Quote of the Week: Latin America's Complicit Silence in Venezuela

Thursday, February 20, 2014
To think that UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) held an emergency meeting because the plane of [Bolivian President] Evo Morales was held for 13 hours; to think that because of a police uprising against [Ecuadorian President] Correa, UNASUR held an emergency meeting. Yet, in Venezuela, government groups are repressing, murdering and torturing students, and neither UNASUR, CELAC (Community of Latin American and Caribbean Nations) or the OAS (Organization of American States) have called for an emergency meeting. It is the greatest betrayal to the democratic clauses of those institutions and to the solidarity of the people of Latin America. We are waiting for firm, clear and unequivocal voices in support of the students and citizens who are being assaulted by this [Maduro] government and against the state-sponsored repression, political persecution, censorship and media blackout taking place in Venezuela.
-- Maria Corina Machado, Venezuelan legislator and opposition leader, El Pais, 2/18/14