Canada Alarmed by Rising Violence in Venezuela

February 22, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is alarmed by the rising violence in Venezuela and increasing detentions, injuries and deaths during protests. Our deepest condolences go to the families of the victims.

“Peaceful protest is a fundamental right and a legitimate form of democratic expression. Today’s deaths are a needless tragedy. We urge restraint and attempts to calm, rather than fuel, the situation.

“Canada calls for the release of those detained and urges all parties to come together for peaceful dialogue. We also call for transparent investigations into all deaths and the reports of abuse by security forces.

“Open and meaningful dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and the opposition is crucial in the current polarized environment. Free access to information and communication is also a cornerstone of a healthy democracy.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Follow us on Twitter: @DFATDCanada