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‘We Are With You’: CELAC Backs Venezuela Against Imperialism

  • Supporters of the Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in El Salvador show their support and bash the OAS.

    Supporters of the Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution in El Salvador show their support and bash the OAS. | Photo: teleSUR

Published 2 May 2017

Venezuela held a meeting with regional allies to discuss violence and the attempted destabilization by local and international opposition.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez and other ministers from the region kicked off a special session of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, on Tuesday in San Salvador to discuss recent violence in the South American country.

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"Arriving in El Salvador for a meeting of foreign ministers of CELAC requested by Venezuela, with the strength of the country and its constituent power!" said Rodriguez on Twitter.

El Salvador holds the pro-tempore presidency of the international organization, which was created under late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with the support of many of the left-wing leaders within the group among the 33 countries of the region, who see CELAC as a platform to fight western and U.S. imperialism in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"We are with you, the people of Venezuela," said Salvadoran President Salvador Sanchez Ceren.

"El Salvador was able to overcome an internal armed conflict for more than one decade through dialogue. We believe Venezuela can, too."

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez said the meeting analyzed the escalation of violence instigated from abroad and unleashed by opposition groups, and the interference of the secretary-general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.

"We must treat things with the greatest restraint and respect between us," said Martinez. "At the end of the day at CELAC, we must be more united."

Of the 33 countries that make up the CELAC, only six did not attend.

Rodriguez indicated that unlike the meetings of the Organization of American States, OAS, CELAC did not have to endure "living the embarrassing presence of Washington with its the threats and extortions." She also showed CELAC representatives images of the right-wing violence against the democraticly-elected government.

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Caracas requested the meeting on April 25, just before Venezuela announced plans to leave the OAS, which the country has accused of trying to promote a coup against President Nicolas Maduro and allow for foreign intervention.

Almagro has repeatedly called for the Democratic Charter of the OAS to be applied against Venezuela due to its internal political situation, which would have led to its suspension from the organization.

Rodriguez has criticized Almagro, accusing him of responding to U.S. interests to destabilize her country, adding that the organization has a historical precedent of promoting interventions, coups and invasions in the region. She also has slammed the organization for its hypocrisy of constantly criticizing the political and economic crisis in Venezuela while turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in other countries.

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