Archive for March 14th, 2005

The two burned soldiers just died

March 14, 2005

The two young soldiers that were burned last week in a military cell confinement, just died. Globovision confirms
that Roman Lujan (20 years old) and Roger Gutierrez (19 years old) died
today. I am personally disgusted and appaled that this would happen
anywhere in the world. According to a special program that I watched
yesterday in Globovision, this is the third incident of this type that
takes place in Venezuela in four years, the second in only a year.
Where are the human rights organizations now? How can this happen in a
supposedly democratic country where the individual rights are
respected? How could this happen at all, not once, but three times?
What are the results of the previous investigations? Why nothing was
done to correct the situation? Who is responsible for the deaths? So
far, there are no answers. All I have read is that the doctors that
were in charge of the burned soldiers last year in Furte Mara were the
only ones charged for negligence.
Jorge Arena

Military and Presidential News

March 14, 2005
  • Scanning
    the official sites I found an event that is apparently very innocuous, but
    it is scary to me. Radio
    Nacional de Venezuela
    reports
    that more than 3000 young students participated in a parade honoring the
    Venezuelan flag. I am not a big fun of parades or very fond of the
    military. I think that taking 3000 kids
    to parade to honor the flag sounds very military to me and it reminds me
    of the parades of youngsters in fascist regimes

  • From
    the comment section I received the tip to link to a Carabobo site. It
    seems that the Governor of Carabobo, burping General Acosta Carlez, is not
    very happy with the MVR. Apparently there has been some tensions with the
    official party, and one may wonder if he had some differences
    with president Chavez. One thing is for sure, now people from Carabobo
    have a full weekend of entertainment as Acosta Carlez (one of the two
    singing generals of Alo Presidente) is the host of the new program “Alo mi Pueblo”.
    The show runs for four hours on Saturdays, so it does not compete with the
    six hours of Alo Presidente on Sundays. I must say, though, that Acosta
    Carlez’s outfit for Alo mi Pueblo
    is much but much more colorful than Chavez’s!

  • The family
    of one of the soldiers that died last year after being burned in a
    confined cell in Fuerte Mara, in the Zulia state, has
    asked the ombudsman
    to reopen
    the case. The family is not happy because after the investigation, the
    doctors that treated the burned soldiers were the ones being charged
    whereas, according to them, nothing was done to the military responsible
    for the punishment. The story is particularly tragic as last week another
    burning case took place in a confinement cell in a military station in Cumana.
    The family asks human rights organizations in Venezuela
    to take the control of the investigation so that the fundamental right to
    life is respected.

  • You were
    probably wondering why Chavez had stayed in Paris
    instead of being home receiving president Jatami of Iran. The reason was
    not that Chavez was waiting for Miguel arrival to Paris
    to say hello, as some readers had suggested, but rather that there was a mechanical
    problem with the presidential plane.
    Fortunately, he called his
    international airborne AAA support team (Cubana de Aviacion) and was able
    to get to Caracas the very next
    day.

         Jorge Arena

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