A “Little Caracas”: exiles and golden affairs in the heart of madrid

A “Little Caracas”: exiles and golden affairs in the heart of madrid

So many, many, invest, spend and make politics. Madrid is the new miami. On the streets of the Salamanca barrio the accent is not even noticed.

The richest district of madrid is full of immigrants, but there is no shadow of discrimination, if anything a little envy: “These take everything…”. The Venezuelans in the spain are more and more, even the offices are able to take account. They come thanks to a law that offers residence for humanitarian reasons, others have a passport ue (Spanish, Italian or Portuguese) and in few they get refugee status.

And then there are those with the so-called “golden visa”, the residence granted to those investing at least 500,000 euros, that is the cost of a medium-sized apartment in a high district of madrid. Covid slowed down an inexorable process, which already shows signs of recovery. There are the rich, the middle class, the poor (almost all riders of the city are Venezuelans) and then the rich.

Many of the opposition leaders, starting from leopoldo lópez and henrique capriles, after various peripecies arrived at madrid. But from an ideological point of view there is affinity with the natives: here the left cannot enter, so well these immigrants who lay for the right. From the mother home, migrants carry the hardness of political confrontation, becoming even more the Spanish climate, already in itself at a high dose of polarization.

The result is to reproduce the dynamic chavism-opposition, in a completely different context, where however the polarization between right-left is very strong. And if there is no mother, it is imagined with the face, indeed very different, of pedro sanchez “who has ties with the regime”, accuse the exiles. At the Amazónic restaurant of the calle jorge juan, one of the most frequented by the high society of exiles, all conversations end by talking about the regionals of madrid.

More than the socialist party, the real enemies of little caracas are the members of the government of podemos, in particular the founder pablo iglesias, hated for its ancient ties with the movement of chávez. Iglesias seen the tuna of the left in the elections announced the farewell to politics, with a great feast of Venezuelans. Here arises the point: How many Venezuelans do they vote?

The calculation, however, is complex: with the residence permit the mayor is elected, but not the president of the region, nor the parliamentarians. Those with the Spanish passport are many, and, given the flows, they will be more and more. In addition to those who go to vote materially, they must be considered those who convince the colleagues and friends”, adds the sociologist tomas páez good.

“I understand the astonishment – concludes good paez – we live a permanent electoral campaign, we do not vote for someone, but against someone”. This someone is basically podemos (although even the socialists are accused of condescension with the regime). A madrid, however, there is everything, and sometimes behind the label of “opposer” they hide more complex realities.

For the salamaid barrio, for example, there are also many notables of the regime, suspected of recycle the money made ocire somehow from the country. Chavisti who have broken with maduro, or boiardi of state who seek to place treasures of unclear origin. Spanish justice struggles to be behind Venezuelan movements.

The little Caracas does not seem the right ground to make the Venezuelan enemies dialogue.