Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido on Wednesday defended foreign sanctions against his country 24 hours after he was attacked at the Caracas international airport by state airline employees shouting “fascist.”
Guaido returned on Tuesday from a three-week international tour that took him to the US, Canada, Colombia, and Europe. He was met by some angry Conviasa workers enraged that last Friday the US placed sanctions on the state airline company.
The US action criminalizing transactions with the flag carrier is the latest of many sanctions by Washington aimed at toppling leftist President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, particularly by cutting his government’s oil revenue.
One protester even appeared to douse Guaido with a fizzy drink.
But speaking to journalists after a legislative session held in a Caracas plaza, the National Assembly speaker defended the use of sanctions.
He said they are “the free world’s tools to confront regimes (that) violate human rights, torturers and murderers.”
He said the sanctions imposed on the top officials in Maduro’s government were an “effective” form of pressure.