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For Immediate Release:
August 07, 2017
Media Contact:
Olga Vega
OlgaV@miamidade.gov
786-258-1635

Commissioner Diaz calls special meeting to discuss Venezuela


Attention Assignment Editors: There will be a press conference after the meeting in the 2nd floor Media Room with Commissioner Diaz, Daniela Capriles (daughter of former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma) and Judge of the Supreme Court in Venezuela Alejandro Rebolledo.

MIAMI – The Miami-Dade County Commission will hold a special meeting today Aug. 7, to take up legislation sponsored by Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz to condemn the recent elections in Venezuela, which have drawn worldwide condemnations and charges of fraud. The meeting will take place in the County Commission Chambers, 111 NW 1st St., 2nd Floor at 1 p.m.

“Voters in this fraudulent election were only allowed to choose from among candidates selected by the Nicolas Maduro regime. That’s authoritarianism, not democracy,” Commissioner Diaz said.

Commissioner Diaz’s legislation also denounces the Venezuelan government’s failure to cooperate with international counterterrorism efforts and urges the Trump administration to grant Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans living in the United States. The legislation also calls for a letter drafted by Commissioner Diaz and signed by his colleagues and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to be sent to President Donald J. Trump, condemning the recent elections and requesting more sanctions on the Maduro regime.

Commissioner Diaz’s district includes Doral, which is home to the largest concentration of Venezuelans in the United States.