Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said the Venezuelan government must take the blame for at least 10 deaths related to a controversial election.
“This is the responsibility of the president of the republic, the high command, and the ministers,” Cardinal Urosa told the Caracas newspaper El Nacional on 31st July. “They will have to explain this to God” and the courts.
Some Venezuelans went to the polls on 30th July to elect members of a Constituent Assembly, a 545-member body charged with drafting a new constitution for the country.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered on the vote on 1st May, but political opposition and Church leaders have questioned the process, which they say overrepresented pro-government sectors, ensuring a government victory. They have warned that the new constitution could establish a one-party state. The opposition boycotted the vote and instead called on its supporters to take to the streets in protest.
“The bishops are unanimous in their rejection of this new assembly, and we are asking the government to reconsider,” Cardinal Urosa told Venezuela news station Globovision the day before the vote.
Picture: Demonstrators clash with riot security forces while rallying against Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas on 28th July. Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said the nation’s government must take the blame for at least 10 deaths related to a controversial election. (CNS photo/Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Reuters).