ICYMI: Reps. Diaz-Balart and Yoho in Miami Herald: International community must have Guaidó’s back during Venezuelan crisis
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Reps. Diaz-Balart and Yoho in Miami Herald: International community must have Guaidó’s back during Venezuelan crisis
Op-Ed: Mario Diaz-Balart And Ted Yoho
July 23, 2019
Excerpts below; read the full op-ed in the Miami Herald HERE.
Venezuela has deteriorated from one of the most prosperous nations in South America to among the most impoverished, violent and corrupt. The International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation in Venezuela will reach upwards of 10 million percent in 2019. According to household surveys, the poverty rate reached 90 percent as of April 2019. Venezuela also ranked 168th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s 2018 Global Corruption Index. In addition, Venezuelans are living under a dictatorship that violently suppresses dissent and opposition.
Guaidó has galvanized the support of the Venezuelan people and organized a series of anti-government protests calling for Maduro’s dismissal and for the Venezuelan military to join him in a peaceful democratic transition. However, the Maduro regime has continued its onslaught of abuses and increased its reliance on transnational criminal groups and countries such as Cuba and Russia to counter U.S. sanctions on Venezuelan individuals and corrupt sectors of the Venezuelan economy.
We applaud the Trump administration for recognizing the dire situation in Venezuela and taking the bold steps to hold the regime accountable for its actions. However, Venezuelans will continue to flee their homes at unprecedented levels until the regime steps down and the country can be rebuilt. The exodus of people leaving Venezuela is the largest population outflow in Latin America’s history.
The crisis not only harms Venezuelan citizens, it also destabilizes the entire region. Should we, the responsible nations of the Western Hemisphere and the world, let these atrocities worsen, we risk setting a precedent for tolerating the authoritarianism and oppression of current and future leaders in the region with dictatorial ambitions.
It will take pressure from the United States and the increased support of the international community to bring this crisis to an end. To address this situation, we propose the following:
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