WEF Davos: Venezuelan politician Juan Guaido says “We will take Venezuela back”

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CNN-Venezuela’s opposition leader and National Assembly President Juan Guaido is on a European tour to ask for the support of EU and US leaders to cut the funding of Nicolas Maduro and “illegal groups” loyal to him. In an interview with CNN’s Isa Soares, Guaido spoke about his goals for Davos 2020 and the future of Venezuela.

 

He told CNN, “We can and we will take Venezuela back. There is a huge potential for the region and the world to have Venezuela in a democracy.”

 

Guaido also spoke about what he plans to tell global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, “We’re here in Europe to put pressure [on Maduro], trying to show this gold is “blood gold”, so it stops financing these illegal groups, and mainly this parastate and the dictator Maduro, who controls the illegal groups, and part of the armed forces”.

 

He went on to explain the phrase “blood gold”, “Illegal gold, which should be known as blood gold. Because it finances terrorism, it displaces thousands of indigenous, kills the Amazon, currently the largest ecosystem on the planet, it poisons our rivers”, and noted that EU and US leaders were “on board” with his call for governments to stop purchasing gold from Venezuela.

 

Guaido compared the current crisis in Venezuela with Syria, Myanmar, South Sudan and Yemen, but noted, “The difference is that these countries have been in war. We didn’t see the bombs but we felt the pain.”

 

Asked if there are any hopes to resume dialogue with Maduro, Guaido said no. He accused Maduro’s regime of “killing that opportunity” by refusing to have “truly free presidential elections”.

Venezuela’s opposition leader and National Assembly President Juan Guaido is on a European tour to ask for the support of EU and US leaders to cut the funding of Nicolas Maduro and “illegal groups” loyal to him. In an interview with CNN’s Isa Soares, Guaido spoke about his goals for Davos 2020 and the future of Venezuela.

 

He told CNN, “We can and we will take Venezuela back. There is a huge potential for the region and the world to have Venezuela in a democracy.”

 

Guaido also spoke about what he plans to tell global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, “We’re here in Europe to put pressure [on Maduro], trying to show this gold is “blood gold”, so it stops financing these illegal groups, and mainly this parastate and the dictator Maduro, who controls the illegal groups, and part of the armed forces”.

 

He went on to explain the phrase “blood gold”, “Illegal gold, which should be known as blood gold. Because it finances terrorism, it displaces thousands of indigenous, kills the Amazon, currently the largest ecosystem on the planet, it poisons our rivers”, and noted that EU and US leaders were “on board” with his call for governments to stop purchasing gold from Venezuela.

 

Guaido compared the current crisis in Venezuela with Syria, Myanmar, South Sudan and Yemen, but noted, “The difference is that these countries have been in war. We didn’t see the bombs but we felt the pain.”

 

Asked if there are any hopes to resume dialogue with Maduro, Guaido said no. He accused Maduro’s regime of “killing that opportunity” by refusing to have “truly free presidential elections”.

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