Incoming Marxist President Begins Friendship With Venezuelan Dictator Maduro

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro, a former member of a Marxist terrorist organization, announced on Wednesday that he had entered into friendly talks with Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro with the aim of “normalizing” relations.

Colombia, previously one of the most conservative countries in the region, elected Petro last week in an election riddled with irregularities that Petro himself had denounced as rigged before winning.

Neither Petro nor challenger Rodolfo Hernández, a fringe businessman with no clear political ideology, have questioned the election results, with observers such as the administration of President Joe Biden celebrating the vote as “free and fair.”

If he takes office, Petro will become the country’s first far-left president. Petro has promised to greatly expand the country’s social safety net and improve relations with regimes like Maduro’s, in addition to ending the war on drugs, which is also a war against Marxist terrorists like the M19 group by that Petro once belonged, and crush the nation. -sufficient oil and gas industries.

Colombia currently recognizes the legal president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, as the country’s president, not the rogue dictatorship of Maduro. Petro’s call to Maduro seems to indicate that his administration will not maintain ties with Guaidó, ignoring the legitimacy of the Venezuelan constitution.

Gustavo Petro gives a speech after the electoral victory on Sunday in Bogotá, Colombia, June 19, 2022. (Daniel Garzon Herazo/NurPhoto via Getty)

While Guaidó is legally the president of the country, he does not possess any practical power as the Venezuelan military and police continue to respond to Maduro and Maduro has illegally occupied the presidential palace, Miraflores, since 2019. Maduro was legally the president of Venezuela since 2013 to 2019.

However, Colombia had already significantly severed relations with Maduro long before Guaidó took office in response to a brutal campaign of violence against Colombian citizens on the Venezuelan side of the border in 2015 that included beatings and widespread allegations of rape by Colombians. of the police, the arbitrary seizure of homes and the destruction of property believed to belong to Colombians.

Then-President Juan Manuel Santos compared Maduro’s tactics to those of Nazi Germany, but did not take any significant steps to condemn Colombia.

Maduro then closed the border between Venezuela and Colombia in 2019 to block humanitarian aid for its starving people from entering the country.

Petro announced his talks with Maduro in a Twitter post in which he incorrectly described the Maduro regime as “the Venezuelan government.”

“I have communicated with the government of Venezuela to open the borders and restore the full exercise of human rights on the border,” Petro wrote.

Maduro offered more extensive comments on their discussion.

“I spoke with the elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, and on behalf of the Venezuelan people I congratulated him on his victory,” Maduro wrote in a social media post, according to state propaganda network VTV. “We discussed the willingness to restore normality on the border, various issues about peace and the prosperous future of both peoples.”

Colombian voters did not have a meaningful choice on the issue of normalizing relations with Maduro in the second round of the presidential election. Rodolfo Hernández, who campaigned on a vague promise to eradicate corruption, said that if elected he would restore relations with Maduro to make it easier for Colombians to travel to Venezuela and vice versa.

The outgoing president, Iván Duque, responded to the news of Petro’s call to Maduro by pointing out that his government never cut ties with Venezuela, only with the illegitimate Maduro regime, and ironically stated that the border does not appear to be closed given the evidence of that Marxist terrorists regularly cross. to participate in drug trafficking and other violent activities.

“The borders have not been closed,” Duque said, according to the right-wing Colombian magazine Week. “’Pablito’ is over there, ‘Antonio García’ is over there, ‘Iván Márquez’ is over there,” Duque said, referring to several high-profile narco-terrorist leaders believed to be operating in Venezuela under the auspices of Maduro. So bring them back [to Colombia]that they extradite them so that they can show Colombia that there is a will to collaborate with our country.”

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country’s largest and deadliest narco-terrorist group, celebrated Maduro’s victory in a rare press release posted on its website Tuesday with flattering photos of Petro and Vice President-elect Francia Márquez.

“We support the government of life and hope,” the terrorists’ message said in part, “which is now being born… ready to give us back peace and dignity, to defend the world from climate change with the shield of the Amazon jungle. , which should be expanded.

A woman celebrates the victory of candidate Gustavo Petro of the Historical Pact party, Colombia’s new president, in Bogota, on June 19, 2022. (Daniel Garzon Herazo/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“We make a call to the public force [police, military] support and obey the elected president since constitutionally he is their supreme commander. Join the human tide for life and peace”, the terrorists recommended.

Colombia, under President Juan Manuel Santos, signed an unconstitutional “peace agreement” with the FARC in 2016 despite Colombians rejecting the measure in a national referendum. The deal gave the FARC uncontested seats in Congress and a path to amnesty for violent crimes deemed “political.” In an attempt to make the deal appear successful, the Colombian government began referring to trapped FARC deals involved in narco-terrorism despite agreeing to no longer do so as FARC “dissidents” and to use the term for their new insurrection, “Second Marquetalia”. as the name of an alleged separate terrorist group.

The Biden administration followed suit, removing the FARC from the list of terrorist organizations in November.

Most of the active leaders of the FARC (“Second Marquetalía”) are believed to be in Venezuela without any significant movement by Maduro to arrest them or prevent them from participating in terrorist activities or drug trafficking. The FARC long enjoyed relations with Maduro’s predecessor, Hugo Chavez, and even hosted a 50th birthday celebration for him in Venezuela in 2014.

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