Chávez intends to frighten opposition with NGO Súmate trial, says US spokesman
The Supreme Tribunal of Justice's (TSJ) decision to prosecute
Venezuelan civil association Súmate directors is part
of President Hugo Chávez's campaign to intimidate the
opposition, Friday said Tom Casey, assistant spokesman for
the US Department of State.
Legal action against María Corina Machado and Alejandro
Plaz announced on Thursday is part of a campaign of the Venezuelan
government aimed at frightening members of civil society and
preventing them from exercising their democratic rights,"
Casey said at a press conference as quoted by news agency
"We are very disappointed. The (conspiracy) charges filed
by the Venezuelan government have no basis," he added.
In this regard, the US spokesman claimed that President George
Bush's government is "seriously concerned" about this
case, and that Washington is discussing it with other Latin