If there was a prize for manipulation and cynicism, Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel would win it more than once. After MAS founder Pompeyo Marquez reminded Rangel of their common friend Alberto Lovera killed in the 60’s by the Government, Rangel suggested that it was Marquez that had switched side and was now on the side of the killers.
But Marquez did not let the issue end there. He reminded Rangel of the many deaths of the ten days of repression in late February and early March and warned him that one day he would pay for it.
Well, yesterday Rangel held the most obnoxious, immoral and cynical event, when he invited some relatives of victims of torture and death of the forty years of of the IVth. Republic to “back them” in having world Courts know about their cases. Makes you wonder why it took him five years to make this “generous” offer or was he simply taking advantage of tehir evrlastin grief?. Trying to become a hero of Human Rights, Rangel said people could not make such denunciations before (Oh Yeah! How did Rangel become famous? Except his denunciations were mostly lies and he never had proof) He even managed to involve the US in his despicable show, by saying that the term “desaparecido” was born in Venezuela by military trained in the US.
But I don’t want you to think I am exaggerating, here is the translation of Petkoff’s note in today’s Tal Cual, about Rangel’s perverse show, in which Lovera’s widow Maria del Mar participated. Remember that Petkoff was a founder of Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS) party which backed Rangel as a presidential candidate twice and was also part of the active guerilla movement against the Government in the 60’s, which Rangel was not:
To Maria del Mar Lovera, my old and dear friend by Teodoro Petkoff
What a coincidence! Just when he has deaths to cover up, Jose Vicente Rangel remembers the crimes of the sixties and, taking advantage of the understandable pain that never ceases, gathers some of their grieving relatives to stage a show.
We have seen few operations of manipulation than are more cynical, more indecent and with so few scruples than this one. But his mind played a trick on him. Another lapsus brutis (stupid slip). “You can not cover some deaths with others”, he said, or better, he confessed.
Sadly for him, that is what everyone understood, that Rangel is trying desperately to kill Alberto Lovera for the second time to erase the tracks of the crimes for which he himself has to respond. After five years in Government, Rangel announces that he will take these cases to the OAS. Why did he wait so long? Why now and not before? Who does Rangel think he can trick with this coarse manipulation? Only a con artist would attempt to cover up the death of Eva Carrizo in Machiques, or of Zambrano the teenager in Lagunillas, with those that took place in other eras. Is it that the relatives of today’s victims are responsible for the assassination of the past?