miércoles, 19 de marzo de 2014

Venezuelan regime to pursue another opponent

After jailing one of its most vociferous critics, the conservative politician Leopoldo López, Venezuela's socialist regime appeared determined to remove another outspoken opponent from the public scene, the legislator Maria Corina Machado. The Speaker of the Venezuelan parliament Diosdado Cabello Rondón declared in Caracas on 18 March that parliament would formally request state prosecutors to investigate Ms Machado for fomenting, he said, recent protests that had left 29 dead across Venezuela, Europa Press reported. He said Ms Machado must pay for the "crimes, damage and harm" done to the country. Parliament had once sought to strip the legislator of her immunity and Ms Machado was also one of several lawmakers beaten in 2013 by pro-government members inside the parliamentary chamber. She was in Panama on 19 March, after President Ricardo Martinelli invited her to address a session of the Organisation of American States (OAS), the daily 2001 reported. Panama was ceding its seat to her for the session so she could give it her views of recent events in Venezuela, Voice of America reported. Venezuela's Speaker said going to the OAS "is a piece of deceit. She can go to the OAS or the Inter-American Court of Justice. But here in Venezuela she will be judged for crimes against humanity, for the violence, because the people want justice," Europa Press reported. Venezuela severed diplomatic ties with Panama on 5 March, after Panama called for a meeting of OAS foreign ministers to discuss disorders in that country.