The statements by Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva about the “narrative” built around the weakening of democracy in Venezuela have generated criticism from the United States and other leaders in the region. Uruguay and Chile have been firm in its stance of acknowledging the reality of the situation of the human rights in Venezuelarejecting the minimization of this problem.
In a controversial statement, the Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silvawas criticized for USA this Thursday due to his statements in which he stated that it has been built a “narrative” on the weakening of democracy in Venezuela. Juan González, White House senior advisor for Latin America, noted that while sanctions policies can be discussed and how to promote dialogue, it is important to identify situations as they are.
González highlighted the “courage” of the presidents of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, and of Chile, Gabriel Boric, for opposing the assertions of the Brazilian leftist president. According to González, both leaders have recalled “to the entire hemisphere that there are certain principles for which many in the region have died to defend”. The White House adviser emphasized that these principles cannot be seen as relative, but rather as absolute.
Lacalle Pou and his criticism of Lula’s words and Boric’s position
After the meeting between Lula and the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, during the regional summit held in Brazil, the Uruguayan president, Luis Lacalle Pou, expressed his disagreement with the statements of the Brazilian president. Lacalle Pou considers that the human rights situation in Venezuela is a “serious reality” that cannot be ignored.
Gabriel Boric, President of Chile, also spoke the day after the meeting to express his disagreement with Lula’s words. Boric affirmed that it cannot be “cover the sun with a finger” and recognized the serious situation of human rights in Venezuela.