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PROTESTS IN VENEZUELA | In rejection of crackdown on opponents

House passes resolution condemning repression in Venezuela

The chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House, Ed Royce, praised the representatives for endorsing a motion that "supports Venezuelans who long for a return to the rule of law." The House voted 393-1 in favor of the legislation, with Republican Thomas Massie casting the only dissenting vote

They believe that people's claims should not be attacked by the government (Edsaú Olivares)
EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday March 05, 2014  07:11 AM
The House of Representatives of the United States on Tuesday expressed its condemnation of the government of Venezuela and its "inexcusable" crackdown on protesters and opposition leaders. The House approved a resolution lambasting President Nicolás Maduro's forces for "their repressive tactics during the demonstrations affecting the country, which faces one of its worst crises in recent years."

The US Congress "deplores the acts that constitute an affront to the rule of law, the inexcusable violence perpetrated against opposition leaders and protesters in Venezuela, and increasing efforts to politically use criminal charges to intimidate the political opposition in the country," AFP reported.

The House also urged other governments and organizations in the region to express solidarity with the protesters and help open a dialogue to end the crisis in Venezuela.

The chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the House, Ed Royce, praised the representatives for endorsing a motion that "supports Venezuelans who long for a return to the rule of law, democratic rules and respect for basic human rights."

Royce described Maduro as the handpicked successor of Hugo Chávez, the former strongman of Venezuela and outspoken antagonist of Washington whose death anniversary is marked on Wednesday.

The House voted 393-1 in favor of the legislation, with Republican Thomas Massie casting the only dissenting vote.

A similar resolution is being pondered in the Senate.

Lawmakers also demanded President Barack Obama to impose sanctions against those responsible for the crackdown.
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