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.
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.
- Published in World