Human Rights lawyer Daniel Kovalik just returned from observing my fourth election in Venezuela in less than a year.
Jimmy Carter has called Venezuela’s electoral system “the best in the world,” and what I witnessed was an inspiring process that guarantees one person, one vote, and includes multiple auditing procedures to ensure a free and fair election.
When Kovalik returned home to the USA to see the inevitable “news” coverage referring to Venezuela as a “dictatorship” and as a country in need of saving. This coverage not only ignores the reality of Venezuela, it ignores the fact that the USA is the greatest impediment to democracy in Venezuela.
Prior to the Venezuelan presidential election, an election which included an opposition candidate, Henri Falcon, from the business community, the U.S. government announced that it would not recognize the outcome, no matter who won?
The U.S. regime had gone so far as to threaten Mr. Falcon with sanctions if he even ran in the election. The USA also threatened to seize Venezuelan assets if incumbent leftist Nicolas Maduro won, sanctions that even Mr. Falcon’s economic adviser has said were leading to the collapse of the Venezuelan economy.
President Donald Trump kept to his promise in this regard, announcing more onerous sanctions the day after the election, which will further torture the Venezuelan people.
The result was that Mr. Maduro won in a landslide. But it was not only the boycott — observed mostly in wealthier communities, as I witnessed — that won the day for Mr. Maduro.
There were other reasons you will never hear about in the fake US propaganda press.
Over the past 7 years, the government has built 2 million units of housing for low-income Venezuelans. In a country of only some 30 million people, these units are now home to a large proportion of the Venezuelan population.
The current government also has provided free health care and subsidized food.
Before Chavez, the sprawling poor barrios which ring the cities were literally not on any government maps, and they had noutilities and no election centers. After Chavez, the existence of these barrios was recognized for the first time, and they were provided with utilities, health service, election stations and, most important, dignity.
Chavez even started a world-class music program which has now provided 1 million underprivileged children with music education. One graduate of this program, Gustavo Dudamel, is now considered one of the greatest conductors in the world!
Grateful for a government on their side and flouting U.S. extortion, the poor came out to vote in large numbers for Mr. Maduro. These are the same poor, by the way, who came down from the mountains in 2002 to demand the return of Hugo Chavez to power after he was overthrown in a U.S.-backed coup and kidnapped.
Nearly 2,000 pro-Venezuelan Twitter accounts have been removed for “engaging in a state-backed influence campaign,” the social media company said in a blog post on Thursday.
The opposition’s Lima Group issued a declaration calling on the armed forces to backself-proclaimed “Interim President” Juan Guaido, following a meeting in Ottawa on Monday
Caracas resident Joel Linares told Venezuelan alysis that heavy clashes took place in the Jose Felix Ribas sector of Petare, the largest popular neighborhood of Caracas, with armed groups taking on different state security organs in close quarters.
However, the Secretary General of the U.N., Antonio Guterres, gave his support to Venezuela Tuesday by endorsing a meeting in Montevideo, Uruguay scheduled for this Thursday, which aims to try to promote a peaceful solution to the situation in the South American nation.
The U.N. had earlier this week offered to mediate the meeting, which will involve eight E.U. member states, as well as Bolivia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Uruguay.
Venezuela Analysis.com / ABC Flash Point Extortion News 2019.