Venezuelan expatriates in Argentina seek help from Pope Francis

Pope Francis Urged to Intervene in Venezuela’s Political Crisis by Argentine Diaspora Community

Venezuelans residing in Argentina have called on Pope Francis to intervene in the ongoing political crisis in their homeland, urging him to pressure dictator Nicolás Maduro to respect the human and constitutional rights of Venezuelans. In a letter addressed to the Vatican through the Jesuit Migrant Service, they expressed their concerns and appealed for the pope’s help in upholding democracy.

The letter highlighted the challenges faced by Venezuelans living abroad, particularly those residing in Argentina, in exercising their right to vote in upcoming presidential elections scheduled for July 28th. Despite being one of the largest groups of Venezuelan immigrants in the country, only a small percentage of them are able to cast their ballots at the Venezuelan consulate in Buenos Aires. Reports of pressure and persecution against opposition groups back home have intensified tensions surrounding these elections.

Determined to ensure that their voices are heard and their rights are respected, the Venezuelans took action by reaching out to Pope Francis for his intervention. They thanked him for his efforts thus far but urged him to increase pressure on Maduro’s government to fulfill electoral commitments and recognize the rights of Venezuela’s citizens both at home and abroad.

This appeal is not only a call for justice but also an example of solidarity among diaspora communities who remain committed to fighting for democracy and human rights despite facing numerous obstacles. The actions taken by these Venezuelans demonstrate that even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges, it is possible to make a difference through collective action and determination.

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