In a remarkable show of solidarity and a firm stance against political oppression, Republican Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar from Florida has voiced her condemnation of the Venezuelan government's recent actions against opposition figures. Salazar critiqued the arrest warrants issued by the Venezuelan Prosecutor's Office — an entity she alleges is under the sway of Chavismo, the political ideology of former President Hugo Chávez and his followers — for what she considers the targeted persecution of the staff of opposition leader María Corina Machado.
Salazar Stands with Machado
Salazar expressed her staunch support for Machado and her campaign, decrying the false accusations that she believes are being used as a pretext to silence the opposition. The Venezuelan Prosecutor's Office has ordered the arrest of a dozen opposition members, including former National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó and three campaign staffers of presidential candidate María Corina Machado.
Call for U.S. Intervention
Salazar has called upon U.S. President Joe Biden to reinstate sanctions against the Venezuelan government. She believes this action is necessary to halt future persecution by President Nicolás Maduro's regime. This appeal reflects the Congresswoman's commitment to protect democratic principles and human rights in Latin America.
Escalating Tensions in the Region
Meanwhile, tensions continue to escalate in the region. With a military helicopter carrying seven people disappearing near Guyana’s border with Venezuela and Venezuelan troops amassing on the border with heavy equipment, speculation of an imminent invasion is rife. Guyana's president has assured that his country is taking every step to protect itself from Venezuela, which has ordered its state-owned companies to explore and exploit oil and minerals in the vast Essequibo region, a territory that Guyana claims as its own.