TAS "harassment" denounced by the chain to its correspondents, the President received them in Miraflores. There, he denied the persecution of the press, redoubled attacks on the opposition and asked to establish a new relationship with the United States
For mature, Venezuela does not live a desperate situation
The international press is welcome in Venezuela,"said President Nicolas Maduro in an interview with the CNN chain issued Friday. The chain was the target of attacks from the Government, and "harassment" its journalists, according to their own complaints. Even the President had threatened to expel the channel and revoked the licenses of their correspondents for a time during the coverage of the political crisis shaking the country.
"We have always guaranteed freedom of expression. We have fifteen years of democratic, constitutional and peaceful revolution,"Maduro said in the interview with journalist Christiane Amanpour.
In the case of CNN journalists in Spanish, whose credentials were revoked last February 21, Maduro said that "it is a different case".
"I think that the paper who have served, who met two weeks ago in Venezuela was very harmful and dangerous, because they promoted a foreign intervention in our country," he said.
"I made a warning public as part of the democratic debate, and I think they changed, they changed partially, they rectified and welcome that change," he added.
As regards allegations of assault journalists in Venezuela, Maduro said he knows only the case of two foreign correspondents, who did not identify, harassed by "groups of the extreme right in a sector of middle-class".
"That information was not transmitted by the press due to the ongoing campaign to show Venezuela as a country into violence and chaos, in which the foreign press is attacked," he added.
The relationship with the United States
Regarding the diplomatic situation, the President said seeking "respect" for his country and dialogue with the United States, despite differences in the past weeks, in which also appointed a new Ambassador to the White House.
"I have sent many messages; We want a new kind of relationship based on respect, recognition of what we are,"he said.
"My message is respect, dialogue, the overcoming of the visions that we have about our country. Precisely, made the decision to appoint a new Ambassador to United States,"said Maduro, a vacancy from 2010 when both countries expelled their respective ambassadors.
Mature appointed a few days ago a new Ambassador to the White House, Max Arveláiz, "a great diplomat who knows the world and United States", in which said "trusting" and that "it will be very useful" establishing new relationships.
In the last year all attempts to mend their relationships failed. However, the United States is the main buyer of Venezuelan oil.
Maduro also said that relations with the United States "are very good. Our relations with workers, artists and intellectuals"but considers that there is a"powerful elite"who wants to"economic control"of Latin America.
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"The American elite has a project: hegemony and control (but) there is a new reality in Latin America." We are trying to find new models"said Maduro, who warned that if they impose a right rather than the current Government there would be"chaos"and that"the Venezuelan people will never abandon the ideals that Chávez gave us".
"Do not come in a dead end in relation to Venezuela and Latin America. "Our message to all in power in United States is respect for Venezuela, respect America Latin, and we are going to establish new levels of relations", said.
The protests and the opposition
In the interview, Maduro accused a "minority" of the opposition of provoking violent protests and said that the United States Government would do the same to him if a group threatening to topple the Government of Barack Obama.
"What would happen in the United States if some group said he will set fire to the country so that President Obama will be, waive, to change the constitutional Government? Surely the State would react, I would use all the forces that gives the law to restore order,"he said.
According to the President, who has advanced this "violent" plan is a minority of the opposition which "has put in trouble the rest of opposition political leaders".
Maduro said that such opposition has the "brand" of participating in the coup d'etat against Chavez in 2002 and pointed out it is to that group specifically which considers "fascis