An interesting interview with Henrique Capriles, by the team of Juan Carlos Zapata and Elizabeth Fuentes, from the new Internet site konzapata.com. In it, Capriles tones down his criticism of the #LaSalida gang, and offers a more nuanced explanation of his views.
Several money quotes:
- What I proposed was giving the economic and social crisis time to do its work, because we knew it was coming, so then I proposed that we tactically allow the economic and social crisis time to become a political one. But they put in place a political crisis when the economic and social crisis had not had time to do their thing. And so, both things clashed, and look at where we are…
- I don’t see any point in continuing to discuss the Constitutional Assembly or the Recall Referendum out in the street. This should be an internal debate within the opposition, and once that debate has taken place and a conclusion has been reached, we should take it out into the streets.
- No, Ramírez’s proposed measures are not necessary. Before taking up any of these measures, we have to stop giving away oil to Cuba and to Petrocaribe. Why must we keep sending $4 billion to the government of Cuba? Because it goes to the government, not to the people of Cuba. What is the situation inside PetroCaribe? What are these heavily discounted sales that PDVSA is doing? What is the situation with our reserves in gold? First we have to open up the books, get honest with the Venezuelan people, and only then can you ask for an adjustment. It’s not demagoguery, it’s not populism, you simply cannot ask the people to pay more for has when you are giving it away to Cuba for free. I can’t agree to that.