two US diplomats while suggesting the United States might have been behind the leader's cancer. Then in a fiery speech last September, he ordered the most senior US official in Venezuela and two others to leave, for allegedly helping opponents sabotage the electrical grid. In each case the US retaliated in kind.
Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday expressed concern over the violence surrounding Venezuela's protests, the detention of dozens of demonstrators and the “These actions have a chilling effect on citizens' rights to express their grievances peacefully.'' Kerry said in a statement.