5 Facts Exposing Hypocrisy of Right-wing Gov'ts on Venezuela

The governments of the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and France criticized Venezuela but their own wrong-doings escape their vision. 

After an attempted coup in Venezuela, countries led by right-wing governments like the United States, France, Brazil, etc. came forward in support of Juan Guaido who illegally declared himself as “interim president” of the Bolivarian Republic.

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teleSUR takes a look at the hypocrisy of five governments which have unfairly accused Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro of various wrongdoings while turning a blind eye to their own policies.

1) Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron ordered Nicolas Maduro not to repress the opposition but his own administration arrested over 3,000 and wounded 2,000 during the recent Yellow Vest protests.

The protests started against the fuel price hike. The protestors wore the high-visibility yellow vests that every driver in France must carry by law, hence earned the name “Yellow-Vest” (Gilets Jaunes in French).

Soon it was joined by workers, students, even the police threatened to join the movement. The movement called out Macron’s repressive policies and asked for his resignation.

In the latest case, prominent French anti-government "yellow vest" activist, was badly injured in the eye at a protest Saturday after he was struck by one of the controversial rubber bullets used by French police, disabling him for life.

2) U.S. President Donald Trump

The U.S. President Donald Trump accuses Nicolas Maduro of not being legitimate because he was elected with only 30.45 percent of registered voters but only 27.20 percent of U.S. voters voted for him in 2016 Presidential elections.

Two years into President Donald Trump's administration, a majority of U.S. citizens have lost confidence in the brash real estate magnate's performance on everything from the economy to foreign policy, a poll showed Monday.

3) Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro expressed concerns about human rights violation in Venezuela but since taking office, he followed through on his homophobic, racist, sexist, and anti-Indigenous promises during the campaign. 

Bolsonaro will seek to classify "invasions" of farmland by landless workers as akin to terrorism, with harsher penalties for the activists, an Agriculture Ministry official said in early January. The Landless Workers Movement MST behind many of these invasions was a major supporter of former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.  

He removed LGBTI community from human rights policies and gave agricultural ministry power over Indigenous land.

4) Mauricio Macri

President of Argentina Macri blames Nicolas Maduro for being corrupt but he is the one whose name had been mentioned in Panama papers.

The Panama Papers, confidential files from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, the world’s fourth-biggest offshore law firm, were leaked in 2016.

Macri was the director and vice president of Bahamas-based company Fleg Trading, created in 1998 and dissolved in 2009. The company was managed by Mossack Fonseca when he was a businessman and mayor of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires.

In asset declarations in 2007 and 2008, made when he was mayor of Buenos Aires, Macri did not disclose his connection to Fleg Trading.

5) Justin Trudeau

Canada says that Venezuela’s government is creating ‘terrible marginalization’ against its people, while their own Indigenous people are being marginalized and kicked off their land to make way for a pipeline to be built by TransCanada.

The company won the case to build the pipeline.

When the Indigenous people rejected being disposed of their land, Canadian police violently evicted them and used assault rifles on them.

The Indigenous communities called this an “act of war” against them.

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Venezuela: Lima Group Refuses to Back US Military Intervention

“As the Lima Group, we have said we are not supporting military intervention in Venezuela,” said the Foreign Minister of Peru Nestor Popolizo.

The predominantly right-wing Lima Group which supports the coup attempt by self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido backed by the United States said they would not condone a military intervention to depose President Nicolas Maduro.

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“As the Lima Group we have said we are not supporting military intervention in Venezuela,” said the Foreign Minister of Peru Nestor Popolizo. “We have no information” regarding military intervention, he added.

Nonetheless, the Lima Group’s interventionist activities have not ceased. They will meet on Monday in Ottawa, Canada in order to continue to plot in favor of self-appointed Juan Guaido.

“We will continue to support Juan Guaido’s regime,” said Polizo regarding the future meeting of the predominantly right-wing block.

These declarations come after National Security Adviser John Bolton sloppily scribbled “5000 troops to Colombia” provoking concern in Latin America about a possible U.S. invasion of Venezuela.

Bet this is so the Walrus trying to hope-his-way into 5000 troops in Columbia, there is no way this was "accidental"

Photo from today's WH Press briefing: National Security Advisor John Bolton wrote "5,000 troops to Colombia" on the notepad he's carrying based on pic with this story:

President Maduro’s response was that the U.S. is unfolding a “childish psychological war” against his government.

The group was created in 2017 at the behest of Peru. Recently, it has been highly engaged in promoting regime change in Venezuela with the backing of the United States and the European Union.

It is composed of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Santa Lucia, and Guyana. All of its members, except for Mexico, Guyana, and Santa Lucia, have backed Guiado’s coup attempt. Ecuador—not a party to the association—has backed the group’s stance on Venezuela.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Colombia and Brazil at the beginning of January at the same time the Lima Group met in Peru. “The issues dealt with [in the block’s meeting] and the final document should not be separated from the direct and indirect messages and purpose of the [Pompeo’s] visit,” according to a joint analysis conducted by CELAG and NODAL.

For the analysts, Pompeo’s meeting and his alleged influence over the Lima Group has geopolitical repercussion which goes far beyond Venezuela, although right now this is the regional focus of the efforts.

“The Group is a perfect excuse to united the countries which share U.S. geopolitical designs for Latin America around its interests, and the first step to achieve this is to isolate and then depose the government of Venezuela, to then be able to instate a hegemonic order in which no country stray from its area of influence,” added the analysts.

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Venezuela: Maduro Seeks UN Support in National Dialogue

"I hope the UN can help create the conditions for a great peace dialogue in Venezuela," said President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has requested the support of the United Nations in launching a peace dialogue with opposition sectors.

RELATED: Venezuela: ‘Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace Has Triumphed’

Speaking Saturday during a meeting at Miraflores Palace, the government headquarters in Caracas, Maduro said: "Peace, justice and solid institutions, the sustainable development goal number sixteen.

"There the UN has to help us... in the dialogue for peace, mutual recognition, harmony, coexistence, the coexistence of different political visions."

The meeting was held to discuss the advancement of social programs within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Plan, of which the South American nation is a part.

Along with members of the executive cabinet, the Venezuelan leader stressed that the 17 objectives contained in the UN program were included in the national budget for 2019, and in the Plan de la Patria 2019-2025, which he will present Monday at the National Constituent Assembly (ANC).

"I would like to sit down with the opposition, stop the sterile, useless, unnecessary conflict, talk about economic issues; with the experience of the UN we can achieve it," he said, asking the international organization for its support to end the U.S.-backed trade blockade against Venezuela.

Reviewing collaboration with the UN over the last decade, the president emphasized progress in education, employment, housing and the pension system.

They are "common goals to address the great issues of the development of humanity... multilateralism, a world of balance as the liberator Simon Bolivar dreamed," Maduro said.

Finally, the president said all UN agencies "have their doors open" in the nation, and reiterated his invitation to the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to visit Venezuela.

The resident coordinator of the United Nations System in Venezuela, Peter Grohmann, ratified "all the support" to the Venezuelan government and people to achieve the 2030 Agenda, which covers development and was created with the support of the entire UN.

The UN representative called for a joint effort with the government and civil society to "address the needs of the population as it is going through a complicated situation and obviously we have to take it to sustainability in the future, to achieve this in Venezuela we must have the data from the different social areas so that progress can be monitored."

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Maduro: Venezuela Faces Coup Ordered by US, Lima Group Ahead of Inauguration

The president said that any attempt against democracy should face the justice system, the constitution and the power of the union between civilians and the military.

In a press conference delivered to local and international media, the president of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro said Wednesday that a coup against the country is underway.

RELATED: Venezuela Delivers Protest Note to 'Lima Group' Countries

"A coup is underway, ordered from Washington (capital of the U.S.), ordered from the Lima Cartel (Lima Group), in Venezuela, and I tell you: the Venezuelan people will know how to respond to any attempt, any intentions that are intended today or tomorrow. (...) The Bolivarian Revolution has been preparing to confront and defeat any traitor who intends to violate life in Venezuela."

The president added that any attempt against democracy should face justice system, the constitution and the power of the union between civilians and the military.

During a press conference on national television from the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, the Bolivarian leader affirmed that the country is in a moment of definitions, and accused the media and the countries of turning his inauguration for a constitutional second term into a world war.

"What we have seen in recent weeks is unparalleled, the extremist forces against Venezuela have been unleashed," said Nicolas Maduro, saying that the only objective of these operations is to destabilize and fill Venezuela with violence, confusion and chaos "to seize its riches and change the course of history."

In addition, he accused the so-called Lima Group of being a "cartel of mafia interests", commanded by the United States and of violating the rules of international coexistence through issuing the declaration of last Friday, which he categorized as being an "order" from the Venezuelan opposition.

His press conference comes just a day ahead of taking the oath for his second term (2019-2025), after winning the presidential elections on May 20, 2018 with 67.84 percent of the vote. Several world leaders are expected to attend the inauguration as well as several delegations from around the world.

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Uruguay Discards to Join Group Lima against Venezuela

Montevideo, Jan 5 (Prensa Latina) The Uruguayan government refuses to join the declaration of 12 countries of the Lima Group that does not know the new mandate of the president-elect of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, reported here on Saturday the newspaper La Republica (The Republic).

The publication attributed to chancellery sources the reaffirmation of a diplomacy more favorable to the recognition of that legitimate authority while at the same time struggling for a peaceful solution through the dialogue of Venezuela's internal political conflicts.

It is recalled that since the disputes there took on relevance, Uruguay adopted a similar position, which neoliberal sectors did not understand.

A few months ago, Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa said that 'the government has firmly maintained the course recommended by prudence, moderation and scrupulous respect for international legality, even at the expense of criticism, which demanded greater indulgence for a part and greater severity for the other '.

The Uruguayan Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), the one commissioned by Washington to add the acceding States to the hostile declaration, was expelled last December from the ruling Frente Amplio, in plenary session, for the serious failure to encourage intervention military in Venezuela.

The Republic emphasizes that the recent declaration of the Lima Group did not have the endorsement of all its members because Mexico and Uruguay recognize the government elected by the Venezuelans.

Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia, joined forces to ask the legitimate relection of President Nicolás Maduro not to take office at the inauguration on January 10.

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