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People's Review - - OP-ED - The columnist can be reached at: prabasinepali43@gmail.com

Maduro. He claims he is com­bat­ing an “im­pe­ri­al­ist” plot [the usual Com­mu­nist jar­gon] to sup­press so­cial­ism and take over the OPEC na­tion’s oil wealth. How­ever, Chavez and Maduro com­bined to de­stroy Venezuela’s once af­flu­ent econ­omy and ruth­lessly re­pressed any op­po­si­tion. There is wide­spread anger among Venezuela’s 30 mil­lion peo­ple ( ap­prox­i­mately the same as Nepal’s) at the col­lapse of their econ­omy. There is gal­lop­ing in­fla­tion, and ba­sic food­stuff and medicine are not avail­able. As Lenin fa­mously said (in an­other con­text) :the peo­ple have voted with their feet and have since months em­barked on an ex­o­dus to the neigh­bor­ing coun­tries of Colom­bia and Brazil for ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and med­i­cal treat­ment, in­clud­ing giv­ing birth! Maduro’s main chal­lenger was for­mer state gover­nor un­der Chavez, Henri Fal­con, 56 who vowed: “I will free Venezuela from dic­ta­tor­ship!” Fal­con had only a slim chance given wide­spread an­tic­i­pated ab­sten­tion, the op­po­si­tion badly split over his break with the boy­cott, the vote-win­ning power of state hand­outs, and Maduro’s sup­port­ers on the elec­tion board. Fal­con won only 21.2 per­cent of the votes. “These are not elec­tions. They are a farce in­tended to keep Maduro in power with­out pop­u­lar sup­port,” said Juan Pablo Gua­nipa, of the main op­po­si­tion coali­tion. The suf­fer­ing of the peo­ple in Venezuela will now con­tinue un­abated un­der a Com­mu­nist Stal­in­ist dic­ta­tor.

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