Venezuela has truly become the upside down country. Everything is upside down. The Government justifies shutting down RCTV, arguing that it was just following the law, but it was a political decision. Then Chavez yesterday threatens Globovision indirectly, by saying that any TV station involved in “media terrorism” can also be shutdown.
But who is involved in media terrorism? Globovision for reporting the demonstrations and the repression by the police or Chavez who forces nationwide speeches on the population to threaten everyone? When Chavez is asking the “people” to come from the barrios and defend the shutdown of RCTV, isn’t he creating uncertainty and inciting violence? When he threats the shooters from Puente El Llaguno, isn’t he justifying illegal behavior? When he congratulates the Metropolitan for the job done in fighting the demonstrations, isn’t he justifying abusive use of force and the wholesale violation of human rights?
Who is creating terror and fear in the population? Globovision or Chavez? Who ahs picked a motto that ends in death? Who has challenged the students saying that he is willing to die for the revolution and whether they are willing to die for their cause? The students or Chavez?
Yesterday, when Venezuelans turned in to see their baseball hero play for the Yankees, the sports network that shows the game, had a forced broadcast of Chavez threatening Venezuelans. In which democracy can the ruler force an event of his own political party to be broadcast nationwide? What gives him the power to do that and, on top of that, use the time to threaten precisely those that would not have tuned in to watch him? Isn’t that terrorizing the population and forcing your ideas on them?
So, who is the criminal here?
The problem is that it is Chavez that threatens, abuses and divides. It is he that refuses to be the President of all Venezuelans. That refuses to have any compassion for either those that are murdered regularly when he never mentions the problem of crime after allowing it to balloon for the last eight years or for the RCTV workers when he cynically laughed and mocked their tears last Sunday, when not only RCTV was shutdown, but they lost their jobs in a country with fewer media options and limited jobs in the field?
And rather than show a modicum of respect for the students, they are accused of being manipulated, of having someone behind them, organizing them and funding them. But then who was well funded, coordinated and all dressed up in brand new red shirts to attend the Dictator’s speech on Saturday? Where did the liquor and the naked women come from? Who paid for them? Who paid for the buses? Who organized the march? Chavez’ party or the Government? Where did the money come from? Can one even ask or find out?
And the answer is: of course not. In the absence of checks and balances, there is no rule of law to provide such answers and acciuntability. Such questions cannot be asked and Chavez’ control over those that decide on such matters make it impossible to find out.
And much like on April of 2002, Chavez can terrorize the population at will, threaten and one day even deliver again on the threats with impunity, because nobody can stand up to the Autocrat/Dictator, it is simply not allowed.
And the same limitations are now being applied internationally. Nobody should mention RCTV at the OAS meeting, it is an internal matter. All human rights organizations are right wing ignorants, who are not only interfering in Venezuela’s affairs but haven’t bothered to find out the facts of the case. Brazilian Senators are parrots of Bush because of their decision to ask Chavez politely to bring RCTV back.
But the only parrots were those yesterday at Chavez’ march, all using the same words. “Destabilizing”, “Manipulated students”, “preppy students”, “political movement” and the like.
And one only had to hear the chant of the crowd to know who the parrots were, as all the participants chanted the same slogan:
y tiene la razon
ahora le toca
(The people know it and are right; it is now Globovision’s turn)
but the chant started way before the autocrat actually began to make his threats…