Venezuela Vice-president at UN General Assembly: “Guíado is a criminal element”
Venezuela’s vice-president Delcy Rodríguez gave a heated speech at this year’s UN General Assembly, citing the recent protests led in her country by congressman and president of the National Assembly Juan Guaidó, calling him an “imperial puppet” and a “criminal element who has been introduced to breach the peace”. She expressed disappointment at the governments that have recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president, calling it the “worst mistake in the diplomatic history of these countries”, and made a point of emphasizing that her delegation was there to represent “the only Venezuela,” a direct reference to the delegation of diplomats that Guíado sent to the Assembly to represent his self-proclaimed government. In a year where climate change was a major debating point, Rodríguez also had strong words to refer to Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, whom she accused of leading the “commercialization of the Amazon”. This came after Bolsonaro said in his speech the Venezuelan people are “poor and devoid of freedom” due to Maduro’s socialist policies.
UN NEWS. Venezuela Vice-President speaks out against ‘coup d’etat’, $130 bn lost to ‘economic terrorism’. UN News. Disponível em: <https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/09/1048012>
THE WASHINGTON POST. Venezuela VP condemns countries that shunned Maduro. The Washington Post. Disponível em: <https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/venezuela-vp-condemns-countries-that-shunned-maduro/2019/09/27/f0701cd6-e189-11e9-be7f-4cc85017c36f_story.html>