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The President of the European Parliament, the German Martin Schulz, said during a recent visit to Colombia, that democracy in Venezuela was at risk and “the events in Venezuela are dramatic and worrisome“. These statements without ceasing to be true, are actually an understatement to what is happening in the once prosperous South American state.
On the last September 1st´events, which will be recalled in the country´ History as the day that thousands of Venezuelans headed to the streets massively and peacefully, in order to demand a referendum´ date for the revocation from office of the President Nicolas Maduro. Among those who participated in this historic demonstration was Rosana Gonzalez, a retired 84-year-old woman, walking with a cane, who usually makes queues for food and commodities. She has lost about 15 kilograms’ weight due to the persistent crisis. “I never thought it would reach the end of my life with such privations. My five grandchildren are starving and need many things”.
But not only those who are inside Venezuela are suffering deprivations: those older people who headed to Spain to enjoy their retirement after working all their life in their country, are right now suffering the economic recession which has plunged the whole Venezuela. Around 3,800 retired Venezuelan residents in Spain, 60% of them former government Officials, have not been paid their pensions since 2015: For Maduro those living outside the country seem to be second-class citizens.
Why do people are protesting in Venezuela? Venezuela is a nation which is in a serious political, economic and social breakdown. Over the past 18 years, Chavez colonized the institutions that previously already had a parasitic nature. These were readapted, corrected and augmented, in order to fit the new regime´ needs. As a result, the Administration grew more than 50%. While oil prices remained sky-high, those commodities not produced inside, could be imported: means half of all goods consumed in the country. After the 2014 crisis, the Bolivarian “social policy” implemented price controls on many goods and services, which has only accelerated the domestic shortage and the lack thereof.
The Venezuelans scream against Chavism because it has made them poor. Certainly they not scream just for that reason, but also by the civil rights and political freedom´ curtailment, which they are suffering. But it is hard to imagine such a level of opposition to the regime if it is not accompanied by the penury. Venezuela cries out against Chavez, against the Bolivarian Nicolas Maduro and against their bourgeois oligarchs.
Nevertheless, the Chavism is ready to neutralize its opponents. Last days began a new wave of opposition leaders ´arrests. During the recent days, the Bolivarian´ security forces have arrested up to 25 political opponents. Nor wish the Chavism that the world is aware about the current events in Venezuela. Therefore, the Government of Maduro denied the entry into the country to three journalists from the international media: Radio Caracol of Colombia´ César Moreno, Marie-Eve Detoeuf, for the French Daily Le Monde, and American radio correspondent NRC´ John Otis, who also reported about the arrest of the Miami Herald journalist Jim Wyss.
I strongly believed it is the time for the rest of the world to scream firmly against Nicolas Maduro and against Chavism, which means poverty and tyranny. Socialism is penury and oppression.
Given the situation and the current events in Venezuela, the statement of Mr. Luis Almagro, President of the Organization of American States, OAS, was far more accurate. For Mr. Almagro, the latest developments in the Latin American country just confirmed “the end of democracy in Venezuela“. He stated that today Venezuela “is lacking of any fundamental freedom nor any civil or political right“, calling “a tyranny and politics intimidation ´regime” to Maduro´s Administration. Almagro has been much more precise and accurate on defining the facts.