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Never the hope was bigger

Heliana Grütter Zambrano tells how the Student fell down beside her marched, dead, hit by a sniper in the military police. It was the 11. April 2002, in Caracas

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Never the hope was bigger

Heliana Grütter Zambrano tells how the Student fell down beside her marched, dead, hit by a sniper in the military police. It was the 11. April 2002, in Caracas demonstrated a euphoric amount against the then President Hugo Chávez.

Johanna Falcón remembers the man who can see her, her mother and her siblings in sequence, with a grin and the words "time, times and a gun" at the head, gave marriage the gang to which he belonged, carried everything out of the house, what had any value.

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Luis Lugo Marcano, a muscular, bald-headed former electrical engineer who now works in Switzerland as a massage therapist, tells the story of his father. The former judge of the Venezuelan Supreme court have declined since last January 25 kilos. "Once he went shopping, and the salesman told him that a Kilo of flour, and the Serving of rice cost 4600 Bolívares Fuertes. Because he had not enough money, my father brought home the missing amount. When he appeared a half hour later in the Store had increased the price to 5000 Bolívares Fuertes."

not Measured at the place where they are told, they are stories from another world, but from another universe. The reality in the Here and Now is the shopping, Restaurant and office complex shaft 7 adjacent to the Central railway station of Bern. Quiet, cleanliness, functionality, glass doors and reading Lounges, meeting rooms and play areas, outside the first rays of spring sunshine. But the thoughts and memories in Venezuela when the dictator Nicolás Maduro , unprofessional, unapologetic, cruel. In the case of the Hyperinflation of more than a Million percent in a year, the violent crime, the hungry Old. In the case of the hospitals with dying children.

"Our President"

The five-member group – four women, a man has come together to do from the Swiss distance against the misery in their homeland. Last September, Johanna, Falcon, and your friends have founded, all between thirty and forty, most of them married with a Swiss Partner, the aid organization "A Hand for Venezuela and the world". In collaboration with Spanish foundations to send medicines and food to Venezuela, where local NGOs to distribute the goods.

Who has the Saturday time, to demonstrate on the city hall bridge in Zurich against Maduro? Indignation, because a child that you had sent drugs, has been shown in the city of Barquisimeto from the hospital. The responsible person said, if it is to receive help from abroad, it loses its bed. Busyness, here's the new Flyer, the laughter, the speed of light, spoken Spanish in the Caribbean. A well-Known of the group, will open in the heart of Switzerland, a Restaurant and the sales of the first day of donations. The Catholic parish in Ostermundigen offers its community room for a special occasion.

The helpfulness of the Swiss private individuals and companies was overwhelming, to say all. The opposition Juan Guaidó, by now, a large part of the Western world recognises as head of state, called "nuestro Presidente", our President. You never had so high hopes that the dictatorship falls in your country. Because never before, the international return had been holding for the Opposition so strong. "As long as Nicolás Maduro is not the way, there is no rest for me," says the mother of two Heliana Grütter, who studied in Venezuela, International relations.

the end of the week, the unrest will grow. Because on Saturday, Juan Guaidó want the goods get into the country, the bearings in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta, now to tons. His adversaries, Maduro wants to prevent this, if necessary with military force. It seems to steer the conflict to a climax.

Video: opponents and supporters of the government, demonstrate in Caracas In Venezuela, with large followers to rallies of the Government and the Opposition started. Video: AFP

the Venezuelans and Venezuelans living in Switzerland, it is likely the majority of Nicolás Maduro reject. The Venezuelan Ambassador said even two years ago, this newspaper. And many of those who defend Maduro, are obviously not ready to stand to your opinion. Around a dozen interview requests to private persons, and left solidarity Committee were unsuccessful, as several calls to the Venezuelan Embassy in Bern. A Diplomat said: "There are many Maduro-supporters in Switzerland. But they are silent, out of fear of acts of revenge by the opposition."

ready to Talk to a social scientist, which we here call the Fernanda López. Your real name don't want to read in the newspaper. They emigrated a quarter century ago in Switzerland – even before Hugo Chavez won in Venezuela. Nicolás Maduro have destroyed Chávez's achievements, and the poor betrayed. The 56-Year-old but it also says: "the fact That a member of Parliament as Guaidó with a couple of friends on the Plaza Bolivar, with the Finger to the vow stands, and the President declared this is a coup." She says it with a quiet, cautious voice, as if she wanted to take the set some of its sharpness.

López confirmed that living in Switzerland Maduro-supporters of the opposition insulted and physically attacked. Several of her Friends were Guaidó, but about politics, you talk to you never. Some members of the opposition called López "bandits": Those who exaggerate, spread rumors and all the bad talk. The come from the middle class, in their country, were privileged, and now to the Swiss authorities as the victims were going to get asylum.

The solution to the crisis, says López, was not to be imposed on the country from the outside. The Venezuelans should you find yourself – the best way to re-election of all the institutions as it is to believe a group of "dissident Chavisten" propose to people so that as you reject yourself Maduro, but to Chávez's social legacy.

dispute in a hundred years,

Of the group in the Local wave 7, no one maintains contact with the country people on the other side. If you happen to meet someone from Venezuela, at a Party or on the train, was the subject of politics is taboo. Otherwise, it could break open within a matter of seconds, a trench, over which you will only bawl.

Of Attacks on Maduro supporters have heard the members of the "A Hand for Venezuela and the world," never. "The simply are afraid that you are no longer in the Venezuelan parties welcome", says Heliana Grütter. Johanna Falcón has worked until 2012 at the Venezuelan Embassy in Bern. Then the whole staff was brought on line, and you have been dismissed. "I would argue with these people," she says. "I don't," says Mónica Pino, who has left their country in 2001. "You don't change your mind anyway."

otherwise similar cracks are starting to show within the group, as the members of the opposition parties to pull in Venezuela. To intervene in the American military? Majority Shake Lich's Head. "I'm against it," says Luis Lugo. Only Johanna Falcón says: "If Maduro on Saturday, the humanitarian aid into the country – then I'm all for it."

As Heliana Grütter says that it has given the unrest in 2014, also among the opposition groups, the armed, breaks Johanna Falcón before the indignation in tears. "Many of our guys have lost in the fight against the dictatorship of the life. I can't stand it when someone claims that they're armed."

picture gallery: demonstrations in Caracas

What would you say to a defender Maduro, if he is now here in the wave 7 sitting? "I would ask him why he didn't stay in Venezuela, if he finds socialism is so great," says Luis Lugo. That a Poor, whose Situation had improved in Venezuela, thanks to Chavez’ social programs, a sign of nostalgia for the lost Ideal night, is understandable. But in the Swiss Abundance of life and a Regime to defend, the lets his own people starve?

The Chavistin Fernanda Lopez says that, despite many similarities between the two Camps: the love for the country, Venezuelan music, the beaches, the typical Corn tortillas. "But when it comes now to the civil war, then we will argue in a hundred years." (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 22.02.2019, 06:37 PM

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