A group of intellectuals from different countries joined the worldwide petition for the release of the Venezuelan ambassador, Alex Saab, unjustly and illegally detained by the Government of Cape Verde, by orders of the United States.

The campaign in defense of the ambassador Alex Saab has not been easy. Undoubtedly, it is an emblematic case that, like his illegal detention process in Cape Verde, has tried to be wrapped in ploys and fakes to dismiss its importance and pass under the table the real intentions about his apprehension.

However, the objective is clear: to secure his release. It is well known and documented that the special envoy has been subjected to the cruelest physical and psychological tortures, and we also know that thanks to his courage he has not allowed himself to be subdued. They wanted to force him to sign a “voluntary extradition” and they did not succeed. Today, almost a year after his kidnapping, the pressures continue while Cape Verde (an accomplice country) looks for ways to defend the indefensible and the United States (the executing country) continues to lick its wounds for not being able to get its precious trophy.

During all this time, wills have been added to make visible this case that fills us with indignation; in spite of the usual enemies: the usual extreme right wing (conspiratorial and murderous), the rogue prendsa (paid lobbyists and their immense laboratories), infiltrators who call themselves leftists but who do not rest in their attempt to discredit the government of Nicolás Maduro, and those who, out of ignorance, fail to understand that a businessman can be a ambassador(documents support this and it is a common practice in the world since the last century, as in the case of Lorenzo Mendoza Fleury who, having founded Cervecerías Polar in 1941, was consul in Philadelphia since 1943 and, since 1948, alternate ambassador to the United Nations, attending as delegate to its general assemblies).

For that reason, and to continue clarifying the panorama, the importance of the voices that continue adding to our struggle for the liberation of the Venezuelan ambassadorAlex Nain Saab Moran, institutions, intellectuals, among other personalities, is born.

Because our campaign goes beyond a man, an individual. We demand his freedom because through his kidnapping, the US and its allies intend to overthrow Nicolás Maduro. Because through his kidnapping, the U.S. and its allies intend to subdue the Venezuelan people. Because through his kidnapping, the U.S. and its allies plan to starve an entire country just for not letting themselves be trampled on.

They dream of making us their backyard, they dream of taking over all our resources, they dream of earning the point of honor of wiping out the Bolivarian Revolution. That is why we defend Alex Saab so strongly.

Support of intellectuals to Alex Saab

And it is not only us, nor the youth deployed in every corner of the country making art a window of protest against the criminal blockade. People from all over the world are joining in. For example, here is a sample of the intellectuals and personalities who have joined in:

Antonio Tavares: Cape Verdean citizen, lawyer and political scientist with a long career as a social activist. He introduced before the Supreme Court of Cape Verde the habeas corpus in favor of Alex Saab.

Alfred de Zayas: American lawyer, writer, historian and INDEPENDENT rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council since 2012. In 2017 he visited Venezuela and presented a report in which he highlighted that the blockade has prevented the timely purchase of food and medicines. In 2019 he criticized the document presented by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Michelle Bachelet, on Venezuela, as he described it as “flawed and disappointing”, recommending her to replace her work team to achieve a professional and impartial work. He signed in support of Alex Saab’s release.

Noam Chomsky: American linguist, philosopher and political analyst, of Jewish-Ukrainian origin. He is considered the “father of modern linguistics” and went down in history as one of the most important language theorists and political activists of the 20th century. There are few thinkers and researchers with the renown of Noam Chomsky and with his impact on the world opinion matrix, since his participation in international media constantly circulates on the Internet, the interviews he offers reach massive rating levels, breaking schemes by uniting his ideas in two fields apparently disconnected from each other: politics and psycholinguistics. He also signed in support of the release of the Venezuelan ambassador kidnapped in Cape Verde.

Boston School Bus Drivers Union: The powerful United Steelworkers (USW) union brings together more than 1000 fighters against racism, mostly immigrants from countries such as Haiti and Cape Verde. They were key players in the 1974 racial desegregation struggle in Boston, when racist and fascist groups instigated lynch mob attacks on children riding school buses. This union has participated in every struggle for justice in Boston: for the right to housing, for fair wages, for equal access to basic services, in defense of the claims of people with disabilities and students with special needs, against racism, sexism, and in defense of community leaders. In a public and official statement, they condemned the kidnapping of Ambassador Alex Saab.
Mario Silva, Venezuelan political leader, is a Venezuelan politician and television host, mostly known for being the host of the Venezuelan television program La Hojilla, is a deputy to the current National Assembly and was part of the National Constituent Assembly from 2017 to 2020.

They say that the good guys are more and that is what we want to believe. That is what we are seeing in this battle for the release of Alex Saab. Despite all the attacks perpetuated by different flanks, truth and justice manage to overcome with courage. And there, without rest, we are adding up. Step by step, without faltering, we will succeed in saving the life of our ambassador and intellectuals and personalities of the world have joined this fight.