Venezuela has no bad feelings towards Barbados

Venezuela is still hoping that Barbados will support of the embattled Nicolas Maduro administration in an ongoing fight with the Organization of American States (OAS), despite a vote last month by Bridgetown against the South American nation.

Caracas’ point man here Wednesday suggested his government had forgiven the Freundel Stuart Government for the April 26 vote, in which Barbados joined 18 other countries, including the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana and St Lucia, in approving a meeting of foreign ministers to discuss the deteriorating political and economic situation in Venezuela.

“I have to respect the decision and we are friends; we are friends of Barbados. You have some friends sometimes that want the best for you and they react to what they think is best. We just want respect for our sovereignty, we want respect for our independence, we want to be free and we want the support of the Caribbean for our sovereignty,” Head of Mission Francisco Manuel Perez Santana told journalists at a news conference at the embassy in Hastings, Christ Church.

Venezuela has been hit by a series of violent protests since early April, that have left at least 34 people dead and hundreds injured, as the opposition ramps up the pressure on Maduro to call overdue elections.

OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro has been pushing for Caracas to be suspended from the hemispheric body if it did not swiftly hold general elections amid the economic crisis, and the Spanish-speaking nation threatened to withdraw its membership in the organization after the Washington-based OAS last week floated the idea of the foreign ministers’ meeting, now likely to be held on May 21 or 22, according Peru’s foreign minister Ricardo Luna.

Perez Wednesday said Maduro had been given assurances by Stuart that “he will never act against the Venezuelan people”. It was not clear if these assurances were given before or after the vote.

“In the recent past they had discussions about the two countries and the president [gave] the reasons why things are happening in Venezuela and the Honourable Freundel Stuart heard what he was saying,” Perez said.

Just last week, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves warned that a wedge was being driven through the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over a plan for “regime change” in Venezuela.

In a three-page letter to CARICOM leaders and heads of state, a copy of which was obtained by Barbados TODAY, Gonsalves complained that the 15-member grouping was allowing “a small group of powerful nations” within the OAS to dilute CARICOM’s collective strength by dividing the regional states in a bid to overthrow the Venezuela government.

While Gonsalves did not name the countries said to be behind the efforts to topple Maduro, Almagro has the support of the organization’s largest member states such as the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Canada and Colombia.

15 Responses to Venezuela has no bad feelings towards Barbados

  1. Peter May 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I am sorry. Barbados do not support dictators. especially those who threaten to invade our colleague nation and claim two-thirds of their mineral rich country, and who boldly and blatantly commit humanitarian crimes against its citizens and are using force against anyone who opposes and criticizes their system of governance. You are asking a FREE DEMOCRATIC country to support you when you are just the opposite? NO WE WON’T !
    We love Venezuelans but we won’t support your dictatorial methods.

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    • George Thomas May 22, 2017 at 3:44 am

      @ Peter. And what about political resistance that the US has gunned down in cold blood – from the Black panthers to union organizers?

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  2. moses May 18, 2017 at 9:19 am

    peter no jews in this conspiracy?

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    • Peter May 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Moses, I will not comment on Jewish unlawful and bullying occupation of Palestine. No they are not in this conspiracy, whatever that means. Go look for a sea to part.

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  3. Helicopter(8P) May 18, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Well said Peter!

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  4. Robertson S. Henry May 18, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    If Peter can say that he will not support dictators, what about the many dictators that the Americans have been supporting around the world – past and current?

    Can we honestly say that the situation is what it seems to be from our position anywhere in the region? Have the American media been telling the truth?

    Have the American government and its agencies not have a hand in the destabilization of Venezuela due to the Venezuelan Government under Chavez taking over controlling the oil profits?

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  5. Ivana Cardinale May 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Ignorance is the worst enemy of man, and Peter, you are full of it. The world powers need people like you, ignorant to the core so they can do what they want

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    • Peter May 18, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      Why not write what you Mean? You are trying to defend a bullying dictyator who punishes his opposers. The US and other democratic countries will deal with him. I am proud and happy to report that I was among a special team who spearheaded a cargo jumbo jet load of relief food and other items when Venezuela was impacted by heavy rains and tremendous flash flooding and mudslides which inundated and buried thousands in the nineties. I have visited Venezuela dozens of times, I have many Venezuelan friends. I love the people so you are the ignorant one here……. Chocha Dulce…..

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      • George Thomas May 22, 2017 at 3:47 am

        Basic commodity shortages are being caused by the business sector illegally stockpiling products in warehouses and diverting them from the Venezuelan marketplace for sale in Colombia, and by criminal speculators and smugglers who purchase subsidized food items and resell them at higher prices in the domestic market.

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      • George Thomas May 22, 2017 at 3:49 am

        History has proven that Capitalism can’t resolve the world’s problems. Imperialism, as the highest stage of capitalism, does not bring about a world of peace and mutual cooperation but rather one of intensified conflict, violence and war. The blame for the Venezuelan economic crisis rests on the United States empire and its imperialists, and the collaborating Venezuelan rightwing business owners aiming to sabotage the system. Venezuela is being attacked by the imperialists in the same manner that Cuba was… by invasion and embargo, (though not necessarily in the same order). An economic coup is now being waged upon Venezuela by the imperialists and by their allied collaborators in the private sector.

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      • George Thomas May 22, 2017 at 3:51 am

        American interventions usually ended in disasters for the people.
        Americans intervened in Libya allegedly to save lives, but had no substitute for the regime they deposed, and in the end their intervention killed more than it saved. Weapons looted from Khadafy’s arsenals have found their way to terrorists across Africa to take even more lives.
        In South Sudan, Americans promoted a process to cut the country into two. In American utopian fantasy, the new country of South Sudan would be a refuge for peace and democracy. Instead it has become a killing field. Tens of thousands have died since independence in 2011. Two million people have lost their homes and are adrift among warring armies.

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  6. Mirna Vegas de Hughes May 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Ivana, Ivana, Ivana… Here you are again offending instead of showing the achievements of your revolution. Why you all always insult people only because they disagree with your narco regime? Do you really know what you are talking about? Can you justify the atrocities of the regime against Venezuelans? Do you know what’s the best way to shut up people that disagree with you? The best way to shut people up is to prove them wrong? Can you do that?

    @Peter thanks for your open support and for taking the time to express it. One more thing. What do you mean by Chocha dulce? We all speak Spanish but there are many words that mean different things in different Latin countries. Just curious

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  7. Mikey May 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    Maybe silly questions, but does anybody know if Obama’s administration did anything to destabalize Venezuela ?
    Maybe NO,,, If in the affirmative, why then was there a softening on Cuba ?
    JUST THOUGHT FOR SAKE OF DISCUSSION, I WOULD PUT THOSE QUESTIONS INTO THE EQUATION.

    ANY BRIGHT SCHOLARS AROUND TO ANSWER THOSE TWO QUESTIONS ?

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  8. jrsmith May 20, 2017 at 6:10 am

    What to say to the people of (Venezuela) , we are a little island struggling to survive , we have a government who disrespects the masses of black people….. our people must tread softly…………

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  9. George Thomas May 22, 2017 at 3:41 am

    THE BLAME FOR THE VENEZUELAN ECONOMIC CRISIS.

    It was on April 19, 1961, that Cubans were victorious against the “Bay of Pigs” invasion

    Also significant is April 19, 1810, in Caracas, when the Spanish American Wars of Independence and the Bolivarian Revolution began.

    Spain, a superpower with an imperialist empire that began in 1492, was in ruins by April 19, 1810.

    Empires rise and fall.

    Like Spain, the USA, now tens of trillions of dollars in National Debt, is also a superpower coming to ruin.

    History has proven that Capitalism can’t resolve the world’s problems.

    Imperialism, as the highest stage of capitalism, does not bring about a world of peace and mutual cooperation but rather one of intensified conflict, violence and war.

    The blame for the Venezuelan economic crisis rests on the United States empire and its imperialists, and the collaborating Venezuelan rightwing business owners aiming to sabotage the system.

    Venezuela is being attacked by the imperialists in the same manner that Cuba was… by invasion and embargo, (though not necessarily in the same order).

    An economic coup is now being waged upon Venezuela by the imperialists and by their allied collaborators in the private sector.

    We have been watching with grave concern, the economic crisis in Venezuela, and conditions such as :
    1. scarcity of goods,
    2. high inflation,
    3. broken currency exchange system,
    4. falling oil price,
    5. violence leaving dozens of citizens dead and hundreds injured.

    We, The Trinidad and Tobago Bolivarian Solidarity Group, believe that these conditions are the result of acts staged by big business (the opposition), in league with others whose objectives are destabilization of Venezuela.

    a) Basic commodity shortages are being caused by the business sector illegally stockpiling products in warehouses and diverting them from the Venezuelan marketplace for sale in Colombia, and by criminal speculators and smugglers who purchase subsidized food items and resell them at higher prices in the domestic market.

    b) Some speculators practice massive currency fraud by obtaining divisas (dollars)at the preferential exchange rate under pretext of importing priority goods and then selling those dollars on the parallel market or holding on to them in expectation of further devaluation of the bolivar…

    In attempting to weaken or overthrow the nationalist-populist government of The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the imperialist empire has resorted to multiple forms of attack including:

    (1) corruption (buying off supporters),
    (2) funding and organizing opposition media, parties, business and trade union organizations,
    (3) organizing and backing disloyal military officials to violently overthrow the elected government,
    (4) supporting employers’ lockouts to paralyze strategic sectors of the economy (oil),
    (5) financing referendums and other ‘legal mechanisms’ to revoke democratic mandates,
    (6) promoting paramilitary groups to destabilize civil society, sow public insecurity and undermine agrarian reforms,
    (7) financing electoral parties and non-governmental organizations to compete in and delegitimize elections,
    (8) engaging diplomatic warfare and efforts to prejudice regional relations and
    (9) establishing military bases in neighboring countries, as a platform for future joint military invasions.

    When economic intervention fails, Imperialist domination has often relied on military intervention, both overt and covert, or through military support to reactionary local allies, to dismantle entire societies.

    Since WWII the USA has not won any war anywhere in the world, except in Panama and Grenada.

    Yet the USA has army, air-force, and naval bases in Columbia.

    These bases are not placed to patrol the Pacific Ocean to keep drug shipments from getting to the US.

    Instead many of them are grouped together on the Caribbean coast where there were already bases, and others are much closer to Venezuela.

    What missions ‘beyond Colombia’s borders’ are U.S. planners contemplating for this giant military presence in Columbia if not to stoke the flames of regional conflict?”

    What is worst is that the USA is now governed by a collection of morons, people-stupid-below-the-meaning-of-stupid, voted into power by people who are extremely gullible and inattentive.

    They are all believers of the Fake News, Propaganda and “False Flags” fed to them by the mainstream US media, which is controlled by big business.

    The imperialists are trying hard to destroy the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutions domination because they are beacons of inspiration all over the world for oppressed people who are angered by injustice and seeking change.

    The Trinidad and Tobago Bolivarian Solidarity Group stands in solidarity with the Chavistas and Fidelistas.

    We call upon the imperialists and their collaborators to cease their unrelenting attacks on the non-violent revolutionary people, to respect the democratic rule of the constitutionally elected government, and to not change the region from being a Zone of Peace.

    We urge the media to publicize the truth.

    “Viva Cuba!”
    “Viva Venezuela!”
    “Venceremos!”
    “Patria o Muerte!”
    “Hasta La Victoria Siempre!”

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