Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, a darling of Latinx crowd, minces no words in going after Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Brazil’s Lula for their ongoing support of socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela.
Love for the dictator
It is an old and sad custom in Latin America. It’s to protect the dictator, the killer, the one who should be in prison but remains in power through sheer force, fraud and abuses.
It is incredible that in the year 2023, two democratically elected presidents have decided to support and protect killers.
This shameful pampering is what the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, did a couple of months ago when he declared Cuban dictator Miguel Díaz-Canel a “distinguished guest” and awarded him the country’s maximum distinction, the Aztec Eagle. AMLO did not want to see the repression, political prisoners and absence of a multiparty democracy denounced by Amnesty International in a report on Cuba. This is not a matter of opinion. AMLO is supporting and protecting a regime that kills and jails its citizens just for thinking differently.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva did the same recently with Venezuelan tyrant Nicolás Maduro. Olympically ignoring all the human rights violations in post-Chavez Venezuela, Lula welcomed Maduro and declared that there are “many prejudices” against Venezuela and “a narrative that says (the Maduro regime) is anti-democratic and authoritarian.”
Lula was naive, perhaps even complicit.
The reality is that Venezuela does have an anti-democratic and authoritarian government.
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