Venezuela: how far from the civil war?

Monday, 26 June 2017 05:40
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by Valeria Aghilarre (EPOS)
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The Supreme Court declared that the president of the country, Nicolas Maduro, has the power to create a constituent assembly with the purpose to modify the Venezuelan Constitution. This happened because Maduro needs to avoid the presidential election in 2018 that he will surely lost, in the meantime the Central Bank has devalued the bolivar of 63.9%, making the crisis situation worse for Venezuela’s industries. The population is on the limit, in the last two months groups of people manifested every day against the actual administration, even if at the beginning of the year Maduro declared “I’m not Mussolini” some reporters said that he might end his carrier as him.

Maduro’s problem with the consensus is not a news, in the presidential election of 2013 he reached barely the 50%. For this reason, when citizens asked for anticipate the election, the actual president answered with this ploy: thanks to the compliance of the Supreme Court, which announce that an advisory referendum is not mandatory, Maduro creates a Constituent national assembly delaying the presidential election.  The population, understood his strategy, is furious and is furiously protesting down the streets during this days, 40 people died during the contestation mostly killed by the police. On the 6th of May 90 people get injured by the National guard in Caracas during a manifestation against the constitutional reform while they were trying to reach the seat of the Assembly that they do not recognize and declared unconstitutional.

In this situation Julio Borges, the president of the Venezuelan Parliament, met in Brussel his European counterpart Antonio Tajani with who discussed about the necessity to reconstruct the democratic order in Venezuela. The request of Borges to the European Council and to the European Commission is to punish with sanctions those who violate human rights. During his trip in Europe, Borges with the deputy Stalin Gonzalez also met the Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of State, who said that the Catholic Church wants “a rapid resolution of the crisis”. In 2016 the Vatican tried to open a mediation between the govern and the opposition but as the Pope said during a return fly from the Egypt “the proposals have not been accepted or were diluted” but without cooperation is not possible to arrive at any solution.

Venezuela, actually, seems not to be so far from the civil war because citizens do not want to accept Maduro’s policies anymore, the President does not demonstrate any will to open a dialogue with the opposition and any type of mediation resulted impossible. The use of the force against manifestations, the killings and the high tension down the streets are all factors that underline the death of Venezuelan democracy. Citizens opinion about what is going on in the country confirm the suspect that the current Venezuelan crisis has no precedents; “the situation in Venezuela is really reaching levels that I’ve never seen in this side of the hemisphere” said Andres Eloy Sereno Hernandez on “Quora”.


DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect EPOS WorldView’s

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