Archive for March 4th, 2004

Simple error or malefic plot?

March 4, 2004

 


The resolution announcing the results of the signature drive against President Hugo Chavez, read by the President of the Consejo Nacional Electoral on Wednesday March 3 appears on the CNE website with January 8th. as its date of publication. On that date, the counting of the signatures had not even begun and the issue of the forms with the same calligraphy did not even exist. Simple error or malefic plot?


 


REPÚBLICA BOLIVARIANA DE VENEZUELA
CONSEJO NACIONAL ELECTORAL
Resolución Nro. 040302-131
Caracas, 08 de enero de 2004
193° y 144°


 


El Consejo Nacional Electoral, en uso de las atribuciones que le confieren los artículos 1 y los numerales 1 y 33 del artículo 33 de la Ley Orgánica del Poder Electoral y, singularmente, con base en los artículos 28, 29 y 31 de las de las Normas para regular los Procesos de Referendos Revocatorios de Mandatos de Cargos de Elección Popular, instrumento publicado en la Gaceta Electoral Nro. 181, de fecha 20 de noviembre de 2003.

The new Commissars in Chief

March 4, 2004

From the international society for human rights:


 “A new wave of fascist and Stalinist national socialism is going around in Latin America, with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro playing the role of Commissars in Chief, the same way it went around Europe for decades last century. Those that fight for the integral respect for human rights, anywhere in the planet, can not remain impassive facing this new cycle which returns us to medieval servility”


 


Signed among others by: Vitautas Landsbergis, Alexander Soljenitzyn, Lech Walesa and Václav Havel.

The new Commissars in Chief

March 4, 2004

From the international society for human rights:


 “A new wave of fascist and Stalinist national socialism is going around in Latin America, with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro playing the role of Commissars in Chief, the same way it went around Europe for decades last century. Those that fight for the integral respect for human rights, anywhere in the planet, can not remain impassive facing this new cycle which returns us to medieval servility”


 


Signed among others by: Vitautas Landsbergis, Alexander Soljenitzyn, Lech Walesa and Václav Havel.

There is still a sense of humor out there, despite the tension and stress

March 4, 2004


First Mars rover picture                                           Sign: Excuse us we are working hard to get rid of Chavez

Government cynically dismisses human rights problem

March 4, 2004

 


As a woman is killed in Machiques, near Maracaibo, and evidence of torture and repression continues to flourish in Venezuela, the Government continued to deny and ignore the outcry. From the Minister of Defense Gen. Garcia Carneiro, who accused vocal critic and reporter Marta Colomina of being a “terrorist” and called her a foreigner despite her Venezuelan nationality, to Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel, who denied the pictures below saying there is no torture in Venezuela, the charade and grotesque pantomime continues.


           


Rangel was quite his offensive self. After his former friend and co-founder of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party, Pompeyo Marquez,  challenged him to speak against the repression, reminding him of their friend Alberto Lovera, killed by the military in the 60’s with a shot in the back, much like Jose Vilas was killed this week, he accused Marquez of switching sides. The charge actually was quite cynical, if anything it is the cynical Rangel who is now on the side of the repressive and criminal military that is currently in command in Venezuela.


           


But if Rangel was pitiful, MVR Deputy Tarek William Saab came very close to justifying the violations of human rights saying that nobody speaks about the nine National Guardsmen who are injured. Thus, in the mind of Saab, a one time human rights defender,  nine injured guardsmen justify the deaths of the ten Venezuelans as well as the more than one thousand injured that a week of military repression has left in Venezuela. Quite grotesque for a politician who rose through his defense of human rights and actually has occupied the Chairmanship of the Human Rights Commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly!


           


Meanwhile, the resignation of the country’s Ambassador to the United Nations Milos Alacalay, created quiet am international stir.  Alcalay resigned because he said he could no longer represent a country in which Human Rights were being violated. He said:”As representative in front of the United Nations, organization which exercises a primary responsibility in their promotion, protection and defense of human dignity, I can not be indifferent when in my own country human rights are not respected.” Adding “The international community has seen with amazement the incredible military repression joined by the repression of the political police”. The consequent loss of human life, injured, disappeared, and political prisoners without trial are taking place, while women and children are threatened by a brutal and unacceptable primitive reaction of the authorities or those that have given them instructions”.


           


The reaction by Chavez’ lackeys was immediate. Using the same “use and dispose” strategy that has been so common in the last five years, Alcalay was immediately branded a traitor, a pro-Carmona Ambassador who benefited from the IVth. Republic. According to Saab, Alcalay was still in his post out of Chavez’ respect for his service to his country and called him a hypocrite. Of course, no explanation was given for the fact that he still held one of the most important posts in the Foreign Service.


 


Alcalay’s courageous resignation has had a huge impact. He resigned from the United Nations, with widespread international coverage. He went on the offensive, holding interviews for CNN, which were broadcast with videos of the repression. Ironically, his resigantion had more of an impact internationally than the OAS saying the signatures to request Chavez recall were actually there.


 


Hopefully, Alcalay’s act will only be the first of many to come. As Janette says in one of the comments, Chavismo is not a monolithic force. There are some decent people there. Not Saab, not Rangel, not Garcia Carneiro. This is the first crack in the façade that may end up bringing the house of cards down. Let us hope the negotiations going on reach a decision that will lead to peace and elections Let us hope we can have peace and democracy back soon.

Government cynically dismisses human rights problem

March 4, 2004

 


As a woman is killed in Machiques, near Maracaibo, and evidence of torture and repression continues to flourish in Venezuela, the Government continued to deny and ignore the outcry. From the Minister of Defense Gen. Garcia Carneiro, who accused vocal critic and reporter Marta Colomina of being a “terrorist” and called her a foreigner despite her Venezuelan nationality, to Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel, who denied the pictures below saying there is no torture in Venezuela, the charade and grotesque pantomime continues.


           


Rangel was quite his offensive self. After his former friend and co-founder of the Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party, Pompeyo Marquez,  challenged him to speak against the repression, reminding him of their friend Alberto Lovera, killed by the military in the 60’s with a shot in the back, much like Jose Vilas was killed this week, he accused Marquez of switching sides. The charge actually was quite cynical, if anything it is the cynical Rangel who is now on the side of the repressive and criminal military that is currently in command in Venezuela.


           


But if Rangel was pitiful, MVR Deputy Tarek William Saab came very close to justifying the violations of human rights saying that nobody speaks about the nine National Guardsmen who are injured. Thus, in the mind of Saab, a one time human rights defender,  nine injured guardsmen justify the deaths of the ten Venezuelans as well as the more than one thousand injured that a week of military repression has left in Venezuela. Quite grotesque for a politician who rose through his defense of human rights and actually has occupied the Chairmanship of the Human Rights Commission of the Venezuelan National Assembly!


           


Meanwhile, the resignation of the country’s Ambassador to the United Nations Milos Alacalay, created quiet am international stir.  Alcalay resigned because he said he could no longer represent a country in which Human Rights were being violated. He said:”As representative in front of the United Nations, organization which exercises a primary responsibility in their promotion, protection and defense of human dignity, I can not be indifferent when in my own country human rights are not respected.” Adding “The international community has seen with amazement the incredible military repression joined by the repression of the political police”. The consequent loss of human life, injured, disappeared, and political prisoners without trial are taking place, while women and children are threatened by a brutal and unacceptable primitive reaction of the authorities or those that have given them instructions”.


           


The reaction by Chavez’ lackeys was immediate. Using the same “use and dispose” strategy that has been so common in the last five years, Alcalay was immediately branded a traitor, a pro-Carmona Ambassador who benefited from the IVth. Republic. According to Saab, Alcalay was still in his post out of Chavez’ respect for his service to his country and called him a hypocrite. Of course, no explanation was given for the fact that he still held one of the most important posts in the Foreign Service.


 


Alcalay’s courageous resignation has had a huge impact. He resigned from the United Nations, with widespread international coverage. He went on the offensive, holding interviews for CNN, which were broadcast with videos of the repression. Ironically, his resigantion had more of an impact internationally than the OAS saying the signatures to request Chavez recall were actually there.


 


Hopefully, Alcalay’s act will only be the first of many to come. As Janette says in one of the comments, Chavismo is not a monolithic force. There are some decent people there. Not Saab, not Rangel, not Garcia Carneiro. This is the first crack in the façade that may end up bringing the house of cards down. Let us hope the negotiations going on reach a decision that will lead to peace and elections Let us hope we can have peace and democracy back soon.

Torture and Repression

March 4, 2004



Some evidence of the torture and repression that we are seeing. Top left,  torture by electric fork, top middle: Diego was hit repeatedly by teh National Guard. Top rigth: Heavily Aremd Naional Guards take away very dangerous suspects. Bottom left: More of Diego’s injuries. Bottom right: Another victim. 

Pictures from the Front

March 4, 2004

In am getting lots of good pictures, some look so good they look professional, if any of you is aware that I am violating someones copyright, please let me know, I can ask for permission. Meanwhile enjoy puictures from the battlefront.



Rising from the ruble (Reuters)                                          Things go better with Molotov Coke



Opposition violence (?)                                                    Sending it back



Referendum or blood                                                   Firepower

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