“I condemn the deplorable violence committed in Venezuela”
st its own citizens and its ongoing silencing of political dissent. Students, lawyers and everyday citizens have taken to Venezuela’s streets to demand their government respect their basic human and democratic rights.
Weston Newspaper, has contacted different offices of representatives to the United States Congress, to collect their perception and/or position about the events that have been happening since more than 90 days, by protesters who continue to fight for freedom and denouncing the continuous violation of Human Rights in Venezuela, by the dictatorial government of this Latin American country. On this occasion, we had the honor of receiving a written communication from Congresswoman Debby Wasserman-Schultz, who is also a resident of our Weston community and a Democratic Party representative for the District 23 of Florida in Washington, DC. And we quote that letter received, as follows:
“Thank you for contacting me regarding the current situation in Venezuela.
I stand in solidarity with my constituents and the people of Venezuela in condemning the deplorable and inexcusable violence the Maduro government has committed again
Despite these brave freedom fighters’ efforts, the plight of Venezuelans has only gotten worse. In addition to the brutal crackdown on these basic rights, the Maduro government has continued to use the judicial system to silence dissent and massive shortages of food and medicine have caused a humanitarian crisis.
The impact of the violence in Venezuela ripples throughout the world, and can be particularly felt in South Florida. I have spoken personally to my friends, neighbors and constituents to hear about the horrors their family members and friends are suffering. The world is watching and listening, and we still hear the calls – loud and clear – for democracy, governance and reform.
In response to the horrific situation in Venezuela, I am proud that my resolution, H. Res. 851, expressing Congress’ profound concern about the ongoing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela; urging the release of political prisoners; and calling for respect of democratic processes, passed the House unanimously. I am also proud to be an original cosponsor of the Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act, which would grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Venezuelans currently in the United States who arrived before January 2013. If passed, Venezuelans would have until January 2021 to apply.
In addition, I joined my colleagues in sending a letter to President Donald Trump requesting that the U.S. government take immediate and proper measures to stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela. I will continue to fight for the people of Venezuela and call on my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to do the same.
Finally, in response to the conviction of Leopoldo Lopez in September 2015, I led a bipartisan letter to then-Secretaries Lew and Kerry of the Departments of Treasury and State encouraging them to impose sanctions on the legal team responsible for this politicized conviction. In February of 2017, I met with Mr. Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, and Mitzy Capriles, wife of imprisoned Venezuelan lawyer and politician Antonio Ledezma, to discuss collaborative ways to protect human rights.
The Venezuelan people are crying out for their voices to be heard and their rights respected, and we must ensure they are not crying out in vain. We must continue to condemn the Maduro government’s blatant disregard for its citizens’ democratic rights and stand in solidarity with the people of Venezuela as they fight for their basic liberties.
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. Correspondence from concerned constituents is essential to my work in Congress, and I hope you will continue to inform me of your ideas and opinions. Your input is invaluable as we work to shape national policies to reflect the views of South Florida. To receive updates on my work in Congress, please visit my website at wassermanschultz.house.gov and sign up for my free e-newsletter. If I can be of further assistance, please contact my office at 954-845-1179 or 202-225-7931.”
Member of Congress DWS/KL
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