President Obama's Letter on Venezuela

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Below is the text of the response note by U.S. President Barack Obama to the letter and online petition by Venezuelan activist, Ruth Alcala:

"Thank you for your letter which Congressman Joe Garcia brought to my attention. I'm deeply troubled by the continued repression of protestors in Venezuela, and in addition to working behind the scenes with our international partners, I have called on the Venezuelan government to release detainees, stop criminalizing dissent, and stop using government backed groups to sow violence. Rest assured, that we will continue to champion the legitimate grievances of the Venezuelan people. With our international partners, we have pushed for real dialogue with third party mediators. And we believe that all Venezuelans deserve the same rights and freedoms as people throughout the Americas."