Wake up Mr. Ambassador | THE COUNTRY America Colombia

Great irony that of the dictators and their aulics. They are tough, strong; pure heavy hand They tend to take power by gobbling up the Constitution, wiping their asses with the law, filling streets and public offices with guns. Steel people. But nothing can be said to them. They never take a comment; least one criticism or questioning. Ogres that are enervated by the delicate touch of silk.

The mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, dared to draw the attention of the Venezuelan Government to a situation that is real: in addition to good, hardworking and needy people, criminals of all sizes have also come to us from Venezuela, some managed comfortably from Maduroland and its prisons that, here as there, are schools and offices of crime.

They responded to her, and to those who have dared to put the matter on the table, with heavy artillery. It was operated by Diosdado Cabello, known as “number two” of the Venezuelan government power, although the nickname mistook the numerical graduation: he is not the second; he is a fifth category subject. Someone who lives in contact with crime every day, whether at home or in his office.

From her cave, Cabello spat: “For a change, the lady blames Venezuela. If you have the Aragua Train there, throw whatever you want at it, they don’t hurt the Venezuelan government.” True, at least, about indolence, because Chavismo doesn’t give a damn about the fate of the two and a half million of its citizens who live here. They left harassed by hunger, need and that lack of opportunities that Maduro does not recognize. Two and a half million mouths less to feed, educate and serve in hospitals.

The triumphant Bolivarian Revolution, “example” of progress and democracy for the world, does not have a minute to deal sensibly and rightly with the problem of transnational crime. In addition to ego and neuronal anemia, a lot of cynicism: they have been hosting Colombian thieves, kidnappers, murderers and drug traffickers for years. Profiting with shares and tolls on their activity.

It is thanks to Chavismo, as Carolina Girón, director of the Venezuelan Prison Observatory, explains, that the criminals appropriated the prisons. “Control of the prisons,” she said on Caracol Radio, “was handed over to them by the government. In 2011 there were acts of violence and many prisoners were dying. The Minister (of Justice) at the time, Tareck El Aissami, allowed relatives to spend the weekend with the prisoners, as if the prisons were hotels, and a group was created that maintained control of the penitentiary centers.”

They negotiated, recalls Girón, with the government: we rule the prisons, we keep them quiet, and you don’t get involved. Today, those gangs charge even for breathing. And part of those “collections” goes to the hands of corrupt officials. By virtue of their immense power, they run pique houses, quartering houses, in Chapinero, the neighborhood in which the mayor López herself lives.

Where, we wonder, is Ambassador Armando Benedetti? In Venezuela or in Monaco? He is not known to have a strong position on Venezuelan crime in Colombia or on the Colombian guerrillas and criminals sheltering comfortably in Venezuela. Any. He barely insists, with an already frankly suspicious obsession, that we buy gas from Maduro.

Someone needs to remind the ambassador that no one disputes his status as facilitator of trade relations, but business takes care of itself. He does not look like becoming some kind of businessman-diplomat-intermediary. Colombian commerce only needs openness, clear rules and respect for the deals that are made and the debts that are contracted. Nothing more.

The merchants, to trade, and the ambassadors, to diplomacy. That is, to defend the interests of Colombians in Venezuela and the problems that are generated here from that little raft republic. The alarm sounded and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva woke up from the dreamlike Nicaraguan episode. When do you get out of bed, Ambassador Benedetti?

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