Archive for November 11th, 2007

The Hall of Shame of Violence in the Venezuelan Bolivarian revolution

November 11, 2007

It never ceases to amaze it when the supporters and cheerleaders of the robolution and their leader Hugo Chavez are capable of defending him on the face of the violence of the last week, as if Chavez did not have a bloody and violent past.

Only last Sunday, Chavez was talking about leaving no stone unturned as he led a million of his supporters through the middle class districts of the East of Caracas. Are these the words of a peaceful person? Or how about the new slogan of his revolution? Patria, Socialismo o Muerte (Fatherland, Socialism or Death) which does not exactly sound like the symbols of peace or coexistence. Only this week, he led a sing along in one of his rallies in which referring to his buddy, co-conspirator and former Minister of Defense Raul Baduel, who this week said Chavez proposed Constitutional reform was a coup, on with the whole stadium was chanting “Baduel, Traidor, te sale el paredon” (Baduel, traitor, the firing squad for you), not precisely a very peaceful and endearing term to refer to your former friend who saved your hide and your presidency only five years earlier.

Let’s make it very clear, we are talking about this guy:

On the left, Hugo Chavez in 1992, after leading a very bloody coup that left over one hundred people dead, many of them civilians and who until he realized he could win an election refused to participate in one. Some democrat, no? Well, the picture on the right is Hugo Chavez fourteen years later, caressing one of his new Kalashnikov rifles upon their arrival and I am not kidding, that day he said he felt touching the rifle, like you do with a new girlfriend.Sick mind, no?

Peaceful, he ain’t…

And yes, there have been deaths on both sides during demonstrations and marches, but last time I looked, when El Universal used to keep statistics, deaths were running at a nine to one ratio, with the opposition suffering the largest numbers in this tragedy. And things are so bad that over one hundred Venezuelans have died in political demonstrations in the last eight years. From both sides, they are all human beings and Venezuelans. And we always hear about the forty horrible years of the IVth. Republic, but somehow each and everyone of those that died in marches and demonstrations in those forty years has a place in Venezuela’s history. Those of us old enough to remember can recall the shock that first time a female student was killed in a protest by violent police in 1961, her name was Livia Gouverner and she was a member of the communist party. We were socked. And the name Jorge Rodriguez first came about not because of the fascist man who now occupies the Vice Presidency after being Head of the supposedly independent Electoral Board. No, we all remember the outrage when his father, Secretary General of the Liga Socialista was killed without mercy in 1976 by the cops. But there are so many dead these days that nobody remembers. They are vague memories and irrelevant to the outlaw Government of Hugo Chavez.

I remember Jose Vilas because I knew who he was and know a lot of people who knew him. But so many remain faceless on both sides, total impunity surrounding their deaths. And one should not forget that Government does have a much higher responsibility. They are responsible for safety, as well as for justice. But few of those responsible for the deaths of the last few years have been punished. In fact, few of the leads have been followed even when they were staring in the Government’s face.

Take for example the pictures below

Who can forget the infamous shooters of Puente El Llaguno?

On the left, the infamous shooters of Puente El LLaguno, most of them employees of the Libertador District, whose Mayor was caught on TV telling people to come down armed to defend the revolution. These guys were tried very fast and found innocent of any of the deaths that took place below, despite the video and the deaths. The picture on the right is the people marching below as these guys were shooting. Do you see any guns? No, there were not any. By the time that mayhem was done, there were 24 deaths, 16 were anti-Chavez, 8 were pro-Chavez, but that is irrelevant, they are all Venezuelans, what is relevant is that the Chavez dominated “truth” commission squashed any investigation. The numbers come from a book written by some reporters who tried to reconstruct all of the murders. The Government has never even began to do its job.

But curiously, while the Puente El LLaguno shooters above were quickly tried and found innocent, the cops leading the march below on the right near the “water whale” and their bosses are still in jail. They have yet to be tried, after five years in prison in violation of all Venezuelan laws. Such is the level of impunity in the revolution. By the way, the Government raised a monument to the shooters of Puente El Llaguno, they are heroes of the robolution.

But we can continue to this “Hall of Shame” of violence in the revolution.

Everyone seems to remember the general strike in 2002, but some forget it was supposed to be a three day strike, then, a man never known to use weapons walked into Altamira square and alone and in seconds managed to kill three and wound 22 with a Glock, loading it once. I was there, some of the pictures below are originals. It was terror, it was shock. The man was also tried very fast and as far as I know he still in jail, but nothing will ever change my mind that it was impossible for him to do it alone. By the way, two nights earlier the same man appears in a video of people unloading guns with he Mayor of Libertador at PDVSA. I don’t believe in coincidences!

Then recall the 2004 referendum, some people dared to go out and protest in the belief there was fraud. But the protests were quickly quenched when Mrs. Maritza Ron was killed at Altamira square. The whole thing was so visible, that not only did we see the gunmen up close (below left) but also from above (below right:

Yes, three shooters got off the cars with No signs on them (at the
time No is today’s Yes and Yes is No) and began shooting. Only the one
in the middle was ever caught and quickly tried. Curiously, his face was captured in the crowd at Danilo Anderson’s burial, at a time when he was supposed to be in jail. Impunity everywhere!

And then there are the marches, like the one to the CNE or the Supreme Court this week. The pattern is the same: Opposition asks for permit, permit is granted, Chavistas without permit gather to block the way, cops or National Guard gasses the opposition, never the pro-Chavez forces.

Below on the left, there is a group of Chavistas in Charallave in 2003, for God’s sake, you can even see cops there shooting at the marchers on this side. Two people died that day, it was, of course all blamed on the opposition. Or the picture on the right in Los Proceres, truly my baptism of fire. The opposition had the permit, the Chavistas had the guns, that day at least I can say we both got gassed, one of the few. But that same day I was shot at with real bullets, don’t think I am a real hero, when the cop told me to get down on the floor, I had no idea why he was telling me to do so. It was only afterwards when I realized what those phantom whizzing things going near my head were. That day, I did not see anyone on my side with weapons bigger than the panties the women pinned to the barbed wired, mocking the soldiers.

But this week, we are to believe we are the violent ones. It has been
the Chavistas calling for the intervention of Globovision and the
universities, so after a peaceful march to the TSJ, the Grupo Alexis Vive, one of Chavez’ fringe paramilitary groups, was at the university waiting for them, except the students were not intimidated and the cavalry in the form of police motorcycles and hooded men came to the rescue, bypassing the police barricades at every single entrance to the University.

Within an hour the Minister of the Interior was on TV blaming the opposition and official TV channel VTV was interviewing the “pacifist” students of the revolution. The ones that claim to be against all forms of violence and the like, but then…the same Bolivaraina “leader” Jose Feliz Valera is caught redhanded with a gun in his right hand:


giving new meaning to the word “pacifist”.. Ghandi would not have been very proud of them.

And thus, we have a Hall of Shame for the violent people of the revolution. They are armed, they are out of control and they have the tacit backing of the autocrat, while the dumb cheerleaders and supporters of the robolution and PSF’s rally around their peaceful leader, the same one that claims not to have heard the King telling him to shut up, because he never listens. The same one tjat does not attend Cabinet meetings, the same one that could care less if Venezuelan kids go without milk, because he has no clue that this is happening as he only tries to project and perpetuate himself in power.

There are many more pictures that could have gone into the Hall of Shame of the Violent revolution, like the day the Chavista march destroyed religious icons in Altamira Square with the Vice-President being present. Of course, the police did nothing. Or the day Chavez called the Supreme Court a “pile of shit”. inducing riots around the building where the Highest Court resides. But the point is, the violence has been so one sided that to even pretend they have nothing to do with it is stupid.

Chavez makes no effort to hide his intentions, he has said both publicly and privately that if his revolution is blocked, his weapons are nearby and he will take them up to move his revolution forward. So, to the apologists of the Bolivarian violent revolution, please go fool someone else, It is all in this blog, you have no pictures to show like the ones I have, because violence is on your side…

And we are supposed to believe Hugo Chavez is democratic, peaceful and non-violent…

Yeah, sure…

From eating its own, to shortages, to useless bickering, the Venezuelan robolution shows how empty and undemocratic it is

November 11, 2007

It
was quite a week. Baduel’s surprise announcement that he considered the
proposed Constitutional reform a coup, brought back Chavez’s praying
mantis effect in earnest as Chavez’ buddy, the man responsible for
Chávez coming back on April 2002, was suddenly called a traitor, right
winger, oligarch and a puppet of the US. Even Chavez led a sing-along
with his supporters at a rally, chanting ” Baduel, traitor, you deserve
the firing squad”, in another demonstration of who is the promoter of
hate and violence in Venezuela.

And
while we thought it would stop there, Chavez chief fascist, Deputy Luis
Tascon, the co-creator with Chavez of that list to discriminate
Venezuelans on the basis of their political beliefs, was thrown out of the newly created Socialist party PSUV, for expressing his support for the former General.

It
was in some sense remarkable that these two emblematic figures of
Chavismo would depart on the same week. But it shows how little
democracy there is in the way the country is being run, nobody is
allowed to question the democrat, nobody is allowed to go against him,
nobody is allowed to speak out against the autocrat, and if you do, you
are kicked out, accused of being right-winger, a traitor and a member
of the opposition. We have no king to tell Chavez to shut up; we have
no king to defend the dying democracy of our country.

And
while I welcome Baduel’s statement and agree with Tascon’s defense of
Baduel’s rights, I will not remove either from my list of people who
have played a significant role in the violation of the human rights of
the Venezuelan people. As such they will always be subject for
prosecution an in Tascon’s case, my blog can be used to build the case
against him when he is brought to trial. Baduel should also be charge
as he allowed for the abuses and crimes against Venezuelans to continue
while he was both a General and a Minister of Defense. When he came to
Chavez’ aid in 2002, he should have reestablished Constitutional order,
but not brought Chavez back. Chávez planned and was directly
responsible at that time for the deaths and injuries of over one
hundred Venezuelans and Baduel knew that Chavez, Deputies of the
National Assembly and the Prosecutor General had planned the attack on
unarmed marchers at the highest levels of power.

But he would have played no role then and somehow he feels he does now. God help us!

Meanwhile,
the oh so democratic Chavez Government has yet to respond to the
Electoral Boards call for debates on the proposed Constitutional reform
before the referendum on Dec. 2nd.
Thus, an already illegal reform, not discussed even within the National
Assembly when it was made, will remain under wraps if Chavez’ PSUV
party has its way. The Members of the Electoral Board have contacted
both William Lara, in his dual conflict of interest role of Minister of
Information and spokesman for Chavez’ PSUV and Vice President Jorge
Rodriguez. Neither has committed the Government to present someone to
debate during the first debate on Monday.

In
the face of this, the Electoral Board proposes a uniquely Chavista
solution: Let’s cancel the debate. Jeez, these guys are overflowing
with democratic concepts. If one side does not show up, the free
airtime an all TV stations that the CNE had offered should be provided
to the forces of democracy that are wiling to debate the illegal reform
with anyone.

Meanwhile,
the economy continues to show the strains of the misguided policies of
Chavez and his collaborators. The lack of milk in supermarket shelves
has already led to open fights and police intervention when milk trucks
have arrived at supermarkets. People’s hands are stamped when they
acquire milk at the Government’s Mercal markets and one can no longer
have coffee with milk at Restaurants and cafes. Only a “negrito” or
‘guayoyo” available, just when the Minister of Foodstuffs had said the
problem would be resolved. Not since the beginning of the supply
problems with milk began earlier in the years had the situation gotten
to be so critical.

And in its infinite wisdom, the Government sprung a new automotive policy on car companies starting on Jan. 1st.
Only companies with manufacturing capability will be allowed to import,
which makes some sense, but every car sold after that date will have to
have LNG capability. Look for cars to be scare now, but that will be
good for traffic.

And
then of course, Chavez did not win the simpatico of the year award upon
his arrival in Chile. First, he needlessly stated upon landing that
Bolivia should have access to the sea, a touchy subject which is really
none o his business. He has scolded others in the name of sovereignty
for much less. And even before he had his confrontation with his former
buddy Zapatero and the King, he criticized Chile for the lack of social
progress in that country. But Chile’s Foreign Minister challenged
Chavez’ in his ignorance, saying let anyone study what has been done in
Chile and all of Latin America and see if anyone can match the social
progress of that country.

And
the truth is nobody can. Chile has the best health care system in Latin
America, a booming economy and the best improvement in terms of social
inequality of any country in the region in the last twenty and/or ten
years. But that is the dirty secret that Chavez, Evo, Ortega and the
like don’t want to tell their “people”, how Chile used free markets and
tough policies to become the country that it is today. As Zapatero told
Chavez indirectly before the incident today, it is time to face
realities, to leave ideologies aside and do something to improve the
lot of the people. It is time to be practical, act democratically and
have a common effort of the State and the private sector to achieve
real results and prosperity for the people.

But
much like the local debate on the Constitutional reform, Chavez will
not take up this international one either. Not only does he have no
clue as to its reality, but he does not care. He is not a man of
democracy and debate; he is just an autocrat who cares little about his
people except for his own projection and power. That is why crime has
tripled since his ascent to the Presidency in 1998 and while health care
statistics have worsened in those same eight years, despite the
hullabaloo about some of the health related misiones. But don’t worry,
since epidemiology statistics are not improving Chavismo found a
wonderful way of solving the problem, last month it eliminated the 67-year-old Weekly Epidemiology Bulletin of the Minister of Health.

A typical brainless solution by the revolution.
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