There is no reduction in the level of paranoia gripping the Venezuelan government. Nicolas always blames others and now Cabello and Jaua are showing desperate signs of the same weakness. Capriles has met Santos, President of Colombia. Anywhere else in the world, the meeting of an opposition leader with a neighbouring country’s senior administration would be a routine matter, but not in Venezuela.
Venezuelan parliament speaker Cabello compared the meeting to “placing a bomb on the train” and Foreign Minister Jaua said the meeting would require him, ” to study Venezuela’s role as a facilitator in the peace accord between FARC and the Colombian government”. Mr Capriles compared the criticism of his meeting with President Santos to “mosquito bites”.
It is pathetic to watch this attempt to stop meetings and to curb free speech. Only huge insecurity and a sense of paranoia can be behind it – else, why all the fuss? Chavismo, and now its successor, has led the Venezuelan government to look ridiculous and isolated and it continues to take every wrong turn possible. No one will think that this repressive regime has any credibility if it continues to behave like this, particularly whilst its legitimacy is still under scrutiny.
You must allow people to talk – democracy and free speech: embrace them both!