Almagro Against Venezuela
The secretary general of the OAS seeks intervention in this sovereign country
By Mariela Pérez Valenzuela
The US Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) the Uruguayan Luis Almagro, sold to interventionist interests, is tightening the strings to apply the so-called Inter-American Democratic Charter of that obsolete anti-unity organization.
Last Tuesday, Almagro proposed the suspension of Caracas from that regional body, if the legitimate government led by Nicolás Maduro does not convene general elections in a term of one month, in an interventionist position on the internal affairs of one of the OAS members, since they are scheduled for the end of 2018.
The position of the Uruguayan politician who once defended democracy when he was chancellor of President José “Pepe” Mujica –who later acknowledged his mistake in proposing him to his position at the OAS– is not a news; because he also invoked, on May, 2016, the Democratic Charter against Venezuela for the same reasons, without a progress for the motion that is now resumed.
Thus, Almagro is recognized, because of his conservative and interventionist attitude, as a faithful ally of Washington –who knows on how many millions of dollars he sold his previous alleged revolutionary position. The United States is the head of the right-wing war against the Socialist administration of Maduro. And the US maintains in practice the threat of military intervention from the Executive Order signed by former President Barak Obama in which he considers Venezuela an unusual and extraordinary threat to the US, the greatest economic and military power of the planet.
The alleged coercion of the head of the OAS encourages the generation of the focal point for military tension, instead of defending the motion for regional peace signed by the 33 member countries attending the Second Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) held In Havana, in 2014. Almagro, critic of the management of Maduro, used hard words against the Bolivarian process and at the end of its 75-page report he asked: “To approve the suspension of the denatured Venezuelan government is the clearest effort and gesture we can make at the moment by the Venezuelan people, for democracy on the continent, for its future and for justice.”
Mujica’s former chancellor, full of unwarranted criticism, said in the text that “Today in Venezuela no citizen has possibilities of asserting their rights; if the Government wishes to imprison them, it does; if it wishes to torture them, it tortures them; them to a judge or it does not present prosecutor’s accusation against them.
The citizen has been completely at the mercy of the authoritarian regime that denies the most elementary rights,” he said.
The reaction of the Venezuelan administration, led by its president, was immediate, althou the alleged suspension of Venezuela does not depend on Almagro.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused the former chancellor of “guiding the fascist, extremist, undemocratic and dangerous factors of the right in the hemisphere, against the political process” that is carried out in Venezuela. She said that Almagro “moves the hate against the people of Venezuela, and in their eagerness for intervening in the country, does not care that our homeland is affected.”
From the Yellow House, headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she described as inadmissible the attitude of the higher leader of the OAS, who has received relatives of right-wing politicians sentenced to prison terms for inciting subversive acts carried out two years ago, which caused more than 40 deaths.
President Maduro also declared that Almagro’s terms, in his new movement against the Bolivarian Revolution are unacceptable, calling him a “small-time traitor,” and Maduro warned that he would provide a response to the new interventionist maneuver amidst the attacks toward the Venezuelan state by the international right.
Regional support for Venezuela was also quickly exposed following the OAS’s new aggression against the country that fights against the conservative moments in Latin America, led by Washington, which have been reinforced in the last year with the victory of Mauricio Macri in the presidency of Argentina and the illegal overthrow of Dilma Rousseff and her replacement by Michel Temer.
These two countries, together with Paraguay, try to expel Venezuela from the Southern Common Market (Mercosur,) of which Venezuela is a full member, in an attempt to isolate Venezuela from the continent, as the OAS did against Cuba at a certain moment. Although Almagro lacks the power to determine the future of Venezuela in that regional bloc to which the United States also belongs, more than 225 social movements in Latin America expressed their support for Caracas and its repudiation of the hostile and interventionist attitude of the hemispheric bloc.
Despite their efforts and their visible adversity toward the Caracas government, the suspension of the South American nation is not in the hands of the Secretary General, because to be effective two-thirds of the 34 members must vote in favor of the official motion. Two nations have been expelled from the OAS: Cuba, in 1962, also under orders from Washington –and although Cuba was requested to return by progressive administrations, the Cuban government stated that it will never be part of that mechanism again– and Honduras, a short period after the civil-military coup that overturned the legitimate president Manuel Zelaya, in 2009.
Analysts believe that the movement against the Bolivarian Revolution will not prosper either, as the Venezuelan government received last May the solidarity and sympathy of a large number of Latin American and Caribbean countries. The support is not casual, since after the triumph of the late President Hugo Chávez in 1998, Venezuela became a symbol, together with Cuba, of solidarity, cooperation and unity of a region aimed at integration and not the formulation of internal fights. For analysts, like Luis Britto, the South American nation should withdraw from the OAS when Almagro, last year, made the frustrated maneuvers trying to expel Venezuela from the OAS.
Translated by ESTI