Two military sides in support of the government of President Nicolás Maduro and the president of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, are approaching a confrontation in Caracas.
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Several tens of thousands of people participated on Sunday in the Italian city of Verona (northeast) in the Protest of Families to close a world congress organized by ultraconservative, anti-abortion militants and defenders of a traditional family model. Participants in this colorful march, from all over Italy by train or bus, carried balloons and banners in pink and blue with slogans such as “God, family, homeland” or “Yes to life, No to abortion,” not. Before the beginning of the protest, at midday, they heard the final message from the organizers of the 13th World Congress of Families: “The family of fundamental pillars of our society should be at the center of government policies”.
The peaceful demonstration took place after another Saturday demonstration in Verona summoned between 20,000 and 30,000 women from all over Europe to denounce the thesis defended by the participants and considered “retrograde and discriminatory” by the participants.
The Congress also highlighted the deep divisions that exist over civil rights within the ruling majority in Italy formed by the League (far right), Vice President Matteo Salvini, and the 5 Star Movement of Luigi Di Maio.
Invited to the congress, Salvini reaffirmed his support for the families “made up of a father and a mother” while rejecting some positions of the congressmen who oppose the repeal of the law that legalizes abortion in Italy (approved in 1978) and against civil unions between same-sex couples (in force since 2016). “We do not touch the law 194 (…) There is no debate about abortion or marriage, everyone makes love with who they want and they eat with whom they want,” he said Saturday to Salvini, who strongly opposes adoption by couples homosexuals (not contemplated by law, but regularly admitted by jurisprudence.
The Colombian government affirmed on Tuesday that the deployment or the military incursion in favor of the Nicolás Maduro regime is a threat to peace, security and stability in the region. The dangerous military act in support of Venezuela.
Colombia reiterates that any deployment or military incursion in support of the Nicolás Maduro regime jeopardizes the democratic transition and constitutional normalization in Venezuela, and constitutes a threat to peace, security and stability in the region,” said the foreign minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo.
The foreign minister responded to an information in the newspaper El Tiempo according to which the Russian ambassador in Colombia, Sergei Koshkin, sent a letter to Congress warning the Andean country that a military incursion into Venezuela will be considered a threat to peace and the international security.
For his part, President Ivan Duque said this morning that his country “is not in the plan to attack any State” and added that Colombia, “is in its duty to defend the Inter-American Democratic Charter and to denounce the abuses with clarity and forcefully of the dictatorship of Venezuela .