Guaidó crashes politically on his return to Venezuela. Some keys:
After touring several countries and after generating high expectations in various social media publications, the self-proclaimed Juan Guaidó returned to Venezuela on February 11 by
Simón Bolívar International Airport, located in the state of La Guaira.
Although the opposition media promised a “rock star reception, after tour”, in reality what Guaidó found was rejection by Conviasa’s workers (state airline recently blocked by the US) and Chavistas who arrived in the immediate vicinity of the airport.
Chavistas were waiting for Guaido to scold him about his efforts to increase U.S. sanctions against Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/UtdVDOY7PU
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) February 12, 2020
Within minutes, his smile and supposed “success” of his tour vanished, he was approached by Chavismo militants who questioned his support for the financial blockade and his hatred of the country.
The photo that Guaidó was waiting for when he arrived in the country to refloat his image, did not arrive.
The image of a fearful Guiadó and seeking to escape the interpellation of Chavismo summarizes the current political picture of the country: Guaidó has no strength by himself, he has lost the ability to call, while Chavismo assumes control of political times. Win the first round of the year 2020 and officially go on the offensive.
Much had been speculated during the tour about a possible arrest of Guaido. After what happened, the fine touch of Chavismo is again demonstrated to manage situations of tension: bet on the weakening of Guaidó using its own weak points and distrust within its ranks, that is, it is cooked in its own sauce. Another lesson in political intelligence.
— www.anoncandanga.com (@anon_candanga) February 4, 2020
Guaidó bet on a triumphant return that oxygenated his leadership. Being a media product I needed the photo that reaffirmed that “the country is with him”. Guaidó is a deputy for La Guaira state and was supposed to play at home, but even that failed him: he failed to mobilize supporters even in the state where he began his political career.
For his part, Washington, author and beneficiary of Guaidó’s tour, hoped that Chavismo would rampage and act against the self-proclaimed arresting him. That way they could martyrize him, get him out of the game and boost the blow. Chavism, again, proved to be superior in evaluating the political board and its conditions. Washington loses another battle in the field of political imagination against Chavismo.
Now Guaidó will try to control damage by increasing the aggressiveness of his speech to avoid being questioned as a weak leader. And that only refines its current position: every US “sanction” and every threat will be answered with mobilization and political unity by Chavism; Each attempt to further hinder the conflict will isolate it more from the rest of the opposing sectors that closely observe its expiration date.