(Este post en español aquí)
Yesterday, Chavez’ PSUV party held its weekly meeting and the outcome could not have been more cynical and proof of the lack of scruples and disregard for human rights Chavismo has for the citizens of Venezuela.
First, the Minister of Finance and member of the Board of PSUV (only in Venezuela!) said the attack on the 12 reporters was “provoked” and that the reporters were acting as citizens, not as reporters.
We will get to the provocation later, but the Minister (and Board member of Chavez’ party) seems to be saying than in this country with no law and order, and Government it is OK to beat up anyone you see in the street exposing and protesting a point of view you don’t agree with.
Because it seems that time after time, it just so happens that it is always the anti-Chavez (not opposition, as we will see later) point of view that gets beaten up. Funny, no?
And the Secretary general pf the Communist party (El Nacional) seemed to agree when he said “we are at war” (Yeah, but who has the weapons?) and “protesting has its risks”
Again, the risks are only associated only with opposing Chavez, it is always opposition marches (with permits) that get gassed and attacked, but somehow Chavista protesters (without permits most of the time) are always free to do so and when an anti-Chavez march is nearby, the police always seems to be protecting them.
But let’s go back to the so called provocation by reporters from the Cadena Capriles, a mostly pro-Chavez (or servile) media outlet which consists of a number of very popular newspapers. These guys were walking peacefully and certainly not very threatening (note the guy on the right, his name is Marco Ruiz and he was injured:
Do these guys and gals look “provoking” or threatening” to you?
Then, the Chavistas intercept them:
Do these guys look like they are “provoking”? On the contrary, they are holding their hands up, while the Chavistas (mostly workers from a Chavez-financed TV station Avila TV) certainly look like they are ready, not for a fight, but to attack.
And they do, as can be seen in the third picture:
where a guy that I don’t think is Marco Ruiz is attacked and hit on the head (Recall 12 reporters of those marching in the first picture were injured in the attack, no Chavistas were hurt, interesting, no?)
Then, there is this sequence to be published by Cadena Capriles tomorrow in the newspapers, where you see Marco Ruiz after being beaten with a bat (nice people! This is what Ali Rodriguez seems to approve of)is down on the floor and anther reporter from his paper (Cesar Batiz) comes to his rescue:
In the last picture even a street vendor (Cap and red shirt), with more morals and ethics that Chavez’ PSUV Board members, intervenes and steos in between the Chavistas and the injured reporter.
There you have it, an outlaw Government who could care little for human rights or the rights of anyone that disagrees with them and justifies an attack on innocent people, because the Government they preside and participate in, is incapable of providing the safety and defending the most basic rights of the Venezuelan citizens.
And they dare call this a revolution!