José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero calls for China and the European Union to ally themselves against the U.S and “put it in a complicated situation”.
The former president of the Government of Spain delivered his controversial words last May 15 by video conference at a meeting of the Puebla Group, which groups the Latin American leaders of the left.
This was the fifth meeting of this group, created in 2019, and on this occasion they debated how to face the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges of the peace processes in the continent.
In the meeting, coordinated from Sao Paulo, in addition to Rodríguez Zapatero, the Argentinean President, Alberto Fernández, and the former commanders Ernesto Samper from Colombia; Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff from Brazil; Evo Morales from Bolivia; Rafael Correa from Ecuador, Fernando Lugo from Paraguay and José Mujica from Uruguay spoke.
Also participating were Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz, former Chilean presidential candidate Marco Enríquez-Ominami and Mexican Alicia Bárcena Ibarra, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), among other regional leaders, politicians and academics.
At the meeting convened by the Puebla Group, an international grouping that brings together progressive politicians from fourteen countries, the issue of peace in Colombia with the recent wave of assassinations of social leaders that have not yet ceased with the pandemic was also addressed with emphasis.
“I would like to remind you that it is very important that the Latin American left holds a dialogue with China to recover a multilateral order. Institutions such as the United Nations, such as the WHO, such as the IMF, with more power, with more real governance, we have to get China and hopefully the European Union, many of us working in that direction, to put the United States in an impossible, impossible situation. Surely the most interesting thing in political terms is what the effect is, what the effect of this situation in the United States is going to be, the political and social effect. At some point America first and Brexit will have to turn around,” said Rodríguez Zapatero in his speech.
Now a video broadcast by VOX news in Florida has resurfaced and is being expanded by MEP and journalist Hermann Tertsch. In it, Zapatero can be heard making a clear commitment to an imbalance between the United States and its current president.
In all of this, the figure of the former president Zapatero appears, in a role that no one fully clarifies, but he is very active on these fronts. And the proof of this is its presence in the Grupo de la Puebla before the two phenomena of the moment were unleashed: the coronavirus epidemic and the tensions against Donald Trump in the United States.
“The United States has refused and no one has taken any interest from international organizations in the fact that there could be a humanitarian parenthesis with the issue of Venezuela and its blockades or Cuba. In short, it tells us where we are and the risk we are at,” says Zapatero, who also talks about the pandemic in Spain.
“There has been a very important study, a large serological study, 5% of the population has been in contact with the virus, only 5%,” he says. “This means that there is no possibility of herd immunity, because the hundreds of thousands of deaths, or millions of deaths, in the countries would be immense. Therefore, we have to control the virus as much as we can and know that we are going to have to live with this problem for a while while while opening up the economy,” the former Spanish president reaffirmed.
Last Friday, Rodríguez Zapatero asked for a “humanitarian parenthesis” for the economic blockades imposed by the United States on Venezuela and Cuba so that these two countries can face the coronavirus pandemic with more resources.
“The United States has denied, and nobody has been interested in international organizations, that there could be a humanitarian parenthesis with the issue of Venezuela and Cuba and their blockades,” Zapatero said during the Fifth Meeting of the Puebla Group, held virtually.
“The Puebla Group is more than necessary at this time,” added the former president, for whom the union of progressive and leftist forces in Latin America, in the current situation, “must promote a great statute of integration” to defend themselves from the markets.
In that sense, he regretted that Latin America does not have “a common, sovereign fund to confront the pandemic.
“This crisis has caught us in a spectacular multilateral weakness and that is why it is very important that the left and all of Latin America engage in dialogue with China to recover a multilateral order with more powerful multilateral institutions,” he said.
And here we can see the (obvious) links between Podemos and Venezuela; the harmony between José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Nicolás Maduro, as well as the episodes, as embarrassing as they are unclear, such as the one between Minister Ábalos and the Chavista envoy Delcy Rodríguez.
What is an ex-Spanish president doing, defending in public the need to put the United States in an “impossible situation” and encouraging China and the European Union to provoke it? Certainly, it is a controversial idea, with several explanations that he himself tries to give, but none of them too edifying.
And of course, it has opened a Pandora’s box full of disturbing messages, in which criticism is mixed with simple rumour.
Rodríguez Zapatero’s statements could reveal that the protests and riots that have taken place in the United States these days are synchronized with infiltrated agents from Venezuela and Cuba, as happened in Chile in November of last year.
The demonstrations were perfectly synchronized and contrary to the requests of the same relatives of the victim who generated the protests.
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