Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, published a statement in which he refers to the “elections” in Venezuela carried out by the regime of Nicolás Maduro. He assured that in the process Venezuelans were deprived of their right to vote freely.
The secretary added: “Fearful of the voice and vote of Venezuelans, the regime grossly skewed the process to determine the result of this election long before any ballots had been cast.”
U.S. backs citizens after “elections” in Venezuela
Blinken highlighted the arrests and harassment of opposition political actors: “By arbitrarily imprisoning reportedly more than 250 individuals on political grounds, denying Venezuelans their rights to freely express their opinions and choose their own leaders, and restricting Venezuelans’ access to accurate information, Maduro robs Venezuelans of their chance to shape their own future.”
Finally, he maintained that the United States supports all Venezuelans who are courageously fighting to build a better future for their country: “We will continue to work with Venezuelan and international partners using all diplomatic and economic tools available to press for the release of all those unjustly detained for political reasons, the independence of political parties, respect for freedom of expression and other universal human rights, and an end to human rights abuses.”