Venezuela’s socialist leaders slammed the Colombian government Monday; directly accusing the neighboring nation of “shielding” anti-Maduro assassins seeking to overthrow the brutal regime.
According to Yahoo News, Caracas released an official statement blasting Colombia’s government of placing “Colombian institutions at the service of obscure and unspeakable interests against the government of Venezuela, endorsing and supporting all sorts of actions and conspiracies.”
Venezuela believes Colombian-backed agents were behind a failed assassination attempt earlier this year that utilized aerial drones to attack President Maduro during a military parade in the nation’s capital.
“Colombia has taken in more than half the 1.9 million refugees the United Nations says have fled Venezuela since 2015 as the collapse of the economy — under an increasingly authoritarian Maduro — led to dire shortages of food and medicine,” adds Yahoo.
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BEIJING LIFELINE: Chinese ‘Medical Ship’ Arrives at Venezuela Port for Eight Day Visit
A Chinese medical ship, commonly known as the ‘Peace Ark,’ arrived at the Venezuelan port city of La Guaira over the weekend; delivering much-needed supplies to the once oil-rich nation.
According to Reuters, Venezuelan socialist President Nicolas Maduro requested the delivery during a recent trip to Beijing where he met with high-ranking officials with the hopes of securing aid, international funds, and military support for collapsing economy.
“China has been a major backer of Venezuela over the years, with more than a decade of oil-for-loan agreements that helped China secure energy supplies for its fast-growing economy while bolstering an anti-U.S. ally in Latin America,” writes Reuters.
Maduro came under fire last week from Venezuelans and the international community after video of the socialist president surfaced on the internet; sparking outrage as he dined on $100 steaks and smoked lavish cigars.
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HALEY SOUNDS OFF: Nikki Haley Joins Protesters, Calls for REMOVAL of Venezuela's Maduro
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley joined hundreds of protesters outside the United Nations Thursday; addressing the demonstrators with a megaphone and calling for the outright removal of Venezuela’s socialist President Nicolas Maduro.
The unusual move for one of the nation’s top diplomats highlighted the devastating impact of Venezuela’s ongoing financial crisis and economic collapse.
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, joined protests against the Venezuela's President Maduro outside the UN building in New York pic.twitter.com/NPO352cftA
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“We are going to fight for Venezuela and we are going to continue doing it until Maduro is gone!” yelled Haley.
“We need your voices to be loud and I will tell you, the US voice is going to be loud,” she added. “What we saw is what no one should live … while Maduro is eating in nice restaurants.”
Haley’s comments come days after Maduro was seen dining on $100 steaks and smoking lavish cigars during a recent trip to Asia to secure aid for his starving citizens.
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