from Russia Insider:
Large street protests in both France and Venezuela. Two Presidents with low approval ratings. But only one whose legitimacy has been denied by Western ‘democracies’ and by the French president himself.
Just when you thought globalist hypocrisy couldn’t get any worse, it just did.
France and Venezuela have both experienced widespread anti-government protests in recent weeks. These have been fuelled by economic factors and increased financial hardship of the majority.
But it’s only in Venezuela where the democratically-elected leader, Nicolas Maduro, has been ordered to step down and his opponent, Juan Guaido, has been anointed president. The ‘good old democracies’ of the US and the EU have been falling over themselves to ‘recognise’ Guaido. They’re simply Mad About the Boy, and mad at Maduro.
In France though, it’s a very different story. Here it’s been the street protestors – les gilets jaunes – who have been besmirched. They’re ‘populists’ (boo, hiss) and there have been claims that the whole thing is being stirred up by Russia (an even louder boo, hiss).
Venezuelan people have legitimate grounds for taking to the streets to protest against their president in times of hardship, but the French people do not. No siree!
To add insult to rubber bullet injury, Emmanuel Macron, the man who has triggered the biggest protests in France for over half a century, has the gall (no pun intended) to be right at the forefront of those supporting an unelected leader in Venezuela, and all in the name of ‘democracy.’
Gilbert and Sullivan could not have created a more topsy-turvy world. One in which those who bray the loudest about democracy and ‘human rights,’ are the greatest destroyers of democracy and human rights. Where the most resolute defenders of ‘law and order ‘ in one country are the most vocal advocates of anarchy and setting fire to government buildings in another. Repeat after me: Street protests in Venezuela good, street protests in France bad! Very bad!
When it comes to their own populaces, Macron and Maduro seem to be just about equally unpopular if we believe the polls.
France, YouGov poll:
President Macron Approval Rating
Approve: 18% (-3)
Disapprove: 76% (+7)
Field work: 28/11/18 – 29/11/18
Sample size: 1,006
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) 6 December 2018
Macron’s rating fell as low as 18% in early December, but has surpassed 30% since then. Some 73 percent think he’s an authoritarian.
In Venezuela in November 63% of people said they supported a ‘negotiated settlement’ to remove Maduro from office.
We can say that it’s probably true that most people in France and Venezuela want their present leaders out.
But the reason why there’s international pressure on Maduro but not on Macron to step down is not because of the extent of the economic hardship, the scale of ‘human rights abuses’ or the numbers out on the streets, but because one furthers the interests of what Greek political philosopher and economist Takis Fotopoulos has called the ‘Transnational Elite,’ while the other one doesn’t.
The EU’s failure to condemn the human rights abuses of the Macron government speaks volumes. This alarming clip appears to show French police repeatedly smashing an anti-government protester’s face into the pavement: pic.twitter.com/QUMXDD8KiM #GiletsJaunes
— Richard Wellings (@RichardWellings) 1 February 2019
That could explain why much of the media coverage of the Venezuelan protests has been sympathetic, even if appalling acts of violence are carried out by anti-government protesters, such as the burning to death of a black man in Caracas in 2017 while the coverage of protests in France has been begrudging.