Anabella already gave us a look at how important players at home and abroad current events are being monitored, but what about are the papers saying?

Colombia

El Tiempo in its editorial, condemns the TSJ ruling and shows its solidarity with Venezuelans.

Against this background, it’s impossible to take a position as to what will happen next in Venezuela, whose people could be sitting in a powder keg. And it’s hard to know what the regime is hoping to achieve. Will Caracas withdraw from the OAS? Will the Bolivarian Revolution radicalize even further? Will the opposition deputies be imprisoned for treason? It’s not clear. What we can say is that the brave people does not deserve this fate, so sad, so unworthy.

El Espectador tries to explain the long and winding road to these events and describes the entire situation as a “dead-end”: “It’s a fabulous paradox: the Chavez government and its continuity (and almost exacerbation) in Nicolas Maduro’s presidency, even when it has the appearance of a dictatorship, has embraced legality to survive.”

Ecuador

Making a subtle reference to Sunday’s presidential runoff between Lenin Moreno and Guillermo Lasso, El Universo considers Venezuela’s crisis as a huge warning: “The Venezuelan case is an example of what could happen in countries where law is disrespected and one party assumes all powers… The lesson is that when democracy isn’t opportunely defended, it could be too late.”

Peru

As the 25th anniversary of the Fujimorazo happens to fall next week, the Madurazo is getting special attention in Peru, specially with the quite vocal stance of its President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

La Republica’s editorial openly compares Maduro’s actions to Fujimori’s and asks the international community to “…establish a collective action mechanism in favor of Venezuelan democracy.”

In the case of El Comercio, they consider this action as the final blow to Maduro’s democratic mask:

If, forcefully, we have to find any positive aspect to the dramatic upsurge of authoritarianism in Venezuela, it’s the fall of the last democratic mask left to Mr. Maduro’s regime. If up to last week it sounded questionable and capricious to defend assumed democratic values in the Venezuelan government, today sounds absurd. Without Parliament nor elections on sight, the existing de facto dictatorship has taken the obvious and necessary road to the de jure dictatorship.

Chile

La Tercera covers the reaction of the Chilean President Michelle Bachelet (now in Portugal), her  government and all across the country’s political spectrum.

Fellow paper El Mercurio gets the view from former President Sebastian Piñera (now running again) and leftist MP Camila Vallejo, who’s one of the most outspoken supporters of Chavismo in Santiago.

Argentina

La Nacion has a special with coverage of the Venezuelan crisis and its impact on both local and regional politics.

Clarin does a similar approach, including the key points to understand it all.

Uruguay

El Pais calls it loud and clear in its editorial: What happened in Venezuela is a Coup d’etat.

This desperate act is the unavoidable consequence of an anachronic and unnatural socialist system, in which all countries where it has tried to impose has lead to the same inexorable result: shortage, misery, violence, authoritarianism and dictatorship. Always justified with the same hollow arguments: the alleged foreign complot, being from either the “the yankee imperialism”, “the right”, an “economic war” launched for mysterious and relentless forces.

And saves its biggest complain of all to the silence of the Uruguayan President, Tabare Vasquez, his administration and the ruling political party, Frente Amplio:

That’s why we found the cautious reaction of the Uruguayan government as doubly embarrassing. A government that has already shown signs of shyness and lack of equanimity in their relations with Venezuela that are outrageous as they’re suspicious.

El Observador also has the Venezuelan crisis front and center: From the way our newspapers are (not) covering the events to the strong reaction of the Uruguayan opposition to the Madurazo.

Paraguay

As La Asuncion wades through its own constitutional crisis (regarding the possible reelection of incumbent President Horacio Cartes), the Paraguayan press is looking what’s going in Caracas very closely. Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga denies any comparison between the cases, but some members of the National Congress said that the government could follow Maduro’s playbook to push their constitutional amendment that could allow Cartes to run for a second consecutive term next year.

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    • What are they supposed to do? In a day or two, the government will “admit” its mistake, the international community will declare that Venezuela is still a democracy and things will go back to “normal.”

      • I’d like to give you a peaceful and bloodless answer but I don’t have it. It’s up to the people to take over the regime and end this once and for all. If not, you’d better pack, leave that wasteland and never look back

        • Your joking, right? The sheepeople will do nothing of the sort. They will act all angry until their next CLAP bag and then mingle around like cattle.

          I have ZERO faith in the AN/MUD to do ANYTHING at this point. And the VZ people have lost all faith in them as well.

          Expect elections to be suspended, and if they actually have them, they will not be free in a couple of years. They will be setup so that only Chavistas are on the ballot.

  1. Uruguay
    And saves its biggest complain of all to the silence of the Uruguayan President, Tabare Vasquez, his administration and the ruling political party, Frente Amplio

    Frente Amplio is the party of Pepe Mujica. Good old Pepe- long a faithful supporter of Chavismo. No enemies on the left, doncha’ know. So, that silence is not so much of a surprise. What surprises me is not that silence, but that OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, also of Frente Amplio, has been so vocal against Chavista violations of law and human rights.

  2. Even the government run by Pepe’s party is responding. El Observador: Uruguay condenó situación de Venezuela y pide que se restablezca el orden democrático
    Uruguay condenó junto con los miembros de la Unión Sudamericana de Naciones (Unasur) la situación que atraviesa Venezuela a raíz de la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo de ese país que “afecta” al Poder Legislativo.

    “Los gobiernos de Argentina, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Perú, Uruguay y Paraguay, países miembros de la Unión Suramericana de Naciones (UNASUR), condenan la situación creada a raíz de la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia de Venezuela que afectan a la Asamblea Nacional de ese país y a los parlamentarios electos por voto el popular en diciembre del 2015”, sostiene el comunicado emitido por la Unasur.

    El organismo señala que “causa alarma el anuncio de que el Tribunal asumirá las competencias del Poder Legislativo, así como la decisión de limitar las facultades de la Asamblea Nacional y restringir la inmunidad parlamentaria de sus miembros, hechos que atentan contra los principios y valores esenciales de la democracia representativa y a la separación, independencia y acatamiento de poderes públicos, pilares del Estado de Derecho”.

    “Los países de la región reiteramos el urgente llamado a que el gobierno de Venezuela avance efectivamente en la aplicación de medidas concretas acordadas con la oposición con apego a las disposiciones de la Constitución de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela, para garantizar la efectiva separación de poderes, el respeto al Estado de Derecho y a los derechos humanos, así como a las instituciones democráticas”, agrega el texto.

    As Google Translate is faster than I am, I used it and then cleaned GT up a bit:
    Uruguay , along with other Unasur members addressed the situation that Venezuela is going through, where the Venezuelan Supreme Court assumed the powers of that country’s legislature.

    “The governments of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay and Paraguay, member countries of the South American Union of Nations (UNASUR), condemn the situation created by the recent ruling of the Supreme Court with respect to National Assembly of that country and the legislators elected by popular vote in December 2015, “said the statement issued by Unasur.

    UNASUR states that “we find it alarming the announcement that the Court will assume the powers of the Legislative Power, as well as the decision to limit the powers of the National Assembly and to restrict the parliamentary immunity of its members, acts that violate the essential principles and values Of representative democracy and the separation, independence and compliance of public powers, pillars of the rule of law. “

  3. Thanks for collecting these pieces around Latin America.
    I especially liked the Uruguay’s El Pais for its clarity and conciseness.
    It is worrisome how far the Chavista moral corruption has reached beyond Venezuela.

  4. Folks, this is going to blow over. I’m reminded of Turkey faild coup and Erdogan’s purge. The regime is in full control in ways not imagined. The AG and Cuban trained intelligence officer Eve Winifred aka Eva Golinger are part of the plot. The purge may be overdue (armed forces).

  5. It was time. The regime does not like to follow. To anyone that thinks the regime is weak and acting out of despair, think again. Washington is weak and acting out of despair. The world is on fire. Democracy takes a back seat. India, Pakistan, EU, Russia, DPRK, Iran, Syria, Isis, ME, Africa, China, South China Seas, fuck we have problems. Brasil and Colombia have their own problems. The regime is back in the drivers seat.

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