Hunger Strikes

Dissidents, Vatican: Venezuelan President Stood Up Pope to Avoid Human Rights Criticism

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, facing a tidal wave of international criticism over human rights violations and hunger strikes by his nation’s most famous prisoners of conscience, canceled a visit to the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis. Both dissidents and Vatican sources have told multiple Spanish newspapers that the cancelation, ostensibly due to a “cold,” actually occurred out of fear of being embarrassed on a public stage.

Nicolas Maduro and Pope Francis