Interview with Leopoldo Lopez: Caracas starve to death, but government buys weapons from Kremlin
“But whatever people came, the movie was full,” Leopoldo Lopez reported. The Venezuelan opposition leader, who was in prison or under house arrest from February 18, 2014 to April 30, 2019, was released by troops loyal to interim President Juan Guido and thus managed to escape abroad. The 2017 Bruno Leoni Award, Lopez came to present the documentary with Latin American Loris Janatta and America’s Human Rights Watch Tamara Tarasiuk Bruner.
“Obviously the Ukraine issue presupposes a distinct perspective from the Venezuelan tragedy,” he observed. “But it is closely linked. For some time, we have feared that Maduro’s dictatorship would stand in support of Russia and other countries. In fact, Maduro immediately supported the aggression against Ukraine. Russia has two military bases in Venezuela.” Venezuela and Russia For many years now, Venezuela has replaced the United States as a major supplier of all its weapons to Russia, including rifles, tanks, anti-aircraft, aircraft, radar … Two weeks ago, President Duke condemned the incursion of Russian troops from Venezuela into Colombian airspace. ” Exactly 6.
Some observers say Venezuela has a fearful economic recovery. The fact that the government has finally acknowledged the opposition’s victory in the state of Barinas is also theoretically encouraging. “Yes, it is true that there has been a reorganization after years of hyperinflation that has inevitably restarted the economy. But it remains very weak. In the last eight years, GDP has shrunk by 80%, and at the same time we have moved from half a million Venezuelans to about 7 million outside the country. Democratic openness is nowhere to be seen. European observers and Centro Carter have found deep irregularities in the region in the past, although participation has given us some significant victories. Most importantly, in Barinas, the birthplace of Hugo Chavez.
Between 2018 and 2019, some reports found that Venezuela had twice as many murders each year during the entire Pinochet regime. Michelle Bachelet’s report at the United Nations indicates more than 7,000 extrajudicial killings for 2014-2018 – the level of violence, repression, oppression, intolerance of the Maduro dictator cannot be compared to what has happened before in Latin America. We went into a scene that was really sad, not just for Venezuela, but for the whole region. ”
So much so that some Latin American leftist leaders began to attack Maduro harshly. Peruvian Castillo, Chilean Boric, Colombian Petro … আশা I hope they are sometimes and not the electoral position as we have seen in the past by people who were involved in dictatorship then. But all distances are welcome. Guido’s interim government continues. “It represents legitimacy. As far as it exists, the recognition of Juan Guido by important countries deprives Maduro of legitimacy. And then in Venezuela, unlike the other two dictators on continents like Cuba or Nicaragua, there is still a presence organized by the democratic fields. Guido with all his difficulties, however, remained on the ground to lead the fight. Very difficult, because we are facing a dictatorship that is not only a dictatorship but also a criminal power structure based on drug trafficking, illegal gold mining, money laundering. But we have to try. The next goal is a negotiation that will allow us to get the minimum conditions for the 2024 presidential election, but hopefully sooner rather than later. A strategy that allows us to unite Venezuelans and the international community that supports the political exchange process in Venezuela.
From FreeFebruary 27, 2022