Fighting Socialism — VP Pence in Venezuela ‘We Will Keep Standing With You Until LIBERTAD Is Restored’
As reports come in that Nicolas Maduro has detained reporter Jorge Ramos over questions he didn’t like, Mike Pence is in Venezuela affirming his support for the new interim President Juan Guaidó and affirming his resolve to prevent Venezuela from failing under socialism.
Voice of America reported that Vice President Mike Pence has affirmed that the ‘United States is with Guaido 100%’
“BOGOTA —The Trump administration stands with the U.S.-recognized interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, “100 percent,” Vice President Mike Pence said Monday as he announced new financial assistance for the Venezuelan people.
“We stand with you, and along with all the nations gathered here today, we will keep standing with you until democracy and liberty are restored,” Pence said in a speech delivered to the Lima Group, following a trilateral meeting in Bogota, Colombia, with Guaido and Colombian President Ivan Duque. Pence said disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro “must go.”
While in Bogota, Pence and regional leaders discussed strategy to hasten the departure of Maduro and how to get humanitarian aid currently piling up on the border in Brazil and Colombia into Venezuela, where supplies of food and medicine have run low.”
As reported by npr.org
“Vice President Pence traveled to Bogotá, Colombia, on Monday and urged regional leaders to support Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, vowing that the U.S. will stand with the opposition leader “until your libertad is restored.”
Pence also announced U.S. sanctions against several border-state governors aligned with embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro who are said to be involved in blocking shipments of humanitarian aid from reaching Venezuelans.
Military forces have prevented most of the food and medicine from crossing the country’s borders with Brazil and Colombia. Clashes with protesters and volunteers trying to unload truckloads of aid resulted in the deaths of least four people this weekend. Hundreds more were wounded.
Trucks carrying items were torched, amid tear gas fired by the military and attacks waged by paramilitary groups, as NPR has reported.
“Just days ago, as the world watched, the tyrant in Caracas danced as his henchmen burned truckloads of food and medicine, and murdered civilians,” Pence said in remarks to members of the Lima Group, a coalition of nations formed to address the Venezuela turmoil.
“Saturday was a tragic day for the families of those who lost their lives and we mourn for those who mourn,” Pence said. “It was also a tragic day for the suffering people of Venezuela, but it was also just one more day in Venezuela’s long and inevitable journey from tyranny to freedom.”
Maduro’s government, however, views the aid shipments as a pretext for foreign invasion.
Guaidó and other opposition leaders had hoped the aid would loosen Maduro’s grip on the country. Under the socialist regime, the once prospering country has suffered massive inflation and well as shortages of food and medicine. Millions of desperate Venezuelans have fled the country.”