Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has once again taken to blaming others for the mounting woes in the country. As the student protesters increase in size and influence, and as the violence from the protesting mounts Maduro has looked to the U.S. to blame for the situation.
On Sunday the left-leaning President said he was expelling three, yet to be identified, U.S. consular officials he believes are conspiring with the protesters to topple his government. There has been sporadic protesting against Venezuela’s growing crime rate and shattered economy over the last two weeks. The protests have intensified over the last five days and have resulted in at least three deaths and 60 people injured.
On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement of concern about the situation in Venezuela. He was especially concerned student protesters were being arrested and that an arrest warrant for opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez has been issued by the Maduro government.
Kerry reminded Venezuelan authorities that “Freedoms of expression and peaceful assembly are universal human rights.”