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An open letter to Nicolas Maduro
A flag held by a demonstrator against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas.
You see last year while you were cleaning house, you expelled Venezuela’s
democratically elected National Assembly and replaced them with your cronies.
This means your “re-election “is illegitimate.
Dear Nicolas Maduro,
I know you do not speak English, but hopefully, Denis Moses can translate this for you the next time he visits. Or perhaps there is a journalist you’ve jailed who is bilingual. As your neighbor from Trinidad, I am writing you to ask if you can kindly reduce the volume of the nation-wide mass revolt against your rule which is currently taking place across your country.
Sir like you I too like a good lime, good music and the joy of brutally repressing an entire people. But considering its now morning and judging by the thousands of angry people marching through the streets of Caracas, I think its time you admitted the party is over.
Mr. Maduro I am not the only one who is angry with your behavior. Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Germany, The European Union, The United States, Canada, and pretty much every country that doesn’t think it’s a good idea to drive an armored tank over protestors demanding free elections, wants you to pack it up. Furthermore, most of the residents in the area have determined that according to the Venezuelan constitution you don’t have a legal right to occupy the Presidential Palace in Caracas anyway.
You see last year while you were cleaning house, you expelled Venezuela’s democratically elected National Assembly and replaced them with your cronies. This means your “re-election “is illegitimate. And the National Assembly has now used its legal powers under the Constitution to elect an interim President: Mr. Juan Guaido. Hence most residents are now rightfully treating Mr. Guaido as the legitimate President of Venezuela. I don’t know much about Mr. Guaido myself, but I think he looks like a decent fellow and not the type who will torture political prisoners until the wee hours of the morning, disturbing my sleep.
Mr. Maduro I know you want to paint yourself as the victim here. But you’re not. Both you and your partner in crime, the late Hugo Chavez ran roughshod over our neighborhood for years.
Firstly, when Chavez gave the Colombian Drug trafficking group, the FARC, safe haven in Venezuela. Personally, it’s not surprising that violent crime across the Gulf of Paria began to spike right after the Chavistas got into power in the early 2000s; as T&T gangs now had easy access to weapons and drugs.
And Secondly when you triggered the biggest refugee crisis in the region as millions of people decided they no longer wanted to live in your socialist paradise. Succumbing instead to the temptations of capitalism and developing a bourgeoisie taste for food, clean water, and toilet paper.
Mr. Maduro I know you’re having a good time; buying weapons from Russia, allegedly trafficking narcotics, selling gold to Turkey and duping simple minded Caribbean politicians into thinking you really planned on letting them access your gas field. But I think its time you acknowledged a home truth; that you’re not very good at this whole running a country thing.
Thanks to your socialist policies inflation in Venezuela is now at an astronomical one million percent. Violent gangs operate in Caracas with impunity. And people have resorted to eating animals at the zoo for food. In fact, last year Reuters reported that the average Venezuelan lost 24 pounds and that 90% of people there now live in poverty. Though in your defense I suppose you can at least say you wiped out income inequality and obesity.
Mr. Maduro your regime is like the Dimanche Gras of political regimes. It doesn’t enjoy popular support, makes no money and is pretty tortuous. Except at least there is still toilet paper in Dimanche Gras.
Mr. Maduro I know letting go is hard. No leftist dictator really wants to do what he has to do; which is to go into exile in Cuba. And who could blame you, there is no internet, or Prosecco and even toilet paper. But sometimes you just have to swallow your pride and do what needs to be done, no matter how humiliating it looks. Just like Minister Stewart Young does every time he holds a press conference.
Mr. Maduro , in case you’re thinking you can ride this one out, as you have before, just remember this; there is a massive difference between the Venezuelans protesting now and the ones from years ago. The ones from years ago have left the country. The people protesting now are the ones who stayed because they supported you. Let that sink in.
Nicolas Maduro; Its time to say, adios.
Darryn Dinesh Boodan /Trinidad Express /
January 25, 2019
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