Protesters misled

Venezuelan RICH on attack to take control of oil –– envoy

Protesters in Venezuela are paving the way for a foreign attack or invasion similar to the Libyan case, the bullet that shot a protesting regional beauty queen came from the crowd, and the protesters in Barbados are misinformed of the true situation.

These are the views of Venezuelan Ambassador to Barbados Jose Gomez Febres, who told Barbados TODAY in an exclusive interview that protests rocking his country are financed by groups in the United States and Colombia, who want a return to a pre-Chavez era when the huge oil revenue was in the control of the rich and middle class, while most of the population lived in poverty.

He said that the former controlling class not only wants to restore their monopoly of the nation’s wealth, but also to strike a blow against some CARICOM nations by taking away a preferential oil supply arrangement they are enjoying with Venezuela.

“The people who are leading these protests now, they had said many times that the first thing is to stop giving away oil to people who don’t deserve our solidarity,” he said this week. “They are talking about our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean, our brothers and sisters in Cuba, our brothers and sisters in Ecuador, etcetera.”

CARICOM nations, with the exception of Barbados, Montserrat, and Trinidad and Tobago, since 2005 signed onto an arrangement that gives them oil below world prices at easy credit terms.

That deal was an initiative of now deceased President Hugo Chavez, and Febres explained that the past Venezuelan leader was able to offer this concession because shortly after coming to power, he wrested control of the oil industry from owners located in America and Britain. The current Venezuelan government is from Chavez’s political group.

“The oil resources were taken from their hands and put into the hands of the Venezuelan people and put to the services of the majority of the people, but not only to the majority of the people, also our brothers and sisters of Latin America and the Caribbean region. That is the reason why Chavez created PetroCaribe,” Febres said in this interview, in which he sought to counter the image being spread abroad about recent disturbances in Venezuela.

“They have spent several millions of dollars to explain to the people around the world that what is happening in Venezuela is a terrible attack on the human rights,” he said in reference to the alleged financiers of Venezuelan unrest.

While conceding that government forces did brutalise some protesters, he said the majority of images sent around the world were faked, and even named a major Spanish newspaper that he accused of leading the propaganda war, “because they are preparing – like they did with Libya and they are doing with Syria – they are preparing the public opinion for one eventual invasion to Venezuela”.

Dismissing the likelihood of such plans succeeding, he contended the intention is to have countries like the US using a strategy of ‘leading from behind’ as was done in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya when NATO forces appeared to be bombing areas in that country on their initiative, but charged the US was acting behind the scenes as now obtains in Syria, where rich Arab kingdoms are used to finance rebellion and the impression given of the government acting in a brutal manner.

This false image, he said has affected a number of Venezuelan nationals resident in Barbados who earlier this month staged a protest outside the Hastings Embassy.

“They are some kinds of expatriates. They have been living in Barbados for many years, and they have a vision of the reality in Venezuela that have been created by those strong media that belong to the oil ruling classes and the social media,” he said, and added: “They have in their minds been poisoned by hatred. They hate everything that has to do with Chavez, with the Government.”

But, he said that they are Venezuelans and are at all times welcomed to seek representation on any matter at the embassy.

“We will continue attending to them. Because we think they have the right to express their political position. They have that right.”

He said that among the untrue international reports are allegations that state forces have been killing many civilians, though that might be the case in some instances.

He cited an instance on February 12 when three protesters were killed, explaining that two of the victims died from shots fired by police, and those officers were arrested and await trial.

“Those protesters who were killed by agents from the Government, those agents have been detained and have been put to the order of the justice and they will be condemned by the Venezuelan justice,” Febres said in halting English.

“Some protesters have been killed and maybe most of the people who have been killed are not protesters.”

He said the wildly circulated report on of a beauty queen from a region in Venezuela who was shot to death while protesting is an example on the misleading information being spread.

He said  that the woman, Genesis Carmona, 22, who was crowned Miss Tourism 2013 in her home state of Carabobo, had been shot behind the head while in a crowd of protesters facing police.

“It had to be a member from the protest. That was proven by the investigations. The criminal investigation determined it clearly,” Febres said.

He said that a companion of the woman later told CNN that the shot killing her came from within the crowd.

Febres said, “The shot entered the head of the miss here [touching the back of his head], and the police was facing the protesters. And that is clear. Everything has been documented, that is the reason we are not afraid to discuss the problem”.

One Response to Protesters misled

  1. Mirna vegas de Hughes March 1, 2014 at 8:56 am

    “protests rocking his country are financed by groups in the United States and Colombia, who want a return to a pre-Chavez era when the huge oil revenue was in the control of the rich and middle class, while most of the population lived in poverty.”

    Finance by USA, Colombia? What a bunch of rubbish. Same old communist speech that Cubans have insert in their minds…So Mr Ambassador, How do you explain the presence of planes full of Cuban soldiers arriving in Venezuela? Closer to us, How do you explain the presence of the Cuban ambassador and her family in our embassy during our election process? Were we mislead again? Was some kind of holograms put in our embassy by the USA or Colombians? Who has the control of our oil? How many barrels of oil are send everyday to Cuba? In exchange of what? Doctors? Sport trainers? “AVISPAS NEGRAS”?

    “The people who are leading these protests now, they had said many times that the first thing is to stop giving away oil to people who don’t deserve our solidarity,” he said this week. “They are talking about our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean, our brothers and sisters in Cuba, our brothers and sisters in Ecuador, etcetera.”

    Of course we want the regime to stop giving away our resources but not because we are some kind of evil, selfish people. I know you know the long lines that Venezuelans have to make everyday in order to get sugar, oil, corn flour, milk, toilette paper, medicines, etc. Do you really think that it is fair that when OUR country is lacking the basic needs this regime is giving away our resources and destroying the private sector? Of course we want this regime to stop giving away anything with the sole purpose of buying loyalties while our country is lacking in all aspects. Home drums beat first, Mr. Ambassador “Oscuridad para la casa y claridad para la calle…?” I don’t think so!

    “They have spent several millions of dollars to explain to the people around the world that what is happening in Venezuela is a terrible attack on the human rights,”

    You don’t need to spend millions of dollars to explain to no one what is happening in Venezuela all you have to do is look at the hundreds of pictures and videos posted on Facebook and Twitter of protesters being brutalise by the same forces that should be protecting us. Going into private buildings shooting and destroying private properties. No Mr. Ambassador no Colombian or Gringo told us we have been seeing it with our own two eyes and I am sure you have too. And yes, IT IS A TERRIBLE ATTACK ON HUMAN RIGHTS and remember Venezuela withdrew from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. WHY? I wonder!

    ““They are some kinds of expatriates. They have been living in Barbados for many years, and they have a vision of the reality in Venezuela that have been created by those strong media that belong to the oil ruling classes and the social media,” he said, and added: “They have in their minds been poisoned by hatred. They hate everything that has to do with Chavez, with the Government.”

    I am sorry to burst your “red” bubble Mr. Ambassador Yes, we have been living in Barbados for many years but we never forget where we come from, where our families are and where our first home is. NOBODY has poison our minds. We live it every day through our families. We all KNOW exactly what is their suffering, they have to line up for hours to get the basic items. It breaks my heart when I speak to my 84 years old mother and she tells me “Well, I am too old to line up for hours. I eat what I find” Don’t you dare to come and tell me that we don’t know what really is happening in our Venezuela. Respect us! It is not that we hate everything that had to do with Chavez is that we hate what has been going on in Venezuela for the last 15 years and who is responsible for it? Chavez!

    “We will continue attending to them. Because we think they have the right to express their political position. They have that right.”

    Of course our embassy will continue to attend to us. You are not doing us a favor IT IS OUR RIGTH AND IS YOUR DUTY.

    And don’t you ever forget that WE ALL ARE VENEZUELANS and it doesn’t matter how long we have been out of our country we will always have it in our hearts and defend it from outside interference being this Colombia, USA or CUBA. Also, don’t forget that our families are suffering the “achievements?” of the revolution every single day of their lives. And so are we through them….

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