Jul. 20, 2013 (TSR) –  The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, repudiated a statement made by Samantha Power, the Obama administration nominee to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.  During her confirmation hearing, Power claimed she would “contest” repression in Venezuela.

“Repression exists in the U.S., where they kill African Americans with impunity and persecute a young man, Edward Snowden, for telling the truth,” the President said in response to Power’s threats that seek to destabilize the country. “Venezuela’s fascist right wing applauds her and claims it is all true.”

Maduro demanded an immediate retraction of the statement, which he characterized as despicable, from the U.S. Government.  He stressed that plans to destabilize the Venezuela always feature “the imperialist government of the United States … and then they claim to want to have good relations.”

In making these remarks, President Maduro invited the people to work to strengthen the country, the Bolivarian National Armed Forces, the economy and people’s power because “if the fascist right wing manages to gets its hands on political power in Venezuela, we would see fascism rise its perverse and dangerous face … they would tear down public administration, public health, social missions and the Armed Forces.”

On an unrelated topic, the President highlighted a trip to the People’s Republic of China by Vice President Jorge Arreaza, and assured that the countries are raising their commercial relationship to another level.

“Venezuela needs to conquer its autonomous technological industrial development, its agricultural and agro-industrial development, and with China we have access to the most advanced technology in the world.

Maduro also noted that assuming the pro tempore presidency of Mercosur, the Common Market of the South, was an important step to strengthen the country’s “positive, liberating, uniting and Bolivarian leadership”.

“Venezuela will continue in its role of supporting countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, in which no one and nothing can disrupt the moral, ethical and political role history has put in play for Venezuela in the construction of a powerful bloc of nations and countries for the 21st century,” he added.


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