Monday, October 25

Criticism and indignation after the “excellent videoconference”, smiles included, between Nicols Maduro and Michelle Bachelet


“What a shame! Mrs. Bachelet, all dictatorships are bad,” said a Venezuelan deputy, among the many criticisms that the meeting has received.

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Venezuelan President Nicols Maduro this Wednesday.REUTERS
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The digital conversation between Nicols Maduro and Michelle bachelet, High Representative of the United Nations for Human Rights, has unleashed criticism between civil society and the opposition. In the “excellent videoconference”, as defined by the “president town”, they shared smiles and ties among its protagonists, according to the propaganda apparatus of the Bolivarian regime in a skillful use of images.

All this despite the fact that the UN itself has singled out Maduro for crimes against humanity, including extrajudicial executions, torture, rape, arbitrary detentions and forced disappearances.

“It is outrageous to laugh at a technical meeting with someone who is being accused of crimes against Humanity. Quite a slap to the victims. Would you have cordialized in a meeting with Mr. Augusto Pinochet? “, Rafael Uzctegui, coordinator of the prestigious NGO Provea, charged. Bachelet’s father, a brigadier general, died in prison during the dictatorship of Pinochet and she and her mother were tortured at Villa Grimaldi before fleeing into exile.

“This photo go down in the history of ignominy. What a shame! Mrs. Bachelet, all dictatorships are bad “, says Deputy Delsa Solrzano, in charge of human rights in the Parliament headed by Juan Guaid.

“How can you smile at someone who arbitrarily detains humanitarian workers?” Asked activist Ligia Bolvar. For his part, the Bolivarian Foreign Minister, Jorge Arreaza, assured that “they discussed the progress in cooperation with his Office, the negative impact of sanctions and our policy to control covid-19 “.

In Venezuela they currently remain in the dungeons of Maduro 323 political prisoners, among them 123 soldiers, 24 women and 2 adolescents, according to the balance made this week by the Penal Forum and that the Organization of American States (OAS) endorses.

Among them is the deputy Gilberto Sojo, who is part of the legitimate AN, who was arrested last week in Caracas by the Special Forces (FAES) in a street control under the accusation of terrorism. Sojo has already been in prison for two years because of his membership in Voluntad Popular, Guaid’s party and Leopoldo Lpez.

During the talk, Maduro refocused his excuses on the US sanctions just hours before Joe Biden made it very clear that he does not intend to give up an inch in his diplomatic pressure: the new president communicated to his Congress that Venezuela remains as a “unusual and extraordinary threat” for your national security and for your foreign policy.

The growing tension with the US and the EU

“I have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared with Decree 13692 with respect to the situation in Venezuela,” stated Biden, who in this way extends Obama’s famous executive order, promulgated in 2015 and that for years was used by Chavismo to denounce the “interference of the Empire.”

The US sanctions regime, as defined by Chavismo, began after decree 13692, initially against the Chavista leaders individually and expanded since 2019 after Washington recognized Juan Guaid as president in charge of the Creole country. The “wicked legacy” of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, as defined by the “son of Chvez,” who fueled Chavista propaganda when his decline in popularity was advancing at the same speed as the economic recession.

The Obama decree preceded the great dispora that was already beginning to spread then and that this year surpass the Syrian, according to the estimates of the Organization of American States (OAS), when more than seven million Venezuelans will have fled their country.

The position of force of the United States also coincides with the diplomatic scuffles that Chavismo has reopened with Europe. Precisely the EU ambassador, Isabel Brilhante, returned to the Old Continent yesterday after being declared persona non grata by Maduro. “My heart stays here, I love you Venezuela,” said goodbye to the Portuguese diplomat, who maintains an office that manages a good number of humanitarian assistance plans to alleviate the national collapse caused by the revolution.

The International Contact Group (GIC) has joined this Thursday in the international condemnation for the expulsion of Brilhante, “decision contrary to dialogue and respect” and that only contribute to the “isolation” of Venezuela. The GIC, led by the High Representative of the EU, Josep Borrell, is made up of the Europeans Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, the United Kingdom, Italy and Sweden and the Latin Americans Uruguay, Costa Rica, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador , Dominican Republic, Bolivia and Panama.

The condemnation was not even unanimous: Bolivia, an ally of Caracas, did not sign it, nor did Argentina, whose president leads the Puebla Group on the continent.

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