Disinfo: Humanitarian aid for Venezuela is actually a means to supply weapons to the opposition

Summary

A US assault against Venezuela is underway, with the purpose of installing of a ‘puppet’ in office. Supposed humanitarian aid supplies from the USA to Venezuela actually contain many hidden weapons to support the Venezuelan opposition. The humanitarian aid should simplify a change of regime.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory presented without any evidence. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative about the West meddling in and destabilising countries around the world. Background: Several Venezuelan NGOs, such as Foro Penal Venezolano, Súmate, Voto Joven, the Venezuelan Electoral Observatory and the Citizen Electoral Network, raised questions on the election of Nicolas Maduro on May 20, 2018. They expressed their concern over the irregularities of the electoral schedule, including the lack of the Constituent Assembly's competencies to summon the elections, impeding participation of opposition political parties, and the lack of time for standard electoral functions. This caused the European Union, the Organization of American States, the Lima Group, Australia and the United States to express concerns on the electoral process. In the declaration on behalf of the EU on the situation in Venezuela the High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini reiterated that the presidential elections last May in Venezuela were neither free, fair, nor credible, and that they were lacking democratic legitimacy. The EU has called for the urgent holding of free, transparent and credible presidential elections in Venezuela. Food shortages, poverty and hyperinflation (which according to the IMF estimates is about to reach over 10 million % based on the average consumer prices) have generated a wave of 3 millions refugees from Venezuela and the protests in Venezuela itself, when President of the National Assembly of Venezuela Juan Guido stepped in as an interim president on the basis of the Venezuelan Constitution. Read more here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 26/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Venezuela
  • Keywords: Nicolas Maduro

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