BY GIRISH GUPTA
CARACAS, Venezuela — Venezuela’s new president, Nicolás Maduro, echoes his former boss in a continued tough stance toward the “imperialist” United States. But he is not getting the same reception that Hugo Chávez did.
Maduro’s government recently arrested a U.S. filmmaker doing a documentary on the recent elections on charges of “spying” for the United States. On state television, he called President Obama the “chief of devils” for suggesting Venezuela’s elections may not have been fair.
Some Latin American neighbors are not playing along.
Peruvian Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo called on the Union of South American Nations, of which his country is acting president, to issue a statement urging Maduro to exercise tolerance.
Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe says he is taking Maduro to the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights over “immature” accusations that Uribe plotted to assassinate Maduro.