While the Ministers of Labor and Health get entangled in their own lies and contradictions, I get these lists of workers from the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research that did sign the petition to hold a recall referendum against Hugo Chávez. Now, these detailed lists are the result of organized crime, somebody with access to the Electoral database took the time to look up each and every employee to see if they had signed. They even classified them by rank and whether they enjoy a pension or not. With what purpose? Well, it’s anybody’s guess, from intimidation, to extortion all the way to firing them. Those at IVIC that support Chavez should examine their own conscience and remember that there will be a day of reckoning and everyone will ask why they were not in these lists below.
Meanwhile, my good friend and one of Venezuela’s premier scientists, biophysicist Carlo Caputo wrote this letter to his colleagues around the world, which I have taken the trouble of translating:
There is a pro-government group that works at the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), which no doubt has the authorization of the party leadership that supports the Chavez Government, which is circulating, in the anonymous fashion which is typical of cowards, a list of IVIC workers that signed the request to recall the mandate of Hugo Chávez Frias. Similar lists have been drawn up and are being circulated in many offices of the government, Ministries; institutes etc. and in some of them they have begun firing those that appear in the respective list. Last Saturday March 20th. the Minister of Health, a certain Roger Capella, declared as terrorists all workers of the Ministry that signed asking for a referendum and thus can be removed from their positions. The Minister of Labor Maria Cristina Iglesias, cynically has said that in the files of those fired, it does not appear as the cause the fact that they had signed, attempting to cover up with hypocritical formalisms the abuse that has been committed.
Hugo Chavez has said that those that signed did not do it against Chávez, but they signed against the country, that is I, Chavez am the country (Mussolini, Stalin, Pol Pot etc, also said it). There are already complaints that some of those that signed are being denied citizen rights under the umbrella of the same Chavista Constitution, like the right to obtain a national identification card or passport issued.
These methods are common to all incipient dictatorships and belong to what Umberto Eco called Ur fascism or that is, fascism in its primitive state. The most incredible thing is that some pro-Chavez people or those that sympathize with him, especially abroad, still consider Chavismo to be a sort of idealized socialism. Can they be that blind?
In the opposition marches, Chavistas induce violence at the request and convenience of the boss and there are already dozens of deaths, assassinated by the Venezuelan “tonton macutes” (do your remember Papa Doc?). When there has been no violence, it has been used a deterrent, but with little success as demonstrated by the massive participation of people in these marches.
To circulate the list of those that signed is another one of the threatening and intimidating tactics of the Chavismo. Even before, there had been threats that they would excrete (sic!) those not addicted to the process.
But like everything this Government starts, these tactics are destined to fail. Those of us that have signed because we are against this corrupt and inefficient Government, authoritarian and criminally violent, consider it an honor to be on that list.