Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Venezuela calls countries "lap dogs" at OAS Mexico meeting

Venezuela calls countries

Venezuela's foreign minister walked out of the meeting of regional diplomats to discuss the South American country's political crisis.

The Organization of American States meeting being held in the Mexican resort of Cancun once again narrowly failed to approve a resolution that would have pushed back against some of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's most radical actions.

One customer, Ahisquel, says she joins in the protests herself but still comes to the bar once a week with her husband, an oil executive.

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"This process won't finish today, even if we come away with a very strong resolution", he said.

On May 31, the OAS halted indefinitely Venezuela crisis talks after failing to find an agreement during a meeting in Washington, DC.

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Euronews reporter Alberto d'Filippis who is in the Venezuelan capital said he witnessed national guard officers attacking journalists. he also added that protesters accuse the government of trying to silence the media and thus prevent the world from seeing what is happening in today's Venezuela.

Monday's gathering in Cancun ahead of the Organization of American States' annual assembly is the latest of a series of high-profile diplomatic meetings to discuss Venezuela's crisis. "Venezuela has been good to us, but the government of Venezuela has proceeded in a direction that we can not condone", Golding told the Gleaner.

Honduran Foreign Minister Maria Dolores Aguero said Rodriguez should explain how her government was going to alleviate Venezuela's problems.

While most Venezuelans struggle to buy food and make ends meet, a small group still manages to eat sushi and sip cocktails in exclusive discos and country clubs.

"From below, we have to put our voices, we have to turn up the volume of the things that we say among the grassroots, the demands, the complaints, the hope, the positivity with which we have taken to the streets", he said.

At least 72 people have been killed in two months of violence between protesters and police as Venezuelans decry shortages of food and medicine.

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Venezuela's socialists have long enjoyed the support of left-leaning governments in Latin America loath to back measures they see as meddling in a sovereign country by an organisation they consider an arm of U.S. foreign policy.

"We are asking for freedom for our political prisoners, and general elections", Quintero said.

Fitzpatrick noted that Maduro plans to remove Venezuela's current freely elected national assembly and other remaining democratic institutions to replace them with "puppet institutions".

Dampening expectations of a breakthrough, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a decision to skip the gathering. The president has accused his political opponents of sabotaging the country through economic warfare and encouraging the protests.

Earlier Monday in Caracas, groups of government supporters and opponents exchanged shoves and blows outside the offices of chief prosecutor Luis Ortega Diaz, who has opposed the planned constitutional overhaul in a break with the Maduro administration. "On the contrary, it simply gives her more strength to continue down the path of legality that she has chosen".

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