Uruguay President Tabare Vazquez met with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, and Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega on Tuesday in order to coordinate a united stance to encourage freedom of press and political freedom in Venezuela.
Maduro and Ortega sent statements on social media to express solidarity with the families of the two Venezuelans murdered in Colombia over the weekend.
“The murders are a brutal crime. They will be investigated and, if we have any intelligence that they are perpetrators of these crimes, they will be prosecuted,” Maduro said in a message to Ortega.
Vazquez said the armed forces in Uruguay will not allow itself to be manipulated by a “particular group of authorities” in Venezuela. “No nation that wants international respect can stand silent while the violence of a loved-one’s death explodes upon its people,” he said in the statement.
“No ruler is worth more than his people.”
In the statement the Uruguayan leader said that his country “strongly condemns” the actions of the Colombian Armed Forces that are against the families of the two Venezuelans.
Venezuela and Colombia “are friends who are able to respect each other,” Vazquez said, adding that both countries have seen many hardships in recent times.
“Venezuela and Colombia are two countries suffering from the advance of globalized capitalism, which has generated inequalities. International capitalist forces are seeking to tame this land, but if they do it will be impossible without the land’s resistance,” Vazquez said in the statement.