FoxNews on February 25, 2014, reported that Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in the Senate he plans to propose sanctions the United States should impose against Venezuela in response to the attacks against anti-government protestors there.

Protests against the government and policies of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro have resulted in at least 12 fatalities and hundreds injured. The fatalities have been blamed on police forces acting on the orders of Maduro’s administration.

Rubio’s push for sanctions came during a nearly 15-minute speech on the Senate floor on February 24.

Rubio, whose family left Cuba and has been highly critical of the Castro regime…

Rubio said that the Castro regime has not only oppressed its people but also was behind other oppressive governments in Latin America, including Venezuela.

Rubio then turned to the violent protests in Venezuela and emphasized that the political unrest was happening in this hemisphere, but that it was being treated in the United States with a lack of urgency.

As Rubio went over his points, an aide showed large photos of Venezuelan protestors who have been jailed or killed in the last two weeks.

“This in and of itself deserves attention, what’s happening in Venezuela, in our own hemisphere,” Rubio said. “It is shameful that only three heads of state in this hemisphere have spoken out forcefully against what’s happening. It is shameful that many members of Congress who traveled to Venezuela and were friendly with [late President Hugo] Chávez, some even went to his funeral, sit by saying nothing while this is happening in our own hemisphere.”


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