In the recent parliamentary elections in Venezuela, six out of every ten citizens voted for the opposition, and four out of ten voted for Chavismo. These are incontrovertible facts, hard data. But it is also an indisputable fact that ten out of ten Venezuelan citizens, whoever they voted for, did so with the intention of improving their quality of life. “Voting for improvement” could be the motto summarizing the electoral and political behavior of Venezuelan society in the last 20 years.
That hope and the search for greater well-being were met to a significant extent by Chavismo. By confronting the imperialist hostility and a huge available oil revenue applied to social development, Chavismo fulfilled what it promised. That historical trend was only diminished by the severe drop in oil prices.
But for all its parliamentary victory, the neoliberalism of Capriles and Leopoldo López cannot meet the people’s expectations.
And they could not do it because, by definition, neoliberalism means the concentration of income and the impoverishment of the people, as plainly evidenced by the cases of Spain, Colombia and Mexico (and which is already evident in the case of neoliberal Mauricio Macri’s triumph in Argentina). If the right wins it is not for the improvement of the people, but only so that the economic and political elites can get richer. And here Mexico appears again as a sad example of this historic and universal truth.
That is why the Venezuelan right and those who favor U.S. imperialism were not fully satisfied with the electoral victory achieved. Chavismo, like all popular movements, has a future. The Venezuelan (and universal) oligarchy are seeking to cancel that future.
That is also why the Venezuelan right is seeking a violent solution. That is why they want the overthrow of President Maduro, the sterilization of the seed sown by Hugo Chávez.
In the dispute for power in Venezuela, the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto has sided with the coup.
That was the message sent to the world with the audience granted to the wife and the mother of López by Foreign Relations Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu and Manlio Fabio Beltrones, president of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
Then, neither Ruiz Massieu nor Beltrones can later claim to have been fooled. They knew (and know) that they are participating in the common cause of preparing to execute a coup in Venezuela.
But what else could be expected of a wildly neoliberal, unpopular right-wing government such as the one that prevails in Mexico? A government which also maintains a completely submissive behavior, even joyous and enthusiastic, to the orders of the White House?
If the coup to overthrow President Maduro occurs, the government of Mexico will not be able to deny or avoid their active, conscious, shameful and criminal collaboration with those responsible for the coup.