Venezuela has begun a new cycle of dialogue to try to reach meeting points, but that has not turned off the microphone tensions. The weekend in which the opposition and Chavismo delegations sat down for the first time to begin to weave agreements, Nicolás Maduro has asked for “severe justice” for Juan Guaidó. “I dream of the day when Juan Guaidó pays,” the president said in an interview with his Minister of Culture, Ernesto Villegas, broadcast this Sunday.
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“Here there will be justice, very harsh, because here they have done a lot of damage to the country, to the common people. With the theft of Citgo assets, with the kidnapping and theft of 8,000 million in bank accounts, with the kidnapping and theft of gold from the Bank of England, with the sanctions that have prohibited economic activity of export and free trade for Venezuela, with the coups d’état. There will be justice, it may be late. But I dream of justice and that all these bandits pay with what they have done to the Venezuelan people, “Maduro responded when asked if” the negotiations in Mexico would imply impunity for Guaidó. “
The statements received a quick response from the opposition leader, who has now focused his strategy of fighting for a political transition in Venezuela on the agreements that emerge in Mexico. “I dream that Venezuela is free and democratic. We will see that day. That is why we are on the streets fighting and seeking an agreement in Mexico, “he wrote in a tweet in which he recalled that Maduro is singled out for human rights violations in the International Criminal Court and that the United States put a price of 15 million dollars for your catch. “You don’t dare to go out on the street to listen to people,” he added in the message.
This weekend, the 18 members of the Government delegations and the Unitary Platform that brings together the opposition have held the first working meetings around the seven points of an agenda agreed and signed three weeks ago. The opposition delegation was joined by Freddy Guevara, who had been detained for almost a month at the headquarters of the Venezuelan intelligence service when the memorandum of understanding was signed between Jorge Rodríguez and Gerardo Blyde as heads of both delegations. Guevara, who was actively in the preliminary phase that led to Mexico, replaced Carlos Vecchio, also a leader of Popular Will and part of the structure of Guaidó’s interim government as ambassador to the United States.
Their presence had generated discomfort in Chavismo when they met three weeks ago, which were confirmed this weekend. Vecchio himself denounced that Maduro’s representatives refused to sit down and talk if he was present. “My actions and convictions make the dictator Maduro veto my presence as a representative of Popular Will, to the point of proposing a paralysis of the process,” he said in a statement on Saturday in which he announced that Guevara – released on August 16 with presentation measures every 30 days – he took up his post and in which he asked the Norwegian mediators “not to allow the continuation of these blackmails.”
Vecchio’s statement on the veto he would have received has been the discordant note in a day that undoubtedly Chavismo attends much stronger than the opposition. In this regard, Rodríguez said: “We are not going to pollute the environment of the negotiations.” He suggested to the journalists who approached him at the end of the meetings that they ask the opposition delegation about this change. To the tension, however, are added the statements of this Sunday by Maduro about Guaidó.
On Saturday, they began to work on the partial agreements related to the humanitarian crisis that Venezuela is experiencing. “We came to work to produce agreements for the country on humanitarian emergencies,” said Blyde. “These agreements will lessen the crisis, but that crisis has very serious underlying problems of a model that failed in Venezuela and that does not recognize the democratic and constitutional order.” Chavismo also gave its version of the first days. “We have been working on partial agreements for the care of the Venezuelan people. We are attentive that all the economic guarantees that have been cut off and stolen from the people are recovered, ”said Rodríguez.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.