Nikki Haley Calls For Regime Change In Venezuela
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley called on Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro to step down on Tuesday, calling the elections scheduled for May 20 a “sham.” She noted that Venezuelan migrants are causing a crisis in Latin America similar to the crisis of Syrian migrants in Europe, and that Venezuela’s “implosion” represents a threat to Latin America.
“The systematic oppression of the Venezuelan people has become an active threat to the entire region,” Haley declared at a conference on Latin America at the State Department. “For the safety and the security of all people in Latin America, it is time for Maduro to go.”
Haley powerfully backed up this call for regime change by referencing the current state of affairs in Venezuela and the surrounding region, and the ideological divide in the region.
“Venezuela’s economy and civil society has seen a cataclysmic decline under Chavez and Maduro,” the UN ambassador declared. “In a region where 31 percent of the people are poor, a stunning 87 percent of Venezuelans live below the poverty line. A full 90 percent say they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Venezuelans live in conditions today that they haven’t experienced in over a hundred years. Children are dying of malnutrition. Hospitals are without medicine and supplies. Once eradicated diseases are now reappearing.”