Venezuela Reps Denounce Cuba Influence
Venezuelan legislators of widely different political stripes Wednesday denounced the influence of Cuba in the country, saying it is to blame for the erosion of the Venezuelan economy, security and human rights while warning that if no peaceful path is found to resolve the month-long, nationwide popular demonstrations the situation could deteriorate into something much more severe.
Addressing the nearly four weeks of protests, Leomagno Flores, deputy from the social democratic Democratic Action (AD) party, said, "We are protesting on the streets against the Cuban presence as well, which threatens Venezuelan sovereignty."
Americo de Grazia, a representative of the leftist Radical Cause Party (Causa R), said the presence of Cubans in Venezuela - security forces, doctors and other officials - "is now normal, no one is surprised by it."
But this influence has resulted in "techniques for repression never before seen in Venezuela," de Grazia said in response to a question at a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank.
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