March 10, 2014
Venezuelan opposition should wait for next elections, CFK says, calls for 'respect of democracy'
In a rally at the BA province locality of Florencio Varela, President Fernández de Kirchner ratified Argentina’s “solidarity” with the Venezuelan people as the Caribbean country continues to be caught up in a wave of violent protests that have claimed the lives of 6 so far. “There is nothing more important than peace and democracy,” CFK stated.
“This is not only about Venezuela. We have said it when democracy in Bolivia, in Ecuador was in danger. We extend our supportive hand to the people of Venezuela. There is nothing more important than peace and democracy, the respect of popular will and life,” the head of state said in a message that seemed also aimed at the Venezuelan opposition whose leader Leopoldo López has publicly called for the “exit” of President Nicolás Maduro.
“If they did not get to win the elections this time, they should run in the next elections. But a region that has been declared a zone of peace can not be put up in the air,” Ms. Kirchner insisted and added that political demonstrations can take place “without violence.”
“Violence engenders only more violence. We must be tolerant. We can not stir up a fire that does not belong to this region, but that is fueled from other parts. Let’s not be stupid, peace is built with our words and actions.”