A seminar at the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies in the past week provided evidence of a real political, humanitarian and security nightmare taking place in neighbouring Venezuela, the realities of which are not being properly understood right here, mere miles away.
It is inconceivable that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, and indeed of the member countries of the regional integration movement, are unaware of the many ways in which brutality of one sort or the other is taking place.
The Caribbean Centre for Human Rights brought persons in the know, on the ground in Venezuela, to what was called a fact-finding dialogue. It was the second such event, the first having been held in Miami in July.
Participants and invitees were told of the many ways in which the constitution was being manipulated, to make way, for example, for the highly contested Constituent Assembly, elected on July 31. This was in the face of the National Assembly and against the protests of millions of citizens, as well as of governments in other Latin American countries, and more outside of this region.