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PostVenezuelans in US: Who Supports Maduro? (Francisco Wong-Diaz, USA, 10/22/21 3:29 am)
Just a short note in passing about sources requested by Henry Levin (October 21st).
First, in my Cuban family of origin we have a Communist first cousin who married a Venezuelan lady, and we also had a distant uncle who owned a chocolate factory in Caracas. Second, on the Berkeley and Stanford campuses there are outspoken Venezuelans on both sides and some are very active online.
Third, in Florida, Los Angeles and New Orleans, large contingents of Venezuelan expats are actively opposing the disaster that is VeneCuba. If Henry is such an expert, he would know that the SF Mission is not a place that welcomes anticommunists from anywhere.
JE comments: A search for "who supports Maduro in the US" yields very little. The "literature" invariably focuses on the Gang of Five nations propping up the Venezuelan regime: Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and of course Cuba. Turkey with its NATO connection is the outlier here. What does Erdogan hope to achieve by backing Maduro?
I did discover one San Francisco personality who may belong to the Maduro camp: District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who worked as an interpreter for Chávez in the early years of his presidency.
Among Cubans, politics are always a family affair...and a divisive one. Francisco, could you tell us more about your communist cousin? Has he remained on the island?