certain order or the whole city will be instantly destroyed.

    Such is the situation in the Western Hemisphere today. The bomb was built and planted by decades of US imperial policy, from Republican and Democratic administrations alike. The old methods of imposing Washington and Wall Street agendas on Latin America never went away: attempted Coups de E’tat, political assassinations, dirty wars of repression carried out by torturers trained by the US School of the Americas and by paramilitary death squads remain part of the daily nightmare in so much of the hemisphere.

    You can finish the essay here:


    • Jean says:

      Nancy, I appreciate you sharing this. Right now, Robert and I are in the final throes of getting out his next article, which I think is going to be extremely important. Hugs, ~Jean

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  3. Thomas Widlar says:

    Venezuela gets the Cabal’s Ukraine treatment.

    • Jean says:

      Venezuela is being punished!! Just like Libya and Iran are being/have been punished . . . Can you agree? They dared to step out of line. . . Hugs, ~Jean

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