Reporting on the Devil’s Excrement gets tiring and Chavez and his buddies make it even more tiring.
Take for example Globovision. Can I be surprised at the harrasment? Certainly not. The raid on Zuluaga’s home because of the stuffed animals was something out of the Marx Brothers or Peter Sellers movie. I mean, a country with over thirteen thousand homicides, 20% of which are committed by the cops themselves, but the Government finds the resources to have 100 heavily armed cops, intelligence police and soldiers to raid the home. We have yet to see any of these “environmental Prosecutors” around Maracaibo Lake, looking at the problem there.Now, THAT is a real environmental problem! But no time for it.
Or take the new Electoral Bill. How many times can I have the energy to write about a new manipulation of the Law that can give Chavez’ PSUV an edge? But then, the Bill is ready and we hear they have backtracked on it, because they realize there is a loophole: If the opposition unites, THEY could get the majority in the National Assembly without having a majority of the votes. A charade, just another one.
Even the Vergatario cell phone seemed too silly (imbecile?) to even mention, let alone write a post about it.
But then tonight, the Health Ministry comes out with one of those creative bursts that the Chavez Government is well known for: They prohibit a product that I have seen in dozens of countries “because it contains a susbtance that could be harmful to the population”.
I am not talking about a new pharmaceutical product or an imported Chinese root, I am talking about a product which I believe was launched in most of the world before Venezuela and that as far I have been able to determine, it represents a marketing move by the manufacturer.
I am talking about Coca Cola Zero!!!
Yeap. As of right now that product is banned without telling us what is that mysterious component that may damage our brain, or sex life, or skin.
This is simple harassment of a multinational. Nothing else to it. It’s a revolutionary pose.
Kids get poisoned regularly by products given to them at public schools. Nothing happens.
PDVSA is giving away UHT milk that is about to expire, because they purchased too much. Nothing happens.
All over the country you can buy vitamins, “natural” products and pharmaceuticals that are not registered or approved and are certainly smuggled into Venezuela. Nothing happens.
But the Minister gets this idea of screwing with a large multinational, now, that has sex appeal! That sounds revolutionary! That really makes headlines.
That is the true parody our poor country is living today. There is little that is good. A lot that is bad. Many things that are ugly, but the Government is worried about Coca Cola Zero!
Personally, I take offense. While I have not had my first Coke Zero in Venezuela (They had yet to phase out Coca Cola Light), I consider myself an addict of Coca Cola Light. In fact, in my family the running joke is we drink so much Coca Cola because we are missing a piece of DNA that does not allow you to digest food and Coke compensates for it. It even has a name: “Octaviosis”. Well known genetic disease.
So, robolutionaries: don’t mess with us! We might get really mad!