PSUV vice president Diosdado Cabello said in his weekly television show today that he is “happy” about the ongoing turmoil in Ecuador,and said that it was caused by “neoliberalism and the IMF”.

Cabello said:

The opposition says that we’re happy about what’s happening in Ecuador. I don’t know about you, but this guy right here [referring to himself] is happy that the people are reclaiming their rights and dignity.

Cabello’s comments are likely to cause distress to a majority of Venezuelans, given Cabello’s leadership role in an authoritarian regime that has ruthlessly repressed two waves of massive anti-government protests since 2014,

During the same show, Cabello strangely claimed responsibility for the ongoing impeachment proceedings against United States president Donald Trump, saying:

A Trump lo tenemos en salsa nosotros [literally, “We’ve put Trump in a salsa”, roughly, “We’ve gotten Trump in trouble”]. That political trial [the impeachment] is because of us.

Cabello’s comments on the protests in Ecuador come as U.S. Special Envoy to Venezuela Eliot Abrams accused the Maduro regime of fueling the unrest there. Abrams said that former president Rafael Correa “along with his friends in Venezuela and Cuba” are “provoking” the protests in the country.

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