Letter to the editor of The Canberra Times re: Venezuela

The Venezuelan government’s response to what started as student protests has been nothing short of criminal. These thugs are shooting and throwing tear gas directly at people’s homes. They backup their motorcycle militias with tanks terrorising residential areas in every city in the country. The Venezuelan government is a family of gangsters defending their lucrative oil business at all cost.
 
In a country with 56% inflation, rampant crime (one of the highest murder rates in the world), chronic shortages of basic goods and no free media; there are plenty of reasons to protest.
 
While all this is happening; Venezuelan diplomats in Canberra enjoy an extended Aussie holiday.
 
I urge the Australian Government to officially condemn the use of military force against civilians in Venezuela. Australia cannot be a silent accomplice to flagrant human rights violations. Furthermore, I ask for all representatives of the illegitimate and criminal government of Venezuela to be expelled from Australia. Canberra is no place for crooks. 
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