Alwaght- Bolivian President Evo Morales on Thursday said the current protests in Venezuela are part of a US plan to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro and loot the country's oil.
He further slammed ongoing right-wing opposition protests in Venezuela, claiming they serve the interests of multinational elites looking to privatize the country’s oil resources.
“The plan of the empire is to overthrow the constitutional president elected by Venezuela ... as a warning to anti-imperialist governments,” Morales said.
Morales also said foreign and domestic attacks against President Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution are intended to send a threatening message to anti-imperialist governments around the world.
“Any internal conspiracy or external intervention is intended to steal Venezuelan oil.”
For weeks, opposition demonstrators have held violent protests in several cities across the country, calling for regime change and international intervention. The protesters, backed by the U.S. government and the Organization of American States, OAS, have also supported calls for privatizing Venezuela’s publicly-run Petroleum of Venezuela, PDVSA, oil and Natural Gas Company.
Venezuela's Minister of Interior said recent attacks against civilians and police were planned by the opposition after three people were killed on Wednesday.