The Agencia Venezolana de Noticias (AVN) sees a link between what it calls “the failure of the opposition primaries” to elect its candidates for this year’s parliamentary elections, and the recent revelations made by several international news outlets that Diosdado Cabello is under investigation by the United States of being the leader of a drug cartel.
In its note entitled “After the failure of its primaries the right intensifies its moral intervention against Venezuela,” AVN suggests that “to demoralize the people is a strategy used by the right against sobering nations. A strategy of which Venezuela has been a constant victim for the past 15 years, and which has intensified in recent days after the failure of the opposition in its primaries held on Sunday, May 17.”
The plan seems to be, according to AVN, to attack a very special symbol of the “moral strength of the people.” That symbol is Diosdado Cabello: “For this new assault [arremetida], which has been put into motion as a form of imperial intervention against Venezuela, aiming at the moral strength of the people, the selected target has been Diosdado Cabello, vice-president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and president of the National Assembly.”
The “weakness of the opposition” seems to be the motive behind this recent attack against the revolutionary moral symbol: “In the face of the weakness and demobilization of the opposition, as evidenced in the primaries, the media infamy against Cabello has been reactivated,” explains AVN.