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86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military Intervention, 81% Against US Sanctions, Local Polling Shows

The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose military intervention and US sanctions to try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from power, according to polling by the local firm Hinterlaces.


More than eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose international intervention, both military and non-military, in their country, as well as the crippling sanctions imposed by the United States to force leftist President Nicolás Maduro out of power.

According to a study conducted in early January 2019 by the local polling firm Hinterlaces, 86 percent of Venezuelans would disagree with international military intervention. And 81 percent oppose the US sanctions that have gravely hurt the South American nation’s economy.

This poll was conducted before the Donald Trump administration launched a political coup in Venezuela on January 23, attempting to replace its government with a right-wing opposition that has made it clear that it seeks to impose neoliberal capitalist economic policies.

Hinterlaces is led by the independent pollster Oscar Schemel, who has experience studying numerous elections in Venezuela and has a pro-business perspective. Most polling firms in the country, such as the competitor Datanálisis, tend to be pro-opposition. Hinterlaces is more neutral, and often leans toward the government, although Schemel has criticized some of Maduro’s economic policies.

English-language media outlets frequently ignore local polls done inside Venezuela, and if they do report on them, they tend to publish the results of polling firms run by pro-opposition figures.

The Grayzone has translated the findings of a Hinterlaces study conducted between January 7 and 20. The following data is based on direct interviews with 1,580 Venezuelans from all across the country, and was reported on the program José Vicente HOY on January 27.

Do you agree or disagree with the US economic and financial sanctions that are currently applied against Venezuela to remove President Maduro from power?

  • 81% disagree
  • 17% agree
  • 2% not sure

Would you agree or disagree if there were international intervention in Venezuela to remove President Maduro from power?

  • 78% disagree
  • 20% agree
  • 2% not sure

Would you agree or disagree if there were international military intervention in Venezuela to remove President Maduro from power?

  • 86% disagree
  • 12% agree
  • 2% not sure

In general do you agree or disagree with a dialogue being held between the national government and the opposition to resolve the current economic problems in the country?

  • 84% agree
  • 15% disagree
  • 1% not sure

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Maduro Ends Belarus Trip, Deepening Ties

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro meets with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexandr Lukashenko.
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro meets with his Belarusian counterpart, Alexandr Lukashenko. | Photo: Twitter @PresidencialVen.

Maduro inaugurated a monument to Simon Bolivar, in the park that bears the name of the hero of Latin American independence.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with the President of Belarus, Alexandr Lukashenko in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, during which they spoke with the aim of strengthening bilateral ties between their countries and discussing the international situation.

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Maduro affirmed to his Belarusian counterpart that the development of a multi-polar world based on peaceful international relations is at the center of the Bolivarian project, the Presidential Press said on Twitter.

The meeting also reaffirmed that Belarus supports Venezuela politically in the international realm.

The two leaders also discussed ways to improve bilateral economic relations beyond their strong base. By 2011 total bilateral exchange had totaled US$2 billion between the two countries. Projects in development range from housing construction, automobile manufacturing, oil, and gas infrastructure.

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 Belarús le abre las puertas a Venezuela, Pdte. @NicolasMaduro y su par, Alexander Lukashenko sostienen encuentro

“Belarus opens its doors to Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro and his counterpart, Alexander Lukashenko meet.”

Lukashenko said that Venezuela is among its most important partners in Latin America and that the nations have a strong foundation to build on, however he also noted that due to the “complicated situation in the world” some projects have slowed down in recent years.

“Belarusian technology has been used to start making road construction machines in Venezuela. Latin America’s largest brick factory has been built. Together we have built hundreds of thousands of square meters of housing for low-income families in Venezuela. It is a good foundation for our future relations. We hit the mark when we started it in the past,” Lukashenko said according to Belarus News.

“We are ready to continue this road in Venezuela together,” he continued.

President Nicolas Maduro is scheduled to inaugurate a statue of Simon Bolivar in Minsk later in the day.

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Intervention Expert

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    Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. | Photo: Reuters
The president of the National Constituent Assembly rightly said that the Jordanian prince “endorses the violence of the Venezuelan right against the people.”

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the Jordanian prince in charge of U.N. human rights issues, again poisons the Venezuelan situation to give a further respite to the agenda of intervention against the country.

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In tune with Luis Almagro’s troupe at the Organization of American States, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, currently the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, uses his current position in the multilateral organization as an international pivot in order to once again criminalize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.

Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced this at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Sept. 11, in which he spoke of a campaign orchestrated and led by the United States government with the intention of justifying a kind of “humanitarian tutelage” from the political, diplomatic and military point of view on Venezuela.

But the most important part of their curriculum is the active participation in forced interventions that culminated in humanitarian disasters within different countries. Al Hussein is not only the son of the Hashemite dynasty that governs the Kingdom of Jordan, but was educated in the elite universities of Europe and was the ambassador of his monarchic country in the U.S., Mexico and the U.N. Hence his position as head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is a celebration for Western elites by origin, race and political ties with Washington.

And that Al Hussein is the man who, following the failure of OAS head Luis Almagro, now tries to raise the level of the offensive against the country at a time and place in which Venezuela has a legitimate voice and vote in the same Council of Human Rights, of which he is a member and which he has previously chaired.

During the 1990s, the Jordanian prince served as the diplomatic chief of the United Nations Protection Force, which served as a military agency allied to NATO during the war in Yugoslavia, manufactured from the outside, for “humanitarian assistance,” “victim relief,” and the creation of “security zones” at airports and border areas of what we now know as Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Unoprofor was at that time a “humanitarian channel,” an instrument that reappears this time in the anti-Chavista tonic of both, Democratic Unity Roundtable and the U.S.-allied governments, which after the financial sanctions of the Donald Trump administration take center stage as part of the foreign intervention disguised as “humanitarian aid,” a big lie. Al Hussein has proven experienced in setting up these border intervention scenarios and lobbying within the U.N. to implement these measures as part of a “consensus” under the tutelage of the U.S. elite through multilateral agencies.

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As Mision Verdad previously noted: “But the Jordanian leader’s resume does not end there. He has also been a representative of the Security Council to lead the last phase of U.N. humanitarian interventions in Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: African nations battered by mercenary wars for more than a decade, Zeid was there again to give international legitimacy to the criminal financial sanctions imposed by the United States and the U.N. Security Council as the only valid way for the ‘failed states’ to get out of their situation.”

The president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez, previously a foreign minister, rebuked Al Hussein for his biased statements and reports against Venezuela and denounced the new influence of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Of course, it is not the first time that the Jordanian prince has lashed out against Venezuelan sovereignty. His constant accusations about human rights are used by local and international media as a pretext to poison the advances of the Bolivarian government in this matter, in addition to legitimizing the anti-Chavez violence promoted by both the First Justice and Popular Will political parties used as laboratories of the opposition coalition MUD, as well as by the U.S. government itself and the U.S. corporations and banks that pressure it.

This instrumentation of human rights is evident in the last report of the high commissioner in which he uses as references the rigged data of NGOs on Venezuelan soil, allies of the MUD as Provea and Penal Forum (financed by NED and USAID gringos) as well as the facts presented by the opposition media and the processes of “investigation” of the previous administration of the public ministry commanded by the fugitive Luisa Ortega Diaz.

Based on the exposition by those actors, experts in the creation of false files and the promotion of foreign intervention to the detriment of Venezuelan sovereignty, Al Hussein calls government actions within the framework of the color revolution a “repression policy” and its armed phase of anti-Chavismo that took place in the streets of Venezuela from April to August this year.

In relation to the above, the president of the ANC rightly said that the Jordanian prince “endorses the violence of the Venezuelan right against the people.”

Both the promotion of the report and its presentation at the opening of the 36th session of the Human Rights Council, which stated that “my research suggests the possibility that crimes against humanity may have been committed,” has a clear attempt to overshadow the participation of the diplomatic delegation of Venezuela in Geneva, thus supporting the position of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, another promoter of “humanitarian interventions,” signaling “mockery.”

This has its counterpart in the OAS, which is again on the scene to accompany what was said and done in Geneva, with the opening of hearings on alleged crimes against humanity that the Bolivarian government supposedly committed against the Venezuelan population, an agenda that responds to the “Popular Will” political party of Leopoldo Lopez that tries to recover the political offensive from an international case whose objective is to extend the sanctions against Venezuela. Al Hussein has been photographed several times with Lilian Tintori (Lopez’s wife) and has had direct contact with Luis Almagro regarding Venezuela and was is one of the main defenders of Lopez. These are signs that link him directly to the mega-loser of the primaries of yesterday: Popular Will.

Along with the Almagro agenda, this new Al Hussein diplomatic offensive against Venezuela must be understood as part of the large-scale international strategy of expanding U.S. sanctions on the Venezuelan economy and finances and legitimizing anti-Chavismo intentions of neutralizing the ANC, which serves as a counterweight to interventionist plans. Likewise, the tone and geopolitical importance have been to diminish and manipulate President Nicolas Maduro’s term in office on the basis of “human rights.”


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Venezuelan Youth Burned for ‘Being Chavista’ Dies from Injuries


Opposition supporters set up a burning barricade at a rally against Venezuela

  • Opposition supporters set up a burning barricade at a rally against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, May 20, 2017. | Photo: Reuters

Orlando Jose Figuera suffered burns on 80 percent of his body in a heinous attack the government has dubbed a hate crime.

The Venezuelan youth who was beaten and set on fire by violent anti-government protesters in Caracas two weeks ago has died from his injuries, government officials reported Saturday night.

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Orlando Jose Figuera was burned alive on May 20 in Caracas’ Altamira neighborhood, one of the capital’s affluent areas, after opposition protesters suspected that the 21-year-old Black man was a government supporter.

Venezuela’s Minister of Communication and Information, Ernesto Villegas, announced the news on his Twitter account Saturday evening.

“Orlando Figuera, stabbed and burned alive by minds diseased by hate in Altamira on May 20, just died of cardiopulmonary arrest,” Villegas wrote, adding that international mainstream media has continued to paint the opposition protests as “peaceful” despite cases like Figuera’s.

Figuera’s mother, Ines Esparragoza, blamed the opposition for the tragedy and her son’s suffering ahead of his death in a video shared on Villegas’ Twitter, saying as she began to cry that the attackers treated her son like an animal.

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“Why does (National Assembly chief) Julio Borges allow this, and (opposition leader) Henrique Capriles allow this?” she questioned.

“Who am I going to blame?” she continued. “The opposition. Because they are the ones that threw gasoline on my son like an animal … if it wasn’t my son it would have been someone else.”

Figuera suffered first and second degree burns on 80 percent of his body, as well as stab wounds in various parts of his body.

Venezuela’s ombudsman, Tarek William Saab, condemned right-wing violence on his Twitter account, calling Figuera “the fourth victim of unpunished hate crimes” amid ongoing opposition protests, launched in early April with the intent of toppling the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

“Orlando Figuera beaten, stabbed and burned alive by ‘demonstrators’ is the symbol of hate crimes in Venezuela,” Saab wrote. “As long as the Venezuelan justice system fails to give maximum sentences against murderous lyncher, hate crimes will increase.”

Maduro had condemned the attack after the incident in his weekly television program two weeks ago.

“A a person was set on fire, beaten up, they stabbed him four times. They hit him and nearly lynched him, just because someone shouted out that he was a ‘Chavista’ … or because of his skin colour,” Maduro said. “Is that what we call opposition? Is that what we call democracy; we call this politics?”

More than 70 people have died in incidents linked to the ongoing protests since regular anti-government marches aimed at forcing out the Maduro government broke out two months ago, often spilling over into incidents of violence.

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