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    During his press conference with foreign media on October 17th, Nicolás Maduro got a video message from the Spanish comedian and journalist Jordi Évole, who requested an interview for his TV show Salvados. Maduro said he watches the show with his primera combatiente (broadcast on cable and satellite by Antena 3 Internacional, which apparently Maduro watches a lot), so he accepted the invitation.  One week later, Mr. Évole took a plane to Caracas.

    Salvados began in 2008 as a humorous take on issues of the day, evolving later into something more serious. For years, it has made a huge splash in ratings and received many awards, including the Premio Iris (the Spanish version of the Emmys). 

    Recently, Évole made headlines for his tough interview with Carles Puigdemont, and in the beginning of its new season, he and and the Salvados crew went to Mosul and Raqqa, cities controlled by ISIS until not long ago.

    With this gesture, Maduro could be trying to prove that he wants to rehabilitate his image abroad, even if that contradicts statements like “I wish I could be a dictator” or comparing himself to Stalin. Seems like the usual PR methods of hired lobbyists and full-page paper ads are not working in shifting the impression left by this year’s protests.

    He showed curiosity for Maduro’s arguments, because he was “heavily caricaturized” in the media.

    The guy probably thinks Salvados could treat him fairly. After all, his alto pana Pablo Iglesias has appeared on the show (both alone and debating with Albert Rivera) and Bolivia’s Evo Morales gave Évole a candid interview.

    Before the trip, Évole told Spanish radio Onda Cero about his plans for the interview in Miraflores, including “hitting the streets” and “soaking” in our reality. He showed curiosity for Maduro’s arguments, because he was “heavily caricaturized” in the media, after dancing the crisis away, the Despacito fiasco or being caught on TV eating an empanada during an official event.

    No wonder Nico wants that Ley contra el Odio ASAP — and the ANC is fully complying.

    The Venezuelan protests got huge coverage by the Spanish media, which brought the constant ire of the chavista embassy in Madrid. Even Maduro got into a media beef with Antena 3’s presenter Susanna Griso. BTW, Salvados airs on Antena 3’s sister channel Lasexta.

    After 30 hours (and lots of waiting), the interview finally went down. To Évole, it was worth the wait. To Maduro? In his own words:

    “That wasn’t an interview. It was an interrogation. The only thing missing was him slapping me, hitting me. Even the lights he used were like I was in Guantánamo…”

    The following day, after Maduro’s comments, Évole responded in Antena 3’s late show El Hormiguero, saying the president wasn’t prepared for the material, including some he gathered during the five days he spent in Caracas.

    We’ll have to wait until the show airs to find out what’s up (at the time of publication there’s no specific date). Will Venezuelans have the chance to watch it? There’s the possibility of Antena 3 Internacional sharing the same fate of CNN en Español and Caracol Internacional, before the interview comes out.

    24 COMMENTS

    1. “The Venezuelan protests got huge coverage by the Spanish media, which brought the constant ire of the chavista embassy in Madrid.”

      So the MUD calls them off.

      • I thought the same thing. The ONE THING that keeps Chavismo’s feet to the fire, and NOTHING from MUD.

        Why? Are they worried that encouraging the dispossessed and hungry to vent their anger might mean they won’t be able to run for office?

        Oh, boo-HOO!

      • The MUD didn’t call the protests off…. people stopped going… how do I know? I was there. That is the one thing you can definitely NOT blame the MUD for.

        • “Do whatever you want to do, protest as you want”

          Also, the so-brave congressmen stopped going to the protests after barely two weeks.

          Not counting the colossal battery of the MUD-controlled media unloading its full power against the “radical guarimberos” because they didn’t stick to the “vacation camp” way of protests of clearing the streets at 2pm.

          And finishing with their last stab in the back of the people: “NO PODEMOS DEJAR LOS ESPACIOS, PERO IGUAL VAMOS A ARRODILLARNOS”

        • While both the opposition protestors and the GNB were getting worn out, there can be no doubt that MUD’s call for participation in the upcoming “election” within a day or so of the fraud of 30 July had a massively chilling effect on the marches. There were active protests right up until the fruad was held and I recall opp leaders saying the shit was going to hit the fan if Maduro followed through with the fraud. Well, he did.

          “By 8 August, a national trancazo called by the opposition is quickly dispersed and experiences low turnout. A march organized for 12 August finally saw very little participation, with only about 1,000 participants, with many Venezuelans stating that they have lost interest in the protest movement due to the fear of repression and because of their anger towards the conflicted opposition, expressing their disapproval with the opposition’s decision to participate in the regional elections.”

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Venezuelan_protests

          And they were right to be angry. Conflicted opposition? Let’s participate in the regionals to protect our spaces. Municipal elections? We won’t participate because we can’t guarantee that the election will be fair.

          WTF?

          • Have you been to a protest in your life? But I understand. It must be hard to protest with so much talking out of your ass to do.

            • I once protested against the John Birch Society for not being conservative enough, does that count?

              BTW, that’s some kinda weird bromance you got going on there cunnuck. You follow me everywhere. You been watching me shower?

            • There are many ways to protest. The large, ugly crowds that spur repression is just one way.

              I guess they’re just not creative enough to research tactics that have have worked in the past (in other countries), nor to invent some new ones.

              For example:

              What is the administration going to do about a few million people going about their daily routines wearing “Maduro Sucks” t-shirts?

          • Pillkin, the guy wrote that the MUDs strategy of participating in the regional elections had a “massively chilling effect” on protests. It occurred to me reading that, that not having been to one of those protests, or any protest, he might not know what a “massively chilling effect” on a protest might be, even if it struck him on his thick, lazy, fact-proof cranium. That was my “idea”.

            • And I continue to stand by my statement. The MUD’s strategy of participating in the regional elections had a massively chilling effect on the protests. And why shouldn’t it have had such an effect?

              You’ve told your followers for months that everything about the regime is illegitimate and that showing force on the streets is the only option left. You’ve told your followers that the ANC is a fraud, don’t participate, and that if Maduro tries to complete the fraud, it will be zero hour for him. You’ve told your followers that if the regime goes through with the fraud then “the shit will hit the fan”. People protested up to and including 30 July.

              Then, the next day, you’ve got HRA on national TV talking about participating in the upcoming elections? WTF? How would you interpret that comment cunnuck? Oh, that’s right, you’re still convinced that democratic and electoral means will get rid of this regime, but I can assure you the internet here in Venezuela was burning up with people pissed off at HRA in particular and the MUD in general. The MUD called for a march or two within the week and hardly anyone showed up at either. Wonder why?

              Leading up to the ANC fraud, the regime was ratcheting up the pressure on the protestors with each march. I believe they were doing that because they were afraid they were losing control of the situation.
              And I can certainly understand the protestors growing fear for their safety from either the government repression or the collectivos while they exercised constitutional right to protest.

              Now, if it’s your contention that MUD’s announcement to participate in the regime’s coming fraud either energized the protestors or had no effect on them at all, then please, lay out your case and we can debate it. So far though, all I’ve seen from you is personal insults directed towards me and few ideas expressed. I don’t really care, I’m quite capable of defending myself, but you’re not doing your side much good in my opinion.

            • I’ve backed my assertions with far more data and logic than you’ve provided to the contrary. For you it seems to be all about insults.

            • Lead-up to the 30 July ANC Fraud:

              Protestas espontáneas paralizan parcialmente Caracas #18Jul
              https://www.lapatilla.com/site/2017/07/18/protestas-espontaneas-paralizan-parcialmente-caracas-18jul/

              MUD anunció convocatoria para este miércoles 19J
              http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/protestas/mud-anuncio-convocatoria-para-este-miercoles-19j_193967

              Millions heed anti-Maduro strike in Venezuela, 20 July
              Large swaths of Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, were shuttered and silent on Thursday as opponents of President Nicolas Maduro called the first major national strike since a 2002 stoppage that failed to topple Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez.

              A public transport strike appeared to have halted nearly all bus traffic, and thousands of private businesses defied government demands to stay open. State-run firms were open, though many were short on staff after employees failed to appear. Improvised roadblocks closed many streets.

              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/millions-heed-anti-maduro-strike-venezuela-170720212929397.html

              Disillusionment of protest movement

              Entre indignación, rabia, impotencia y miedo, muchos opositores han abandonado las calles

              Otros expresan su inconformidad con la decisión de la opositora Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) de participar en las elecciones de gobernadores, previstas ahora para octubre, con un árbitro al que acusa de haber articulado un fraude a favor de la Constituyente.

              “La culpa es de los dirigentes de oposición. Empezamos esto por ellos y prácticamente nos dejaron solos”
              https://www.lapatilla.com/site/2017/08/13/entre-indignacion-rabia-impotencia-y-miedo-muchos-opositores-han-abandonado-las-calles/

              Venezuelan opposition disarray heaps pain on protesters

              That left thousands of young protesters furious and disillusioned with opposition leadership. Many had vigorously opposed participating in the election because it would legitimize what they see as a dictatorship.

              “We have been betrayed,” said graphic designer Manuel Melo, 21, who lost a kidney when hit by a water cannon jet.

              “The political opposition does not represent us,” he added, in his small bedroom in a poor neighborhood of the teeming capital Caracas. A stylized picture of a heart emblazoned one wall of the room, while a gas mask, used to protect him from tear gas during the unrest, adorned the other.

              Melo and many others now see the protests, which left 125 people dead and thousands wounded or in jail, as a waste of time.

              They have little stomach to return to the fight and view the leaders of the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition as traitors for abandoning the streets in favor of a ballot they believe was rigged by the pro-Maduro election board.

              http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-opposition/venezuelan-opposition-disarray-heaps-pain-on-protesters-idUSKBN1CU1NP?utm_source=applenews

              Okay, cannuck. You gonna show your hand, or just continue to show your ass?

            • The lead-up to the 30 July ANC Fraud

              Protestas espontáneas paralizan parcialmente Caracas #18Jul
              https://www.lapatilla.com/site/2017/07/18/protestas-espontaneas-paralizan-parcialmente-caracas-18jul/

              MUD anunció convocatoria para este miércoles 19J
              http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/protestas/mud-anuncio-convocatoria-para-este-miercoles-19j_193967

              Millions heed anti-Maduro strike in Venezuela
              http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/07/millions-heed-anti-maduro-strike-venezuela-170720212929397.html

              The Aftermath

              Entre indignación, rabia, impotencia y miedo, muchos opositores han abandonado las calles

              Está frustrada, se siente abandonada por los dirigentes opositores y rechazó ir a la manifestación del sábado, a la que sólo acudieron unas 1.000 personas. “Es una burla”, aseguró.

              Entre indignación, rabia, impotencia y miedo, muchos opositores han abandonado las calles tras cuatro meses de masivas protestas contra el presidente Nicolás Maduro, que han dejado unos 125 muertos y miles de heridos y detenidos.

              Otros expresan su inconformidad con la decisión de la opositora Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) de participar en las elecciones de gobernadores, previstas ahora para octubre, con un árbitro al que acusa de haber articulado un fraude a favor de la Constituyente.

              “La culpa es de los dirigentes de oposición. Empezamos esto por ellos y prácticamente nos dejaron solos”, reclamó Amé, seudónimo que usa esta madre soltera de 24 años en la “resistencia”, el ala más radical en las protestas conformada por jóvenes que, con escudos y los rostros cubiertos, enfrentan a las autoridades con piedras y bombas molotov.

              https://www.lapatilla.com/site/2017/08/13/entre-indignacion-rabia-impotencia-y-miedo-muchos-opositores-han-abandonado-las-calles/

              Venezuelan opposition disarray heaps pain on protesters

              “We have been betrayed,” said graphic designer Manuel Melo, 21, who lost a kidney when hit by a water cannon jet.

              “The political opposition does not represent us,” he added, in his small bedroom in a poor neighborhood of the teeming capital Caracas.

              They have little stomach to return to the fight and view the leaders of the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) coalition as traitors for abandoning the streets in favor of a ballot they believe was rigged by the pro-Maduro election board.

              http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-politics-opposition/venezuelan-opposition-disarray-heaps-pain-on-protesters-idUSKBN1CU1NP?utm_source=applenews

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              Now cannuck, are you going to show your hand, or just continue to show your ass?

    2. It could be a publicity stunt, i doubt it will make him look badder than what he actually is/he is know, if not SEBIN would had snatched whatever footage came out of it while Évole gets pushed out the country

    3. Espero con impaciencia esa entrevista. Aun recuerdola entrevista que le hizo Sackur al caudillito de Barinas…Sackur no estaba tan preparado como debía…cuando le preguntó a Chávez sobre el crimen, el milico tuvo los morros de responderle que el crimen era producto del capitalismo y que en su gobierno la criminalidad había caído considerablemente, aunque en realidad la tasa de homicidios se triplicó entre 1998 y 2004 y ahora sigue sobre el nivel de 2004. Sackur no le supo responder.
      Ojalá un español, que es primo nuestro, se haya preparado mejor a ese tipo de mentiras.

    4. That’s what an autocrat and his cabinet looks like. That’s the look. And that’s the characteristic rant about being victimized by the press. Tal cual.

    5. Lo que más saca la piedra de saco e’ cocaína es lo tremendamente llorón que es, rasgo qeu comparte con el miserable que lo impuso ahí.

    6. This interview will be Banned in Venezuela. The question being, how many living in Venezuela will be able to circumvent the Ban and see it?

    7. I think I saw a couple of tequenos sticking out of his shirt pocket.

      (And no, I don’t know how to type the “n” with the squiggly line.)

    8. POR LOS COMENTARIOS EN LA REDES, PARECE QUE LA ENTREVISTA LE RESULTÓ A SU CREADOR Y A LOS FANS QUE LE APOYAN COMO AQUEL DICHO QUE REZA: “FUE POR LANA Y SALIÓ TRASQUILADO”. CUIDADO SI TERMINA SIENDO RETRANSIKMITIDA POR EL PROPIO CANAL DEL GOBIERNO…..

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