European Union has sided with “democratic forces” in Venezuela, backing the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido over the elected government of Nicolas Maduro.
“Unlike Maduro, the parliamentary assembly, including Juan Guaido have a democratic mandate from Venezuelan citizens,” President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Wednesday evening, urging all of Europe to support “democratic forces” in Venezuela.
Actually, I kind of wish that the EU wouldn’t offer immediate support to a coup while claiming to speak on behalf of “all of Europe”? I know it probably comes easily for one unelected “president” to congratulate another but sitting this one out might have been a better idea
— Nick (@holl_nh2) January 23, 2019
Meanwhile, the unelected EU High Representative for foreign policy, Federica Mogherini, likewise declared her support for Guaido’s self-proclaimed government, in language strangely reminiscent of EU support extended to Ukraine’s coup in 2014.
Foreign policy of Spain and many important EU countries can’t be a competence of Ms unelected @FedericaMog , I’m sorry… it is just totally absurd.
— JDepJul (@JDepJul) January 23, 2019
“Violence and the excessive use of force by security forces are completely unacceptable, and will for sure not resolve the crisis. The Venezuelan people have the right to peacefully demonstrate, to freely chose [sic] its leaders and decide its future,” Mogherini said in a statement.
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