Greece Backs Bolivian Leader’s Call for Venezuela Dialogue

Bolivian President Evo Morales chats with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during a conference in Athens, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

ATHENS – Arm-in-am with Greek Prime Minister and Radical Left SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, the visiting President of Bolivia and leftist ally Evo Morales also backed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro despite widespread international criticism that country is being destroyed by despotic-like rule.

Greece was alone in the European Union in refusing to condemn Maduro, who was sanctioned by the United States amid charges of massive corruption, power blackouts, police killing protesters, food shortages and for refusing to allow in humanitarian aid.

Maduro is a favorite of Tsipras, who said he likes Venezuela’s model as a country and with SYRIZA officials praising what they called that country’s “Bolivarian democracy,” despite widespread reports of repression and a near-dictator-like state.

Morales compared Maduro to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and warned against any military intervention, which has been hinted by the US as one way to get out Maduro and force regime change.

“Are we returning to colonial times?” Evo Morales said in a speech in Athens, during a rare trip to Europe. “Like Juan Guaido … has he been recognized as the Viceroy of Latin America? I don’t understand that,” he said of the idea of a ruler exercising authority in a colony on behalf of a sovereign.

Bolivian President Evo Morales, center, and Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, take part in a conference in Athens, Thursday, March 14, 2019. Morales is in Greece on a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

“Any armed intervention won’t solve social, or political, problems,” Morales said of Venezuela, which has been battered by hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine. “I salute the resistance of the Venezuelan people, despite the economic blockade, the energy blackouts, the threats of intervention.”

Guaido, the leader of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress, is seeking to oust the Socialist Maduro, with whom Morales has maintained his alliance throughout the crisis, their ideologies in simpatico.

“History has taught that there have been many interventions from the outside, such as the case of Libya and Iraq, and they never offered a solution,” Morales said in translated comments after meeting Tsipras, said Reuters. “On the contrary it abolished democracy.”

“The only solution .. is dialogue, and that is what the European countries should support,” he said. “The opposition of Venezuela should sit at the same table with the official authorities of this country for dialogue and find a solution.”

(Material from the Associated Press was used in this report)

Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, speaks as Bolivia’s President Evo Morales listens during their press conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, left, speaks as Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras listens, during their press conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, shakes hands with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales after their press conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes Bolivia’s President Evo Morales at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, speaks with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales, left, speaks with Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras during their meeting at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes Bolivia’s President Evo Morales at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes Bolivia’s President Evo Morales at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. Bolivia’s left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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  1. Congratulations , Mr. Tsipras, still have some honor left, which represents the people of Venezuela who elected Maduro in May of 2018 by 67 % of the population which was monitored by international inspectors of the UN…and 150 international journalist!

    Former President Jimmy Carter publicly has stated., that Maduro and Venezuela run the most open and free election in North America”

    Mr. Tsipras..has rejected Ahepan Mason and felon Senator Robert Menendez to join fascist members of the U.S. government to starve the people of Venezuela with economic and military warfare to surrender their elected leader, and vast oil assets to the white supremacist aristocrats in the U.S and EU governments!

    While Ahepan Menendez and Israeli operative sell the public on another U.S false humanitarian intervention by shipping 20 million dollars in aid to Venezuela, while like mobsters, have confiscated and stolen 21 billion dollars of the people of Venezuela which deprives them of basic needs!

    UN report as follows:

    “I would also like to see the prosecutor of the International Court investigate to what extent the number of deaths related to the sanctions imposed by the US – amount to a violation of article 7of the Statute of Rome – it defines crimes against humanity.”

    Fascist Mike Pompeio responds.by threatening members of the International Criminal court with revoking their visas…and imposing economic sanction..if they probe Israeli and U.S war crimes!

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