Carta Aberta a Sean Penn, de Maria Conchita Alonso

A Ex-Miss Venezuela Conchita Alonso escreveu esta carta aberta a Sean Penn, no seguimento de declarações deste em apoio a Hugo Chavez e ao seu regime.

Destaco as seguintes frases:

"Do you know that the weekend of March 13th there were 67 counted homicides only in Caracas? Furthermore, in the first 50 days of this year, there have been 140 express kidnappings for fast money (a 50% increase in 2009 versus previous years). After 11 years of the Chavez government, more than 16,000 people has been murdered by armed gangs and we’re not even at war like in the Middle East."

"Corruption has increased 68% and inflation 31% in 2009."

"Then WHY do you support a government with over $100 million in oil revenue that has 71% poverty?"

"Did you know solely the government controls 92% of media communications?"

"Then WHY do you applaud the efforts of a government that has notoriously increased poverty (65% to 71%), produced scarcity of staple products and created an energy and water shortage crisis never seen in Venezuela? Not to mention the numbers of children begging in the streets."

PS: Comparemos este registo da evolução da pobreza com o de um país que nas últimas décadas seguiu políticas de liberalização da economia, e que não recebeu centenas de milhões de dólares em vendas de petróleo: El Salvador.

"El Salvador is a lower middle income country with a distinguished record of first generation structural reforms (trade liberalization, re-privatization of the financial sector and other state enterprises, comprehensive tax reform and improvements in the competitiveness environment for private investment).
Coming out of a costly decade-long civil war in the 1980s, its strong record of economic reforms since the early 1990s has resulted in major benefits in terms of improved social conditions, diversification of its export sector, and access to international financial markets at investment grade levels."

"Poverty levels declined significantly between 1991 and 2002 (close to 27 percentage points), extreme poverty was halved in the same period, and impressive progress was also made in social areas—including basic education enrollment, infant and maternal mortality, access to reproductive health services and access to safe water. However, progress in the fight against poverty slowed after 2002—mostly due to the coffee crisis, the 2001 earthquakes, and the slowdowns in the global and domestic economies. "

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