Maduro’s Silent War In Latin America Is Far From Over

Guido Gonzalez/PantherNOW

Humberto Mendez Prince/Contributing Writer

Once again, Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro is using violence, anarchy and chaos to encourage socialist and populist ideals in South America — and all of the politicians in his favor are sugarcoating these ideals by saying they’re fighting “for the people.”

In the past few weeks, South America has been experiencing a wave of protests in Chile and Ecuador. Although the reasons the protests began in the first place were clear, third parties, more specifically Maduro’s regime, have taken this chance to cause commotion and unsuccessfully attempt to reinstate communism in the region.

On one hand, Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s president, in an attempt to improve an already weak economy inherited from former President Rafael Correa, passed a law which cut all financial help made to diesel imported to Ecuador. As a result, protests occurred throughout the country, with citizens from adjacent districts to the capitol leading them. Eventually, President Moreno compromised and put an end to the law.

In the midst of all of this, speculations on social media affirmed that Correa, conjointly with Maduro, were taking advantage of all the dissatisfaction in Ecuador and begun coordinating a coup in Ecuador. In Venezuela, funnily enough, there were confirmed cases of ex-FARC, or the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, members and Venezuelans arrested during the demonstrations in Ecuador.

What’s more worrying is that earlier this month, Correa visited Cuba before flying to Venezuela, even though members of the Venezuelan dictatorship denied this ever happening. Not only has Maduro’s regime given asylum to Hezbollah members, but also FARC members; housing an ex-dictator who, by the way, was close friends with the now-deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, wouldn’t be such a stretch for them. 

Maduros’ involvement in Ecuador in the last few weeks is the first step to reinstate populism and communism across the region. His regime is using the economic crisis in Venezuela, which drove more than four million citizens across the region to send militia members into neighboring countries to keep igniting riots and protests.

To this day, there are still men from Maduro’s militia in Quito posting messages of “liberation of the Americas” to once again ignite riots in the city, showing an absolute lack of determination by the continent to get rid of Maduro’s Government.

Luckily, due to the compromise made by President Moreno, protests have ceased and the “liberation” of Latin America from capitalism slowed its tracks, at least in Ecuador. In Chile, however, the same violent, anti-democracy pattern was seen.

Chile’s liberal protests started due to a rise in public transport prices, which escalated into sackings and violence in streets across the country.

In view of the protests and the number of sackings rising the country’s military, quickly established a curfew for the next two days to suppress rioters. Eighteen people died in the lapse of these two days of protests.

Eventually, as these things tend to go, demonstrations died out, protesters and raiders got arrested and everything went back to normal. However, many of these culprits were Venezuelans with fake ID’s, many of whom had no more than three days in the country. 

As of Oct. 28, the Chilean National Intelligence confirmed that Venezuelans and Cubans were among the perpetrators of the destruction of metro stations in Chile’s demonstrations. Moreover, there are tweets from militia members addressing the problem and confirming that the “fight” in Chile and Ecuador is only the beginning.

If there’s something clear here, it’s that Maduro is leading a silent war to discourage the democratic mentality in the region. 

Something these two social protests had in common was how quickly they escalated into a civil conflict, which led to military action from both of these nations. This is not coincidental, this is textbook communism.

In order to regain power, political figures first need to discourage the current government through things that appeal to socially distressed nations. Topics like “revolutions” and getting rid of a neo-capitalism society usually does the trick. 

It seems, for a long time now, that Communism has had a hold of Latin America, and so far there hasn’t been an end in sight. A lack of response from the constant attacks on democracy from South American leaders is not only worrying but at this point generates distrust in the resolve of all political entities in the region.

We’re seeing a pattern that is difficult to ignore, and a swift answer from bigger countries in the region is necessary.



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