Change? or Burst? Two Options in Venezuela
Two options facing Venezuelan Presidente Nicolas Maduro to end his crisis at home: Change? or Burst? These are the two options placed upon the table by the opposition during public talks to end the crisis in the Latin American country. The talks, of which Maduro has determined are "no negotiations" but just seeking "a model of peaceful coexistence, of mutual tolerance" are unlikely to produce any solutions to Venezuela's crisis when they resume on Tuesday. The first round on talks last week, conducted under the auspices of the Vatican and brokered by South American foreign ministers, heard Maduro declared that any deal with the opposition would make him a "traitor to chavismo", the socialist platform of his predecessor Hugo Chavez, the BBC reported. Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who lost a close election to Maduro last year, said the opposition was not seeking a coup against the government. "We don't want a coup d'etat. We don't want an explosion on the streets...Either this situation changes, or its bursts. I hope it changes because I don't want violence," the BBC attributed to Capriles. But Capriles and the rest of Venezuela are unlikely to drag any changes out of Maduro from his defiant stance, which has brought crucial shortages of basic household goods in Venezuela, along with a sky-rocketing violent crime rate. Maybe Maduro will heed the word of Pope Francis, who sent a letter to Venezuela urging "not to get stuck in the conflict of the moment but open yourselves to one another to become true builders of peace."