TORONTO, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Maria Corina Machado, a controversial and
polarizing figure involved in the 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela, is
scheduled to speak in Ottawa and Toronto this week. She is a former
opposition member of the National Assembly of the Bolivarian Republic
of Venezuela and has been at the forefront of the current crisis;
inciting street riots and rejecting dialogue with the Government.
Concerned Canadian organizations are calling on members of parliament to
pressure Machado to participate in dialogue with the democratically
elected Government and stop ongoing violence.
"Maria Corina Machado has been travelling the world for several months
advocating for intervention in Venezuelan politics but has
disingenuously failed to mention her role in promoting the violence
that has taken place since February 12," said journalist Pablo Vivanco. "Given her questionable history and her active encouragement of
violence, we caution decision-makers and others in Canada from
associating with her and to contextualize her message."
Machado calls for a boycott of the government-sponsored "Dialogue
Table," which looks to address grievances and political differences
openly in a televised space. Those coming to the table include
government politicians, the Catholic Church, business leaders and
opposition politicians including Henrique Capriles Radonski (the
runner-up in the 2012 and 2013 Presidential elections). Machado's call
for a boycott stands in the way of peace.
"Machado portrays herself as a persecuted pro-democracy leader but her
track record is one of anti-democratic efforts seeking to oust an
elected government" said Raul Burbano from Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network. "Canadians support the right of Venezuelans to live in peace and
stability. Encouraging Machado to cease her disruptive measures and
advance genuine peace is key to advancing a reconciliation agenda."
The violence and rioting in Venezuela has claimed the lives of over 40
people, including six police officers and several public servants.
SOURCE: BASICS News
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