US Secretary of State worried about freedoms in Venezuela
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice criticized "oppression"
in Cuba and wondered about freedoms in Venezuela during a presentation
Wednesday on Latin American issues in Brasilia.
Also, Rice pointed to hemispheric "concern" about Venezuelan
political evolution, despite President Hugo Chávez was
formally elected, AFP reported.
"Democratically elected leaders should govern democratically,"
as established by the Democratic Charter of the Organization
of American States (OAS), the Secretary said.
"In Venezuela, for instance, it is not just a question between
the United States and Venezuela. This is also true for democratic
processes," she added.
"Will there be free press? Will the opposition have the chance
to speak out? What will happen to those who dissent from the
government? These are essential values that highlight democracy
in the hemisphere," Rice noted.