The Cuban bishops called for “sincere dialogue” and compliance to “constitutional legality” in Venezuela, following violent demonstrations against the government of Nicolás Maduro and his proposal for a Constituent Assembly.

With out openly controverting Havana’s unconditional support for Maduro, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba addressed a letter to his Venezuelan counterpart, in accordance with a copy of the text released on Tuesday on the Church’s website.

“We are not at the perimeter of the suffering and uncertainty that live the Venezuelans,” writes the Cuban bishop in the letter dated May 26.

We extend to you, “the letter adds,” our fraternal closeness, prayer of solidarity and also the deep desire which the paths of forgiveness, constructive and sincere dialogue provide as well as the yearnings for real truth, justice plus attachment to constitutional legality can result in Stable and long lasting peace “.

Since they began on 1 April, the protests have left 60 dead and more than 1000 seriously injured, according to the prosecution. Recently, the Venezuelan Catholic Church turned down what it considered a “disproportionate repression” of the demonstrations.

The Venezuelan opposition, demanding Maduro’s departure from power, rampaged in the streets in response to the president’s plans to change the constitution through a Constituent Assembly.

In the midst of an intense financial crisis, Maduro’s opponents accuse him of attempting to enforce a system that will allow Chavismo to win the majority of constituencies, with fewer votes.

The government and the opposition blame each other on the violence in the protests

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