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Statement by Governor Mitt Romney on Venezuela's Independence Day

July 05, 2007


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Boston, MA – Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement today regarding Venezuela's Independence Day:

"On the 196th anniversary of Venezuela's independence, we honor the contributions of the thousands of Venezuelan-Americans who have enriched our nation with their talents and energy.

"These are troubling times in Venezuela, as Hugo Chavez continues his methodical assault on democratic institutions and his people's freedom. I am particularly troubled by the government's hostility towards a free press and recent actions to take Radio Caracas Television off the air. There should be no doubt that the United States stands with those men and women of good will who step up to secure their God-given liberty – in Venezuela and throughout the Americas. The future of freedom and democracy in our Hemisphere also requires the friends of freedom in Latin America to speak clearly and forcefully to defend liberty, democracy and human rights."

To listen to Governor Romney's statement, visit:

Mitt Romney, Statement by Governor Mitt Romney on Venezuela's Independence Day Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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