The Organization of Political Persecuted Venezuelans in Exile (Veppex) described today as "accomplices" the declarations of the ex-president of the Spanish Government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero in which he blames the "intensification" of the Venezuelan exodus to the economic sanctions imposed by the United States.

"Zapatero demonstrates his complicity with the dictatorship that prevails in Venezuela, by lying and trying to deliberately manipulate international public opinion," said Jose Antonio Colina, president of Veppex, based in Miami.

The opponent told Efe that it has been "disastrous for the Venezuelan society that wants a change" the participation of Rodríguez Zapatero as mediator in the Venezuelan crisis "because he has used dialogue and negotiation, which has benefited the regime of Nicolás Maduro and not the citizens. "

Colina also blamed Rodríguez Zapatero for the Venezuelan exodus by "supporting a dictatorship and being an ally of a regime" that has forced Venezuelans to emigrate.

For Colina, the exodus must be blamed for "the criminal gang that has turned Venezuela into a failed stadium and threatens the stability of the region" and not the countries that have imposed sanctions "on corrupt, drug traffickers and violators of human rights".

Rodríguez Zapatero pointed out that the citizens, the people, and not the government, are those who end up paying when there are "economic sanctions that produce a financial blockade."

"This should lead to some reflection," added Rodríguez Zapatero.

The UN calculates that, until June of this year, at least 2.3 million Venezuelans have left their country because of the political, social and economic crisis that Venezuela is going through and have mainly addressed Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil.


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