The free fall has started, the socialist Venezuela must bite the dust and kneel to the “end of the progressive cycle,” the new mantra of those who think the return of the reactionary forces in Latin America is unavoidable.
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, announced he will seek the application of the Democratic Charter to Venezuela, allowing for a penalty in case of an “alteration of the constitutional order that seriously threatens the democratic order.” If the vote to apply it passes, the measure will lead to the suspension of the country by the regional body, and it will include a series of economic sanctions.
The paradox is that the measure was applied to Honduras, after the coup against Zelaya in 2009, and Paraguay, and then against Lugo in 2012. The same kind of “parliamentary coup” that is marching now against Rousseff in Brazil and Maduro in Venezuela: presidents elected by the majority of the population and not presidents de facto.
And actually, the Venezuelan right had focused a massive international campaign over Honduras and Paraguay in recent months. The Uruguayan Almagro, whose election was supported by the whole of progressive Latin America, quickly turned his back to his own political party (Frente Amplio) and the south-south solidarity alliances: to openly side with the worst and pro-U.S. Latin American right, to Voluntad Popular and the base that supports it (even in Europe).