Pence Urges Venezuelans to Rally Around Opposition Leader Against Dictator Maduro

Washington Free Beacon | 1/22/2019 | David Rutz
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BY: David Rutz

Vice President Mike Pence expressed solidarity with the Venezuelan people and support for opposition leader Juan Guaido against authoritarian Nicolas Maduro in a new video released Tuesday.

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Guaido heads the democratically-elected National Assembly and will lead massive protests on Wednesday in hopes of unseating Maduro, the socialist strongman who has presided over economic ruin and brazen human rights violations in Venezuela.

In a video posted to social media, Pence introduced himself by saying "Hola," the Spanish word for hello.

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"On behalf of President Donald Trump and all the American people, let me express the unwavering support of the United States as you, the people of Venezuela, raise your voices in a call for freedom," he said.

Maduro, Pence said, was a dictator with no legitimate claim to power, having never won a free or fair election, who has maintained his grip by cracking down on the opposition. Maduro was inaugurated for a second term earlier this month, but his "election" has been described as a sham with no legitimacy by human rights watchmen.

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Now, international pressure is growing against Maduro in the wake of his disputed election and the rise of Guaido. Pence spoke to him by phone last week, according to Reuters, to express U.S. support for the National Assembly as...
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