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(BARBADOS NATION) — For the second time in a week, scores of Venezuelans living in Barbados turned out at Rockley, Christ Church, in support of the head of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, who has proclaimed himself president and disputed Nicolas Maduro’s legitimacy as the leader of the South American country.
Guaido and many others have accused Maduro of being a dictator in the wake of an election last year which they said was not free or fair.
On January 23 Guaido was immediately recognised as Venezuela’s president by several nations, including the United States, the Lima Group, and the Organisation of American States.
“We are here to show support for the president of the National Assembly . . . . But we are trying to do everything as legally as possible and abiding by the constitution to avoid bloodshed,” Myrna Hughes said.
Things came to a head in Venezuela due to shortages of food and medicine which severely impacted living standards and led to protests in 2014.
Those protests escalated and resulted in numerous deaths and an exodus of people to other South American and some Caribbean nations.
However, Hughes said too many people were trying to cover up the issues.
“Our foreign affairs minister was here yesterday and it was incredible to hear that man saying that everything is normal. That is totally outrageous when people are dying of hunger and because there is no medicine,” she said.
Minister Counsellor at the Venezuelan Embassy in Barbados, Alvaro Sanchez Cordero, said the chaos was being promoted by the big media companies and that the US’ involvement was illegal.
“All this noise and psychological warfare is taking place digitally, through CNN, Reuters, BBC. It’s a whole show for the international community for public opinion to cement the idea that Venezuela is in a complete state of confrontation or civil war to make it seem that something needs to be done,” he said.