The Organization of American States (OAS) will meet Tuesday in Washington, D.C. to discuss the ongoing politico-economic crisis in Venezuela after fourteen of its members called on President Nicolas Maduro to restore democracy in the country. Venezuela has been experiencing massive inflation due to dropping oil prices, leading to extreme good shortages. Many have criticized Maduro of mismanaging the economy in response to the crisis. Meanwhile, Maduro has also stifled political opposition, indefinitely delaying congressional and recall elections that were projected losses for his party, while mitigating Congressional laws through judges loyal to him.
Desperate for a scapegoat, Venezuela has been brutally deporting Colombian immigrants in an unjust attempt to blame them for its own economic mismanagement and increasing violence. Under the socialist regime of President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela has experienced unprecedented violence, a triple digit inflation rate, and prolonged shortages of basic necessities. According to the New York Times, economic growth has fallen and homicides have reached record-breaking rates as a result of these policies. As an oil dependent nation, the roots of these problems are largely due to the 2014 plummet in oil prices. Thus, the source of Venezuela’s instability is not Colombian interference but rather lies in domestic issues, including the decline in oil prices, cumbersome economic regulations, weak gun control policies, and poorly funded public safety organizations.