Venezuelan cardinal urges government to respond to protests
February 21, 2014
Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, has encouraged Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro to engage in open dialogue with anti-government protesters, to prevent a wider political crisis.
"Dialogue would be a big step, but then you need to recognize that there are many serious problems to be solved in the country, and the solution is in the hands of the national government,” the cardinal said, as reported by the Fides news agency. Cardinal Urosa said that “it is the government which must take action” to restore stability to Venezuela.
Cardinal Urosa cited a recent statement by the Venezuelan bishops’ conference saying that the students who touched off the latest round of protests had made “just demands,” and that peaceful demonstrations should not be broken up by police violence.