Archive for May 7th, 2004

A day in the lies of the revolution

May 7, 2004

Some highlights from today’s news:


-Minister of Finance Nobrega: “There are now more than 100,000 brokerage accounts in Venezuela; we have democratized the capital markets”


 


Yes, there were 50,000 when Chavez got to power and 60,000 University Professors were paid with bonds the money the Government owed them. Meanwhile daily volume in US$ in the Caracas Stock Exchange is down a factor of ten since Chavez came to power!


 


-Chavez: ‘ we detected a PDVSA account at the Central Bank that has more money that is spent a year on Defense.’


 


Well, that is almost US$ 2 billion, how come he has not announced how he will spend the money? One also wonders if the Central Bank’s President is Chavista and the Ministers of Planning and Finance are on its Board and if PDVSA was taken over by the revolutionaries five years ago: Who was doing the hiding?


 


-Reporte Diario de la Economia shows the copy of an invoice for 15,000 bulletproof vests ordered by the Carabobo state INCE (Instituto Nacional de Cooperacion Educativa) which teaches trades or trains young people or the unemployed.


 


Makes you wonder what type of training they plan to provide. By the way, isn’t it nepotism that the Head of INCE in Carabobo is the brother of the Head of INCE nationwide?


 


-A military judge ordered the detention of reporter Patricia Poleo and she has to testify next Tuesday on a video she showed which proved the presence of Cuban forces at military facilities in Venezuela.


 


My thought: Art. 57 of the Constitution: All persons have the right to freely express their thoughts, their ideas and opinions either verbally, in writing or in any other form of expression, and can make use of any communication media, without the possibility of censorship.


 


Do the Chavistas know they put that in there? Will the Supreme Court say it does not say what it does?


 


-Chavez on the soldier last night:” This is a great lie!”


 


It takes one to know one? It is Chavez who has been caught lying three times on this affair. Yes Hugo, it must be a conspiracy, but by those around you.

Soldier escapes, confirms previous story on burnt soldiers

May 7, 2004


The man in the picture is named Jesus Barroso. He is (or was) a soldier at Fort Mara until he escaped today and began making statements to the media. He said the soldiers were killed and it was done on purpose. He had guard duty that night, when he heard the screams, went to the jail and saw three soldiers jumping in the tall grass. It took ten minutes to get the keys, while the soldiers burnt inside the cell. Once they were out, it took twenty minutes for the ambulance to arrive.


 


According to Barroso’s statements tonight, the first soldier who died was saying “they burnt us, they burnt us, they did it on purpose, and they threw matches at us” he said almost crying.


 


He also related how before the fire, a soldier with a pail of water for the soldiers arrived but Barroso said “that was not water, that was gasoline, when they took the soldiers to the hospital, I went in the cell with a fire extinguisher and it smelled of pure gasoline”


 


He insisted on the thesis of the signatures of the burnt soldiers requesting Chávez’ recall. Bustamente told him he had signed and “that is why he was put in the pot”


 


He ended by saying that there are Cubans at Fort Mara who have positions which claim (his words) that they are doctors.


 


The more the Government lies, the more complicated it will be to get out of this tragic farce. Yesterday, Chavez was saying the video testimony of a dead soldier was fake, tonight a soldier who is very much alive is ratifying the dead soldier’s story.


 


Curiously, the stories coming from the soliers, their family, human rights groups and yes, from the opposition, have been fairly consistent, while the Government kees changing it, twisting it and contradicting each other. Let us not forget that Chavez’ initial version was that the burns were slight and this was all much ado about nothing!


 


What will Chavez say now? As usual, he will lie, deny and improvise, maybe asking once again for forgiveness in the middle, before resuming once more his cynical attitude about this whole tragic affair.

Soldier escapes, confirms previous story on burnt soldiers

May 7, 2004


The man in the picture is named Jesus Barroso. He is (or was) a soldier at Fort Mara until he escaped today and began making statements to the media. He said the soldiers were killed and it was done on purpose. He had guard duty that night, when he heard the screams, went to the jail and saw three soldiers jumping in the tall grass. It took ten minutes to get the keys, while the soldiers burnt inside the cell. Once they were out, it took twenty minutes for the ambulance to arrive.


 


According to Barroso’s statements tonight, the first soldier who died was saying “they burnt us, they burnt us, they did it on purpose, and they threw matches at us” he said almost crying.


 


He also related how before the fire, a soldier with a pail of water for the soldiers arrived but Barroso said “that was not water, that was gasoline, when they took the soldiers to the hospital, I went in the cell with a fire extinguisher and it smelled of pure gasoline”


 


He insisted on the thesis of the signatures of the burnt soldiers requesting Chávez’ recall. Bustamente told him he had signed and “that is why he was put in the pot”


 


He ended by saying that there are Cubans at Fort Mara who have positions which claim (his words) that they are doctors.


 


The more the Government lies, the more complicated it will be to get out of this tragic farce. Yesterday, Chavez was saying the video testimony of a dead soldier was fake, tonight a soldier who is very much alive is ratifying the dead soldier’s story.


 


Curiously, the stories coming from the soliers, their family, human rights groups and yes, from the opposition, have been fairly consistent, while the Government kees changing it, twisting it and contradicting each other. Let us not forget that Chavez’ initial version was that the burns were slight and this was all much ado about nothing!


 


What will Chavez say now? As usual, he will lie, deny and improvise, maybe asking once again for forgiveness in the middle, before resuming once more his cynical attitude about this whole tragic affair.

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