Coup = toucan's saliva

No longer frenemies, but hostages.
No longer frenemies, but hostages.

There’s an expression in Venezuela: when something has been put together in a flimsy, temporary way, we say it is “glued with a parrot’s saliva.”

In the past few months, opposition unity has been anything but united. Infighting and bickering between various factions had left the opposition coalition floundering.

So, in a way, yesterday’s accusation that Julio Borges, Antonio Ledezma, and the rest of the MUD leadership were behind an “aborted coup” plot, a ludicrous claim involving several members of the Air Force, Tucano planes bombing civilians, and mass shootings … is actually good news for Venezuela’s opposition.

Nothing like a good ol’fashioned witch hunt to put the fear of God, or El Helicoide, in the hearts of bickering politicos. The result? A picture of unity, and resolve, put together with parrot’s saliva, or in this case, toucan’s saliva.

They say that when the opposition moves to strike, the government feels threatened and unites in response. Well, same here.

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  1. Not only that, the only “evidence” of the coup is their word! Their drug smugglin’, “Chávez is alive and working,” “we will not devalue” word.

  2. I’m wondering if all this Coup puffery is some sort of justification for some really nasty moves such as what happened today. Apparently after a third attempt, some armed masked individuals just broke into Lopez and Ceballos’s cell by force and removed them. And why did they need to cut through the bars? I’m mystified as to what to make of this.

      • Destroy in a sense that probably the family gave them a chair, things, food, clothes, and they just get in and destroy your belongings . They just want to make a mess and show they are powerful. maybe they want to remodel the cells? About time!

  3. Juan, remember: the last major coup they announced was in March 2014. They have announced several “intentos de magnicidios” after that, but people laugh more to magnicidios.

  4. Google “Julio Borges golpe” (which in spanish can be understood as Julio borges Coup or Julio Borges bruise) and you get in the image section pictues of when he was attacked in the “Venezuelan Parliament” in April 2013 (I believe the tip is from Dolar Today):


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