The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, on Thursday, condemned the killing in Venezuela of the Secretary General of Acción Democrática Guarico, Juan Manuel Diaz, and called for an immediate end to the violence in the country.
“The violent death of any person is a heinous act that we cannot accept. The killing of a political activist, moreover, leaves us all more vulnerable, and signals that we are all real victims, not just potential victims,” Almagro said.
He emphasized that the killing of a political leader is a deadly wound to democracy and a succession of violent acts in an electoral process can be a mortal blow to nearly any kind of democracy.
The incident is not an isolated episode, but one that occurred in conjunction with other attacks against other opposition political leaders in a strategy to intimidate the opposition.