Archive for March 12th, 2004

Another horror story, the thirteenth victim of the recent repression

March 12, 2004


The thirteenth victim of the repression of the Government was named Juan Carlos Zambrano who died on Wednesday as a result of the injuries the military inflicted on him by members of the Army camp in La Turiaca, in the Lagunillas municipality in Zulia State.


His concubine Yeicy Vasquez was raped and abused by the soldiers and was threatened with death if she denounced what had happened to her.


 


Zambrano’s mother said her son worked picking up aluminum cans from the streets to sell them, not exactly what Chávez would call an oligarch. She said she was at the army camp while her son was being tortured. They would hit him and throw him on the floor, while they all stepped on him. They would give him water and then hit him with a bat on the stomach. They tied his hands and dragged him on the asphalt. She said she asked them to stop and they laughed at her. The military claims they detained him because he stole a motor from an oil well.


 


He was freed and died later in the Hospital. General Carlos Briceno of the 11t Brigade has confirmed that Zambrano was a prisoner, but the information he had was that Zambrano had signed a document in which he said that he was treated well while in captivity.


 


Zambrano’s mother said that her other son Michel was also detained that day and is missing. Michel went out that day looking for his brother.


 


Besides Michel Zambrano, there are still seven people desaparecidos from the protests whose names are: Omar Arturo Morales (28); Juan José Pérez (27); Juan Ernesto Sánchez (37); Andrés Bastidas Guedes (32) ; José Luis Rodríguez (33); Eduardo José Miranda (30) y Julio César Gómez (34). They are believed to be dead since they were detained simultaneusly. The Investigative police has begun looking into the case and is the only Government body that has said anything about them according to page B-23 of today’s El Nacional (by subscription).

Another horror story, the thirteenth victim of the recent repression

March 12, 2004


The thirteenth victim of the repression of the Government was named Juan Carlos Zambrano who died on Wednesday as a result of the injuries the military inflicted on him by members of the Army camp in La Turiaca, in the Lagunillas municipality in Zulia State.


His concubine Yeicy Vasquez was raped and abused by the soldiers and was threatened with death if she denounced what had happened to her.


 


Zambrano’s mother said her son worked picking up aluminum cans from the streets to sell them, not exactly what Chávez would call an oligarch. She said she was at the army camp while her son was being tortured. They would hit him and throw him on the floor, while they all stepped on him. They would give him water and then hit him with a bat on the stomach. They tied his hands and dragged him on the asphalt. She said she asked them to stop and they laughed at her. The military claims they detained him because he stole a motor from an oil well.


 


He was freed and died later in the Hospital. General Carlos Briceno of the 11t Brigade has confirmed that Zambrano was a prisoner, but the information he had was that Zambrano had signed a document in which he said that he was treated well while in captivity.


 


Zambrano’s mother said that her other son Michel was also detained that day and is missing. Michel went out that day looking for his brother.


 


Besides Michel Zambrano, there are still seven people desaparecidos from the protests whose names are: Omar Arturo Morales (28); Juan José Pérez (27); Juan Ernesto Sánchez (37); Andrés Bastidas Guedes (32) ; José Luis Rodríguez (33); Eduardo José Miranda (30) y Julio César Gómez (34). They are believed to be dead since they were detained simultaneusly. The Investigative police has begun looking into the case and is the only Government body that has said anything about them according to page B-23 of today’s El Nacional (by subscription).

Opposition challenges CNE database

March 12, 2004

 


The opposition met with the Consejo Nacional Electoral and asked for the electoral Board to clarify a number of inconsistencies in the data, before accepting whether to go or not to the process of having citizens confirm or not that they signed to request for the President’s recall. The following are some of the criticisms of the data. The opposition challenged the validity of the CNE database, including the following inconsistencies:


 


i) The regulations established a total of five (5) criteria for invalidating a signature; the CNE used thirty eight (38) different criteria.


 


ii) The CNE President said when announcing the results of the analysis of the data that they had accepted 3.086.013 signatures as being in the forms, the CNE database contains 3.475.200 signatures the opposition handed in.


 


iii) The CNE President said 1.832.493 signatures had been declared valid, the database says only 1.783.523 have been accepted.


 


iv) There are 224 thousand signatures that the CNE rejected due to errors in the cover sheets that the opposition has as accepted by the CNE and stamped by the CNE.


 


v) There are 28 thousand signatures rejected because they do not appear in the cover sheets, the opposition claims they are there.


 


vi) There are 23 thousand signatures “lost” by the CNE which now the CNE has “found” and is processing.


 


vii) There are 276 thousand signatures that have inconsistencies with the Electoral registry and most of them have no problem and are correct.


 


viii) Of the controversial forms with the same calligraphy, the opposition “discovered” that 54% of them do not have the same calligraphy.


 


Now, what this implies is the following:


 


Carrasquero said 1.83 million had been accepted and 876 thousand were planas. The opposition claims 54% of the latter were not planas AT ALL. Add those 473 thousand and the opposition has 2.303 million and it needs 2.432 million, a difference of only 129 thousand signatures which could easily be obtained in the confirmation process. .


 


Additionally, if you add to that totals 1.83 million+473 thousand (viii) + 276 thousand (vii) + 23 thousand (vi) + 28 thousand (v) + 224 thousand (iv), you get 2.854 million signatures, more than 400 thousand than required.


 


Now what?

Opposition challenges CNE database

March 12, 2004

 


The opposition met with the Consejo Nacional Electoral and asked for the electoral Board to clarify a number of inconsistencies in the data, before accepting whether to go or not to the process of having citizens confirm or not that they signed to request for the President’s recall. The following are some of the criticisms of the data. The opposition challenged the validity of the CNE database, including the following inconsistencies:


 


i) The regulations established a total of five (5) criteria for invalidating a signature; the CNE used thirty eight (38) different criteria.


 


ii) The CNE President said when announcing the results of the analysis of the data that they had accepted 3.086.013 signatures as being in the forms, the CNE database contains 3.475.200 signatures the opposition handed in.


 


iii) The CNE President said 1.832.493 signatures had been declared valid, the database says only 1.783.523 have been accepted.


 


iv) There are 224 thousand signatures that the CNE rejected due to errors in the cover sheets that the opposition has as accepted by the CNE and stamped by the CNE.


 


v) There are 28 thousand signatures rejected because they do not appear in the cover sheets, the opposition claims they are there.


 


vi) There are 23 thousand signatures “lost” by the CNE which now the CNE has “found” and is processing.


 


vii) There are 276 thousand signatures that have inconsistencies with the Electoral registry and most of them have no problem and are correct.


 


viii) Of the controversial forms with the same calligraphy, the opposition “discovered” that 54% of them do not have the same calligraphy.


 


Now, what this implies is the following:


 


Carrasquero said 1.83 million had been accepted and 876 thousand were planas. The opposition claims 54% of the latter were not planas AT ALL. Add those 473 thousand and the opposition has 2.303 million and it needs 2.432 million, a difference of only 129 thousand signatures which could easily be obtained in the confirmation process. .


 


Additionally, if you add to that totals 1.83 million+473 thousand (viii) + 276 thousand (vii) + 23 thousand (vi) + 28 thousand (v) + 224 thousand (iv), you get 2.854 million signatures, more than 400 thousand than required.


 


Now what?

The Pretty Revolution revisited

March 12, 2004

 


The President of Petroleos de Venezuela Ali Rodriguez when asked if people who signed requesting the recall referendum against Hugo Chavez had been fired from the company:


 


“Each person is free to do what they want, and because they are free they assume responsibility for the acts that it implies. I have no major comment, so far we not fired anyone, but it should not be considered strange if we do it”


 


Such a pretty revolution!! Has this guy even read the Constitution and the parts about freedom of speech? He should particularly read Art. 19th. and Art. 57th. but he will not anyway, he does not care. In fact, reportedly at this time he just wants to save his skin according to Descifrado. Apparently he is going to have to sign the company’s financials which are a mess and include false information. If he signs, the financials have to be filed with the SEC and he could be convicted in the US


 


The beat of the pretty revolution goes on!!

The Pretty Revolution revisited

March 12, 2004

 


The President of Petroleos de Venezuela Ali Rodriguez when asked if people who signed requesting the recall referendum against Hugo Chavez had been fired from the company:


 


“Each person is free to do what they want, and because they are free they assume responsibility for the acts that it implies. I have no major comment, so far we not fired anyone, but it should not be considered strange if we do it”


 


Such a pretty revolution!! Has this guy even read the Constitution and the parts about freedom of speech? He should particularly read Art. 19th. and Art. 57th. but he will not anyway, he does not care. In fact, reportedly at this time he just wants to save his skin according to Descifrado. Apparently he is going to have to sign the company’s financials which are a mess and include false information. If he signs, the financials have to be filed with the SEC and he could be convicted in the US


 


The beat of the pretty revolution goes on!!

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