Conservative MEP Hermann Tertsch denounced on Thursday, Jan. 23, that the coalition government of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) with the communists of Unidas Podemos is a hostage of the regime of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela who has information about criminal activities that could bring down the government.

These strong statements by Tertsch of the Vox party in the European Parliament came in the wake of the political scandal generated this week when two prominent members of Maduro’s regime secretly met with the minister of development in Pedro Sánchez’s socialist-communist coalition government, José Luis Ábalos.

Ábalos, one of Sánchez’s strongmen, held two secret meetings this week with officials of the Maduro regime on Spanish soil.

The first one took place on Monday when Ábalos, received the Venezuelan Tourism Minister Felix Plasencia off the record and without any publicity, according to the media Vozpópuli.

The meeting caused a political storm in Spain for several reasons.

First of all, Ábalos, did not reveal the content of the conversation, nor was the meeting published in advance and it was also surprising that it was not the tourism minister, Plasencia’s counterpart Reyes Maroto, who received the Venezuelan official.

The second meeting, much more controversial, took place in the early hours of the morning, in a plane with an official who is banned from entering European soil, Maduro’s vice president his right-hand man, Delcy Rodríguez Gómez.

According to Vozpópuli, Ábalos, waited for the private jet that was carrying the sanctioned official to land in a reserved area at Madrid’s airport in the early hours of Monday morning, Jan. 20.

Ábalos got on the plane where he stayed for an hour and a half.

Airport sources confirmed that later Rodríguez descended from the aircraft and entered the VIP lounge and airport authorities accompanied by her chief of staff and five other members of her team.

The socialist-communist executive of Pedro Sánchez, known among a wide sector of the population as the ‘Popular Front,’ in reference to the coalition, identical to the current one, of the PSOE with communists and separatists that governed the Second Republic in Spain in 1936 just before the Spanish Civil War, has not yet explained the purpose and content of the meetings.

‘Maduro knows enough about Podemos to take [the government] down’

Tertsch assured the media in Brussels that the Bolivarian leader “has enough information about this party [Unidas Podemos], about its beginnings, about what these characters, these individuals did throughout Latin America, not just in Venezuela.” 

Tertsch said that the leaders of the far left formation have connections with socialist countries in Latin America such as Ecuador or Bolivia.

“The case of Bolivia is paradigmatic,” he said, adding, “All the corruption in which these parties—this Podemos party—are implicated, with the dictatorial communist parties and drug traffickers in Latin America, could lead to the fall of this government.”

Last December, four hooded members of the Special Operations Group (GEO) of the Spanish police tried to gain access to the residence of the Mexican ambassador in the Bolivian capital, where nine high officials of the fallen government of the socialist Evo Morales are sheltered presumably to help them get out of the country.

This incident unleashed a serious diplomatic conflict between Spain and Bolivia.

Morales, who was accused by the international community and the opposition of electoral fraud that brought him back to the presidency of the country, fled to Mexico where he is protected by Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The delegate to the international community of the interim government of Bolivia, Jorge ‘Tuto’ Quiroga, asked then acting president, Pedro Sánchez, for explanations and asked him to take responsibility for what he considered an unacceptable interference in the sovereignty of his country.

Morales said that Sánchez is “co-governing with Podemos,” a party he called “academic agitators” who want to come to Bolivia to engage in “colonialism of criminal complicity.”

“We can be the academic agitators, who are now chalet bourgeois in Spain, who are the ones who made constitutional colonialism and now want to come and make colonialism out of criminal complicity,” he criticized.

In this sense, Bolivian Justice Minister Alvaro Coimbra said in an interview with Spanish media OK Diario that Pablo Iglesias, leader of the communist group United We Can, “has financed his campaigns with money from Evo Morales and [deceased Venezuelan ex-President Hugo] Chávez.

Vox asks the government why Venezuelan vice president wasn’t arrested

The conservative party led by Santiago Abascal presented on Friday in the Spanish Parliament two questions to the government, for which they requested a written answer, in reference to the presence of a sanctioned person in Europe on Spanish soil.

“Did the Minister of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda, Mr José Luis Ábalos, instruct the National Police not to arrest Nicolás Maduro’s executive vice president Rodríguez, at Madrid-Barajas airport when she arrived by private plane from Caracas in the early hours of Sunday to Monday, January 20,” Vox asked the government according to a statement.

The second question seeks to clarify whether Minister Ábalos gave instructions to guard the VIP room at the Madrid airport and not allow access while Rodriguez was inside.

The increasingly questioned Pedro Sánchez’s administration has responded, according to the newspaper El Mundo, that Ábalos went there to see his ‘friend’ Plasencia, Venezuelan Minister of Tourism, and there he met ‘by chance’ with Rodríguez, an explanation that does not seem to convince the opposition that is asking for his resignation.

According to Vozpópuli, Rodríguez is one of 25 people on a European Union (EU) blacklist who have had their European assets frozen and have been banned from traveling in the Schengen area since June 2018.

“The listed individuals are responsible for human rights violations and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela,” the EU said in a statement when Rodríguez was sanctioned.

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