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…