Brazil needs to engage with Venezuela even though it is against the regime

Brazil needs to engage with Venezuela even though it is against the regime
Brazil needs to engage with Venezuela even though it is against the regime
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The thing that weighs most against María Corina Machado is her blocking, asking for abstention in the 2012 elections, calling for violent protests in 2014 that killed 40 people. Today we have a reference [no Brasil] about these things like January 8th, back in Venezuela this happened all the time. After she endorsed the government of [Juan] Guaido. Pablo Uchôa, journalist and researcher at University College London

I find it difficult for President Lula to put himself in a personal situation and compare himself to the opposition with Venezuela in this aspect. What I also think is necessary is that Brazil needs to engage and continue to engage with Venezuela, because if Brazil wants to continue being a leader in the region, it needs to engage with Venezuela, even if it doesn’t like the regime, even if it thinks it’s that Maduro is autocratic, authoritarian. Pablo Uchôa, journalist and researcher at University College London

The researcher says that he was in Venezuela recently and gave an overview of who María Corina Machado is, who had nominated Corina Yoris to run as a candidate. Yoris was prevented from running and denounced his coalition.

I just came from Venezuela and it was great to get a feel for the climate not only in terms of elections, but also the dynamics of the government and opposition. It is not surprising that the government tries to hinder and prevent María Corina Machado’s candidacy. Pablo Uchôa, journalist and researcher at University College London

María Corina Machado is a name that has a lot of weight historically, because in the past she has always made the choice to remove the government in a way that is not always exactly the most democratic, including violent protests and coups. It’s not a big surprise that the government tries to make it difficult. Pablo Uchôa, journalist and researcher at University College London

The expert says that now there is a different point: the softening of Machado’s speech. After criticizing the Brazilian president in early March, she thanked President Emmanuel Macron (France) and Gustavo Petro (Colombia) for his recent statements.

What is different from this situation is that María Corina Machado softened her speech and avoided going back to that status quo which was from the opposition: boycott the election, call for more economic sanctions. Not necessarily economic sanctions, but asking for foreign intervention, which in the end ended up resulting in economic sanctions that the population really doesn’t like, nobody wants to be under sanctions. Pablo Uchôa, journalist and researcher at University College London


The article is in Portuguese

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