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Maduro calls for papal intervention

June 15, 2017

Amid continued protests against his authoritarian regime, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said he would call upon Pope Francis to ask the opposition to stop “training children” to engage in protests.

Maduro’s remarks followed a meeting between the Pope and the Venezuelan bishops about the national crisis. Declining economic conditions in Venezuela have given rise to severe shortages of food and medical supplies. As the government has consolidated its authoritarian rule, sparking even more massive public protest demonstrations, the Catholic bishops have affirmed the right of the people to engage in peaceful demonstrations.

 
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  • Posted by: [email protected] - Jun. 15, 2017 10:37 PM ET USA

    Perhaps Maduro would like the Pope to rubber stamp his tyranny against his people and the Church. The people will scream for freedom at a point where revolution will occur.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jun. 15, 2017 12:36 PM ET USA

    The Chinese and the Soviet Communists had their "hooligans," and now Maduro has "protesting children." Maybe he should try liberation theology. It worked its magic in Central American for a couple of decades. Maybe he can add it to his toolbox of oppression in Venezuela.