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The refusal of OAS to address the political crisis in Brazil contrasts with its aggressive stance toward Venezuela.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez criticized the Organization of American States for failing to address the volatile situation in Brazil where protesters outraged over the mounting corruption scandal implicating President Michel Temer were met with military violence and repression this week, while repeatedly calling for intervention in Venezuela.

“The immorality of the Organization of American States (OAS) and their Secretary General, Luis Almagro, have kept silent regarding the repression in Brazil,” Rodriguez said on her Twitter account.

She went on in another tweet to point out the hypocrisy of the government officials in the OAS who pushed for aggression against Venezuela’s sovereignty, but “today say that the situation in [Brazil] cannot be addressed.”

With the exception of Ecuador, who brought Brazil forward as an agenda item, participating governments in the OAS refused to speak of the ongoing political crisis in Brazil, with ambassadors arguing that the crisis was a sovereign, internal matter which should not be debated by the OAS Permanent Council.

The decision to abstain from discussing the scandal-ridden President Temer, who has refused to step down amid  protests and calls for his resignation, and engaged in military repression tactics, sharply contrasts with the aggression waged by those same OAS member states against the democratically elected government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

While Maduro has called for a constituent assembly and the country’s electoral board has called for regional elections in December, Temer has taken no democratic measures to help quell the growing unrest in Brazil.

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On Wednesday, Brazil’s military police killed 10 campesinos on the Santa Lucia farm in the state of Para. That same day, security forces violently cracked down on protesters demanding immediate free, democratic elections, injuring 49 people.

Temer is an unelected presidentwho only assumed power after a parliamentary coup against Workers Party President Dilma Rousseff last year. His unpopular governance has been characterized by austerity measures, pension cuts, reduction of workers rights, and most recently, getting caught on tape approving bribes.

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