Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to Dominica, Hayden Ovando Pirela has said that the situation in Venezuela is not as bad as the media is reporting.
Media reports have indicated that the South American country is running out of just about everything; food, medicine, toilet paper and other basic needs.
Ambassador Pirela also took aim at the opposition leader Lennox Linton who recently called on the DLP Government to give EC$1 Million to Venezuela to assist them in their time of need and called on the public to donate food to the Venezuelan Ambassador for the country.
The ambassador, who spoke through an interpreter, held a press conference at the Venezuelan Embassy in Roseau on Tuesday to comment on matters taking place in his country.
He said there is no hunger situation in Venezuela and it is a “very clear manipulation of that man” (Linton).
“If people bring the food we will take it and we will go to the poor sectors in Dominica to give it to the people,” he remarked. “We are not in a hunger situation. My children are in Venezuela, my grandchildren, my brothers…my family live a normal and ordinary life in Venezuela.”
Just over the weekend, at least two large international airlines said they will suspend service to Venezuela in the coming months due to the economic crisis.
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