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Justin Trudeau
This is a situation that is obviously untenable. The violence ... needs to end and we are looking to be helpful.feedback
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Sep 22 2017
Multiple people spoke about Venezuela in the news. We gather all their quotes on this page, an easy way to see all views about this topic at a glance. To go deeper, all quotes are redirected to the article from which they come. Nicolas Maduro is the person who had the greatest number of quotes. The most recent one of them is: “The magnate thinks he is the owner of the world, but no one threatens Venezuela.”.
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Tomás Guanipa

He should never have been in prison and should never have died at the hands of a repressive government whose hands today more than ever are stained with blood.feedback

Moisés Kaufman

You know, I was a gay man coming from Caracas; there were no role models. In it, there were four portrayals of gay people, and I remember having such a cathartic experience. All of a sudden, my life became possible. I bought this book then, and I have kept it all these years. You can see it is yellow. To be directing the play now is incredible.feedback

Freddy Bernal

We need a publicity campaign on radio, TV, in newspapers, in cartoons, everywhere, so that the people understand that rabbits aren't pets but two and a half kilos of meat.feedback

Freddy Bernal

A lot of people give names to rabbits, put on a bow, they take it to their house, they take the rabbit to sleep in their bed.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

When he returned, surprise! The people had the bunnies with little bows and they were keeping them as pets.feedback

Ramon Lobo

We are going to meet our commitments. We have come across a series of difficulties, but that will not stop us. There is an order to seek a financial blockade that will put us in a situation of insolvency, which is completely out of the question.feedback

Sam Zarifi

These decisions amount to a coup d'état against the Constitutional order and have ushered in a new reign of arbitrary rule.feedback

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

My investigation suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed. There is a very real danger that tensions will further escalate, with the government crushing democratic institutions and critical voices.feedback

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat

The strategy used against my country from certain centres of power is a clear example of the use of human rights as a political weapon.feedback

Jorge Arreaza

We have now selected the National Constituent Assembly, this is the true expression of our citizens' will. It will have the powers to draw up a new Constitution. The opposition in Venezuela is back on the path of rule of law and democracy, we will see dialogue emerging thanks to mediation of our friends. Our country is now at peace.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option, if necessary. If there is an institutional crisis [in Venezuela], they should seek to overcome it through dialogue and political negotiation, always respecting the leaders who were elected by popular vote, within democratic rules, as was the case of [former Venezuelan President] Hugo Chavez and is the case with President Nicolas Maduro. It is ridiculous that a coup government, illegitimate, an enemy of its own people, wants to give lessons of democracy to Venezuela.feedback

Ernesto Villegas

I wouldn't say the threats benefit the government because it would make it seem like we celebrate them, and we definitely don't. But certainly, if Trump thought his threats would terrify or intimidate the Venezuelan people, he made a very bad calculation. . . . I do not disconnect Trump's military threat from what he ended up signing – the executive order that openly declares an economic war on Venezuela.feedback

Moises Naim

Anything that happens from now on will be blamed on the U.S. Trump and [Vice President] Pence basically threw Maduro a lifeline.feedback

Fernán González

Now that he's supporting negotiations in Venezuela, it's bothering some friends in Colombia. And they've given him some heat for that.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

It's difficult to remove this 'Messi-dependency' from a team when Leo is there. When you know you have the best player you will always look toward him.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

We let a big chance pass but this is football and you know that these things can happen and especially when you have chances at goal and you do not take them. I hope that this discomfort that the team is going through will not confuse us or block us for the future.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

Things are more complicated for us because we thought we would be in a better position after the two matchdays. But we are going with two points in the two games in which we had superiority but we could not capitalise. Messi was above the rest. He took charge of the game in several moments.feedback

Jorge Sampaoli

Now we have to go out and play Peru [in October] in the same way as against Venezuela to be closer to qualifying.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Unfortunately Monsignor Parolin has fallen into the hands of the most radical sectors of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church in Venezuela, of the allies of those who have destroyed our country.feedback

Francisco Virtuoso

The Vatican's diplomacy sinned with naiveté. They came unprepared. The government exploited this to the full.feedback

Jorge Urosa

It was the government that broke [the rules], not the Vatican.feedback

Julio Borges

The support of the world's democracies and the protests by people in the streets are two forces which will help make the outcome a democratic one.feedback

Jorge Arreaza

We want to have the best relations, not only with Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom; with all the countries on planet earth, but they should be founded in respect towards our sovereignty, in respect for Venezuelan democracy, and to the functioning of its institutions.feedback

Lilian Tintori

They have just banned me from leaving the country. What the dictatorship wants is to prevent us from doing a very important international tour.feedback

Lilian Tintori

They cannot silence the voice of 30 million Venezuelans. Not even jail will stop our denunciation. ... They cannot hide the crisis our country is living through.feedback

Lilian Tintori

The evidence is clear why the dictatorship is stirring the pot against me. They want to keep me from talking about the humanitarian crisis we are living in Venezuela.feedback

Lilian Tintori

The ambassadors of Spain, Germany and Italy accompanied me, they are witnesses to the dictatorship's abuse.feedback

Luis Palacios

My child was thin. We couldn't get medicine when she was sick.feedback

Mariel Bracho

But there's not even many people who take a taxi from the airport anymore.feedback

Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez

Bolívars are like ice cubes now. If you're going to go to the fridge and take one, it's something you have to use right now, because soon it's going to be gone.feedback

Ramon Muchacho

It's clear that the battle now is on the international front. We need international help and the level of pressure has to be very, very high because this is a government that will not go easily. Dialogue doesn't work. There is no democratic solution.feedback

David Smilde

In the short term I think it's paid off because they have effectively gained control over the whole government.feedback

Delcy Rodriguez

This Venezuelan opposition is being left isolated with only its boss in Washington at its side.feedback

Dario Ramirez

I then said to the Pope: 'There's a third thing I want to ask you. I explained to the Holy Father that the woman next to me is the woman of my life. I met her in church, God put her in my life, and I want to propose to her. So I got down on one knee and asked.feedback

Dario Ramirez

When we were introduced to the Holy Father, I explained the situation in Venezuela and the situation facing political prisoners.feedback

Mateo Patino

They started to ask questions about why I was drawing so much power from my house. I actually turned off all my bitcoin miners, and I moved them to another secure location.feedback

Randy Brito

People who mine bitcoin or crypto with mining rigs, they're usually doing it underground.feedback

Joseph Lubin - Bitcoin

Yes, they're volatile. But they represent real life-saving value to many people in many countries around the world.feedback

Mateo Patino

Mining bitcoin became something out of a spy movie, because miners were getting arrested on false charges. Many bitcoin miners are being prosecuted. Many, they're scared, they're paranoid.feedback

Randy Brito

People are barely making a living with their jobs there. Even if they're a professional, they are not able to work. So people are finding that mining is a way to make a predictable income for their families.feedback

Agnes Romatet-Espagne

It is up to the Venezuelan authorities to give quick pledges in terms of respecting rule of law and fundamental freedoms. The European Union and France will evaluate their relationship with Venezuela on this basis.feedback

Chris Williamson - Markit

Because neoliberalism is underpinned by privatising and not fettering business, that has actually resulted in things like building control being subject to competition, which has meant the private sector coming in and cutting fees, and inevitably the quality has gone down. I feel people have stopped listening to the smears and lies and dirty tricks. I think for all the talk about Venezuela and antisemitism, and the latest thing is sexism now, Jeremy's overwhelming landslide victories in the leadership elections and the general election mean people have stopped listening to the smears.feedback

Hua Chunying

The present problem in Venezuela should be resolved by the Venezuelan government and people themselves. Outside interference or unilateral sanctions will make the situation even more complicated and will not help resolve the actual problem.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Well I'm not gonna rule out a military option. We have many options for Venezuela this is our neighbor. This is you know we're all over the world, and we have troops all over the world. In places that are very, very, far away. Venezuela is not very far away, and the people are suffering, and they're dying. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military option if necessary. We don't talk about it, but a military operation and military option is certainly something that we could pursue.feedback

Efraín Velásquez

This administration decided people have to eat less for them to balance their accounts. That implies poverty, social deterioration, that people are worse off.feedback

Ingrid Soto de Sanabria

Last year there were terrible shortages, this year there are less shortages, but the prices are through the roof. We don't have formula, and what little we do is thanks to donations.feedback

Katiuska Pérez

We have been screwed for several years now. Everything that Chávez built with his hands has been kicked down.feedback

Henny Liendo

If we supported Chávez with oil at $100 a barrel, we have to support him now with it down at $40 a barrel.feedback

Rosalinda Rodríguez

We are all professionals and we spend almost everything we earn on food and basic needs.feedback

Katiuska Pérez

We eat yuca, bananas, green papaya. When the boxes come I'm allowed two, but sometimes I can only afford one, or none at all.feedback

Ricardo López

Life has been totally derailed. I try to leave lunch as late as possible myself, so you can just have a snack in the evening. My colleagues sometimes faint from hunger, or don't have lunch.feedback

Ingrid Soto de Sanabria

We are the only country in the world where people dread a wage hike, because they know the price of food will follow [up].feedback

Jorge Arreaza

These financial sanctions announced today are the worst aggressions to Venezuela in the last 200 years maybe. ... Maybe after the Spanish empire was defeated by our liberators. What do they want? They want to starve the Venezuelan people.feedback

Eduardo Franco

Before he died, Roberto asked me to keep raising awareness about safe sex. He wanted young people to know the risks of having unprotected sex. He told me his life should mean something and to not forget about him.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

They hadn't been seen by any doctors and died because of a lack of medicine, infections and starvation.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

It's not their fault, because they can't do anything without proper medication and supplies.feedback

Eduardo Franco

It was hard watching him in so much pain. He suffered a lot psychologically and physically. I felt powerless, because there was no medicine for him. I was diagnosed with HIV in 1998 when Venezuela had an AIDS program that was modern, well funded, with the best doctors in South America. Eighty percent of people with HIV in Carabobo are not receiving treatment because of the shortage of antiretroviral medicine. The lack of medicine is worrying, but there's also food shortages. People are dying from hunger because they can't afford to feed themselves.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

It's got nothing to do with politics; it's a matter of life and death. We're being persecuted and fighting for our human rights, our lives and our health.feedback

Eduardo Franco

Over the past week in Carabobo there's no medicines arriving at all. If you have cancer or are recovering from an operation or have an infection you can't get any antibiotics. There's empty shelves in every clinic and pharmacy.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

He had HIV and was so weak when he arrived at the hospital. He was vomiting and bleeding a lot, very emaciated because he hadn't eaten anything nutritious in weeks. They carried out no tests and just left him to die without any treatment.feedback

Maurico Gutierrez

Last year, we asked them to open a humanitarian corridor to allow essential medicines and basic food supplies through, but they refused, so we hold them responsible.feedback

Eduardo Franco

What do they do? They either risk giving them the virus in breast milk or let them starve. We've lost three HIV-positive babies this year because their mothers had no formula. They were so malnourished. Twenty-five gone.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

We'll have to endure sacrifices but we must safeguard the country and sovereign motherland in order to break the blockade.feedback

Angel Alvarado

These sanctions are not against Venezuela, but rather the corrupt people who seek to sell the nation's assets at a discount.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Nicolas Maduro has financed his regime by hollowing out Venezuela through economic mismanagement, corruption and the assumption of onerous debt. Maduro may no longer take advantage of the American financial system to facilitate the wholesale looting of the Venezuelan economy at the expense of the Venezuelan people. I think what the president is very clear on is the existing situation is unacceptable and if they restore the proper democratic processes, we'll react to that appropriately. This is not about changing leadership per se, this is about restoring the democratic process and rule of law.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The Maduro dictatorship continues to deprive the Venezuelan people of food and medicine, imprison the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppress freedom of speech. The regime's decision to create an illegitimate Constituent Assembly – and most recently to have that body usurp the powers of the democratically-elected National Assembly – represents a fundamental break in Venezuela's legitimate constitutional order.feedback

Luisa Ortega

In Venezuela, the death of rights has occurred. The stability of the region is at risk.feedback

Siobhan Morden

It would cause more damage than good. I don't know how it harms PDVSA or Venezuela. The market is trading lower, but I think that passes once we realize that it is not a logical approach.feedback

Albert Pujols

It's pretty special. Obviously, all the great players from the Dominican Republic, Latin America, Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, they've gone through the big leagues and to be able to accomplish something like this is very humbling.feedback

Luisa Ortega

We need authorities who are decent, not ones with a criminal record.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Unfortunately we are in the worst moment in our relationship with the government of the United States.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

You and I should talk. Only by speaking can we understand each other.feedback

Gustavo Dudamel

My country is living through dark and complicated times, following a dangerous path that may lead us inevitably to the betrayal of our deepest national traditions. My dream to play with these wonderful young musicians cannot come true – this time. We will continue to play and to fight for a better Venezuela and a better world.feedback

Matías Tarnopolsky

The orchestra has an open invitation to Berkeley. We need now to engage the power of music to build bridges and create dialogue, and I look forward to welcoming these spirited, young musicians to share their artistry with us as soon as possible.feedback

Gustavo Dudamel

All Venezuelan citizens have a duty to do what we can to reverse the current situation, to defend our fundamental democratic values and to prevent more bloodshed.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

We have drawn up a plan to call a worldwide solidarity with the people of Venezuela, against Donald Trump's threat and in defense of the constituent assembly. This world summit will have a combination of preparatory events in various countries around the world, and it will start this week.feedback

Freddy Guevara

This fraudulent decision is null, the Constituent Assembly is null. They will have to kick us out with bullets. But we will continue to defend this space the Venezuelan people gave us as long as we have the will and the means to do so.feedback

Henrique Capriles

The international community should know that in Venezuela the Maduro regime is carrying out a coup against the state itself. Rejecting a legitimate parliament is also a form of coup.feedback

Luisa Ortega

They are very worried and anguished. They know we have information about the transactions, the mounts and the people who enriched themselves and that this investigation implicates Mr. Nicolas Maduro and his entourage.feedback

Del Pino

They're blocking our payments. We have to do financial tourism, we have to go to China, we have to do financial triangulations because they're already applying a financial blockade on our country.feedback

Freddy Guevara

(Congress) only obeys the constitution and the people. We do not recognize the constituent assembly, much less subordinate ourselves to it.feedback

Tarek Saab

It will be a point of honour for the public prosecutor's office to identify who was responsible for each of the hate crimes that occurred in this country. We will search the cameras, videos, photographs. We will get images of each one of them to make sure they pay for having killed, for having hurt people and left orphans behind.feedback

Luisa Ortega

This is how the Maduro government…tries to end our struggle for democracy and liberty for Venezuelans.feedback

Tarek William Saab

We're talking about a multinational mafia. This was a cartel and I can assure you, there won't be any impunity.feedback

Geoff Ramsey

It's important to separate Trump's recent remarks from the works the State Department has done.feedback

Alejandro Velasco

They see in Pence as an ally, and the U.S. as an ally, but by being able to beat Trump like piñata they can have their cake and eat it, too. They can perpetuate this idea of an independence, that we are not subservient to Trump or the U.S.feedback

Charles Shapiro

I was accused of having organized the coup.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Anyone who goes out into the streets to express intolerance and hatred will be captured and will be tried and punished with sentences of 15, 20, 25 years of jail.feedback

Tamara Taraciuk - Human Rights Watch

The question is whether this is the peace he's looking for: creating a law that gives him and his obedient supreme court judiciary powers to lock up dissidents for 25 years. The proposal includes incredibly vague language that would allow them to jail anyone for almost anything.feedback

Michael Tran - RBC Capital Markets

The realignment of trade flows to push Venezuelan crude to Asia...would entail substantial logistical challenges that would on the margin be bullish (for) sour crude markets, but not necessarily sustainably bullish (for) crude prices.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary. We don't talk about it. But a military option, a military option, is certainly something we could pursue.feedback

Vladimir Padrino

This is a time of reflection, you are either a Venezuelan patriot, or pro-Yankee.feedback

Mike Pence

Venezuela is sliding into dictatorship, and as President Donald Trump has said, the United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles. As President Trump said just a few days ago, we have many options for Venezuela. But the president also remains confident that working with all of our allies across Latin America, and across the wider world, that we can achieve a peaceable solution restoring democracy and ending the crisis facing the people of Venezuela.feedback

Juan Manuel Santos

The Latin American continent, every country in Latin America, would not favor any form of military intervention in Venezuela[…] but any democratic transition of the Venezuelan regime must be a peaceful one.feedback

Juan Manuel Santos

Since friends have to tell them the truth, I've told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn't even be considered. The Latin American continent, every country in Latin America, would not favor any form of military intervention and that is why we are saying we are intent on looking into other measures some of which are already underway and others to be implemented in the future. But a transition in the Venezuelan regime toward democracy must be a peaceful transition. It must be hopefully a democratic transition. And it must be done quickly.feedback

Juan Manuel Santos

As friends you have to tell each other the truth. I told Vice-President Pence that the possibility of a military intervention may not be considered.feedback

Mike Pence

The United States is not going to tolerate Venezuela collapsing into a dictatorship.feedback

Mike Pence

We're simply not going to tolerate seeing Venezuela collapse into dictatorship. A failed state knows no borders. As we see Venezuela collapse into dictatorship it becomes a hub, an even greater hub, for narcotics that are tearing apart families in our country. The president has made it very clear that as Venezuela collapses, it threatens the prosperity and security of the United States and all the nations in this hemisphere.feedback

Luis Alberto Rodriguez

He's doing Maduro a favor by reinforcing the nationalist position that the Gringos want to come and attack Venezuela. This has always been part of Maduro's rhetoric, and Chavez before him. And it has served them both well.feedback

Evo Morales

Now the world knows that those who were against Maduro were only looking for a military intervention from the empire.feedback

Mark Feierstein

For years he's been saying the U.S. is preparing an invasion, and everyone laughed. But now the claim has been validated. It's hard to imagine a more damaging thing for Trump to say.feedback

Ernesto Villegas

The diplomatic corps is summoned to the foreign ministry for tomorrow, when it will release a communiqué addressing the imperial threat to Venezuela.feedback

Francisco Toro

With a little creativity, the United States could make a major difference in Venezuela.feedback

Vicente Fox

In Latin America we don't want your war. Only an imbecile would wage war on his neighbour's land. Violence is not the answer.feedback

Carola Chavez

Now the threat of Trump activates Chavismo even more, just when we we have elections in two months.feedback

Jonathan Ernst

Congress obviously isn't authorizing war in Venezuela. Nicolas Maduro is a horrible human being, but Congress doesn't vote to spill Nebraskans' blood based on who the Executive lashes out at today.feedback

Minister Vladimir Padrino

It is an act of craziness. It is an act of supreme extremism. There is an extremist elite that rules the United States. As a soldier, I stand with the Venezuelan armed forces, and with the people. I am sure that we will all be on the front lines of defending the interests and sovereignty of this beloved Venezuela.feedback

H.R. McMaster

No, I don't. I don't think so. I think what's really required is for everyone to have one voice about the need to protect the rights and the safety of the Venezuelan people.feedback

Will Hutton

Authoritarian China is now an economic blueprint for Zuma and Maduro. Ten years ago this week, it became clear that the dread event – a run on one bank that will create a malevolent impact on others – was under way. A US investment bank had a few weeks earlier summarily closed some of its property-based hedge funds to stop a cascade of sellers; now a French bank was doing the same, as a panic about overblown property values infected confidence.feedback

Shannon K. O'Neil - Council on Foreign Relations

These are empty threats. And since they are empty threats, Maduro faces no new consequences by taking a tough stand, both rhetorically and against the opposition.feedback

Pedro Pablo Kuczynski - World Bank Group

We've opened the door to them. The only thing I can say is that there are a lot of people who are having a hard time in Venezuela ... and that will end one way or another.feedback

Gabriel Jesus

I scored a goal in that game against Venezuela and it was the first time that I celebrated with a gesture for my mother. My friends had helped me to come up with it as a tribute to her.feedback

Igor Sechin - Rosneft

Thank you for trusting us. Russia and Venezuela, together forever!feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people. By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the politics of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy.feedback

Alejandro Rebolledo

We know of no warrants out for our arrest, but officials had our pictures in airports around the country so that they could detain us if we left.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

I come to acknowledge your sovereign ... plenipotentiary powers to govern the fate of the republic ... As chief of state, I subordinate myself to the constitutional powers of this National Constituent Assembly.feedback

Miguel Angel Martin

I never imagined that they would have such an aggressive reaction, I think no one imagined it. The government has crossed the line between good and evil. All the rulings that the Supreme Court produces without our signature are invalid. For the transition in Venezuela, we already have a Supreme Court.feedback

Igor Sechin - Rosneft

This is a country with the world's hydrocarbon reserves. Any energy company should aim to work in this country ... No one could force us from there.feedback

Andrew Smith

These licences should never have been agreed in the first place, particularly not considering Venezuela is on the UK government's own countries of concern list for human rights and democracy.feedback

Eduardo Salazar Uribe - Euronews

Citizens form long queues every day to obtain products such as milk, pasta or rice … The Constituent Assembly President Delcy Rodriguez has said its members will face the economic crisis that in her judgment is being promoted from abroad.feedback

Julia Blunck

Reporters ask Jeremy Corbyn if he will condemn Nicolás Maduro. But the undemocratic abuses of Michel Temer aren’t flashy enough for the news cycle. Venezuela is the question on everyone’s lips. Rather, Venezuela is the question on reporters’ lips whenever they see Jeremy Corbyn: will he condemn the president, Nicolás Maduro? What is his position on Venezuela, and how does it affect his plans for Britain? The actual problems of Venezuela – a complex country with a long history that does not start with the previous president Hugo Chávez and certainly not with Jeremy Corbyn – are largely ignored or pushed aside. This is nothing new: most of the time, Latin America’s debates are seen through western lenses.feedback

Marco Rubio

I support the president sanctioning these corrupt Maduro regime officials. The time has now come for the president to act on his promise to impose significant economic sanctions on the illegitimate Maduro dictatorship.feedback

Reggie Thompson - Strategic Forecasting

The lower you get in the ranks, the more likely the crisis will impact the lives of these people's families.feedback

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

These violations have occurred amid the breakdown of the rule of law in Venezuela, with constant attacks by the Government against the National Assembly and the Attorney-General's Office. The responsibility for the human rights violations we are recording lies at the highest levels of Government.feedback

Luis Vicente Leon

As the government radicalizes, these groups will tend to grow and the future could be full of conflict.feedback

Monica de Bolle - Peterson Institute for International Economics

Venezuela has entered a new phase of instability. There are segments of the military that do not like the way the Maduro regime has handled things.feedback

Jesus Farias

We have to deal with some obstacles. One of the problems that we have to solve is the relationship between the National Assembly and the Constituent Assembly.feedback

Ravina Shamdasani - United Nations

We are concerned that the situation in Venezuela is escalating and these human rights violations show no signs of abating so we are worried about the direction in which it is heading. Responsibility for human rights violations we are reporting lies at the highest level of government.feedback

Stalin Gonzalez

This government invades the spaces that it is not capable of legitimately winning.feedback

Kelly Garcia

My husband didn't have an arrest warrant. He hasn't appeared before a court. There aren't records of him being held. He's practically abducted.feedback

Stuart Culverhouse - Exotix

The significance [of wheter or not Venezuela fights a civil war] lies in whether this suggests that Maduro is losing his grip on the military and whether we can expect to see more mutinies to come, or if this is just an isolated incident. Maintaining the support of the military is a key factor in Maduro's survival, and many in the military will have a vested interest in ensuring (his) survival.feedback

Raúl Salazar

Their families, their friends, their acquaintances, everyone is suffering and they begin to ask themselves if it's getting better or worse. Everyone has the same voice that talks to them each day, and that is their conscience.feedback

Cliver Alcala

They speak of resistance, now they think that the model is to use arms.feedback

Javier Nieto Quintero

The only thing we should be negotiating is what jail Maduro will be in.feedback

Cliver Alcala

They would have needed someone inside the unit with the key. There are so many personnel problems within the armed forces, so many problems with morale.feedback

John Polga-Hecimovich

Maduro has made sure to give many rewards to senior military officers in exchange for loyalty. While he is completely dependent on them to stay in power, they have much to lose if he is gone.feedback

Jeremy Corbyn

But we also have to recognise that there have been effective and serious attempts at reducing poverty in Venezuela, improving literacy and improving the lives of many of the poorest people. I gave the support of many people around the world for the principle of a government that was dedicated towards reducing inequality and improving the life chances of the poorest people. What's happened is the oil price has fallen obviously and the economy was overdependent on oil. And I make it very clear I think there should've been greater diversity at a time when there was a very high oil price.feedback

Juan Caguaripano

The objectives were achieved satisfactorily in coalition with comrades of different components of the armed forces. This is a civic and military action to re-establish the constitutional order. But, more than that, it is to save the country from total destruction. We demand the immediate formation of a transition government.feedback

Henrique Capriles

We do not believe that the whole military family is what the military leadership says because all Venezuelans today, the vast majority of Venezuelans are facing the same problems.feedback

Julio Borges

These 130 days of struggle have not been in vain. Don't be demoralized. Don't think the government is winning: What the government is doing is destroying itself.feedback

Liz McInnes

In particular, we urge the government of Venezuela to recognise its responsibilities to protect human rights, free speech and the rule of law. If he [Maduro] believes those concerns are misplaced, it is up to him to prove them wrong, not through his words, but through his deeds.feedback

Esther Schor

Her poem was a prophecy. It isn't legislation. But it is an ideal.feedback

Ivan Briscoe - The International Crisis Group

It's very hard to create critical mass without being found out,'. In an era of instant digital communications, authorities can be alerted to the risk of destabilization very quickly.feedback

Mary Anastasia O’Grady

Castro is calling the shots in Caracas. Sanctions have to be aimed at him.feedback

Hebert Garcia Plaza

Many would rather trust the devil they know then the one they don't.feedback

Giomar Flores

The armed forces today are like a snake, whose head is the top command that sadly is subordinated to the regime. If you cut off the head, you'll find us the troops.feedback

Hebert Garcia Plaza

There's lots of unease, but they can't provoke a political change without a clear horizon of what comes after Maduro.feedback

Juan Caguaripano

The time has passed for secret pacts and deals between tyrants and traitors.feedback

Raquel Rodriguez

The constituent assembly is love, peace and loyalty. A lot of people have not been loyal to this (movement), but everyone here has.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Today we begin to write the history of the heroic Venezuela of liberty and peace.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Let there be no provocations, nor should people fall into provocations.feedback

Delcy Rodriguez

This national constituent assembly, convened by President Nicolas Maduro, is hereby formally inaugurated.feedback

Heather Nauert

The United States considers the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly the illegitimate product of a flawed process designed by the Maduro dictatorship to further its assault on democracy. The balloting itself was further designed to fill the national constituent assembly with Maduro loyalists. In a country suffering from malnutrition, the regime threatened that those who did not vote would lose access to food, pension, or employment benefits. Finally, the election lacked credible international observation.feedback

Luis Videgaray

You're the coward, for using the power of the government to dismantle democracy and attack your own people.feedback

Julio Borges

We will go out and take the streets to fight for freedom. We will not stop until we achieve it.feedback

Mitzy Capriles de Ledezma

We thank the people of Venezuela and the international community for their concern and solidarity.feedback

Ken Livingstone

He allowed them to live, to carry on. I suspect a lot of them are using their power and control over imports and exports to make it difficult and to undermine Maduro.feedback

Luisa Ortega

We are in the face of a grave and unprecedented action that could constitute a crime.feedback

Ken Livingstone

He didn't kill all the oligarchs, there were about 200 families who controlled around 80% of the wealth of Venezuela. He allowed them to live and to carry on, and I suspect that a lot of them are using their power and their control over imports and exports, medicines and food and making it difficult to undermine Maduro. I've never seen Jeremy support a dictator, he's a democrat.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

The stupid president of Smartmatic pressurised by the gringos and the British said there were over seven million voters. I believe there were more than 10 million Venezuelans who came out onto the streets and more than 8 (million) voted. The rest had to face the barricades.feedback

Diosdado Cabello

There is no possibility that the opposition will govern this country.feedback

Oscar Guardiola-Rivera

There’s a reason the rightwing opposition boycotted Sunday’s election and calls for street protests – it can’t mount a credible bid for government. The mainstream narrative on Venezuela goes something like this: the Caribbean nation exemplifies what happens when a majoritarian civil opposition falls victim to violent repression by an authoritarian government at the helm of a pointless “revolution from above”. But if the results of Sunday’s Venezuelan constitutional assembly’s election are true, the theory is now untenable.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

That stupid guy, the president of Smartmatic, pressured to the neck by the gringos and the Brits, said there were 7.5 million [voters]. I think there were 10 million Venezuelans who went out.feedback

Ken Livingstone

When I was in Venezuela, I advised their minister of finance … he ignored my advice. I advised him to start massive investment in infrastructure to stop the economy's dependence on oil, and he didn't do that – and I think that's one of their problems.feedback

Chris Williamson - Markit

Clearly they've made mistakes, they didn't do enough to diversify the economy. But look, they're under incredible pressure and there's a very one-sided, one-eyed view of the situation there very often in the British media. Clearly it can't be right, can it, that in a situation where there is a massive crisis in Venezuela at the moment to impose sanctions on the country.feedback

Ken Livingstone

People are trying to overthrow the government, you have armed opposition killing people. You've got a blockade of food and medicine. If there was any evidence that Maduro wants to impose a one-party state I would immediately oppose that.feedback

Andrés Izarra

Company which supports Venezuelan electoral system confirms that election was manipulated by at least a million votes.feedback

Luis Rondon

For the first time since I took up this commitment to the country, I cannot guarantee the consistency or veracity of the results offered.feedback

Julio Borges

They want to give total power to an assembly who people with more than 10 years managing the electoral process in Venezuela say with all certainty, irreversibly, with hard data from their own servers, that the announced result was crooked.feedback

Antonio Mugica

Based on the robustness of our system, we know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated. We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities was at least 1 million.feedback

Antonio Mugica

It is with the deepest regret that we have to report that the turnout numbers on Sunday 30th July for the Constituent Assembly in Venezuela were tampered with. We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least 1 million votes.feedback

Antonio Mugica

An audit would allow everyone to know the exact participation. We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by the authorities is at least one million votes. It is important to point out that this would not have occurred if the auditors of all political parties had been present at every stage of the election.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

Impose all the sanctions you want! The Venezuelan people have decided to be free, and I've decided to be the president of a free people.feedback

Tamara Taraciuk Broner - Human Rights Watch

He's clinging onto power at whatever cost, undermining every existing check and balance of a democratic system.feedback

Tamara Taraciuk Broner - Human Rights Watch

While Chavez was a very charismatic leader who was able to maintain cohesion among different groups within the government structure, Maduro doesn't have that ability, and he also doesn't have the money that Chavez had because the price of oil has plummeted. He doesn't have the funds to sustain all the social programs that Chavez had.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

We going to see if it also passes the test to become viral.feedback

Tamara Taraciuk Broner - Human Rights Watch

They deny they are facing a crisis, which is absolutely evident if you walk down the streets in any city or town in Venezuela. By doing so, they are not allowing sufficient international humanitarian aid into the country.feedback

Dany Bahar

He destroyed the economy. This is a small group of people who mismanaged the country and brought it to this crisis, and they don't even acknowledge that there is a crisis.feedback

William Jackson - Capital Economics

They left open the option of increasing the sanctions, either halting oil imports from Venezuela or halting the export of refined oil products back to Venezuela, either of which could harm the economy.feedback

Donald J. Trump

The United States condemns the actions of the Maduro dictatorship. Mr Lopez and Mr Ledezma are political prisoners being held illegally by the regime. This action is further evidence of the Maduro regime's authoritarianism. The United States holds Maduro – who publicly announced just hours earlier that he would move against his political opposition – personally responsible for the health and safety of Mr Lopez, Mr Ledezma and any others seized.feedback

Ben Cardin

Our objective needs to be to help the people of Venezuela through this extremely dangerous humanitarian crisis ... and ultimately to get Venezuela back on a democratic path.feedback

Tibisay Lucena

A company located outside the country does not guarantee the transparency and credibility of the Venezuelan electoral system.feedback

Federica Mogherini - European Union

The effective installation of the constituent assembly should be suspended and the attributions of all institutions foreseen by the constitution should be explicitly recognised. The European Union and its member states are ready to gradually step up their response in case democratic principles are further undermined and the Venezuelan constitution is not respected.feedback

Trevor Noah

Of course, because this is Hollywood, there will be big changes to the Olympics. For example, the entire Chinese Olympic team will be played by white actors.feedback

Asa Cusack

I, like other progressives, was so inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that I overlooked Chavismo’s abuses. But wilful blindness is no longer an option• Asa Cusack is managing editor of the LSE Latin America and Caribbean blog.feedback

Antonio Mugica

Based on the robustness of our system, we know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated. We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities is at least one million votes. This protocol has been followed in all Venezuelan elections since 2004, except for the elections last Sunday, because the opposition didn't participate.feedback

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