The BBC‘s HARDtalk aired a shocking interview late on 5 February. Stephen Sackur interviewed Christian Zerpa, a former Venezuelan Supreme Court Justice. Zerpa is now in Florida after ‘fleeing’ Venezuela in January. Sackur’s tone, statements, and questions during the interview all but accepted the ‘regime change’ narrative pushed by the US and Britain. But perhaps the most shocking aspect of the interview was Zerpa’s support for the ongoing Western-backed coup attempt in his country.
Zerpa accused the government of President Nicolás Maduro of corruption. He said the situation was so bad that his fellow judges wouldn’t dare make rulings against the executive branch. Yet this still doesn’t explain why he thinks ‘collaborating’ with the US-led coup is the best option for his country.
Western-backed military coup, for ‘democracy’
Zerpa’s support for the coup in his native country was unequivocal. He ‘urged’ “military officers to restore democracy” to Venezuela. He did say he’d “prefer” Venezuelans to handle the situation internally and that he “would not like” a US “military intervention”. But then he says:
Nevertheless it is important to state that this decision [to use military force] should only be made by the United States government.
A coup is ‘the right way’
Sackur also asked him if he supported the actions of the US-backed opposition figure Juan Guaidó. Zerpa said:
Totally. Absolutely, [Guaidó] is doing things the right way. He’s going down the right path and I support his initiative to save Venezuela’s democracy.
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