The efforts to hide the ideological coincidence with Chavismo are a thing of the past. Gustavo Petro managed to sell himself successfully as a moderate leftist, closer to the progressivism that Gabriel Boric is testing in Chile than to the Castrochavism that he plunged Cuba and Venezuela into misery. It was precisely the union of the disastrous legacies of Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez that gave rise to the term. And despite the almost two million Venezuelan immigrants in Colombian territory who attest to the failure of socialism, the left knew how to cleverly distance itself from the Venezuelan dictatorship during the campaign to spread like a mantra the affirmation that Castrochavism does not exist and allege that it It was a fear manufactured by Uribism – a movement in which the entire right and center-right were pigeonholed – to scare the voters who yearned for the promised “change”.
Finally, on August 7, the new government is installed, which in reality offers little news, since most of the officials announced to be part of the cabinet come from the administration of former President Juan Manuel Santos, who –by the way– recently arrived at the Casa de Nariño in 2010 he called Chavez his “new best friend.” But it was one of the most recent appointments that raised the ghost of Castrochavism. Gustavo Petro announced this Saturday the name of Gloria Inés Ramírez as head of the Ministry of Labor and evidence of his admiration for the late Venezuelan dictator and messages of political support for the current occupant of the Miraflores Palace soon appeared on social networks.
Petro Minister promised to “defend the Bolivarian revolutionary process”
“We would like the ideas of Chávez, Evo, Rafael Correa and all those who are building sovereign and independent homelands to be here,” the leader of the Communist Party is heard saying in a video, who even attended with the Senator Piedad Córdoba today at Chávez’s funeral in Caracas, where she said she had observed “the conviction and decision to continue defending the Bolivarian revolutionary process,” but not before adding that she also joined in “defending the revolution.” And she has done so. After Chávez’s death, she has continued to support Nicolás Maduro with countless messages on social networks.
But this is not the only sign of the arrival of Castrochavism to power in Colombia. In the swearing-in ceremony of the former guerrilla as president, the sword of the Liberator Simón Bolívar, stolen in 1974 by the M-19 – the criminal group to which Petro belonged – appears with a prominent role, thus highlighting the same Bolivarianism that Chavismo appropriated in Venezuela, at the initiative of the new president.
He did Castrochavism
Another detail that cannot go under the table is the fact that his chancellor, Álvaro Leyva Duran, outlined the priorities of the new administration shortly after his appointment. The first thing he did was travel to Venezuela to hold a meeting with Maduro’s foreign minister, Carlos Faría, as well as with the governor of the border state of Táchira, Chavista Freddy Bernal. He then proceeded to meet with his counterpart from Iran, a country allied with the Venezuelan regime and on which the United States weighs harsh sanctions for links to terrorism.
They say that children always tell the truth. And perhaps it was what the youngest daughter of Gustavo Petro did four years ago, that during the 2018 presidential campaign, in which he was defeated by Iván Duque, she stopped in the middle of an interview on W Radio to sing with apparent irony: “towards Castrochavism”, to then go to a corner of the stage and add that he was placing himself “to the extreme left”.