After over a month of blaming the widespread protests sweeping Venezuela on foreign imperialist agitators, and having expelled American diplomats as well as titled the U.S. Secretary of State a murderer, the Venezuelan government would now like to invite Washington to stop its obviously violent intervention tactics by participating in a “peace commission.” …They are really taking this scapegoatism-propaganda story to a whole new level, via the AFP:
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro urged Washington on Saturday to join a “high-level commission” to promote peace after more than a month of deadly anti-government demonstrations.
Maduro blames the United States for the riots, a charge US officials on Friday dismissed as “absurd.” …
Maduro, speaking at a rally in support of the armed forces, said he would propose a commission “for peace and mutual respect of sovereignty” between Venezuela and the United States that could include parties from both sides and the UNASUR grouping of South American nations.
The leftist president said he would name Diosdado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s National Assembly, to lead potential talks with the United States “to speak while respecting peace for a dialogue among equals.” …
“The solution to Venezuela’s problems lies in democratic dialogue among Venezuelans, not in repression or in hurling verbal brickbats at the United States,” a State Department official said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Yeah… fat chance, guys. In the same speech, Maduro evidently referred to these conspiratorial agitators as a whole lot of “Chuckies.” Yes, like the horror-film doll. via Reuters:
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro warned protesters in Caracas on Saturday to clear a square they have made their stronghold, or face eviction by security forces.
Plaza Altamira, in upscale east Caracas, has been a focus of anti-government protests and violence during six weeks of unrest around Venezuela that has killed 28 people.
“I’m giving the Chuckys, the killers, just a few hours,” Maduro said, using the name of a murderous child-doll in a horror film to describe anti-government demonstrators who have made the normally genteel 1940s square a base of operations.
“If they don’t retreat, I’m going to liberate those spaces with the security forces,” Maduro added. “They have a few hours to go home … Chuckys, get ready, we’re coming for you.”
Riiiiight. If this violence in Venezuela persists, we might start hearing more about the possibility of sanctions and visa restrictions raised by Sens. Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez as well as a handful of House lawmakers pretty quick here.