“We reached an agreement to create a joint committee to guarantee that all political rallies in the coming days can take place in a climate of peace.” 

That was opposition spokesman Chúo Torrealba during his now infamous Vatican dialogue announcement, a mere 48 hours ago. Apparently this joint committee’s scope was limited to Caracas, though: today, the rest of the country has seen a spasm of political violence like we hadn’t seen since 2014.

News are coming at us thick and fast. So far, this is what we have on “el interior”:

Táchira

From early on the tempers flared at this notorious hotbed of gocho resistance. The protests in San Cristobal produced what has become, at this point, the iconic image of October 26th:

“Shoot me because I’m hungry, ” the protester screams, getting right up in the riot cop’s face. That’s one intense video.

Violence started a little later, when the Tupamaros (progovernment armed gangs) went out to repress the protesters with the help of the police. Things escalated; more than 30 wounded are confirmed so far.

A highly worrying trend has to do with the way armed colectivos — essentially leftist pro-government paramilitaries — have been coordinating closely with uniformed police and National Guard to repress protests.

Don’t believe me? Watch this:

Táchira governor Vielma Mora didn’t waste any time reminding us why he’s become such a hate figure for so many.

Mérida

We’ll have a detailed report on Mérida later. For now, a clash between the police and the students resulted in a burned car and as many as 50 protesters wounded so far.

Poor lady, she probably believed Chúo when he said that the protest would go on peacefully.

Maracaibo

Things seem to have gotten especially ugly in Maracaibo, where the violence was perpetrated with live ammo.

There isn’t much information about Maracaibo, but it looks like itst he same modus-operandi as in the other states. The pro-government armed civilians, no, that’s too fancy, the “malandros chavistas” were repressing the protests with guns. 5 wounded so far.

Cumaná

In the oriental capital, 21 were reported detained, the highest so far. El Pitazo has a thorough writeup about Cumaná.

Again, notice the obvious collusion between riot cops and armed chavista groups.

Carabobo

Masked protesters (encapuchados) cut off traffic in the key Central Regional Highway, the one linking Barquisimeto to Valencia and Caracas — using the by now almost folkloric technique of burning-tire barricades.

http://elpitazo.com/regiones/encapuchados-protestan-autopista-naguanana /

Guárico

Five protesters detained. Not a lot of detail is available yet.

Margarita

In Margarita the protesters went directly to that new, super-tacky Chávez statue. The Statue was heavily guarded by national guard officers — these guys have their priorities clear. Protesters weren’t able to bring down the statue today — realistically, though, it’s a question of when, not if.

Barinas

In Barinas, the plastic buckshot — perdigones — were being shot at people’s faces, from short range. That’s precisely how Geraldine Moreno was killed in 2014, if you’ll remember.

That’s just what we’re able to find in a quick scan of the news sites. Overall, there seems to have been some level of violence and repression everywhere the opposition came out, except Caracas.

51 COMMENTS

  1. A smart move if you ask me. They believe no one will give a crap about what happens in the “interior” (or rather, people won’t be able to do anything to stop it), so as long as nothing happens in the capital, things won’t get out of hand for them.

  2. Thanks very much for this news, given little play in the Capital, where most major natl./intl. news reps are covering, and is a continuation of Interior gross human rights violations, for which, hopefully, some will pay some day.

  3. I think we should really avoid using despective phrases such as “malandros chavistas”, it makes Caracas Chronicles look no better than LaPatilla, or Aporrea. Extremism from either side should be condemned, if you can’t work together, we’ll never have the country we want.

    • Well our so called extremist just burn rubber or hold signs while walking, their’s rob, hit, bludgeon and shoot, seriously i get the whole being neutral, that works on civilized people, with civilized results. Tell that old lady that those weren’t malandros chavistas but Extreme Guv Supporters and try to explain the difference.

      We’re well passed the point of respect with these thugs. I get being all love, PC and calm for the international media but telling people here to be more low case on how to refer to the Fuerzas Civiles Revolucionarias “Sons of Chiabe” is nonsense and MAJOR disrespect for anyone that’s been hurt by them at some point. Ever been mugged? Probably able to trace him back in some way or another to Chavismo, at leas the more organized ones.

    • Excuse me but what the hell?

      You see pictures of a group armed to the teeth attacking people that had nothing but signs and you take offense to what the former is being called?

    • Yes, let’s make sure to use properly PC language to describe the armed enforcers of the dictatorship. Fuck that. Things have changed. This isn’t about political differences anymore.

    • Regularly I’d agree with you, if these were regular civilians. They’re not. They’re thugs, they’re criminal, so they must be called what they are.

  4. In Valencia there was no repression, not a single gnb was seen in the highway, in other days getting near the highway was an automatic repression trigger, instead today they allowed the spontaneous closure of the east highway, have no idea what kind of message this sends.

      • yeah plenty of shots and arrests by the PNB at 7 pm in el Trigal and Naguanagua, but that was 9 hours after the protester’s closure of the highway, they waited until the crowd diminished to repress heavily.

        Still there was no march last thursday in Valencia and there were gnb’s pickets in the streets, today, I walked the closed highway from El Trigal to San Blas and there was not one in sight only a handful of Carabobo police and pnb, weird.

  5. Ya ven por qué NUNCA se debe promover el desarme de los ciudadanos de bien, ni su derecho a armarse -si así lo deciden- para la protección de su familia y propiedad, sea del hampa común o del gobierno, o todavía no?

    When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.

      • Francisco, I would really like to know the reasons why you think none can achieve sensible gun regulation in Venezuela, withouth saying “Everybody’s gonna try to kill everybody.” or “I’d be a bullet orgy”. Nobody in their right mind would just leave it to be not regulated or controlled.
        Seriously feels just like the PSF guys who say that we fail because were third world but have to be ruled by some ignorant poor guy because that what we all are. And you never state your case. And just saying USA doesn’t cut it.

        • Also i’m not saying it as a second ammenment thing, not even for an armed revolution, that’s dumb. Just for civil safety and also that these kind of people are more often than not just strenght in arms, they’ll be sure to keep a bit more docile knowing they are on equal footing. Thugs with power will always try to enforce whatever they want to on those weaker than them.

          • Acts of repression by people given power in an under the table manner against people rendered powerless by those given the power to take said power.

            It’s not about guns it’s about liberties, personal safety and not being rendered defenseless by those with the monopoly on power. i’ts just a point in many you can take that paragraph and change the word power with just about any other word and it’ll still aply to us. Those colectivos would never have been if the guns they have had to pass trough a series of checks and registration. At least when that was pausible. Instead there is none and they just give it to them and then nobody knows were those guns came from. They never come from anywhere, they just materialized under thin air.

            Also it’s not like i’m trying to push a narrative here or change the subject i feel like i just appeared with the vatican in front of tv or something it’s just that i’ve never heard from anyone a reasonable response.

          • Power taken and given to thugs by those who set out to take said Power away form thugs, just that the new thugs are chosen thugs.

            I’ts not even about guns per se, it’s about civil safety, liberties and also these guys would never do these sort of things if they knew they could get fire back, they never had power in numbers, just in the means of intimidation, not even using them but knowing that they could be hit back is already enough for most to go away. They’re just able to do so because there’s nothing anybody can do against them. Giving them looks of dissapointment doesn’t work.

            It’s not even about gun control i’m just geniunely curious why nobody, at least here, ever talks about it, it’s the most taboo thing ever. Discusion is off-limits so let’s just disregard any.

          • Mr. Toro, tú sabes que el desarme de la gente no chavista en Venezuela sí fué una vaina que usó Chávez para impedir que la gente se pudiera defender luego de abril de 2002 cuando mandó a los colectivos y los francotiradores cubanos a masacrar a los que marcharon en esos días.

            Es verdad, tener un trancazo de gente armada en la protesta no es lo más cuerdo, pero los tupamaros, los colectivos, en fin, todos los malandros irregulares chavistas lo habrían pensado dos veces antes de atacar una turba de gente que bien podría haber estado armada y que les hubiera podido cepillar a varios de ellos en el proceso.

            Más que quitarle a la gente las armas para que no se pudieran defender en las protestas, el desarme forzado por el chavismo apuntó a dejar a la gente indefensa contra los malandros en general en el país, y tú también sabes como todo el mundo que los malandros han sido uno de los principales instrumentos de control social del chavismo contra la población, por eso se tienen los índices de impunidad del 98% hoy en día, no porque “el sistema judicial no se da abasto”

          • Francisco, when will allow a “thumbs up” for posts such as Cayr’s?

            I agree with him. When is it ever, EVER allowable for Venezuelans to protect themselves, their family and property and their country?

            Clearly, the criminals and the corrupt government have weapons.

            Guess who doesn’t?

      • The use of the condescending sigh is quite typical of an arrogant person. The same sighs he was using when some of us were saying that all of his mental gymnastics to outsmart the government were futile.

        If people were armed Chavistas wouldn’t have gone as far as they did.

        • Advocating controlled gun ownership in Venezuela is just as absurd as advocating an electoral route towards democracy. Both presuppose an institutional framework that is currently, flagrantly absent in our corrupt, failed social contract. There is no justice system to speak of in Venezuela, no rule of law. To reduce our insanely uneven playing field to “more guns would’ve made a difference” not only betrays your ignorance of our bleeding society, but also exposes you as an indolent foreigner to our reality, where people lose loved ones to bullets everyday. In a context such as ours, you might as well be defending murder.

          • But isn’t precisely because of the failed social contract and lack of rule of law that the people desperately need guns to protect themselves from the dark forces that the state can’t stop?

            It’s just not right to say that “there’s no justice system” and deny the people a way to protect themselves from such lack of justice system at the same time.

          • Emiliana, I have never owned nor shot a gun in my 58 years. And (thank God) have never been in a position of having to protect my family or country against a fascist/dictator thugocracy that is ruling Venezuela.

            As near the as I can tell, all legal and constitutional means of freedom have been exhausted. Am I missing something?

            What is left? There is no paralyzingly strike or military action on the horizon. Where is the military? Where is the opposition? The opposition are jailed, stifled and are political prisoners. The military appears to be co-opted by their superiors who are enriched by the continuation of the regime.

            I don’t know what to say, other than I wish you all the best. I visit this blog daily but….nothing ever changes. It’s always the helplessness and outrage over people dying for no reason. And every now and again there is an “ant bite” on the ankle.

            It’s YOUR country. You folks have to decide if you choose to bite ankles for the rest of your and your children’s lives.

          • You are missing the point Emiliana: if people had had guns, these thugs wouldn’t have gone as far as they did. Now it’s too late. The ONLY way out of this mess is civil disobedience.

  6. “Tupamaros”, like the terrorist group from Uruguay? It seems that Venezuela has become a sanctuary for all sort of leftist scum in the world. I wonder if Baader-Meinhof will ressurect there as a “colectivo” too.

  7. The guy from Barinas shown above, bleeding from his eye, lost it. He’s a family friend. He was shot by a state police officer at close range, and if you look at the full video (available elsewhere) you will see that after he is shot, a municipal police officer comes to his immediate assistance.

    The state police are of course controlled by the Chavez family. The municipal government of Barinas is out of their control, as is the municipal police, acting in this situation as professionals, basically helping people being fired on by the other police force.

    Meanwhile, as the state police were out hunting peaceful protesters, the Governor’s residence in Barinas was guarded by colectivos.

    The condition of repression in Venezuela, in a nutshell.

  8. QUE ARRECHERA! I really fucking hope the OPO makes good on the promise to march onto Miraflores, and after that, STOP THIS COUNTRY FROM RUNNING. Civil disobedience, national ‘Paro’

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