Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gave a lengthy virtual speech to the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday, Sept. 24, and justified the unprecedented crisis in Venezuela as the result of U.S. policies and avoided mentioning the serious accusations he recently received about crimes against humanity. 

Due to the pandemic produced by the CCP Virus, the U.N. General Assembly was not held face-to-face as is usually done and the leaders of each country sent videos with their presentations. 

Such was also the case for Maduro, de facto president of Venezuela, who sent a speech that lasted twice as long as the allotted time and focused his message on blaming the United States for the terrible humanitarian situation that Venezuela has been suffering for years and that is getting worse and worse. With this video, Maduro returned to the world stage after almost a year without addressing the international community, involved in the conflicts and revolts experienced during the past year and part of it in Venezuela.

Referring to the United States, Maduro stated, “The world must know that we are prepared to fight with the force of our history, our spirit, reason, and international law.”

At no time did Maduro mention the recent report published by the U.N. Human Rights Council, the product of an extensive investigation, which denounces his government for horrific crimes including torture and murders allegedly perpetrated by the security forces. The techniques they used included electric shocks, genital mutilation, and asphyxiation.

A summary of the U.N. mission report states, “The Mission found that high-level State authorities held and exercised power and oversight over the security forces and intelligence agencies identified in the report as responsible for these violations. President Maduro and the Ministers of the Interior and of Defense were aware of the crimes. They gave orders, coordinated activities, and supplied resources in furtherance of the plans and policies under which the crimes were committed.”

The publication of the report is likely to increase social and international pressure on the Maduro government, which continues to run a country in ruins with unsustainable inflation, violent repression, and the exodus of millions of Venezuelans who have fled to neighboring countries to escape the crisis.

Faced with this situation, it is convenient for Maduro to perpetuate his illegitimate power, to make his followers believe that the crisis situation is due to supposed external factors (the United States), instead of assuming blame and thinking up new and better strategies.

President Trump in his fight against communism, officially ignores Maduro as the legitimate president, even in the month of March he presented charges of narco-terrorism against the left wing leader and several of his collaborators, offering a reward of up to $15 million.

At that time, the White House stated, The Venezuelan people deserve a transparent, responsible, representative government that serves the needs of the people—and that does not betray the trust of the people by condoning or employing public officials that engage in illicit narcotics trafficking. The United States is committed to helping the Venezuelan people restore their democracy through free and fair presidential elections that will provide them with honest and competent national leadership.The Department is offering a reward of up to $15 million for information related to Nicolás Maduro Moros.”

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