Canadian Embassy In Venezuela Shut Down

Operations are temporarily suspended, though the shutdown could last for a long time.

Canada’s embassy in Venezuela has been shut down.

The government says it is a result of the Nicolas Maduro regime’s increasingly crackdown on diplomats.

“As Venezuela slides deeper into dictatorship, and as Venezuelans continue to suffer at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime, the regime has taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function in Venezuela, particularly those advocating for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela,” said Chrystia Freeland.

“We are also evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats appointed by the Maduro regime to Canada,” she added.

The US pulled their diplomatic staff from the embassy about two months ago.

Maduro is among the least popular leaders in the world, with an approval rating that rarely even reaches 20%. The head of the National Assembly – the last remaining bastion of Venezuela’s system that was chosen in a democratic election – Juan Guaido, is seen by many countries as the legitimate President of Venezuela.

However, the military has not rallied around Guaido, and as a result Maduro and the socialists remain in power, despite the near total collapse of Venezuela’s economy.

The country is a total disaster, with kidnappings, murders, starvation, shortages (even of basic things like toilet paper) surging – another example of how socialism always fails:

Below, you can view Chrystia Freeland’s full statement:

“As Venezuela slides deeper into dictatorship, and as Venezuelans continue to suffer at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime, the regime has taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function in Venezuela, particularly those advocating for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.

“Unfortunately, at the end of this month, Canadian diplomats in Venezuela will no longer be in a position to obtain diplomatic accreditation under the Maduro regime, and their visas will expire. Therefore, we are left with no choice but to temporarily suspend our operations at the Embassy of Canada to Venezuela, effective immediately.

“We are also evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats appointed by the Maduro regime to Canada.

“Notwithstanding this temporary suspension, Canada, together with its partners in the Lima Group and the international community, will continue to stand up for the rights of the Venezuelan people and for a full return to democracy in Venezuela.

“Canada continues to provide consular assistance to Canadians in Venezuela through the Embassy of Canada to Colombia, in Bogotá. For several months, we have advised Canadians to avoid all travel to Venezuela.

“Canadians in need of consular assistance in Venezuela should send an email to [email protected] or contact the Embassy of Canada to Colombia, in Bogotá, at +57 (1) 657-9800. Canadians can also contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling collect +1 613 996 8885. For Travel Advice and Advisories for Venezuela, visit travel.gc.ca.”

 

Spencer Fernando

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