Where Do the Coups of the Right Come From?

April 4, 2018

There are less than two months until the presidential elections take place in Venezuela, the political landscape for Chavismo before that contest is united with all being for the candidacy of Nicolás Maduro. The picture for the right wing, in contrast, can be characterized by divisions that have intensified and overall with no strategic capability.  Five years after Maduro’s first presidential campaign they have been incapable of articulating any clear political vision nor have they built any real leadership with popular support. They present no alternative for the majority and have splintered around the debate on whether or not to participate in the election at all.

The weaknesses of the right are not anything new; they started after their last defeat on July 30 of last year and have worsened since then. This has put them in a situation of evident weakness, with three tendencies. There is the Frente Amplio, a coalition that brings together the Democratic Union Roundtable ( MUD) and  some new allies who oscillate between supporting a coup or pursuing electoral possibility. Then there is Soy Venezuela (I am Venezuela), which publicly rules out  any  possibility of running in the election and somewhere in that mix is Henry Falcón, a former Chavista who a weak opportunist.

All, particularly the first two, beg for support from abroad, where their center of gravity resides and where central decisions are made about what to do in the face of the revolution. Today it was the turn of Julio Borges, Jorge Ledezma and Carlos Vecchio, who were in France, where president Macron officially said that the upcoming presidential elections in our country will not be fair and free. It was not an endorsement of the opposition leaders, but rather an expression of the alliance that the French government, the European Union, and the U.S government have in meddling in the elections and affairs of many foreign countries.

At the same time a concession of the self-proclaimed Supreme Court Justice in exile took place in Colombia, where ex-fugitive Luisa Ortega Díaz went to ask for a preliminary hearing on the merits against Nicolás Maduro and his arrest warrant at  Interpol. The illegal and illegitimate Court has thus appeared again. It was not by its own decision but rather as part of a maneuver by the United States. Neither that false Tribunal, which nobody knows or recognizes in Venezuela, nor Luisa Ortega Diaz have the capacity to decide their own actions, they are part of a directed plan of imperialism that is always looking for ways to find an outcome in Venezuela to its liking.

The internal situation of the right and the movements of the external front, indicate that the main thrust of coups come and will always come from plans made up from abroad. The focus of this destabilization process of Venezuela is focused on the economy, with the aim of further worsening the conditions of life, diplomatic maneuvers, manipulation of the borders and always placed on the table the hypothesis of an armed intervention. It is outside of our country where the attacks are planned, and these plans are designed to make all areas of life here difficult.

In this context, the unity around the candidacy of Nicolás Maduro is necessary to have a high voter turnout in the elections, which in turn will give greater legitimacy to the possible victory of the followers of Chavez.  Knowing a Maduro victory will surely not be recognized some sectors will try to seize that moment for an action using force. Secondly, what we have been proposing on repeated occasions is key; putting strength into production, distribution and strengthening the power of the people in the territories  in order to achieve greater capacity to respond to the impacts of the created crisis and greater spaces for participatory and protagonist democracy.

We must defend the revolution by voting while simultaneously advancing in the strategic areas. This involves placing the historical subject of the revolution at the very center of the scene. This is a strategy of construction, advancement and resistance, and curbing the setbacks that have occurred in some sectors. Examples of these can be seen in peasant evictions or in the “murders in the popular neighborhoods” by police officers, that have been denounced by Chavista José Vicente Rangel. The people must be a protagonist; the center of gravity of the construction of the democratic country. Turning them into an object is dangerous and diminishes some of the vision of Chavez. In the people, their power, organization must be the immediate and placed strategically on the horizon.

National Coordination of the Revolutionary Current Bolívar and Zamora

Our fight is with the hoe in the land


Source: Corriente Revolucionaria Bolivar y Zamora, translation Resumen Latinoamericano, North American Bureau