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  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) with French President Francois Hollande in an archive photo

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (L) with French President Francois Hollande in an archive photo | Photo: EFE

  • Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L) with French President Francois Hollande in an archive photo

    Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa (L) with French President Francois Hollande in an archive photo | Photo: EFE

Published 7 January 2015

The governments of Ecuador and Venezuela release statements condemning the attack and express solidarity with France following the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

​After Wednesday’s massacre at the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the governments of several Latin American countries expressed solidarity with France and condemned the attack.

"Ecuador extends its deepest condolences to the people and the French government and expresses its solidarity with the families of the victims and those injured in this despicable event. We also consider that the attempt on the life of any person is violation to human rights," read the official statement from Ecuador's foreign ministry.

"The Ecuadorian government reiterates the deep bonds of friendship that unite it with France and aims to identify and capture the perpetrators of such unfortunate fact for the corresponding judgment," said the press release.

Meanwhile, Venezuela called the shooting a “cowardly and criminal act,” in an official statement.

Venezuela “condemns terrorism in all its forms, and once again stands up for the respect for life and tolerance, reiterating the bonds of friendship that joins the countries,” the statement read.

The nation “offers its deepest condolences to the French people and its government, especially to the family and friends of the victims for this reproachable act.”

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted, “The government and people of Venezuela repudiate the terrorist attack against France, and we stand by them with all our solidarity and love.”

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, despite facing a massive political crisis at home over the case of the 43 forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa students, also tweeted his support.

“Mexico condemns the attack against the weekly Charlie Hebdo and expresses its condolences to France’s society and government,” tweeted the Mexican leader.

Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos also took to Twitter to express his feelings.

“Life, freedom of expression and the press are inviolable universal rights. Colombia condemns the violent attacks today in France.”

According to teleSUR’s Peru correspondent, Peru’s President Ollanta Humala sent a letter to French President Francois Hollande in which he called the attack “abominable” and expressed his solidarity.


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