86% of Venezuelans Oppose U.S. Military Intervention, 81% Against Are Against Sanctions, Local Polling Shows


31-01-19 02:53:00,

86% of Venezuelans Oppose Military
Intervention, 81% Are Against  U.S.
Sanctions, Local Polling Shows

The vast majority of Venezuelans oppose
military intervention and US sanctions to
try to remove President Nicolás Maduro from
power, according to polling by the local
firm Hinterlaces.

By Ben Norton

January 29, 2019 “Information
Clearing House

–    More than
eight out of ten Venezuelans oppose
international intervention, both military
and non-military, in their country, as well
as the crippling sanctions imposed by the
United States to force leftist President
Nicolás Maduro out of power.

According to a study conducted in early
January 2019 by the local polling firm
Hinterlaces, 86 percent of Venezuelans would
disagree with international military
intervention. And 81 percent oppose the US
sanctions that have gravely

hurt the South American nation’s economy

This poll was conducted before the Donald
Trump administration launched a political

coup in Venezuela
on January 23,
attempting to replace its government with a
right-wing opposition that has made it clear
that it seeks to impose

neoliberal capitalist economic policies

Hinterlaces is led by the independent
pollster Oscar Schemel, who has experience
studying numerous elections in Venezuela and
has a pro-business perspective. Most polling
firms in the country, such as the competitor
Datanálisis, tend to be pro-opposition.
Hinterlaces is more neutral, and often leans
toward the government, although Schemel has
criticized some of Maduro’s economic

English-language media outlets frequently
ignore local polls done inside Venezuela,
and if they do report on them, they tend to
publish the results of polling firms run by
pro-opposition figures.

The Grayzone has translated the findings
of a Hinterlaces study conducted between
January 7 and 20. The following data is
based on direct interviews with 1,580
Venezuelans from all across the country,

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Some 9,900 Venezuelans Return Home With Help of Government


26-11-18 12:35:00,

So far a total of 9,900 Venezuelans have returned to their home country with the Vuelta a la Patria (Return to the Homeland Plan) sponsored by the Nicolas Maduro administration.

Venezuela Welcomes Home 91 Citizens from the Dominican Republic

That number was tallied after some 80 Venezuelans flew into the International Airport of Maiquetia Simon Bolivar in Caracas from Bogota, Colombia on Saturday.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza welcomed them back by Twitter saying the citizens “who had left the country looking for new opportunities and only found unemployment, xenophobia, discrimination and labor exploitation. #VueltaALaPatria.”

According to government estimates, 6,663 Venezuelans have come back from Brazil, 1,102 from Peru, 1,014 from Ecuador, 395 returned from Colombia, and 186 from the Dominican Republic. Another 171 have returned to Venezuela from Argentina via the Return to the Homeland Plan. Over 90 came from Chile.

“I have ordered the activation of an airlift based on the Return to the Homeland Plan to bring back all the Venezuelans who have registered and who want to come back to their beloved land. There is a campaign of hatred, persecution, and xenophobic contempt against the people of Venezuela. A global campaign headed by spokespeople of the United States making declarations against the people of Venezuela accusing us of migrating, and creating a scandal,” Maduro said in early September.

The plan, which Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro introduced on Aug. 4, envisions that returning Venezuelans can be reinserted into the life they left with the help of various national social programs. Their return home is paid for by the Maduro administration.

Upon returning home, participants are asked to share their reasons for returning. According to a survey, 60 percent returned home due to economic difficulties, 47 percent were greeted with xenophobia while abroad, and health concerns or unaffordable medical care brought at least 12 percent back to Venezuelan soil.

When another 80 came back home with the help of the Venezuelan government from Colombia in mid-November, Arreaza tweeted then:  “Many testimonies of exploitation and deceptive offers in Colombia.”

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