Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro has not only launched verbal attacks at opposition leader Henrique Capriles but also against the Organization of American States (OAS).
Maduro’s onslaught began following Capriles’ visit to Washington to meet with OAS General Secretary Luis Almagro to ask for assistance during Venezuela’s general elections on December 6.
The president accused Capriles of “creating chaos,” and establishing links with drug cartels and paramilitary groups across Venezuela.
“The people or the empire,”
“They think in Washington and with their representatives in Venezuela, that Venezuela will implode, that we are going to explode into a thousand pieces and our homeland and the Bolivarian revolution will end,” Maduro added during a speech.
He accused Capriles of using his “tactic” in combination with an “economic war against Venezuela.”
Before turning on the OAS.
“The OAS is 67 years-old and it is useless. The only thing the OAS has done is approve invasions, coups d’état,” he commented.
Adding that Secretary General Almagro is a “curse”.
“Is he (Almagro) going to work for Latin America and the Caribbean, or for Washington?” Maduro said during a televised broadcast by network VTV on Sunday.
“He’s either with the people or with the empire.”
Problems with the neighbors?
But closer to home, Maduro and ex-Colombian President Álvaro Uribe have also continued their own spat.
Following the Venezuelan president accusing the Senator of “sowing paramilitarism” in Colombia, Uribe responded with; “Maduro is so tall, so robust, so well filled-out, and Venezuela is so malnourished.”
“I am going to free Venezuela from “paramilitarism” and all these violent criminal phenomenons which it has provoked, multiplied, been paid for in drugs, in dollars,”
For now at least, Maduro is upping support for Venezuela’s Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas instead (ALBA) according to the country’s El Universal newspaper.
“Is it really worth still having the OAS? It should be converted into a political forum linking Latin America and the Caribbean. The OAS was a period of coups and conspiracies. That’s now over. It’s time for other organizations,”
The country must continue its waiting game until December 6, when Capriles and the OAS will find out if Maduro will remain in power.