The ongoing political turmoil in Venezuela continues to intrigue Bitcoin figures, following the Bank of England blocking access to the country’s gold reserves in favor of US-backed interim president Juan Guaidó.
Keiser Champions ‘Unconfiscatable’ Bitcoin
Venezuela, whose citizens have begun turning to Bitcoin en masse in the face of million-percent inflation, capital, and migration controls, appears to be on the cusp of regime change.
Guaidó, who has said he is now the country’s president, has faced multiple challenges to his authority from the established government and international allies such as Russia.
Announcing an investigation into Guaidó, Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice Maikel Moreno announced his bank accounts would be frozen.
Responding, commentators decided Guaidó, a long-term advocate of Bitcoin, is likely unfazed by such a move. “World take note,” Keiser Report presenter Max Keiser tweeted following the news, “(Bitcoin) is unconfiscatable (sic).
Keiser linked to another appraisal alluding to Guaido’s possible Bitcoin holdings, which reads:
[T]he judges of Maduro issue an order to block the bank accounts of President Guaidó. [T]hese idiots do not know that as a member of the millennium generation the interim president in second will have a full bank on his phone.
Not Your Vault, Not Your Gold
Last week, the Bank of England denied incumbent president Nicolas Maduro of access to gold reserves worth £1.2bn. This prompted ridicule from the Bitcoin space, whose “not your keys, not your bitcoin” mantra was reapplied to Maduro’s predicament.
Not your vault, not your gold. https://t.co/ThSkkuXGqO
— Jesse Powell (@jespow) January 25, 2019
Furthermore, a UK foreign office minister has suggested that the central bank grant access to Venezuela’s gold reserves to Guaidó rather than Maduro.
Worth noting, February 2018 saw the latter announce a second state-sponsored ‘cryptocurrency’ to the supposedly oil-backed Petro called ‘Petro Gold’ backed by the yellow metal.
This plan appears to have gone up in smoke. Particularly as the reserves sit across the ocean in a foreign vault. Thus, the concept of ‘backing’ a digital currency with a physical asset appears to exist in name only if a nation is unable to physically secure its own reserves.