Today Chavismo held a rally to remember the “Caracazo” as a “Patriotic Rebellion”. Even Chavez’ daughter Rosa Virginia took part of the strange festivity. They were the usual cries against the right and the oligarchy by the Government that after 14 years has not compensated the victims from that and the following days. The curious thing is that most of those that led the repression that day, are an intrinsic part of the Government today, while the only organization that has persistently defended the rights of those that died that day, Cofavic, is not even recognized and even despised by the Chávez Government.It is another perverse and macabre twist of history by Chavismo, their plot to upstage democracy and take over power absorbs history at its convenience, manipulating, making it its own and part of some fake feat that never took place. It is all as empty and vacuus as fourteen years of this weird revolution, whether you call it Chavismo, XXIst. Century Socialism or Bolivarianism. It’s a manipulative shell of cribbed ideas, none solid.None original. All empty.
The Government wants to turn that day into some sort of pre-revolutionary epic, but the truth and the reality say otherwise. Perhaps nobody like José Ignacio Cabrujas to tell us about it:
“On February 27, Venezuela experienced an ethical collapse that left many people stunned, it was an explosion of which nothing profound has been written about, it warrants an analysis, it is an explosion resulting in looting, but it is not revolutionary looting , there are no slogans, it is a dramatic plundering, people attacked stores amidst delirious joy, there was no tragedy when the process began. I have kept the image of a cheerful Caraqueño carrying half a cow on his shoulder, but it was not an emaciated guy looking for bread, it was a Venezuelan “funny man”, that smiley face carrying half a cow corresponds to a very particular ethic, if the President is a crook, I am too, if the state lies, I do too, if power in Venezuela is composed of an upper echelon of bullies, what law prevents me from entering the butcher shop and taking half a cow? Is it being sneaky? No, it’s drama, it’s a great human conflict, it is a grand ceremony. That game day that ends with a monstrous outcome, cruel, the laughter ends in blood, it is the most Venezuelan day that I have lived, it had never been interpreted as much by our history for what is happening to us, it is the day we were sublime and perverse, much like we were for a good part of our history. Our historical icons have always announced that dilemma.”
Perhaps the paragraph above was prescient of Cabrujas, it also describes quite well Chavez’ revolution…