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Evo Morales Offers to ‘Free’ OAS’ Luis Almagro From ‘Empire’

  • Bolivian President Evo Morales

    Bolivian President Evo Morales | Photo: EFE

Published 24 June 2017

The message came only hours after OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro offered to resign “for freedom in Venezuela.”

On Saturday, Bolivian President Evo Morales offered to “free” Organization of American States, OAS, Secretary General Luis Almagro from the “North American empire.”

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“I offer to free brother Luis Almagro from submission to the North American empire,” Morales said in a tweet.

“All for the dignity and sovereignty of our peoples.”

The message came only hours after Almargo declared that he would resign “for freedom in Venezuela.”

“I will resign from the Organization of American States the day that free, fair and transparent national elections are held without impediments," Almagro said in a video message posted on Twitter.

On Thursday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro stated that if Almagro resigned from the OAS, he would consider reversing a decision to withdraw Venezuela from the organization, according to Reuters.

For years, Almagro has called for regime change against the democratically-elected United Socialist Party of Venezuela and has supported the country’s right-wing opposition, which has led violent protests since April. At least 86 people have died as a result of the protests.

In addition to those killed, over 1,200 have been injured in the protests.

The Secretary General is still calling for Caracas to call early elections.

But Maduro has rebuffed the requests and has reiterated his commitment to the July 30 polls for the national Constituent Assembly.

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