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Bachelet’s Chile: moving closer to Venezuela?

Andres Oppenheimer in The Miami Herald:

Bachelet’s Chile: moving closer to Venezuela? President Michelle Bachelet may turn out to be a better president than her predecessor Sebastian Piñera, but many pro-democracy activists in Latin America may well come to miss his recent views on Venezuela, Cuba and other authoritarian regimes.

Bachelet, a Socialist former president who returned Tuesday to the presidential palace for a second term, suggested during her campaign that her top foreign policy priority will be to improve ties with Brazil, Argentina and other Atlantic rim South American nations. Piñera, in turn, had stressed Chile’s ties with the more pro-free market Pacific Alliance, made up of Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.

In her first press conference after her inauguration, Bachelet announced that her first foreign trips will include Argentina, and that Chile will pursue “a very strong Latin American agenda.”

Asked about Venezuela, she said that Chile will “accompany the Venezuelan people and government,” and added — in what some saw as a nod to the Venezuelan government — that Chile will “never support any movement that violently wants to topple a democratically elected government.”

The Venezuelan government describes the ongoing protests against its authoritarian rule as a coup attempt, and claims that it has arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez for allegedly inciting violence. Lopez and other opposition leaders deny they are behind the violence, and international human rights groups say there is no evidence that they have done anything but exercise their right to criticize the government.

Bachelet also said that she will defend democracy and human rights in the region, but the big question in human rights circles is to what extent will she do that.

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3 comments to Bachelet’s Chile: moving closer to Venezuela?

  • asombra

    Bachelet "will defend democracy and human rights," just as vigorously as she's defended them in Cuba. FRAUD.

  • Gallardo

    The term "democracy" is wearing very thin in the mouths of these penthouse communists now playing the "democracy" game after the fall of their beloved USSR. First, everyone knows that Cubazuela's electoral system is as a real as the tooth fairy. Secondly, if the people put them in, they have an equal right to take them out (specially after being the communist tyranny she wants to deny).

    Yet, what is there to be expected from such fraud. I once saw an interview of the shameless bitch where she said that there no longer were tyrannies in Latin America. That said, the interview was done by PBS so despite the blatant falsehood of her statement the interviewer did not rebuke it, now that's quality programming...

  • asombra

    Bachelet practically wet herself during a visit to Havana when she was told Fidel would grant her a private audience--the typical Latrine craving for a photo-op with Nosferatu. She's a two-faced bitch, even more so than Cretina Kirchner and Dilma Rousseff.