NGO sends message to Dominican gov’t concerning Venezuela

Opposition activists clash with the police during a protest against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, on July 18, 2017. Ronaldo Schemidt—AFP/Getty Images

Transparencia Venezuela, the Venezuelan chapter of the NGO Transparency International, has sent what it said is an urgent message to the government of Dominica concerning the political and economic crisis in the South American country.

The organization said the message is in reference to “the position publicly assumed by the Dominican government in international forums as the OAS supporting the Venezuelan autocratic regime.”

“The Venezuelan people are suffering violations to most basic human rights, there is a critical shortage of food and medicines -largely due to rampant corruption and public resources mismanagement- and a suffocating repression of civic demonstrations,” the organization said in an email. “Therefore, we send this explanatory message on Venezuela in the form of a GIF (see below) with the aim of informing your country and its citizens of your government’s official position and the terrible situation in Venezuela.”

Dominica was among three CARICOM countries that voted against a failed US-backed resolution on Venezuela at an Organization of American States (OAS) general assembly in Mexico in June

The resolution included a proposal for a ‘group of friends’ to mediate the political crisis in Venezuela. The resolution also called for President Nicolas Maduro to “reconsider” an assembly to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit recently pledged support for Venezuela following a helicopter attack on the Venezuelan Supreme Court and Interior Ministry.

He said no one has a right to “seek to want to remove the President of Venezuela from office” as he is there based upon Venezuelan laws and the Venezuelan constitution.

See video below sent by Transparencia Venezuela.

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48 Comments

  1. I'M NOT A PRIME MISTAKE!!!
    July 23, 2017

    Oh how I wish that the majority of us who does not support these rogues posing as government in Waitukubuli would rise up against them to their downfall! Happy the NGO is pointing fingers on these rogues posing as government, this is a good sign of of what will befall these rogues!!!

  2. Jared
    July 21, 2017

    Remember this no mater what side of the political fence you sit on. When we start believing more in our party then our country we are doomed. Evil takes advantage of those whose ego, arrogance or stubbornness won’t allow them to see that they are no longer on the side of good. Stop blaming other countries, past governments or other people and take responsibility for your votes and your words. Your vote is a paddle among many directing the direction of our country. Choose wisely there is no one to blame in Venezuela but the voters.

  3. Lang Mama
    July 21, 2017

    Venezuela will be building Skerrit’s International airport and paying NEO. Live Skerrit Maduro alone tan

  4. The Darkness
    July 21, 2017

    A

    Greed will get you everywhere but a peaceful resting place… It is a real SHAME for anyone supporting this madness!!!

    People should not be undergoing these things… we should all be working together to achieve… anyone who stands against positive progress should just be hanged and done with…

  5. Emile Dominique
    July 21, 2017

    The Venezuelan Crisis is the brain child of the people who control the petro dollars. Usually the money interest starts the trouble and the lobbyist gets the government involve. The Obama Administration would not take the bait, but now there is a rogue President they think they cajn have a ragime change to”take the oil”
    That is how Hawaii was taken from the Royal Rulers. They tried the same process in Cuba, but the Bay of Pigs invasion failed. They tried their imperialism in The Dominican Republic, and the Philippines to name a few. How do you think they got Texas from Mexico. The money interest starts the trouble and the lobbyists get the government to send the marines.
    The case of Cuba, they try to get Cuba expelled from the OAS but the Latin American governments stood firm with Cuba. When they refuse to recognize Cuba, Canada welcomed Castro with open arms. Then the 51 year embago was instituted. Now the money powers that be put a technical embago on food export to…

    • Emile Dominique
      July 21, 2017

      Export of food to Venezuela. Dominica a member of the OAS is not the only country that found the USA resolution in the OAS unfair. Dominica and the other Latin American countries did the right thing in standing with Venezuela.

    • Emile Dominique
      July 21, 2017

      (cont.) food export to Cuba , and are inciting some of the people to violence

      • Emile Dominique
        July 23, 2017

        Why is this NGO writing to Dominica. Are we sure they are not writing to the Dominican Republic. Why did they not write to the OAS or the UN in an effort to defuse the situation. Dominica did not instigate rioters. Some people want ragime change and is using food embago as a weapon.
        With USA exporting 2.2 million barrels a day and the price of oil reducing the petro dollar interest will diminish in acquiring Venezuela’s oil. The Munduro Administration must now work on food security. In fact Caricum countries must reduce and remove themselves from the dependence of imported foods so they will not be controlled by any food embago.

  6. Shaka Zulu
    July 21, 2017

    Those Who enable evil deeds in the name of money will forever have evil in thier midst. Standing on principle when it’s the right thing to do is more valuable than a tank of fuel and PVC houses. I hope the Venezuelans understand that dominicans do not support Maduro madness and some of us here will continue to point out the wrong and suggest better alternatives. Some on here have been seeing this situation coming for a while. The only solution is for Maduro to accept he is a failure call elections and step down. Arrogance of the leaders is what the problem is. Maduro was smart enough Venezuela would not be where it is today hence he is not the solution. Dominica is no different. 17 years of crap now money dispersed with no instruments to track and measure returns. Unsustainable. We will soon hit depression. This is not a wish but a predicament of lack of sustainable fiscal policies.

  7. truth
    July 21, 2017

    skerit will not listen, He said the same thing when gadafi was bombing his people, He said that ,He and the Dominican people is in support of president gadafi, and the Dominican people sat there and say nothing, Now he is saying the same for maduro, show me your friends ,and i will tell you who you are, Dominica turn will be soon,

    • zeebee charles
      July 21, 2017

      rebuke you.

      • Zor Sot
        July 24, 2017

        Learn to rebuke Skerrit

    • Knowledgeable.
      July 22, 2017

      You are so right

    • UDOHREADYET
      July 22, 2017

      @truth… here’s some truth for you… Ghaddafi could not bomb his people because there was a no fly zone over Libya as was in Iraq for many years, all the bombing was done by US planes.
      He was removed because he supported African unity and one African currency based on natural resources. this would have removed European banks from the financial equation.
      Libya was one of the only countries in the world with zero DEBT
      acts you probably do not know about Libya under Muammar Gaddafi:
      • There are no electricity bills in Libya; electricity is free … for all its citizens.
      • There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
      • If a Libyan is unable to find employment after graduation, the state pays the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
      • Should Libyans want to take up a farming career, they receive farm land, a house, equipment, seed and livestock to kick…

  8. Looking
    July 21, 2017

    Hope everyone remembers this news item.
    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/news/politics/dominica-libya-relationship-still-intact-henderson/
    Our government has been making dangerous deals, deals with the devil which will eventually will lead to trouble. Its best we had remained neutral than taken any position. When, its not if, the present regime in Venezuela exits office, the new administration is going to be hard on us in Dominica. They will want everything that they have given to us.

  9. FORKIT
    July 21, 2017

    i said it already and i will say it again, Skerrit stance on this matter does not reflect that of dominicans, and there will be repercussions if regime change. they will regard us as crooks and supporter of a corrupt regime that destroyed their country. time will tell

  10. Latin American Observer
    July 21, 2017

    In the last 20 or so years, Venezuela has demonstrated its true friendship to Dominica whilst America has not. Venezuela has been most generous to us. If any Dominican beleive that the US is not playing an active role in the ongoing crisis in Venezuela then they must think again. And why would the US want a regime change in Venezuela? The US want to lay hands on the oil. yes, the venezuelan oil. Remember Chavez took back control of the Venezuelan people’s natural patrimony and shared its benefits to the poor andmaginalized more than any other regime before him. Now Chavez is gone the US imperialists have done everything to reverse the course of change in Venezuela. the found comfort in falling oil prices internationally and so used that medium to put pressure of Venezuela. Like Dominica, the opposition aided and abetted by foreign interests speaks louder and more consistently. Like DDay in a Dominica, a small group of opposition, compared to the vast majority can create mayhem.

    • July 21, 2017

      Just stop. Your corrupt, incompetent regime has been an unmitigated economic and human rights disaster for your people. Soon Maduro will be out, and the people of Venezuela will be able to start rebuilding.

      As for blaming the U.S. for your regime’s failures, that’s a tactic so common that there’s a name for it, “diversionary foreign policy”, but it only works on the most gullible people, and even then not for long.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diversionary_foreign_policy

      • Emile Dominique
        July 22, 2017

        Stop it Mr Steve Forester . look at my posting above and you will change your views about Diversionary foreign policy. I must warn you that Wikipedia is not a reliable source. Look at the foreign policy of the USA that has given us two Vietnams, two Chinas, two Koreas and the Palestinian / Isrieal problem. Look at the destabilization of the Middle East and the advent of terrorism. Who is to be blamed?
        Stop the propaganda type accusation of corruption, incompetence of Dominica’s government without supporting facts.
        The true position is that Dominica does not have the revenue base of a development country and the government is doing a great job with the little it has to work with. What is the population, what is last year’s actual revenue derived from local taxes.
        What we need is activities from the private sector to help the growth of the economy, particularly in job creation. When the labour statistics of the USA is published the job growth is always from the private sector.

      • UDOHREADYET
        July 22, 2017

        @Steve Forrest… its not blaming if its true, unlike most Americans Caribbean people know their history and that of other countries. People are aware of what has happened in the past and what the real intentions are.

      • Gary
        July 23, 2017

        I’m astonished by the nonsense you have written regarding “diversionary foreign policy” attributing such thing to the turmoil in Venezuela. To suggest that The Venezuelan Government is solely responsible for the turmoil and there is no foreign intervention shows gross ignorance on you part, if anyone is gullible it’s you. The turmoil in Venezuela is real, such turmoil is very complex and involve many hidden forces and motives which many of us cannot imagine. When you say quote “Soon Maduro will be out, and the people of Venezuela will be able to start rebuilding.” really, what a fantasy.The problem in Venezuela can be attributed to the fight over oil and money with regards to how the money gained from oil revenue should be distributed and shared.

        The only “diversionary foreign policy” I see happening right now is in The US, accusing The Russians of meddling in their elections.

        https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10454

      • July 24, 2017

        Emile, just because I oppose the Maduro regime doesn’t mean that I support U.S. interventionism. I agree with you that they do a great deal of harm around the world (and at home, since money spent on those troops, missiles, and bombs is money that could have been far better spent).

        Also, I don’t know whether you misunderstood me on purpose or not, but I was referring to the Maduro regime, not the Skerrit administration. I’m well aware that Dominica doesn’t have a large revenue base. I may wish that Dominica worked with democratic countries, but understand why we cannot afford to spurn those donor countries that are willing for their own purposes to build things here, particularly when U.S. policymakers would rather fund endless war in the Middle East than fund USAID.

        We also agree that the private sector is where economic growth originates, which is why it’s so odd you’d defend the socialists in Venezuela who have systematically demolished the private sector there.

      • July 24, 2017

        Sure, Gary, every country has its propaganda. But it’s pretty funny that you use venezuelanalysis.com to make that point, considering that it’s not a real news source, but is just a regime mouthpiece run by unrepentant Chavistas, including the author of your article who is an editor at teleSUR.

        But like I said, opposition to what Maduro does is not the same thing as support for what the U.S. does. Sometimes when I look at world politics I think that hell will be rather crowded.

      • Emile Dominique
        July 24, 2017

        @ Steve Foerster…. Citco and Chavez…. USA operatives did not like Chavez anti American foreign policy . When he called Bush “donkey” And was courting Iran and Russia they wanted retaliation because already they did not like his nationalization of Venezuelan oil. This regime change activities started in Chavez’s – Bush time. The petro dollars controllers did not received Obama’s blessings to confiscate Venezuela’s investment like they did Iran ….Citco…. worth billions of dollars, and employing thousands of people. Now they see a chance under Trump. Remember Obama returned 100 billion dollars to Iran that was confiscated.
        This has nothing to do with democracy. The Maduro Administration is a duly ELECTED government and America is just interfaring in the internal affairs of a sovrien nation with a food import embago. A hungry population is an angry population which does not think objectively, hence the technical food embago.

  11. July 21, 2017

    venezuela has the largest oil reserves. and america needs to get there hands on that. dont you think america has helped overthrow enough gorvernments, especially oil exporting nations. they have done enough damage to the middle east so keep them out of the caribbean but then again we are still slaves, preferably house niggas

  12. July 21, 2017

    This letter is from an NGO, why didn’t it come from the oppossition. Long before Chavez and Maduro there was rampant porverty in Venezuela with a huge divide between rich and poor. During those times the OAS was silent and the US was happy as American companies controlled Venezuelan oil and the status quo remained in tact.

    • Ceci
      July 21, 2017

      you stupid or what? didn’t maduro imprison and/kill the opposition out?

  13. UDOHREADYET
    July 20, 2017

    Dominica supports the Venezuelan constitution not one man. Venezuela has elections next year 2018. The last elections gave the opposition in Venezuela majority control of the government, the President was not up for election, that election is next year.
    The US elected a fool for their president, you don’t see other countries trying to overthrow that government, because people respect the election process in democratic countries.

    If the US resolution goes into play they will try to control the governments in Caribbean and Central and south America anytime those governments oppose their policies which is what they did in the past throughout central and south America by installing dictatorships under the auspices of fighting communism. millions of people dies in West and south Africa, Central America and the South America because of those past policies… they are not interested in the well being of brown and dark skinned people, the goal is to try and destabilize such countries.

  14. July 20, 2017

    The truth is the most powerful of all weapons , but also the most hated . Dominica, should not be made to look like charlatans because of the position taken vis-a-vis the Venezuelan present issue, the forces looking to push back the gains of the poor people Venezuela, are the JEWS and the descendants of the EUROPEANS and with the backing of IMPERIALSM, the pressure is on the LAWFULLY elected gov’t directly, and DOMINICA indirectly. There are millions of AFRICANS in VENEZUELA, their faces are not shown in the demonstrations, why? is it because they are being pushed at the back of the bus? what about the native VENEZUELANS? are they going to be continually ethnic cleansed and their land taken forcibly? the evil forces of GRAFT and DECEIT are at work , CHAOS, just like in WEST ASIA and AFRICA, is the system being used. DOMINICA, has called a spade , a spade, and sink or float we have to stand by our conscience.A LAMP IS NOT VALUED IN THE AFTERNOON, BUT ITS APPRECIATED AT NIGHT.Bob D.

    • Pragmatik
      July 20, 2017

      What nonsense you talking about? Watch some videos of protests most of those people are mestizo (mixed indian/european or black/european) or some type of other mix.

      Also here is the governor of the state of Amazonas (the state held by native amerindians) proclaiming a curse on Maduro and his government. They don’t even like him and they were strong chavistas.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYfL7o3RndE
      :lol: :lol:

    • Pragmatik
      July 20, 2017
    • UDOHREADYET
      July 20, 2017

      You have knowledge! you understand the past and the present and what really going on.

    • FORKIT
      July 21, 2017

      idiot

    • NonRacist
      July 21, 2017

      So its racist to believe in freedom? And in Dominica we should have a dictator too because he is black? We were kings in our lands before our own BLACK brothers sold us. So why you keep perpetuating foolishness. That is why we can’t have a united Africa.

    • Lang Mama
      July 21, 2017

      my head even hurt after reading this crap

  15. Oh please!
    July 20, 2017

    The only victims in Venezuela are the Children – the adults fighting to take back their country all sat there, silently, while it was being pulled away from underneath their feet!

    • know wha m'saying
      July 20, 2017

      You seem to be the victim of someones propaganda. Oh please think for yourself.

  16. Oh please!
    July 20, 2017

    Its easy and convenient for certain people to pull the wool over their eyes and come up with conspiracy theories to prevent them from facing the truth.

    The fact remains that CHAVEZ, not america, not any other super power – brought Venezuela and Venezuelans to their knees! While he was alive it was all well and good, he floated from country to country on a spending spree trying to make Venezuela a super power by being the “Generous father” to the Caribbean. Corruption skyrocketed, victimization and the powers of the people were eroded – VENEZUELANS sat silent saying “we love our chavez”. Today, under Maduro’s rule, all that has happened is Venezuela’s cracks are wide open because he isn’t Chavez. They loved their Chavez – never once stood up to him when the country starting going down hill and all the other mistakes he made which contributed to where they are today.

    But you know, Dominicans turn soon come. We love our Skerrit!

    • ????
      July 21, 2017

      Amen to that!!!

  17. Pragmatik
    July 20, 2017

    The united states has their eyes on Dominica because of “our” support for the Maduro regime. Dominicans if we don’t speak out about what our government is doing on behalf of us we will all feel the consequences. There’s no way anybody with half a brain and access to the internet can continue to support Maduro and the PSUV in light of all what has transpired so far.

    90+ people dead because of harsh crackdown on protests (did you see that tank running over people?). People almost at the point of starving, people dieing from lack of medicine.

    The national guard right now is entering people’s homes and breaking their stuff because they’ve decided to hold a nationwide strike to show their displeasure with the government. Just imagine that. The entire country is shut down right now in protest of the government and the response is that those charged with upholding the law are terrorising people to stop.

    • July 21, 2017

      more like assmatik,

    • Dominican
      July 21, 2017

      For so long American has its “eyes” on Dominica the coco zyay doh come out yet? anytime you hear that “eyes” on Dominica just know is a UWP looking for America to help them remove skerrit hahahah child take a seat, Dominica have oil? Choops tan wait still

      • Peeping Tom
        July 21, 2017

        :lol:

    • FORKIT
      July 21, 2017

      we are branded as a rogue nation already with the rampant corruption and the friends we keep

      • Peeping Tom
        July 21, 2017

        By whom?

  18. anonymous2
    July 20, 2017

    It’s about time for DA to wake up on the Venezuela situation. The promotion of communism has to stop.

  19. %
    July 20, 2017

    The people of Venezuela must bear in mind that there are THOUSANDS of Dominicans who are opposed to the tyranny that they are forced to undergo under autocrat Maduro.Sadly in Dominica, we are in a similar situation as you all under Skerrits brutal leadership, in which he wants to suppress dissent,sends his loyal partisan police officers to intimidate demonstrators,accusing the opposition of wanting to ovrthrow his government, going to parliament to attempt to legalise TREATING and BRIBING and off course wantonly frittering away hundreds of millions of dollars earned from the sales of our passports into things that cannot engender growth of the economy.Among all the Caribbean countries,we in Dominica are the closest to falling into this Venezuelan crisis,but patriotic Dominicans are PUSHING BACK.With Skerrit as PM,we may reach the QUAGMIRE in which you all are engulfed in Youbefore the year ends.
    WHERE THE WICKED RULE,THE PEOPLE MOURN!
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST GO
    SKERRIT MUST…

  20. 1979
    July 20, 2017

    WAY LAY LAY LAY PAM PAM!!!!!!!!!

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