Venezuelan assemblywoman Maria Corina Machado barely got on the plane that brought her to the U.S. on Wednesday: that same day Nicolas Maduro's government stripped her of parliamentary immunity and Head of National Assembly Diosdado Cabello said she would be charged with terrorism and treason for inciting anti-government demonstrators to protest the high inflation and rampant violence.
Machado, one of the most high profile leaders of the opposition, went to great lengths to speak before the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. on March 21st. Very few Latin American countries have been vocal about the current situation in Venezuela. It was Panama that ceded their seat and invited Machado to speak.
But even her intervention at the OAS was censored for the general public to see. Twenty-two countries voted for her speech to remain private: no live-streaming or cameras allowed. We spoke to her on Friday before Machado headed back to Venezuela.