I know these days we have much news to take of The Brexit, Trump and the wall (again), and always the Kardashians are doing something we want to know better. Also, you’ve heard about Venezuela (again). Venezuela has two presidents; yes, two presidents. It is like Game of Thrones, there is one legitime president, and one sit on the iron throne, the usurper.
It sounds complicated; it is complicated. Then, I only ask you to read and read a lot before you can have an opinion. This crisis has over twenty years. It is not a war between poor and rich people. It is dictatorship, violence, immigration, and thousands of people dying. If you want to understand better the crisis, you can read these articles:
Venezuela for Dummies - Part I
Venezuela for Dummies - Part II
Venezuela for Dummies - Part III
Two keys to understanding the battle of the two presidents
1. It is not a coup d'etat.
I will repeat: it is not a coup d'etat. You can watch the moment Juan Guaidó sworn as Interim President of Venezuela. The place was full of people who sworn with him. Venezuelans are happy because this guy is the new president. There is no military presence in Guaidó’s actions.
The truth is Nicolas Maduro has never won an election even worse, according to the Constitution he should not have run in the first elections because he was the Interim President in 2013 and it was illegal. Nicolas Madura said he won in 2013 and 2018. A lie.
All the democratic powers are in Maduro’s hands: military, electoral and judicial. He only lost the Congress, and as an answer, he tried to eliminate, and later he invented a parallel Assembly.
In January, our legally elect National Assembly chose a new president of this institution. This guy named Juan Gaidó became the president of the Congress; he read our Constitution deeply and determined that according to the article 223 the illegal election of 2018 made Nicolas Maduro’s government illegal. The National Assembly does not recognize Maduro. Then, Guaidó as president of National Assembly assumed the executive power. It is legal. You can research our Constitution.
Also, if you want my opinion, we could have done this action years ago, but only Guaidó has the idea.
2. It is not the US interventionism.
I don’t like Donald Trump nor Marco Rubio nor Republican party as much as you do. But, I have to admit that their help is invaluable. You have an idealized idea about democracy because you have lived and grew up in a place where democracy works, but when the democracy dies, and the power is all in one place, the citizens are prisoners.
It is too easy to say “Why you don’t protest?” We did. We have protested for eighteen years. We have lost hundreds of Venezuelans in these protests; they were murdered because they went to express their dissatisfaction, and thousands have been arrested, and they became political prisoners; they’ve tortured. Only the last week (January 21 and January 26) there are almost 30 murders and 300 political prisoners (one of then a 14-year-girl). Think in all these mothers who lost their kids because they went to protest.
You can ask “Why don’t they vote?” Because it is a farce. We do not trust our electoral institution; any results they gave is a lie.
We need help; we need help from other countries. We need somebody who stands with us and gives us the tools to wake up of this nightmare. Trump administration is helping. Do you know the US is the biggest buyer of Venezuela’s oil? The US government recognize Guaidó as president. Then, they will start paying our money to Guaidó instead of Maduro.
I like this simile: if you see your neighbors hurting their kids, you will call the police; won’t you? Because even though it is not your house, you want to help those kids. Here is the same.
I only ask you don’t judge this situation just because you hate Trump. It is the first time he is helping somebody else. And if you are worried about interventionism, please check to whet Cuba, Russia, and China are doing with Venezuela.
Venezuelan crisis is not over. I don’t know if we can have a change with Juan Guaidó. Maybe, it does not work, but I can say Venezuelans want to live in freedom. We are not going to stop until we get it.