President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela is walking a fine line these days. His country is falling apart, and he has refused to change his policies and ask for help. It’s the world against Maduro, according to agriculture entrepreneur, and Deputy of the National Assembly from the state of Guárico, José Manuel González. Maduro was chased down the streets recently by people banging pots and pans. The recent protest rally has changed the dynamics in Venezuela, according to González. The people that want him removed from office are the majority now, and opposition leaders are taking every opportunity to keep the protest alive.
González is a well-known figure in the state of Guárico. He is popular, and what he says counts in that state as well as in Caracas. Mr. Guárico is a former president of the Chamber of Commerce and gubernatorial candidate. José has been trying to get Maduro to increase domestic food production, but Maduro refuses to listen. Venezuela is out of money, but Maduro is still lobbying OPEC to increase the price of oil instead of finding other sources of revenue. Maduro recently pleaded with OPEC to raise the price of crude, but he lost that battle. And he is losing the battle to stay in office, according to Jose. It is just a matter of time before the country erupts into a civil war or Maduro resigns. People are starving, medicine is in short supply, and there is an electricity shortage. Inflation is pushing 800 percent, and thousands of people cross the border into Colombia every day to find food.
Maduro’s answer to these issues is to detain activists and to harass the leader of the opposition movement, two-time presidential candidate, Henrique Capriles. Hooded armed guards surrounded Capriles at the Margarita Airport recently. Henry Ramos, the head of the National Assembly, was followed by intelligence agents after a recent press conference. There’s no doubt that Maduro plans to use force to remain in power, and that’s when the plot and the fate of Venezuela thickens. Every day is a nightmare for the people of Venezuela.