The head of the Organization of American States on Saturday said he would step down from his post in exchange for a laundry list of reforms in Venezuela that he said would bring “freedom” to the embattled South American nation.
In a video posted on Twitter and the OAS website, Secretary General Luis Almagro continued his harsh denunciation of the socialist country and said international silence on the issue was dangerous.
“Silence allowed the rise of Hitler and the genocide in Rwanda,” he said.
The message comes as months of anti-government protests in Venezuela have left at least 75 dead. Most of those fatalities have come as protesters have clashed with security forces.
“I know that Venezuelans protesting with dignity on the streets is a nightmare for the regime that oppresses them and for those in the international community who prefer ‘peace’ brought by intimidation and the violation of the rights of the people,” he said. …