In a fightback from the post colonial commons, Hugo Chavez of Venezula is threatening to withhold oil and prevent EU investments in Venezula should the EU go ahead with the new immigration law – the “Returns Directive“.
In a televised speech, Chavez said: “Our oil shouldn’t go to those countries” in Europe who apply new rules for deporting illegal immigrants. He also threatened to block European investments in his country. Venezuela sells most of its oil to the US and is a minor supplier to Europe.
Chavez’s statement builds on that of Bolivian President Evo Morales on Returns Directive in which he placed immigration from Latin America and the global south in the context of colonialism and exploitation of human and natural resources.