Ten months later


I liked to say my admired Marquis de Iria flavia, vulgar Camilo José Cela, that he who resists wins. It will be necessary to recognize that the one that Juan Guaidó has managed to survive in Venezuela since the National Assembly proclaimed him president in charge on January 23 is an example of resistance by par excellence. Guaidó got a very relevant number of international awards. Countries that bet on something never seen before.

Because in history there are many examples of sovereign nations that recognize a government in exile and not the one that is really established. Without going any further, the "Government" of the Second Spanish Republic, terminated in 1939, continued to be recognized as the only and legitimate Government of Spain by Mexico until 40 years later. But, before the case of Guaidó, we had never seen relevant countries recognize as legitimate a government or a president who has not come to exercise power at any time. And it's been almost ten months since its proclamation.

But still this week he got a new recognition, that of the Bolivian transitional president Jeanine Áñez. It is not a recognition of special value, because Áñez's own situation is of notable weakness, but it is very significant because the gesture of the Bolivian president shows, once again, where a good part of the region's problems are generated. And that she has achieved recognition from Russia, a country of relevant prominence in all these convulsions.

The ability of the Maduro dictatorship to resist harassment of democracies in the American hemisphere and other parts of the planet is resulting in another serious problem. With the complicity of Cuba they are promoting instability across the continent. We have seen multiple examples in recent weeks, as is the case in Chile or Peru. But the most interesting is the role played in the Bolivian presidential elections, where they have played in the shade the same role that Cuba played in the electoral count of Venezuela in 2013 in the first elections to which he attended – and stole – Maduro.

The double standard that continues to prevail in international politics allows interference like those that Maduro's Venezuela is perpetrating in other parts of the continent. Imagine that a conservative government like Jair Bolsonaro's Brazilian tried to do something similar. Convictions at the UN would be immediate. The clamor in politically correct media would be deafening. Allegations of fascism would run on all televisions in red hot. But when countries with records of flagrant human rights violations engage in intervening in neighboring states, silence prevails.

Nicolás Maduro has managed to recover the prominence of Venezuela beyond its borders. That is why the demonstrations convened yesterday in Caracas by Guaidó and Maduro himself were so relevant. No one can be surprised by the envy generated in the Venezuelan Democrats the defeat they have inflicted on Maduro in Bolivia. After fourteen years of indigenous populism, the farce was no longer sustained. Let's see now if the Venezuelan Democrats are able to copy their Bolivian brothers. It is time for Guaidó to demonstrate that, indeed, he who resists wins. .


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