Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has countered reports of an incipient epidemic in the country by accusing the opposition of engaging in underhand tactics.
“They tried to impose a campaign of psychological warfare on Venezuela, a combination of alarmism and war,” said Maduro. “There is no other term for this but psychological warfare.”
What’s more, the Bolivarian leader – who is the political heir of the deceased former president Hugo Chávez – went further and asked the World Health Organization to help investigate alleged attempts to introduce “some sort of virus” into the country as part of “biological warfare.”Because of what's happening in Maracay Hospital outside Caracas.
“We don’t know what it is we are facing,” said Angel Sarmiento, president of the Medical Association of Aragua, the state where the hospital is located. “We don’t know if it is a virus or a bacteria.”
The physician added that patients were dying in the space of 72 hours due to a massive hemorrhage, and he recommended that people avoid going to that hospital.Naturally, the enemies of Raul, Fidel and Nicolas are behind it.
The government reacted to this statement by calling Sarmiento “a fascist” and “a terrorist.” The governor of Aragua, Tareck El Aissami, filed a complaint against him before the Attorney’s Office, claiming that there are no dangerous bacteria at the hospital and discrediting Sarmiento because he is a member of the opposition.Finally, some in Venezuela are fed up. Such as popular singer-actor José Luis Rodríguez (El Puma), who has just called for the Venezuelan army to live up to its constitutional role;
The National Armed Forces constitutes a necessarily professional institution, without allegiance to politics, organized by the state to guarantee the independence and sovereignty of the nation … To fulfill its duties, it is at the exclusive service to the country, and not to any one person or political affiliation of any kind.And overthrow Maduro! But, that army is controlled by Maduro's Cuban minders (who learned a valuable lesson from Chile in 1973). It will be interesting to see how much longer El Puma remains outside a cage.