Condemning attempted assassination of Venezuelan President

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to unequivocally condemn the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. This is clearly intended to further destabilise the serious situation existing in Venezuela.Such an attempt is intended to achieve political ends by murder. It is possibly the intentions of the intellectual authors of this crime to seize power by force and/or to push the country to civil war.For too long, Latin America has suffered from coups, assassinations, and military style dictatorships. The history of the region demonstrates that such situations lead to social, economic and political degeneration, in which ordinary working people are the most injured.The history and events of other regions tell the same tale. Just a casual glance at the Middle East, Iraq, Libya, Syria and others confirms the universality of such diabolical acts.As a neighbour of Venezuela, I encourage all the social and political forces in Guyana to raise their voices in condemnation of this attempted assassination of that country’s president. Guyana will not be unaffected by such undemocratic and murderous acts.I therefore call on all legitimate Venezuelan forces to engage in meaningful dialogue to arrive at acceptable decisions.Once more, I wish to reiterate my own opposition to political assassination as a form of legitimate struggle.Finally, I wish to extend best wishes for a peaceful solution to all the people of Venezuela fighting for social and economic progress.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Guyana Presidentlast_img read more

‘Scapegoat’ Ozil should quit German team- father

first_img0Shares0000Mesut Ozil’s father said he believed his son had agreed to have a photograph taken with the Turkish president only out of “politeness” and that it was never meant to be a political statement © TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE/AFP / KAYHAN OZERBERLIN, Germany, Jul 8 – The father of Mesut Ozil said Sunday his son should quit Germany’s national squad after he was “made the scapegoat” for Die Mannschaft’s shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.Ozil, 29, has come in for hefty criticism in Germany after the World Champions crashed out in Russia, finishing bottom of their group. Pressure had already been mounting on the Arsenal midfielder in the World Cup run-up over a controversial photograph with Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that was seized on to question his loyalty to Germany.On Thursday, Germany’s team boss Oliver Bierhoff sparked a new round of outcry over a statement suggesting Ozil, who has Turkish roots, should have been dropped after his failure to publicly clear up the Erdogan meeting.“This statement is insolent. In my opinion, it is aimed at saving one’s own skin,” said the mid-fielder’s father Mustafa Ozil in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.Bierhoff later backtracked, apologising that he “was wrong”.Ozil senior said he believed his son had agreed to have a photograph taken with Erdogan only out of “politeness” and that it was never meant to be a political statement.He also defended Ozil for not having spoken out to clarify his position.“He no longer wants to explain himself, he no longer wants to have to defend himself all the time. He has been playing for nine years in the German team… including becoming world champions with the A-team.“He has contributed a lot for this country. It has always been: if we win, we win together.“But when we lose, we lose because of Ozil? He is now getting whistled at and made a scapegoat. I can understand if he feels insulted,” said the midfielder’s father.Calling the treatment accorded to his son “so unfair”, Ozil senior said “he needs to decide for himself. But if I were in his place, I’d say – thanks a lot but that’s it!”“The hurt has grown too strong. And who knows what’ll happen at the next match. In Mesut’s place, I would step down. But that’s just my very personal opinion,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more