Venezuela Says “Remain Calm. Nobody’s Leaving.” [VIDEO]

Venezuela Says “Remain Calm. Nobody’s Leaving.” [VIDEO]

Venezuela Says “Remain Calm. Nobody’s Leaving.” [VIDEO]

In a press conference on Monday that would have made Baghdad Bob proud, Vice-President of Venezuela Delcy Rodriguez insisted everyone remain calm. As far as the Venezuelan government can tell from their data, all the migration patterns are “normal.” There IS no crisis of Venezuelans leaving the country.

After all, it IS a socialist paradise.

As usual, the quoted numbers of folks booking out of the country are all a plot to undermine El Presidente Maduro, and, well, dang it! They just won’t stand for it.

Venezuela’s government on Monday said migratory patterns out of the OPEC nation are “normal” and that the situation was being exaggerated to justify an intervention by foreign powers.

…“There has been an intent to convert a normal migratory flow into a humanitarian crisis in order to justify an international intervention in Venezuela,” said Vice President Delcy Rodriguez at a press conference. “We will not allow it.”

Talk about throwing a gauntlet! BOOM!

Let’s delve a tiny bit deeper into this “manufactured” crisis, and see if we can’t get to the bottom of the numbers.

Amnesty International seems to have a beef with the Venezuelan government. Not only are they asking all the surrounding governments to treat people fleeing the regime with decency and respect, they have a laundry list of why people are leaving.

Governments across Latin America and the Caribbean must assume their collective responsibility to protect and guarantee the human rights of everyone fleeing Venezuela, said Amnesty International today in an open letter to regional governments attending an emergency summit in Quito, Ecuador.

“Millions of people have been forced to leave everything behind and walk for days on end to escape massive human rights violations in Venezuela, including arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial executions, torture and violations of their rights to food and health,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“The solution requires international leadership and cooperation. Neighbouring countries must show solidarity and commit to protecting the people of Venezuela in their time of need. They must not turn their backs on people who are simply searching for somewhere to rebuild their lives in safety.”

MILLIONS” of people. Whoa. Where did they get that?! Exaggerators! Everybody LOVES living in Venezuela.

Not really.

Hunger is gnawing at Venezuela, where a government that claims to rule for the poorest has left most of its 31 million people short of food, many desperately so. As night falls over Caracas, and most of the city’s residents lock their doors against its ever more violent streets, Adriana Velásquez gets ready for work, heading out into an uncertain darkness as she has done since hunger forced her into the only job she could find at 14.

She was introduced to her brothel madam by a friend more than two years ago after her mother, a single parent, was fired and the two ran out of food. “It was really hard, but we were going to bed without eating,” said the teenager, whose name has been changed to protect her.

Since then Venezuela’s crisis has deepened, the number of women working at the brothel has doubled, and their ages have dropped. “I was the youngest when I started. Now there are girls who are 12 or 13. Almost all of us are there because of the crisis, because of hunger.”

According to the U.N. 2.3 million people have left since the crisis began in 2014, and the exodus continually grows.

Brazil actually activated the army, sending them to their border with Venezuela to stem the tide of thousands pouring over.

Brazil is sending troops to its northern border to “guarantee law and order” amid an ongoing crisis which is seeing thousands of Venezuelans attempting to cross into neighboring countries and beyond.

Brazilian President Michel Temer signed a decree Tuesday to deploy the armed forces to the state of Roraima, making the announcement during a speech from Planalto Presidential Palace.
In a series of tweets following the decree, he cited the “terrible living conditions” endured by Venezuelans as reason for the migrant crisis and Brazil’s reaction.
…The Guarantee of Law and Order decree — where the armed forces are authorized to take on policing duties — will go into effect from August 29 to September 12.
The northern Brazilian state is the main gateway for Venezuelan immigrants entering Brazil, according to State-run news agency Agencia Brasil.
Maybe things aren’t as rosy as the Venezuelan VP would have us believe. So who else can we ask in the area?

Government officials from across Latin America and the Caribbean are meeting in Quito to coordinate a response to the regional humanitarian crisis caused by Venezuela’s economic collapse.Representatives from Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic and Ecuador are gathering on Monday and Tuesday to discuss how to respond to mass migration from the Caribbean nation, and how to protect vulnerable Venezuelans from xenophobia and exploitation by black-market employers and criminal gangs.

“It’s clear that this is going to keep increasing,” said Christian Kruger, the head of Colombia’s migration authority, in an interview at the event. “Migration that is driven by hunger won’t be stopped by a visa or any other document.”

More than two million Venezuelans are now living outside their homeland as part of a migration crisis that’s become particularly acute across Latin America this year. Colombia and Ecuador have been most affected, though Brazil recently authorized the use of its armed forces to help contend with a jump in Venezuelans crossing into its territory, while Peru declared a border emergency on health and sanitation concerns due to increased migration. Nations as far as Uruguay are also experiencing a rise in flows.
Another aspect of the outbound flow of Venezuelans to neighboring countries is the darn near immediate anti-immigrant pushback. Things are difficult enough in South American countries without a crisis in one flooding your hood with new needy types. That was a good part of the reason for Brazil sending in troops: to protect the refugees.
Along with providing border security, the military contingent will be there to protect migrants from violence initiated by Brazilians angry with the instability created by the influx.
Earlier in August the government announced it would send 120 troops to Roraima, following increased tensions between the state’s residents and incoming Venezuelan migrants.
The day before the August 19 announcement, a mob of Brazilians had attacked a group of Venezuelans after a local business owner reported a robbery by a group of migrants from the neighboring country, Agencia Brasil reported.

In Peru, they also are none too thrilled with Venezuelans moving into the local economy.
Racial slurs and hate speech have made it hard for many of them to feel safe.

More than 2,500 crossed into the small Peruvian border town of Aguas Verdes on Friday, with thousands more trying to reach Peru at the main crossing point at Tumbes.

The Tumbes crossing has seen about 3,000 arrivals per day in recent weeks.

That is as destabilizing as it gets to governments who were already struggling. In no way, shape or form can they handle an influx of that magnitude.

Giannella Jaramillo, who runs a clothes stall in a town near the border, told AFP: “On the one hand we’re sorry for the Venezuelan people, but they are taking a job away from a Peruvian. It’s hard to help more people.”

Her words were echoed by Ecuadoran Gerardo Gutierrez.

“Walk two blocks and you see 10 Venezuelans, walk another two and you see 10 Venezuelans.

“In economically poor countries, it’s hard to help more people with what little there is.”

The U.N. is scrambling to set up a special response team, and they are looking forward to the 13 country regional summit for solutions. It’s especially precarious because many of the nations most affected by the Venezuelan refugees are themselves in the throws of economic or political upheavals.

Meanwhile, Venezuela’s Baghdad Bob President struts like no one ever tried to whack him with a drone, and says, “Buy gold!”

President Nicolas Maduro said he is investing part of his personal savings in a gold-backed certificate as part of a much-questioned plan to crush hyperinflation and reactivate Venezuela’s moribund economy.

I’m sure that’ll really help those teenagers out at the brothel.

Run if you can, girls. Run for the border.

Feature Photo: Screen still,  National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), Universal Pictures

 

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7 Comments
  • GWB says:

    Exaggerators!
    Well, it IS Amnesty International, who has a vested interest in inflating numbers.
    (And, no, even on this, I don’t trust AI. They’re a leftist agitprop organization anymore. And they have inflated numbers before.)
    I trust the surrounding countries’ governments more than Amnesty International. And that’s saying something.

    how to protect vulnerable Venezuelans from xenophobia and exploitation by black-market employers and criminal gangs
    Sounds like what they were putting up with in Venezuela. Except there they are called “the government” and “the military”.

    While I have compassion for the people of Venezuela….
    1) They did it to themselves. You voted for socialism, and you got it, good and hard.
    2) You want to fix it? Then go home and do something about it.
    3) “But, the army!” you say? Here’s some guns. Now go home and fix it.

    I still say that with some monetary backing, I’d be willing to go down there and start a safe haven for people who want to live unhindered by the shackles of a socialist government. I don’t think it would be difficult. It might be hard work, but it shouldn’t be complicated.

    Oh, and excellent choice for the top graphic. 🙂

  • Beege Welborn says:

    Yeah, GWB, that’s why I moved from Amnesty TO the surrounding countries on the receiving, plus the U.N. figures from 2014 forward. They have a leans-hysterical reputation. But, if you just take Peru, with 3000 a day crossing – whew. It doesn’t take long for those numbers, spread across the region, to add up to serious numbers AND serious problems. So far, only Columbia seems to be in a position to capably handle their influx, and how long before they need real help?

    And thank you! Honestly, first image that popped into my gourd when I read it. 😀

  • Aussie Realist says:

    And where is the Catholic Pope is all of this??

    Why isn’t he intervening? Or at least imploring the U.N to step in to fix?

    Ohh, thats right he is telling us about plastic in the Oceans and Global Warming etc, whist ignoring abuse allegations as well.

    Time for the Pope to be forced into the situation!!

  • tatterdemalian says:

    And the main reason for all the sentiment against the current group of Venezielan refugees is the fact that nearly every single one of them still thinks the only thing wrong with Socialism is that the evil USA sabotaged it, somehow, and the best way to repay those that show them kindness is to carry out a new Socialist Revolution in their new countries, to save them from their own sins.

    All the productive citizens fled Venezuela before the food ran out. The ones fleeing now are just a pack of scorpions, desperately begging for help for some nice frog to save them before the frog they stung to death sinks into the river.

    • scott says:

      Wow! Great analogy with the scorpion and the frog… I am SOOOO gonna steal that! Very accurate take on the situation, once again proving that liberalism (and it’s parents socialism and communism) are truly mental disorders!

  • Linda Fox says:

    I’m sorry they’re suffering. BUT – this crisis was of the Venezuelans’ own making. They supported those guys. They stuck around as along as there were some poor sucker to take stuff from.

    Now, when the economy is totally hosed, the privileges they had been given by those in power are gone, and the hungry peasants are posing a danger to daily life – NOW, they want to leave.

    No.

    You sucked it up while the pain wasn’t too bad. So sorry about those ‘dissidents’ that died, but, not YOUR fault. Now that it’s all gone to shit, you wanna leave.

    No. Stick around, and deal with the mess YOU made.

    • GWB says:

      While I do have compassion on them (a lot of those folks are the peasants on whose backs the socialists climb), yes, they asked for it.

      The difference between socialism and democratic socialism is that with democratic socialism, they get exactly what they asked for, good and hard. With regular socialism, they just get it good and hard.

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