Religious leaders from the US talk about the political situation in Venezuela from New York

The ‘People’s Forum’ in New York hosted on Wednesday an activity of solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, which brought together various leaders of popular grassroots American organizations.

Reverend Juan Carlos Ruiz, of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Brooklyn, Reverend Liz Theoharis of the Campaign of the Poor and Reverend Brittany Debarros of the About Face organization: Veterans against the War, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, among other personalities.

About the political-economic situation of Venezuela, Reverend Ruiz reflected on the strategy used by the Venezuelan opposition with the benevolence of the United States Government to attack and attempt to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, through a parallel government, blocking exports and applying a package of unilateral sanctions.

“They tried to overthrow him using millions of dollars to build a parallel government (…) they even got as far as to block ships carrying food to Venezuela”, said the Reverend, referring to the attempted coup in Venezuela.

He also noted the technocratic nature of the report presented by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet on the human rights situation in Venezuela.

“Bachelet arrived in Venezuela and did not consider the government’s reports. She based her information on interviews made, in more than 80%, to people outside of Venezuela (…) that report was created by technocrats”, said Ruiz.

About that, he said that the position of organizations and peoples should be to raise their voices and condemn the sanctions imposed by the United States on Venezuela.

We hope that the world be a better place, we can not isolate ourselves, repeating the mistakes of the past, we must unite with our brothers and sisters of the global south and learn from them, and build a better world together.

For his part, Foreign Minister Arreaza thanked the invitation to the space and recalled the religious ideology of the Leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, Hugo Chávez.

“I am honored to be here (…) Jesus Christ is the main figure, and Chávez was a true Christian, guided by Christian principles”, said the FM.

Similarly, he said that “the works of the Bolivarian Government, the historical process of social reinvestment, education with the help of Cuba, Misión Milagro – which has helped thousands of Latin Americans – and the Misión Vvienda” were planned with Christ in mind.

“Chavez was guided by the teachings of the Bible, and so is President Maduro”, said Minister Arreaza.

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