Bay Harbor Islands council members have approved a resolution in support of Venezuelan demonstrators.
Council Member Solange Rousselot asked the council for support for the halt of reported mistreatment, imprisonment and persecution of demonstrators by the government of Venezuela.
The resolution asks the U.S. government and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to investigate the mistreatment of the demonstrators and to stop the violence in the country.
The resolution was passed unanimously.
But some residents said the resolution is irrelevant to the town. Resident Paul Ruthfield spoke against passing the resolution.
“Why aren’t we doing this for Israel, Serbia, Ireland and other countries,” he said. “Everyone feels badly about Venezuela. but there are many other countries that need help too; I don’t think this belongs in the town’s proclamations.”
Another resident, Victor Maya, agreed.
“These meetings should be limited to local government and local issues,” Maya said.
But Rousselot countered that Venezuelans need the support. “I respect everyone’s opinions, but I think Venezuela really needs this right now,” Rousselot said.