Representatives of Venezuelan, Cuban, and Nicaraguan exiles called for a march in Miami to send a message to President Joe Biden that he cannot maintain “dark negotiations” with the regime of Nicolás Maduro.
The protest was called for next Sunday afternoon in Miami’s Bay Front Park, next to the Simon Bolivar statue, to show the unity of the Latin American community against the Biden administration’s rapprochement to Maduro’s tyranny.
Ernesto Ackerman, president of the group Independent Venezuelan American Citizens (IVAC), assured in a press conference that on Sunday the Biden administration must be shown that the exile community will not “allow these dark negotiations” with the regime of Nicolás Maduro.
Muñeca Fuentes, of the Nicaraguan American Republican Alliance (NARA), told EFE on the sidelines of the conference that both Venezuela and her country “suffer from the same cancer which came out of Cuba” and that is why this community must participate united in Sunday’s protest.
At this meeting, he said, it will be clear their “repudiation” of the “hypocrisy” of the Biden administration for negotiating with Maduro and “going behind the scenes” to deal with a leader for whom Washington offered a reward of 15 million dollars on charges of narco-terrorism.
Ackerman called the meeting a “disgrace” for Venezuela and said he is “extremely concerned” that the sanctions imposed on Venezuela could be lifted.
According to the White House, the meeting in Caracas between a high-level delegation and Nicolás Maduro was intended to discuss issues such as “energy security” after oil and gas prices skyrocketed since the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
After the criticism received, including from the Democratic Party itself, the Biden administration has tried to modulate the version about the scope and purpose of this trip, the first high-level trip of American officials to Caracas in years.
Ackerman said that the lifting of sanctions to obtain oil from Venezuela would give “more power and more oxygen” to Maduro.
Johnny López de la Cruz, president of the 2506th Assault Brigade, the group of Cuban fighters who participated in the Bay of Pigs military operation, asked that the people of Venezuela not be betrayed by the United States.
As it happened, in his opinion, when John F. Kennedy’s government refused to militarily support the group of exiles who in 1961 tried to invade the island to overthrow Fidel Castro.
In this sense, Sylvia Iriondo, president of the Cuban exile organization Mothers and Women against Repression (MAR por Cuba), said that Cubans know of “many secret meetings and many betrayals” to the cause of freedom, as she described the one that took place in Caracas a few days ago.
That is why she asked that this Sunday the “defenders of freedom” give an image of unity, a “common front against the dictators,” in reference to Maduro.
Fuentes agreed with her on the need to show unity under the “flag” of the “fight for freedom, justice and democracy.”