The President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduroassured this Tuesday that no threat will stop “the progressive wave that has risen in Latin America and the Caribbean”, a day after his government announced that the president was not attending the VII Celac Summit in Buenos Aires due to a “plan of aggressions” against his delegation.
The presence of Maduro in Buenos Aires had generated a strong controversy in Argentina and the repudiation of opposition figures who promoted complaints with little legal basis against the president, and even stirred up the specter of resorting to the DEA, the US anti-drug agency, to stop it.
“It was not a simple provocation”
In a message broadcast by video during the Celac summit, Maduro mentioned his absence with notice. “I would have wanted to be physically, directly at the site of the events as we have always been, as we will always be,” lamented Maduro, who referred, along the same lines as the statement published by his government on Monday, to “reasons that escape our own will, of the permanent conspiraciesof permanent persecution, of permanent threat, of the ambushes that are calculated“.
“We have to join forces and efforts to reject all types of interventionism by forces outside our region” and tell the United States, “with one voice”, to end the “coup” and the “sanctions against free and sovereign countries of the continent”, said the president in his telematic intervention. Maduro accused the United States of “trying to return to the era of coups” and “threaten the countries (of Latin America and the Caribbean) with military interventions” or “impose criminal sanctions” that seek, he assured, a “collapse and implosion” of society.
Political scientist and columnist for Page 12, Atilio Borónshared on his social networks a message that Maduro himself sent him, in which he argued his decision not to visit Argentina based on “very sensitive information”.
For the Bolivarian leader “it was not a simple provocation or a march” but “something thicker coordinated from the United States embassy, the macrismo rats and the judicial party”, a situation that “implied entering into combat in a territory other than that of Venezuela.” Maduro expressed his “full confidence that the decision that was made was the correct one, objectively assessing all the elements we have from intelligence sources that have never failed us,” and although he did not dare to reveal those sources, he warned that “they are very powerful ” and “they have saved my life several times”.
Supports of AMLO and Evo
The backing of regional leaders was not long in coming. The president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obradorconsidered Maduro’s decision prudent because the right was preparing a “media show” against him. López Obrador, who said that he did not attend the summit due to commitments in his work schedule, said that Maduro “did very well” because “provocations must be avoided and conservatives on all sides act like thisbecause they control most of the media.”
For his part, the former president of Bolivia, Evo Moralesalso expressed his solidarity with Maduro on Tuesday, considering that it is “victim of America’s permanent conspiracy”. According to Morales, who traveled to Buenos Aires to participate last Sunday in an event held with the Bolivian community in Argentina on the occasion of Plurinational State Day, and to meet with social organizations, “in addition to maintaining a criminal economic blockade and his threats of intervention against the people of Venezuela”, the United States uses the DEA “to fabricate false accusations”.
The complaints in Argentina
The hubbub that broke out in Argentina before the visit, finally frustrated, by Maduro was striking. The complaint with the greatest media impact was presented by the so-called Argentine Forum for Democracy in the Region (FADER), which in a document presented in Comodoro Py exposed “violations of international law” in which Maduro in Venezuela, Díaz Canel in Cuba and Ortega in Nicaragua would have incurred.
That right-wing space is made up of, among others, former deputies Waldo Wolff and Paula Bertol, denialist historian Sabrina Ajmechet, former foreign minister Jorge Faurie, and journalists Alfredo Leudo and Eduardo Feinmann. From the Argentine Foreign Ministry, they explained to this newspaper that these types of complaints have no legal basis, nor could requests to prevent the entry of presidents or retain them in the country.
Patricia Bullrich, president of the PRO, wanted to go one step further, warning that if Maduro finally visited the country, he would request the arrest of the Venezuelan president at the DEA office in Argentina. Bullrich argued the request for her capture in an alleged complaint for the alleged participation of Maduro in the Cartel de los Soles, a flimsy accusation presented by the United States Department of Justice at the beginning of 2020, which never advanced in the judicial field.
Very sure of his words, Bullrich assured days ago that “If someone wanted in the United States comes to the country, the offices can act in the region so that they can be extradited”. Nevertheless Julian Maradeojournalist and author of The DEA in Argentinaexplains that the US anti-drug agency “You cannot be part of operations, nor can you detain anyone in national territory”.
in dialogue with Page 12, Maradeo maintains that what the DEA can do is, through the Foreign Ministry, “ask the judge in question to be working on a complaint about Maduro, his extradition, and the judge can reject or accept but cannot do otherwise more than that”. For the investigator, Bullrich’s accusation was “fundamentally for the gallery.”
Through bilateral treaties, “the action of the DEA in Argentina is limited solely to cooperation, for example, through the financing of training courses, or through sharing strategic information, it is the only thing that the DEA can do in Argentina “, details Maradea.
The United States, in relation to drug trafficking through the DEA and the Southern Command, “always wanted Argentina and other South American countries to join their armies in what they call the war against drug trafficking,” adds Maradea. In an interview with AM750 In June of last year, the graduate in journalism at the National University of La Plata had indicated that “Patricia Bullrich was the gateway for the DEA in Argentina”and that the potential presidential candidate “he granted them all their wishes”.