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Venezuelan attorney general accuses U.S. of funding anti-government protests

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Venezuela's Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz accused the U.S. government of financing anti-government demonstrations that have turned violent, she claimed during a press briefing on Friday.

"[The right-wing protesters] asked for money, and undoubtedly it's to finance these violent actions that have been taking place in my [country]," Attorney General Diaz said during a United Nations press conference at the group's Human Rights Council facility in Geneva, Switzerland.

Last week, members of the U.S. Senate discussed putting together an aid package for Venezuela's proponents of democracy. Several proposals are being considered including $15 million for organizations seeking to protect civil liberties and to create media outlets as an alternative to that nation's government-controlled news outlets.

In addition, Attorney General Ortega blasted the U.S. for its propensity for "policing the world," following bipartisan bills in Congress which if passed and signed by President Barack Obama would impose sanctions on Venezuela's government for its oppressive and violent treatment of protesters.

"Who [gave the Americans] the authority to sanction countries?" Ortega rhetorically asked during the U.N. press conference.

Since their start on Feb. 12, 2014, anti-government protests in Venezuela's capital city of Caracas, as well as other cities in that South American socialist nation, police officers responding to the protests have allegedly killed close to 30 demonstrators and injured well over 350, according to the Venezuela Analysis.



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