MÃ©rida, 6Â MayÂ 2013 (Venezuelanalysis.com) â€“ The Venezuelan government hit back at a series of what it describes as â€œfalse and â€œinterventionistâ€ statements made by U.S. President Barack Obama over the weekend.
During his visit to Mexico on 3 May, Obama questioned whether â€œbasic principles of human rights and democracy and freedom of press and freedom of assemblyâ€ were being observed in Venezuela.
â€œThere are reports that they have not been fully observed post-election,â€ he concluded.
Obama then cited Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Peru as examples that Venezuela should follow.
â€œI think our only interest at this point is making sure that the people of Venezuela are able to determine their own destiny free from the kinds of practices that the entire hemisphere generally has moved away from,â€ he said.
In his visit to Costa Rica last week, Obama also said, â€œI think our general view has been that itâ€™s up to the people of Venezuela to choose their leaders in legitimate electionsâ€.
In an interview with Univision, he also said that his administration continues to monitor the â€œviolence, the protests, the crackdowns on the oppositionâ€, but refused to say whether Washington would recognise the results of the 14 April elections.
On Saturday, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua read an official government communique, describing Obamaâ€™s comments as an â€œattackâ€ on the â€œlegitimate government of Venezuelaâ€.
In the televised statement, Jaua criticised Obama for ignoring Venezuelaâ€™s democratic processes.
â€œPresident Obama attacks the legitimate Venezuelan government, which was elected on 14 April through a transparent electoral process, whose results were recognised by electoral accompaniments coming from the whole continent and other countries of the world; including the Electoral Mission of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) as well as by all the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean and other continents.â€
Jaua then stated that Venezuelaâ€™s automated electoral system is subject to numerous audits â€œguaranteeingâ€¦the accuracy of the dataâ€.
â€œPresident Obama, please get informed. The National Electoral Council has overcome those terrible practices that used to violate the peopleâ€™s will, and that the U.S. supported in order to have governments that were obedient to its bidding.â€
He then criticised Obama for showing â€œdouble standardsâ€ by not condemning what he described as the â€œviolent record ofâ€¦[Venezuelan] opposition groupsâ€.
The statement also called on Obama to close â€œthe illegal prison of Guantanamoâ€, describing the controversial site as â€œone of the most shameful chapters of human historyâ€.
â€œYouâ€™ve gone against the promise you made in 2008 and 2012 to close this shameful place,â€ Jaua said.
In an interview with Telemundo, Obama also reiterated his support for Timothy Tracy, a 35 year old Californian currently detained by Venezuelan authorities under charges of espionage, conspiring to commit an offence, using a false document and being an accomplice in a criminal act.
Obama described the charges as â€œridiculousâ€.
On Sunday, Minister for Internal Affairs Miguel Rodriguez Torres told Venezuelan media that authorities are now convinced that Tracyâ€™s occupation as a film-maker was â€œa guiseâ€.
According to Torres, Venezuelan authorities have seized more than â€œ500 videotapesâ€ and other evidence including emails that allegedly show Tracy was involved in a conspiracy with â€œmembers of the far rightâ€¦to cause violent actions on the streets and create a climate of chaosâ€.
Tracyâ€™s family has maintained that he is innocent, according to Associated Press.
One of Tracyâ€™s associates, Aengus James, told AP that the film-maker â€œliterally has no political agenda. He is very sympathetic to all sides.â€
â€œHeâ€™s telling stories about people and what their life is like there [in Venezuela]â€.
Theâ€œbig boss of the devilsâ€
President Nicolas Maduro also weighed in over the weekend, criticising Obama for â€œfinancingâ€ the opposition and â€œseeking to destroy Venezuelaâ€™s democracyâ€.
However, he reiterated previous calls to â€œsit downâ€ with Obama, who he described as the â€œbig boss of the devilsâ€.
From: Global Research