Archive for March 8th, 2004

Let the cover up begin

March 8, 2004

 


The Government has begun its attempt to cover up the violence of the last ten days. Today we heard retired general Lucas Rincon, who told the world on April 11th. that Chavez had resigned (thus we know he is a liar, whether it was true or not) say that all of what happened in the last ten days is an attempt to lower the prestige of the Government. Curiously Lucas Rincon reported “only” 111 injured, none missing, versus the opposition’s numbers of 10 missing and 1450 injured.


 


Then, there was the investigative pole saying that Jose Vila who you saw running away from the National Guard and the Military Police was killed by his own friends of Gente del Petróleo with a marble used as bullet in a homemade gun. Moreover, the investigative police said that Vilas himself was firing.


 


Well, there are a few interesting things about these statements. First of all, in the pictures you see Vilas running, no guns in his hand. Then you see him dead, his backpack still on. Second, between him and the National Guard there is nobody, the street is empty, just empty space between him and the Guards/police.


 


 Finally, there is this article in today’s paper on how the Guards and the military destroyed evidence before leaving, nobody from the Attorney general’s office has been there and the investigative police made some measurements but did not interview any of the dozens of witnesses. What for? They already knew what to say.


 


Thus, the conclusion is, according to the investigative police, that none of the deaths can be blamed on the National Guard (What about DISIP and other forces) and a General also said (cant find the link) that the Guard only had plastic bullets. Thus, all of those guys with assault weapons in my pictures and yesterday’s El Universal were simply fake.


 


In one month, the Chavez Government will be talking about when the opposition tried to overthrow Chavez by attacking the National Guard! We have seen that movie before, as the local saying goes!


 


While it is possible that one case may be an accident and not a killing by the Government, I would like to point out that Yormi Suarez was killed in Altamira with a shot from Torre Britanica. Now this is the report by the Government:


 


The deceased is believed to have received a shot from the Britannica Tower or the old Altamira Cinema building, from where shots were being fired at the National Guard. A test was done to determine if the deceased had fired a weapon, which came out positive, and most likely determines with certainty that the deceased had fired a weapon, although it is unknown whether it was in defense or attacking someone.


 


However, as shown in numerous movies, TV transmissions and pictures Torre Britannica was occupied by the national guard on the second day of violence and TV station Globovision actually showed gunmen on the of that building with assault rifles, now the Government says only plastic bullets were being used.


 


A Government of liars and total impunity.

Let the cover up begin

March 8, 2004

 


The Government has begun its attempt to cover up the violence of the last ten days. Today we heard retired general Lucas Rincon, who told the world on April 11th. that Chavez had resigned (thus we know he is a liar, whether it was true or not) say that all of what happened in the last ten days is an attempt to lower the prestige of the Government. Curiously Lucas Rincon reported “only” 111 injured, none missing, versus the opposition’s numbers of 10 missing and 1450 injured.


 


Then, there was the investigative pole saying that Jose Vila who you saw running away from the National Guard and the Military Police was killed by his own friends of Gente del Petróleo with a marble used as bullet in a homemade gun. Moreover, the investigative police said that Vilas himself was firing.


 


Well, there are a few interesting things about these statements. First of all, in the pictures you see Vilas running, no guns in his hand. Then you see him dead, his backpack still on. Second, between him and the National Guard there is nobody, the street is empty, just empty space between him and the Guards/police.


 


 Finally, there is this article in today’s paper on how the Guards and the military destroyed evidence before leaving, nobody from the Attorney general’s office has been there and the investigative police made some measurements but did not interview any of the dozens of witnesses. What for? They already knew what to say.


 


Thus, the conclusion is, according to the investigative police, that none of the deaths can be blamed on the National Guard (What about DISIP and other forces) and a General also said (cant find the link) that the Guard only had plastic bullets. Thus, all of those guys with assault weapons in my pictures and yesterday’s El Universal were simply fake.


 


In one month, the Chavez Government will be talking about when the opposition tried to overthrow Chavez by attacking the National Guard! We have seen that movie before, as the local saying goes!


 


While it is possible that one case may be an accident and not a killing by the Government, I would like to point out that Yormi Suarez was killed in Altamira with a shot from Torre Britanica. Now this is the report by the Government:


 


The deceased is believed to have received a shot from the Britannica Tower or the old Altamira Cinema building, from where shots were being fired at the National Guard. A test was done to determine if the deceased had fired a weapon, which came out positive, and most likely determines with certainty that the deceased had fired a weapon, although it is unknown whether it was in defense or attacking someone.


 


However, as shown in numerous movies, TV transmissions and pictures Torre Britannica was occupied by the national guard on the second day of violence and TV station Globovision actually showed gunmen on the of that building with assault rifles, now the Government says only plastic bullets were being used.


 


A Government of liars and total impunity.

Chavez’ proof of fraud backfires

March 8, 2004

 


Last Friday, President Hugo Chavez talked to the Diplomatic corps for almost four hours (thru lunch!) attempting to prove that the opposition had committed major fraud in gathering the petition to have a recall referendum against him and to show that there was no repression (which he confirmed) and the opposition was to blame for it.


 


Well, even the Guardian in the UK is laughing at President Chavez. Emiliano Chavez shown below has National ID number 2550083 and President Chávez suggested that he either was dead or did not exist.



 


Well, Emiliano himself, who is 61 years old, said that he is not only alive but he did sign the petition to recall Chavez. Chavez (no relation) suggested the president has bad advice, affirming: I signed, and I am willing to do it again.


 


Then there is Maria Gregoria Ibarra, National ID number 5070673, who Chavez said did not exist but confirmed, today that she is very much alive and that is her number.


 


Finally, Nancy Consalvi de Rangel showed up at the Unidad Headquarters to say that she did exist and that was also her national ID number despite the President’s claims that she had used an ID number that did not belong to her.


 


Well, Chavez attempted to show with a statistically insignificant number of cases that the opposition had committed fraud, but in the all he showed was that there was no fraud and that those surrounding him are too incompetent to even try to cook up charges of fraud against the opposition.

CD communique on the Attorney General

March 8, 2004

And then there is the Document issued by the Coordinadora Democratica on the communiques of the Attorney General/Prosecutor claiming he will be transparent and impartial in investigating the violence of the last few days:


Democratic Coordinator rejects offer of “supposed objectivity and impartiality” of MVR activist Isaias Rodriguez
 


 


The current state of massive violations of human rights in our country on the part of the repressive regimen of Hugo Chavez has brought out cynicism and irresponsibility as the most despicable and outrageous features of this regime.


 


Cynicism and irresponsibility are the elements that characterize the public conduct of MVR leader, ex-Vice-President and astonishing Attorney General/Prosecutor (Fiscal), Julian Isaias Rodríguez, who in the last few days has been as inefficient as always in the defense of legality and the constitutional rights of the citizens. But on top of that, he has bothered to issue two successive press releases in which he offers once again to the country “total impartiality, objectivity and transparency” in advancing the investigations initiated with respect to the acts of violence which took place on February 27th. in Caracas and other cities.


 


It would be hard to offer the country impartiality, objectivity and transparency in the investigation of the eleven deaths of the last few days in the hands of the National Guard by a Fiscal that has yet to say anything about the nineteen people assassinated on April 11th. 2002 by Government-sponsored gunmen, in full daylight and in the presence of thousands of witnesses.


 


It would be hard to offer the country impartiality, objectivity and transparency by a Fiscal that still maintains silence over the culpability of the 29 injured by bullets that Venezuelan democratic society suffered when we had the audacity to go on November 4th 2002 to hand over the signatures that backed the request for a consultative referendum.


 


It can not offer now transparency, objectivity and impartiality a Fiscal who has systematically obstructed all of the charges about human rights violations and about corruption, denying the administration of justice and boycotting the development of the institutions contemplated in the 1999 Constitution.


 


It does not even deserve the benefit of the doubt a Fiscal that pursues honest employees of the office that he maintains sequestered and that concentrates the cases that directly affect the government in the hands of a handful of subordinate prosecutors, all identified with the government.


 


It deserves the most active rejection to the moral conscience of the country, a Fiscal that has the bad faith to assign none other that the pro-Government activist Danilo Anderson, to pursue the case of Yormi Suarez, the young Venezuelan, 22 years old, cruelly assassinated by the National Guard on Ave. Luis Roche of Altamira.


 


If due to a strange crisis of conscience, citizen Isaias Rodríguez were willing at this stage to have an act of decency, the only thing he could do is to resign from his position and allow a different person to take over, a citizen on whom those promises of transparency, impartiality and objectivity could be credible.


 


But since we know that such a gesture of decency is beyond the possibilities of someone as compromised with corruption and violence as Isaias Rodriguez, we warn him of the following: in Venezuela there will be peace, there will be reconciliation, there will reunification, and the political sector that is expressed in the Government will have a space in the Venezuela of the future that will be respected, that space which they manage to maintain with the remaining votes they may have. But there will be no impunity. Individuals like Isaias Rodriguez, whose hands are stained with blood because they are responsible through action or inaction of a lot of pain, a lot of suffering and many deaths. They will have to respond in front of the Law, in front of the people and in front of history for their crimes.


 


It is not with cynical communiqués that Isaias Rodriguez will be able to elude his responsibilities. After all, they involve the delicate topic of human rights, and do not prescribe and are as well personal in nature.


 


And this message is good for all of those in the Government’s hierarchy, both civilian and military. Those that still have time to rectify, do it. For Isaias Rodríguez, that time has already been used up.

CD communique on the Attorney General

March 8, 2004

And then there is the Document issued by the Coordinadora Democratica on the communiques of the Attorney General/Prosecutor claiming he will be transparent and impartial in investigating the violence of the last few days:


Democratic Coordinator rejects offer of “supposed objectivity and impartiality” of MVR activist Isaias Rodriguez
 


 


The current state of massive violations of human rights in our country on the part of the repressive regimen of Hugo Chavez has brought out cynicism and irresponsibility as the most despicable and outrageous features of this regime.


 


Cynicism and irresponsibility are the elements that characterize the public conduct of MVR leader, ex-Vice-President and astonishing Attorney General/Prosecutor (Fiscal), Julian Isaias Rodríguez, who in the last few days has been as inefficient as always in the defense of legality and the constitutional rights of the citizens. But on top of that, he has bothered to issue two successive press releases in which he offers once again to the country “total impartiality, objectivity and transparency” in advancing the investigations initiated with respect to the acts of violence which took place on February 27th. in Caracas and other cities.


 


It would be hard to offer the country impartiality, objectivity and transparency in the investigation of the eleven deaths of the last few days in the hands of the National Guard by a Fiscal that has yet to say anything about the nineteen people assassinated on April 11th. 2002 by Government-sponsored gunmen, in full daylight and in the presence of thousands of witnesses.


 


It would be hard to offer the country impartiality, objectivity and transparency by a Fiscal that still maintains silence over the culpability of the 29 injured by bullets that Venezuelan democratic society suffered when we had the audacity to go on November 4th 2002 to hand over the signatures that backed the request for a consultative referendum.


 


It can not offer now transparency, objectivity and impartiality a Fiscal who has systematically obstructed all of the charges about human rights violations and about corruption, denying the administration of justice and boycotting the development of the institutions contemplated in the 1999 Constitution.


 


It does not even deserve the benefit of the doubt a Fiscal that pursues honest employees of the office that he maintains sequestered and that concentrates the cases that directly affect the government in the hands of a handful of subordinate prosecutors, all identified with the government.


 


It deserves the most active rejection to the moral conscience of the country, a Fiscal that has the bad faith to assign none other that the pro-Government activist Danilo Anderson, to pursue the case of Yormi Suarez, the young Venezuelan, 22 years old, cruelly assassinated by the National Guard on Ave. Luis Roche of Altamira.


 


If due to a strange crisis of conscience, citizen Isaias Rodríguez were willing at this stage to have an act of decency, the only thing he could do is to resign from his position and allow a different person to take over, a citizen on whom those promises of transparency, impartiality and objectivity could be credible.


 


But since we know that such a gesture of decency is beyond the possibilities of someone as compromised with corruption and violence as Isaias Rodriguez, we warn him of the following: in Venezuela there will be peace, there will be reconciliation, there will reunification, and the political sector that is expressed in the Government will have a space in the Venezuela of the future that will be respected, that space which they manage to maintain with the remaining votes they may have. But there will be no impunity. Individuals like Isaias Rodriguez, whose hands are stained with blood because they are responsible through action or inaction of a lot of pain, a lot of suffering and many deaths. They will have to respond in front of the Law, in front of the people and in front of history for their crimes.


 


It is not with cynical communiqués that Isaias Rodriguez will be able to elude his responsibilities. After all, they involve the delicate topic of human rights, and do not prescribe and are as well personal in nature.


 


And this message is good for all of those in the Government’s hierarchy, both civilian and military. Those that still have time to rectify, do it. For Isaias Rodríguez, that time has already been used up.

Tal Cual’s Editorial Lack of Honor by Teodoro Petkoff

March 8, 2004

 


And Tal Cual’s Editorial was also very good:


 


Lack of Honor by Teodoro Petkoff


 


Cynicism and lies have been transformed into state policy. We are no longer only facing individual behavior, such as that bitter and provoking style that Pompeyo Marquez baptized as “useless smart ass”, but we are facing a perverse global conception of the exercise of power.


 


When Chavez stages his TV program Alo President in front of the astonished diplomatic corps, he is not ignoring the fact that his speech and arguments end up being grotesque and absurd, because the lies are oversized, even for the Cuban Ambassador. He is not ignoring it, but what else could he say? He knows people have discovered that the king is naked and only the reason of the lack of reason to attempt to cover his shame.


 


When Chavez says that young Elinor Montes “attacked” the National Guard, he knows that his listeners are not stupid and that on top of that, they saw the scene through TV, but nevertheless he insists in making them swallow that stone form the mill, when he shows videos of the march of Feb. 27th. and of the repression, he himself realizes that he is not demonstrating anything and asks the operator of the film to move it forward. On the one hand there was the verbosity of Chavez and on the other the videos, which were demonstrating the opposite of what he was saying. But he is already riding that tiger of lies and cynicism as sate policy, and he can’t get off.



When the Commander of the National Guard Villegas Solarte, says, with a clean face, that the opposition disguised people with uniforms of the National Guard and assault rifles to shoot against their own people and blame the force that he leads, it is not that he is emulating Pedro Carreńo, but reciting a script of lies and cynicisms as a state policy.


 


When Deputy Dario Vivas affirms that the former PDVSA worker assassinated in San Antonio was killed by own co-workers and another criminal like him says that the AD Deputy killed in Machiques was also a victim of her mates, they are expressing themselves as actors of the same script.



A Government that is capable of taping and broadcasting through the Governments stations private telephone conversation, in clear violation of its own Constitution and of the most fundamental moral norms, is doing it because it wants to instill fear in society.


 


It wants to believe that the mechanisms of social control are based on fear. It wants us to be afraid of even our own words. Not to speak out, because it is dangerous, because they are listening, they are taping you, they broadcast you live. When the President himself is an echo in his Sunday program of illegally obtained tape recordings, it is because all shame has been lost, because all that is left are just threads of what may have been one day an ideal or a flag.


 


It is in the terminal stage of moral degradation and political corruption when lies and cynicism become state policy.


 


The young Commander of 92 would have arrested the guards that abused Elinor Montes; the silenced cynic of today hails them, because he needs them. He has to flatter them because the lie, the cynicism and the fear need a praetorian guard.


 

It is power reduced to its ultimate instance: force, because there is nothing else left. But, once again, it is necessary to remind everyone of Napoleon’s much cited phrase: bayonets are only good to sit on them.

Tal Cual’s Editorial Lack of Honor by Teodoro Petkoff

March 8, 2004

 


And Tal Cual’s Editorial was also very good:


 


Lack of Honor by Teodoro Petkoff


 


Cynicism and lies have been transformed into state policy. We are no longer only facing individual behavior, such as that bitter and provoking style that Pompeyo Marquez baptized as “useless smart ass”, but we are facing a perverse global conception of the exercise of power.


 


When Chavez stages his TV program Alo President in front of the astonished diplomatic corps, he is not ignoring the fact that his speech and arguments end up being grotesque and absurd, because the lies are oversized, even for the Cuban Ambassador. He is not ignoring it, but what else could he say? He knows people have discovered that the king is naked and only the reason of the lack of reason to attempt to cover his shame.


 


When Chavez says that young Elinor Montes “attacked” the National Guard, he knows that his listeners are not stupid and that on top of that, they saw the scene through TV, but nevertheless he insists in making them swallow that stone form the mill, when he shows videos of the march of Feb. 27th. and of the repression, he himself realizes that he is not demonstrating anything and asks the operator of the film to move it forward. On the one hand there was the verbosity of Chavez and on the other the videos, which were demonstrating the opposite of what he was saying. But he is already riding that tiger of lies and cynicism as sate policy, and he can’t get off.



When the Commander of the National Guard Villegas Solarte, says, with a clean face, that the opposition disguised people with uniforms of the National Guard and assault rifles to shoot against their own people and blame the force that he leads, it is not that he is emulating Pedro Carreńo, but reciting a script of lies and cynicisms as a state policy.


 


When Deputy Dario Vivas affirms that the former PDVSA worker assassinated in San Antonio was killed by own co-workers and another criminal like him says that the AD Deputy killed in Machiques was also a victim of her mates, they are expressing themselves as actors of the same script.



A Government that is capable of taping and broadcasting through the Governments stations private telephone conversation, in clear violation of its own Constitution and of the most fundamental moral norms, is doing it because it wants to instill fear in society.


 


It wants to believe that the mechanisms of social control are based on fear. It wants us to be afraid of even our own words. Not to speak out, because it is dangerous, because they are listening, they are taping you, they broadcast you live. When the President himself is an echo in his Sunday program of illegally obtained tape recordings, it is because all shame has been lost, because all that is left are just threads of what may have been one day an ideal or a flag.


 


It is in the terminal stage of moral degradation and political corruption when lies and cynicism become state policy.


 


The young Commander of 92 would have arrested the guards that abused Elinor Montes; the silenced cynic of today hails them, because he needs them. He has to flatter them because the lie, the cynicism and the fear need a praetorian guard.


 

It is power reduced to its ultimate instance: force, because there is nothing else left. But, once again, it is necessary to remind everyone of Napoleon’s much cited phrase: bayonets are only good to sit on them.

Letter from Teodoro Petkoff to Vladimir Villegas

March 8, 2004

 


A day for translations. Here is the first one, a letter from Teodoro Petkoff to the President of the Government’s TV station Vladimit Villegas, which appeared in Tal Cual today (by subscription):


 


I write to you because we have been friends throughout many years, because I am also a friend of your siblings Mario and Esperanza-and not so much of Ernesto, whom I have dealt with little personally-. But above everything I write to you because you are the son of Cruz Villegas, a man whom I shared with many years of struggles and a brotherly friendship. I write to you, because I would like to know if you truly believe that broadcasting through the TV station you lead a private conversation, whose participants were talking about every day topics these days (recall referenda, ratifying signatures, what to do) and in no way you could argue  that the conversation was being made public because there was some sort of criminal element to it, if that, I repeat the question, has anything to do with the ethics taught to you by old man Cruz, and with which, in your younger years, you built a reputation as a social fighter.


 


You know very well that what you have done through Channel 8 constitutes a crime, a crime that you yourself many times denounced when others did it. You, like a good Chavista, know by memory “that animal” (The Constitution). Just in case, I copy what Article 48 says: “The secrecy and security of all forms of private communications are guaranteed”… “They can only be intervened by the order of a judge in fulfillment of all legal regulations and preserving as private whatever has nothing to do with the corresponding process”. Thus, Vladimir, Quiroz and I had a fundamental right violated.


 


I don’t know who taped the conversation and, in any case, I could not demonstrate it, but I do know that it was channel 8 that broadcast and violated the privacy of that communication, and you are its President. Your duty as President of that TV station is to tell the tramp that approaches you with a taped conversation that the station can not broadcast it, because it happens to be a crime.


 


If you don’t do that, you turn into an accomplice of the crime. Of a crime that in someone who claims to be a revolutionary is unacceptable because it pertains to human rights, pertains to values that you drank from your mother’s milk and you learned from the behavior of that honest and integral man that was old man Cruz Villegas.


 


There is no revolutionary cause, Vladimir that can sustain itself on the neglect of the rights of others. The only thing that can sustain such a weak base is Stalinist fascism, that perverse form of politics that makes of the manipulation of souls and of the violation of consciences, a horrendous modus operandi and drove the sinister totalitarisms of the last century, some of which have survived in this one.

You said in your El Nacional interview, that you are a political militant and as such, as President of that TV station, you were at the battlefront. I can understand that, but what I can not understand is that to fight that struggle you have to violate the values and principles that are inherent to the cause of justice and freedom that, I can imagine, still gives sense to your life. Believe me Vladimir, today I feel sorry for you.

Letter from Teodoro Petkoff to Vladimir Villegas

March 8, 2004

 


A day for translations. Here is the first one, a letter from Teodoro Petkoff to the President of the Government’s TV station Vladimit Villegas, which appeared in Tal Cual today (by subscription):


 


I write to you because we have been friends throughout many years, because I am also a friend of your siblings Mario and Esperanza-and not so much of Ernesto, whom I have dealt with little personally-. But above everything I write to you because you are the son of Cruz Villegas, a man whom I shared with many years of struggles and a brotherly friendship. I write to you, because I would like to know if you truly believe that broadcasting through the TV station you lead a private conversation, whose participants were talking about every day topics these days (recall referenda, ratifying signatures, what to do) and in no way you could argue  that the conversation was being made public because there was some sort of criminal element to it, if that, I repeat the question, has anything to do with the ethics taught to you by old man Cruz, and with which, in your younger years, you built a reputation as a social fighter.


 


You know very well that what you have done through Channel 8 constitutes a crime, a crime that you yourself many times denounced when others did it. You, like a good Chavista, know by memory “that animal” (The Constitution). Just in case, I copy what Article 48 says: “The secrecy and security of all forms of private communications are guaranteed”… “They can only be intervened by the order of a judge in fulfillment of all legal regulations and preserving as private whatever has nothing to do with the corresponding process”. Thus, Vladimir, Quiroz and I had a fundamental right violated.


 


I don’t know who taped the conversation and, in any case, I could not demonstrate it, but I do know that it was channel 8 that broadcast and violated the privacy of that communication, and you are its President. Your duty as President of that TV station is to tell the tramp that approaches you with a taped conversation that the station can not broadcast it, because it happens to be a crime.


 


If you don’t do that, you turn into an accomplice of the crime. Of a crime that in someone who claims to be a revolutionary is unacceptable because it pertains to human rights, pertains to values that you drank from your mother’s milk and you learned from the behavior of that honest and integral man that was old man Cruz Villegas.


 


There is no revolutionary cause, Vladimir that can sustain itself on the neglect of the rights of others. The only thing that can sustain such a weak base is Stalinist fascism, that perverse form of politics that makes of the manipulation of souls and of the violation of consciences, a horrendous modus operandi and drove the sinister totalitarisms of the last century, some of which have survived in this one.

You said in your El Nacional interview, that you are a political militant and as such, as President of that TV station, you were at the battlefront. I can understand that, but what I can not understand is that to fight that struggle you have to violate the values and principles that are inherent to the cause of justice and freedom that, I can imagine, still gives sense to your life. Believe me Vladimir, today I feel sorry for you.

Chavez threatens US with 100 year war

March 8, 2004

Hugo Chavez continues to use the Fidel playbook, this time threatening the US with waging a 100 year war if the US invades Venezuela. He said he had enough allies and friends to do this. This from the man who on Feb. 4 1992 could not even last the night, failing to takeover the Presidentail Palace and never really getting close before surrundering. He might have friends, but not too many allies left in South America based on the events of teh last week, but of course, he lives in his own imagination, there will be no invasion, no 100 year war. With enemies like this guy below, he has already lost. It is just a matter of time (Picture sent in by a friend)



Chavez this is a form with the same calligraphy

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