The opposition Democratic Action party openly requested funding and favors from the United States during the administration of Henry Ramos Allup as head of the party, in the first decade of the 2000s.
Information shared by El País, details that the then vice president of AD, Víctor Bolívar, and other party officials called for American officials to carry out the meetings, according to a cable from the US embassy in Caracas.
“When US officials tried to change the subject of the conversation, to avoid ruling on such a compromising claim, Venezuelan politicians reiterated the demand in English,” the text states.
“Imagining that the political adviser (of the embassy) had not understood them, Bolívar and his companions repeated the same request, in detail, in English,” former ambassador William Brownfield wrote in 2006.
Likewise, it is mentioned that “when the request failed with one official, it was presented to another…. Pedro Pablo Alcántara, another party official, frequently visited the embassy with requests for visas, scholarships for friends, etc.”
Regarding the 2012 elections, the report added that “AD and the rest of the opposition formations tried to agree on a single candidacy in the presidential elections that year to try to defeat Hugo Chávez.”
The cable where AD’s economic requirements are collected questions Henry Ramos Allup, who was at the time secretary general of the historic Venezuelan formation, who is accused of having advocated an electoral abstention that, in 2005, allowed Chávez to take over the National Assembly.
“He became a firm defender of the electoral abstention of the year 2005, whose consequences marked the legislature: the ruling party obtained the majority of the seats in the National Assembly and approved all the bills and initiatives sent by the executive,” the report stated. .
“Democratic Action’s main problem has a name: Henry Ramos,” says the office of the US representation.
“The main opposition party in Venezuela is heading nowhere. Its leader, Henry Ramos, is unimaginative, boastful and even repellent. Instead of seeking unity (against Chavez) he insults the representatives of the other matches,” Browfield wrote at the time.
In 2009, the Chargé d’Affaires of the American embassy, John Caulfield, wrote a report on the meeting held by the embassy’s political adviser with several opponents, including Víctor Bolívar.
The AD leader would have told the North American official that he was “trying to convince Ramos Allup about the convenience of a “renewal” of the party and the withdrawal of the old guard”, discredited in the eyes of public opinion.
According to Bolívar, “the secretary general of AD was reluctant to sacrifice his hegemony over the party.” The United States promoted the unity of the opposition forces in Venezuela in order to be able to present a single candidacy capable of defeating Chávez.
The North American legation also charged against the character of the former head of AD: “Henry Ramos is rude, brusque, arrogant and touchy. His style is not very different from that of Chávez. In a meeting with the director of the office of Andean affairs, Phillip French , pounded the table with his fists mentioning the name of his opponents… His pettiness extends to his rivals within the party.”
They highlighted that during that period, Ramos Allup, instead of seducing voters, his main “strategy was to try to get the help of the international community and journalistic interviews at his convenience.
Translated into votes, however, his party has been overwhelmed by other formations, more up-to-date in their approach to social demands, according to analysts.
Recently, in a different scenario of the Venezuelan opposition and the North American executive, it was revealed that in 2020 the former Republican president Donald Trump proposed to the leaders of the Venezuelan opposition to kill President Nicolás Maduro, Europa Press reported, citing a book by the former US official, Mark Esper.
According to the information, former President Trump put said proposal on the table on February 5 of that year, during a meeting he held in Washington with Venezuelan opponents Juan Guaidó, Julio Borges, Carlos Vecchio and Mauricio Claver-Carone.
“What would happen if the US Army came down and got rid of Maduro?” Trump asked, according to Esper, who believes that the former head of state “was putting Guaidó to the test.” Faced with this possibility, the Venezuelan politician responded by saying: “Of course we will always welcome the help of the United States.”
“However, Guaidó and Claver-Carone managed a special mercenary operation” similar to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse during an attack by former Colombian soldiers.
Trump questioned the Venezuelan opposition politician because they went to ask “US soldiers to invade” the South American country, and that is why the White House tenant “always thought that Guaidó was ‘weak’, unable to replace Maduro, whom seen as ‘strong,’” Esper wrote.
Guaidó, Borges and Vecchio argued that “it would be easier and faster if the United States did it” for them.
With information: El País / RT
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