Tomás Silva, Minister Counselor of the Venezuelan Embassy in Brazil, was received by Federal Deputy Fausto Pinato at his office in São Paulo. During the meeting, the Venezuelan diplomat explained the complex humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, a country that according to the International Monetary Fund is the poorest in Latin America, surpassing Haiti for the first time. Figures provided by the IMF itself indicate that in 2020 inflation in Venezuela was higher than 2,350%, while GDP fell 30% in the same period.
The shortage of food, medicine and gasoline, in addition to the constant failures in the supply of electricity and running water, make Venezuelans the protagonists of the worst crisis ever recorded in this continent. The UN, through its High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, and the Independent Commission for the Verification of Facts, has published several reports verifying the systematic violation of human rights in Venezuela. Physical and psychological torture, persecution, arbitrary detentions and extrajudicial executions are just some of those crimes documented by the UN.
Deputy Pinato, vice leader of the Progressive Party and president of the Brazil-China parliamentary front and the BRICS front, lamented the situation in Venezuela that he described as “worrying.” The parliamentarian was also informed by the councilor minister about the increase in trafficking in arms, drugs and gold from Venezuela in the states of Roraima and Amazonas, in addition to the recruitment of Venezuelan immigrants by criminal organizations such as the Brazilian PCC, a situation that has a great impact for the security of Brazil.
Pinato expressed his solidarity with the Venezuelan people and declared that “the crisis in Venezuela overcomes any fight between powers and ideological issues, it is a strictly humanitarian issue. We must call the attention of China, Russia and the countries of Latin America to verify those events that are directly affecting the Brazilian and, mainly, the Venezuelan people.” Similarly, the deputy highlighted the performance of Brazil in the last three years, which has welcomed almost 300 thousand migrants from Venezuela with open arms.