Citizen Action Monitor

Will Chrystia Freeland issue retraction and apology for false allegation against Maduro regime?

On February 23, Ministers Freeland and Bibeau issued a Statement that Maduro forces had “burned aid”.

No 2449 Posted by fw, March 11, 2019

“Troubling reports from today indicate that regime actors burned aid rather than allow its delivery to people in need in Venezuela. Canada is deeply concerned by the acts of violence allegedly perpetrated by the Maduro regime, designed to block the entry of relief items from neighbouring countries. Canada calls for these unacceptable attacks to be investigated and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. These attacks on civilians are simply unacceptable and a violation of basic humanitarian principles and human decency.”Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development

Above is an excerpt from a brief Statement issued by the two ministers on February 23, 2019. The full Statement is reposted below a copy of my letter calling for the ministers to issue a retraction and apology for their false allegation.

I give credit to Dimitri Lascaris for his March 10 piece on his website about the false allegation. I merely converted his brief story and converted it into a letter to the Ministers’ Press Secretaries.

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Here is a copy of my letter.

March 11, 2019

Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam.Austen@international.gc.ca

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development
343-203-5977
justine.lesage@international.gc.ca

Dear Adam Austen and Justine Lesage,

Contrary to the February 23 Statement issued by Chrystia Freeland and Marie-Claude Bibeau that the Maduro “regime actors burned aid rather than allow its delivery to people in need in Venezuela,” on February 24, investigative reporter Max Blumenthal published his report refuting the claims by US Sen. Marco Rubio and opposition coup leaders that the Venezuelan National Guard burned US aid trucks on the bridge in Colombia. All available evidence pointed in the opposite direction.

And on March 10, The New York Times finally got around to publishing an article and video acknowledging that the allegation against Maduro’s security forces for the aid truck burning was false.

Will Minister’s Freeland and Bibeau now issue a retraction and apology for their false allegations against the Maduro regime and for misleading Canadians? 

I look forward to a response to my question.

As well, will you please acknowledge receipt of my email.

Your truly,

Frank White, etc.

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And here is a repost of the Ministers’ Statement with its false allegation of aid burning against the Maduro regime. Alternatively, read the Statement on the website of Global Affairs Canada by clicking on the following linked title.

Canada calls for safe and unhindered humanitarian access to Venezuela From Global Affairs Canada, February 23, 2019.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, today issued the following statement:

“For the past two years, the world has watched with great concern as Venezuela, under Nicolás Maduro’s rule, has descended into dictatorship. With growing numbers of Venezuelans in desperate need of help and scores fleeing the country, the need for the Maduro regime to allow safe and unrestricted humanitarian access is becoming ever clearer.

“Experienced humanitarian partners are on the ground and are providing assistance in this complex environment, but their efforts are inhibited by the Maduro regime. Troubling reports from today indicate that regime actors burned aid rather than allow its delivery to people in need in Venezuela.

“Canada is deeply concerned by the acts of violence allegedly perpetrated by the Maduro regime, designed to block the entry of relief items from neighbouring countries. Canada calls for these unacceptable attacks to be investigated and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice. These attacks on civilians are simply unacceptable and a violation of basic humanitarian principles and human decency.

“Canada continues to call for safe and unrestricted access to allow for the provision of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable populations affected by this crisis.

“Canada stands in solidarity with the people of Venezuela and reaffirms their right to peace and democracy, and the full respect of their human rights.”

Contacts

Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Adam.Austen@international.gc.ca

Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development
343-203-5977
justine.lesage@international.gc.ca

 

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