Maduro and His Harsh Tone

Dariela Aquique

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Photo:

HAVANA TIMES — I hadn’t wanted to comment on what is happening in Venezuela, primarily because I am prone to writing on Cuba’s problems more than foreign ones. And secondly, because as always our media only gives one version of the events and I don’t want to err inappropriately.

Since explicit expressions of rejection of the government of President Nicolas Maduro began on January 23, starting with a peaceful march of students and became guarimba (as Venezuelans call street protests) I noted the harsh tone used by the president to refer to anyone that opposes him.

Loss of life and property damage has been the balance of these brawls between Chavistas and adversaries. Things went a bit far and both sides resorted to violence, which seems to be inevitable in this country, almost divided in half.

When the media began to cover these clashes international public opinion became vocal according to which side you receive communion from.

While it is true that there was an entire media campaign from the right and its allies within and outside the country to exaggerate what was happening, the government’s media also divulged what was convenient.

From the moment they spoke of a possible intervention (in my opinion unnecessary), the president had no choice but to lower the tone and invite all parties to a peace conference.

Much of the opposition (the less extreme part) heeded the call of the government and are now engaged in trying to contain the outbreaks of violence. Fortunately the wave of excesses has declined.

But the tone of Maduro is still a little rough. He likes to hurl pejorative adjectives at his antagonists. He makes threats and appears a little paranoid, because any president, foreign minister, artist or whoever says something the ex-bus driver doesn’t like he throws a fit and breaks off relations.

In one of the meetings of the Peace Conference, someone reproached him for having used the term: we are going to tame you, referring to the rioting students. He also talked at some point of sending tanks out in the state of Táchira if necessary (no one told me this this, I heard him on Telesur TV).

Hopefully Venezuelans can resolve their differences without more violence. But clearly in diplomacy Maduro has a long way to go; he will have to modify his harsh tone.

Dariela Aquique

Dariela Aquique: I remember my years as a high school student, especially that teacher who would interrupt the reading of works and who with surprising histrionics spoke of the real possibilities of knowing more about the truth of a country through its writers than through historical chronicles. From there came my passion for writing and literature. I had excellent teachers (sure, those were not the days of the Fast-track Teachers) and extemporization and the non-mastery of subjects was not tolerated. With humble pretenses, I want to contribute to revealing the truth about my country, where reality always overcomes fiction, but where a novel style shrouds its existence.

13 thoughts on “Maduro and His Harsh Tone

  • March 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    What kind of world you live in? When the Empires want to for any reason interfere in a country they DO! Don’t you see news? These are Venezuelans protesting, is it that hard to understand? Neither Americans nor Cubans ! We only want Venezuelans in OUR institutions! Hands off Venezuela Castros!

  • March 14, 2014 at 11:41 am

    About 15 years ago rabidly anti-Castro journalist/writer Georgie Ann Geyer predicted that once Fidel was out of the picture, Cuba would RUN back to capitalism .
    When Fidel had his serious gastro-intestinal problems some seven or so years ago , all the anti-Castro crazies were dancing in the streets anticipating an end to the Cuban Revolution .
    Now here comes Moses with HIS wishful thinking.
    I can only hope that he holds his breath while he waits for the good news.

  • March 12, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Not really. I believe we are in the last days of the Castro tyranny. I support my Cuban family and wait to hear the good news.

  • March 12, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Even the government-backed Venezuelan press has reported that the mix of protesters crosses all economic classes. Last I checked, taking to the streets is an integral part of the democratic process and should not be illegal. Both sides are guilty of violent acts so there is plenty of blame to be shared.

  • March 12, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    It’s called sarcasm John….

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