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The Cuban Parliament Closes Ranks Around Nicolás Maduro

14ymedio, Havana, 1 June 2017 — A statement of support for “the people
and the Government of ” came at the last minute in the
extraordinary session of the Cuban Parliament this Thursday and was
unanimously approved. The text salutes “the constant calls for dialogue”
made by President Nicolás Maduro.

Deputy Yoerkis Sánchez, a member of the parliamentary group of
friendship with the South American country, presented the statement
denouncing “the serious escalation of internal and
international intervention that has destabilized” Venezuela.

The document criticizes harshly the role of “the media of the oligarchy
that distort the reality of the achievements of the Bolivarian
Revolution.” An informative line that supposedly hides “the barbaric
coup of the right, including the murder of young people.”

The members of the National Assembly had hard words for the Organization
of American States (OAS) and its secretary general Luis Almagro, who
they accused of “double standards.” According to the document, the
entity seeks to “surround and overthrow the government of Nicolás
Maduro, while silencing other serious manifestations of violence and the
breakdown of democracy in other countries of the region.”

Criticism against the OAS comes within hours of the organization’s
foreign ministers failing to agree on a statement on the Venezuelan
crisis on Wednesday and setting another meeting before the June General
Assembly in Cancun.

The Cuban deputies called for “the cessation of any intervention in the
internal affairs of Venezuela” and invoked “respect for the
determination of its people and their right to build the model of
society it determines.”

The statement included a call to the legislators of the world to show
solidarity with the South American country.

Since the protests began two months ago, there have been marches
convened by the opposition against Maduro’s government, which have
resulted in at least 59 deaths. There have also been 2,977 arrests, of
which 197 were ordered by military courts, according to the Venezuelan
NGO Penal Forum.

Source: The Cuban Parliament Closes Ranks Around Nicolás Maduro –
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