Organization of American States Says “We will never give up until we have the freedom of Venezuela in our hands.”

Peace and Freedom

AFP

© AFP | Unrest in Venezuela over the rule of President Nicolas Maduro has left 75 people dead since April 1

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The head of the Organization of American States dug in his heels Saturday in a war of words with Venezuela, brusquely rejecting its demand that he resign in exchange for the country’s continued membership in the regional body.

Luis Almagro, the OAS secretary-general, has been at the center of an angry tiff between the organization and the Venezuelan government of Nicolas Maduro, which in April initiated the two-year process of withdrawing from the group.

Venezuela has grown increasingly irritated by Almagro’s pointed criticisms. He has accused the government of violating human rights, interfering in elections and detaining political prisoners.

A political and economic crisis in the oil-producing country has spawned often violent demonstrations by protesters demanding Maduro’s resignation and new elections. The unrest has left 75…

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