Imagine this context: the regime in charge of your country creates yet another fictional threat against the people when the president decrees that the highest denomination banknotes are invalid from now on, in preparation for the release of new bills, scheduled for next Thursday, December 15. They support this with a wild conspiracy about mafias stealing paper money from the nation and instantly send the payment system into disarray, for no good reason.

Try to wrap your head around what this could cause in any borderline functional democracy. Now, imagine what it can cause in a dying economy led by the most baneful creatures ever to have ruled your country, and after a failed dialogue that has stripped your only political opposition coalition off most of its credibility.

Sadly, we Venezuelans don’t have to imagine it.

Earlier this year, Eveling Trejo threw a party with all but one opposition mayor in the state, to sign their support for Maduro’s illegal Budget Law.

And yet, this is exactly the setting as Timoteo Zambrano releases a statement announcing  UNT will continue to participate in dialogue, even after the rest of MUD decided to stay away from the negotiating table until the government makes good on past commitments.

Thiss isn’t even the first time UNT leaders have dazzled us with their turncloakiness this year. Shortly after Zambrano’s stunt, which earned him a quick dismissal from MUD’s Foreign Affairs coordination, Maracaibo mayor Eveling Trejo (who’s married to UNT founder, former Zulia governor and current political prisoner Manuel Rosales), threw a party with all but one opposition mayor in the state, to sign their support for Maduro’s illegal Budget Law.

The other opposition parties promptly expelled the mayors involved.

You’ll recall that when VP dissented from MUD’s decision to participate in an (obviously doomed) dialogue, the naranjas were careful their decision was announced by MUD, so it wasn’t seen as a challenge to unity. Las formas, y’know?

Timoteo has no such compunctions: he just announced UNT is breaking unity on all his own. Estamos chévere…

I don’t trust our leadership like I used to, but they’re still my political representatives and I demand they act as such this time. MUD must make it clear that there are consequences to freelancing your own political line. Otherwise, what ‘unity’ are we even talking about?

The time to call bullshit is now. Otherwise, this shame’s on them as well.


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    • So, the MUD shouldn’t do anything to them in order to prevent what? UNT from backstabbing them?

      It’s like telling them “Ok, we are going to allow you to sabotage our unity for the sake of unity”. It doesn’t make sense.

  1. I am an American that is simply amazed by the lack of rebellion and how the Venezuelan “men” just fall in line and obey this tyrannical illegitimate regime.

    • oh, go away. what are you expecting Venezuelan “men” to do? take up arms, create a guerrilla movement, a paramilitary attack, create a real war? are you financing that? no? shut up then. facing and fighting a crazy ass regime like this one doesn’t take ‘balls’, but intelligence, organisation, contacts, resources, strategy. most Venezuelan actual men wouldn’t have all of these, let alone the will to do it instead of other faster, more practical solutions to their day to day problems (feeding or protecting children, for example), and the last thing they need is some American on a cushy chair with fast internet, food, medicine, constant and reliable services and a half decent government to go about questioning their masculinity. what an incredible moron you must be.

  2. De todo este monumental disparate me quedo con El Chigüire Bipolar “Viejito que tardó 4 horas en sacar pensión en billetes de 100 ignora que tardará 7 horas en devolverla “. Que una broma como esta sea tan real o peor lo dice todo sobre la situación del país.

  3. The saddest part is that just a few years ago, UNT seemed on it’s way to become the dominant opposition party, when Leopoldo, Blyde, several ex-adecos, ex-masistas and ex-pejoteros, and specially most of the student movement joined them. Now here they are, just a regional party again, with no future, sucking on the tit of a dying government. As Trump would say: “SAD”


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