Poachers must be condemned

Updated 31 January 2017
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Poachers must be condemned

This refers to the story “Poachers poison, mutilate lions in South Africa” (Jan. 29). Imagine one reading a newspaper on a pleasant morning and suddenly a story about the violent hunting of animals appears. Such news certainly destroys those lovely moments.
It was like that when I read the heartbreaking report of the recent violence committed by South African poachers.
According to police, an investigation was launched after several lions were found dead. They said: “Two male lions had their heads and paws cut off and taken away.”
These tragedies remind us of Cecil, the much-beloved lion killed by a US citizen along with his African friend.
Such acts cannot be justified in any way. No religion or human-made laws permit such crime. I request the international community, especially the South African authorities, to take all measures to bring these criminals to justice.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia