We had the privilege of interviewing Yomar Moreno, a Venezuelan student dissident leader. Yomar is a libertarian evangelist and he tells us what’s really happening in Soviet Venezuela.
What does your organization do? What have you achieved?
The Libertarian Movement has a clear goal and that’s to defend freedom in Venezuela. This means fighting today against socialist tyranny and its network that ranges from media, political leaders who pass themselves off as opposition, intellectuals, universities and their coercive forces.
We’ve managed to consolidate the largest libertarian organization in the country for purposes of direct action, very different from traditional parties or academic centers. To those in other countries we could say that we grew up only knowing the Cuban model which we now resemble as a country.
Tell us about your regular duties as a national youth coordinator.
It’s hard work. As representative of libertarianism I must have the responsibility to mediate between the currents, to be able to express the feeling of the organization and to respect its established structure.
This time as a leader has allowed me to see how we’ve proposed things to the public, how we managed to impact the national paradigm, and how everyone’s work is bearing fruit. I believe it’s the collective result of hard work.
As a leader I’m the representative of both those who voted internally for me and those who do not. My current position is the result of years of work. My main role is to be the means to train and mobilize radical libertarians.
How important is the role of libertarians in the true opposition?
Indispensable, I believe that the opportunity Venezuela has now is impossible to repeat; we’re facing the greatest opportunity for our ideas to be applied in the country simply because of the whole system collapsing around us.
At the end of 2013 when I started this race for freedom I realized that our opportunity would be before the collapse of the system, that day came and it is time to work until they achieved, so we must be both internal and external influence of the ideas of our allies in the true opposition.
What role does the Castro regime play in preserving the Bolivarian regime? How many Cuban government agents are there in Venezuela?
Venezuela is a puppet state of Havana. Here we’re not fighting against a dictator; here we fight against guerrillas, terrorists, foreign imperialists, drug traffickers, paramilitaries, collaborators, and finally, the dictatorship supporting all this and supported by all this. Havana happens to be like the Moscow for 21st century Latin America.
We have no exact numbers, but there are thousands [of Cuban agents] who are in all services in Venezuela, from positions of democratic representation to places as crucial as the armed forces of the republic.
What’s the situation with the guerrillas within the country? Who are they, where do they come from, and what do they want?
An important part of the country is divided between guerrillas like the Colombian ELN or dissident members of the FARC; there are also urban paramilitary groups, popularly known as colectivos (“collectives”), and these are strongly established within the country.
There are regions like Amazonas that are almost completely occupied; the mine fields in Bolivar State are also a reflection of this problem. You could say that in Venezuela experiences the same phenomenon of the so-called “blood diamonds”, but with gold and other minerals.
What have Venezuelan dissidents learned from politics in the United States?
The exiles are very important. The political isolation of the regime is key; it’s unheard of that western democratic countries consider dealing with even a democracy that pretends to respect freedom, when in reality one lives in a thousand-headed authoritarianism.
The politics of the United States is generally correct, but we can’t fall into alarmism. If we give the US population the wrong message regarding their foreign policy, we could easily become victims of our own “success.”
What can American and Canadian libertarians do to support libertarians in Venezuela?
Freedom is not free. This is key, and although it’s key that the world knows about our struggle, we need to maintain an operative team that in many cases comes out more expensive than would normally be expected in the face of hyperinflation.
It’s not just a matter of money, it’s a general question of money, materials, and support for the exiles. Nowadays thousands leave the country every day with nothing to eat. We must be there for them too.
Thank you very much, Yomar.