Venezuelan problems get solved by Venezuelans

The Organisation of American States (OAS) made no decision on June 23 on the proposed suspension of Venezuela’s membership over violations of the regional bloc’s democratic charter.

(Soundbite) Meriede Belandria, Caracas Citizen
“The truth is that we feel very sad. We used to have high hopes for this gentleman Luis Almagro and OAS, but now we would like to solve our problem by ourselves. Especially for the recall referendum against our president, we all want the farce to finish as soon as possible.”

Venezuelans find their confidence in years of prosperity, which was build up through a web of social welfares when oil price flied high and nourished every corner of the nation.

(Soundbite) Jose Alvarado, Presidential Commissioner for Social Security Mission
“Here in Venezuela there is a total democracy. One proof is the social missions, the area that I represent. The social missions were created by Commander Hugo Chavez to eliminate heavy bourgeois structures and meet the needs of people, which are not met yet. They are missions with history. I think that most countries, the vast majority of the countries will understand this, with the support of OAS, or most of the OAS member countries for Venezuela.”

Besides, there is another positive force arising from some OAS member countries and other leftist governments in Latin America, who side with Venezuela ideologically.

(Soundbite) Jose Gregorio Villegas, Caracas Resident
“Other countries realize that the problem we have must be solved by ourselves. If there is international aid, considering what is happening in Venezuela is a crisis that we don’t deny, we too can solve it. I don’t think that any attempt to suspend Venezuela will work. I think it would be a blunder for them if it got done.”

Meanwhile, as a member of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), Venezuela is not alone.
The other 24 member countries have received subsidized petroleum from Venezuela for years.

(Soundbite) Jose Antonio Egido, Sociology and Politics Analyst
“It is imperative for the Bolivarian government to conduct diplomacy with open attitude with absolutely all the neighboring countries, all the Caribbean countries and the region, in order to stop OAS from maintaining aggressive policy of sanction and harassment.”

(Soundbite) Jose Alvarado, Presidential Commissioner for Social Security Mission
“This is nothing new. Since 2001 we have faced many of these attacks, and we faced them without bending our knees. As taught by our eternal Commander Hugo Chavez, we know that we will emerge stronger from the general assembly of OAS. And we will keep quiet. We will continue to work here in Venezuela. We are clear that in Venezuela things are not easy. Economic problems, social problems and security problems pile up, but the problems will get beaten.”

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