Pope Francis on Wednesday called for an end to violence in Venezuela that has killed at least 13 people and urged politicians to take the lead in calming the nation's worst unrest for a decade. [Reuters]
Venezuelan women march in Caracas! #SOSVEnezuela. Gaby Arellano, a Venezuelan citizen tweeted from the capital of Venezuela.
Arriving to Montalban, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, Venezuelan women [such] as me are raising their voices in defence of our youth. Maria Corina Machado, member of the National Assembly tweeted.
Bill for 4 nights at a hotel. Al Jazeera's Chris Arsenault tweeted.
March in Montalban [one of the 14 municipalities that makes up the Venezuelan state of Carabobo] Mario, a Venezuelan citizen, tweeted.
Yanet Frias, mother of Basil Frias killed during an opposition protest on February 12, told Al Jazeera's Chris Arsenault : " If I could speak to Maduro, I would tell him he is heartless. He can run from the justice of men, but not God's justice."
“To forbid the carnivals is to take democracy and freedom away from the people” Maduro just declared in a press conference.
Yoeli Acuarado, government supporter told Al Jazeera Correspondent Chris Arsenault : We are supporting Maduro's policies and his call for peace. Farmers and their supporters from across the country are here. Farmers have been granted tools, training, loans and new infastructure by this government.
Al Jazeera's Chris Arsenault reports:
“We can´t find food, we can´t find medicine, the hospitals are shutting down. I have two young boys…I can´t take them to the movies. We get robbed at the movies. Why is this happening?” Opposition Protester Rebeca Quintera told Al Jazeera
José Miguel Insulza, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), is afraid that the attitudes of Venezuelan political parties do not help calm to return to Venezuela.
Venezuela's crisis "has neither been created nor will be resolved from outside." According to him, no authority, no government, no international organisation has pondered on interfering in Venezuela, let alone meddling in its internal affairs. [ El Universal reported]
“We reject all this vandalism committed in Venezuela and we're telling imperialism that it can't come back. This is a land of peace, of love. We want an end to the demonstrations. What we want is bread, to produce food, to live in harmony, to work for our Commander Chavez.” Marvin Valdespino told Al Jazeera.
" Maduro Man of Piece" #Venezuela - Pino Brezhnev tweeted.
President Maduro blasts artists and stars who advocate peace for Venezuela.
"They think that just because they are famous and we love their songs they have the right to determine our minds and what should we do with our country. They are wrong," he said. [ El Universal reported].
"US won't take Venezuelan blame for things it hasn't done" Kerry said.
"The United States is seeking to improve relations with Venezuela's new government but will not stand by when Caracas falsely accuses it of stoking violence", US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday, a day after Washington ordered three Venezuelan diplomats to leave the country.
"We have emphasized that we are looking to improve the relationship, we would like to see change," Kerry said on MSNBC television. [ Reuters]
Photo : Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, with the president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, Evo Morales
Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs Maria Angela Holguin complained about consistent oral attacks by the Venezuelan government on former President Alvaro Uribe and the accusations of being the mastermind of the ongoing crisis in Venezuela.
"When one hears such unfortunate remarks as those made yesterday (Tuesday) by Foreign Minister (Elías) Jaua, there is time to ask Venezuela to abstain from commenting in this way on ex-President Álvaro Uribe," Holguin told local Blu Radio, AP quoted.
[Source: El Universal]