When Repression is not Enough

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“We have to take them back, Doctor, they are terrorists”

Those are the words that GNB officers who caught a young Venezuelan during last Monday’s rally in Caracas used to try to convince the doctor curing his wounds to let them take him to jail.

The account of his sadistic arrest, published in Prodavinci this week, offers a glimpse into the lengths that the Venezuelan government’s repression machine is willing to go through to sow terror among protesters.

“Terrorists” is the most recent adjective the government is using to describe the thousands Venezuelans who have taken to the streets of every major city, asking for a change the country badly needs.

After begging them to kill him and end his pain once and for all, he tried to use the sewer known as the Guaire river as an escape route.

On April 10th he, like countless men and women —most of them too young to know democracy except for the stories they’ve heard from their parents—woke up wishing to play a role in the historical moment Venezuela faces, as an unexpected wave of protests and public demonstrations took the Venezuelan opposition out of a five months-long coma.

A few hours later he was laying on the ground, choking in a cloud of tear gas while being brutally beaten by a pair of GNB officers. After begging them to kill him and end his pain once and for all, he tried to use the sewer known as the Guaire river as an escape route. He failed and got a tear gas canister shot to the chest to remind him of what happens to fugitives. In the meantime his mother was unsuccessfully trying to contact him after seeing a picture of him being dragged away from the mass of protesters by the GNB on a friend’s Facebook wall.

He was so bruised and battered when presented to the Attorney’s office meant to prosecute his case, that they refused to accept him until he and the other protesters captured were seen by a doctor. That’s why he was taken to a hospital where the doctor on duty did her best to cure his wounds and refused to give him back to his captors.

He was so bruised and battered when presented to the Attorney’s office, they refused to accept him until he was seen by a doctor.

Primun non nocere is is the maxim that physicians around the world are taught to guide our practice. It’s Latin for “first do no harm,” one of  the promises we make when we graduate.

Giving that man back to the GNB would’ve been extremely harmful.

That phrase is the reason why this guy, this anonymous 22 year-old Venezuelan isn’t being tortured in some Helicoide cell as I write these lines, that phrase is the reason why his story is being told, and not used as a forged testimony by some overweight general to blame Julio Borges or Freddy Guevara of being the tropical version of Osama Bin Laden.

Five people have died as a result of the Venezuelan regime and its para-military forces’ repression. Almost 300 of them are currently detained, some without even knowing what they are being accused of; countless others were illegally held captive, beaten, threatened and then released to spread the word of what the revolution does to its adversaries.

To the forces claiming to be their protectors, demonstrators are terrorists. Just another imaginary enemy to be vanquished by a government that so far has only managed to destroy the fear through which they sought to silence a whole nation.

69 COMMENTS

  1. chavismo, and above all, the goons that trivialized the adjetive “terrorist”, should be grateful and thank the opposition crying and keeling on bottlecaps that they don’t have to face ACTUAL terrorism, such as having their family homes burned or their children murdered…

    …Which is, EXACTLY WHAT CHAVISMO IS DOING TO THE VENEZUELANS.

  2. Do the GNB soldiers actually believe that the protesters are “terrorists”? Are they that brainwashed? Has Chavismo twisted their minds so badly, that they just don’t know what truth is any longer? I fear the answer to all of those questions is, “Yes.” And that is why this calculated insanity must be ended once and for all.

    • They are either ignorant morons who have been in fact brainwashed, regular malandros (criminals) in disguise (Which is also a common practice in chavismo) or simply cuban worms behaving like the invading force they are.

    • I guess you need to define two things…

      1) terrorism – the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

      2) Truth – that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.

      Number 1 can be argued both ways, 2 can not…

      So yes, it looks like its terrorists A attacking terrorists B…. who is which? I guess thats when you need to consult democracy.

      • Your insistence on the fallacy that the opposition in Venezuela is composed of terrorists is the proof that you are a hardcore chavista.

    • The GNB know good and well that the opposition protestors are not terrorists. But for the moment it’s either follow orders and lob tear gas, or risk rotting in jail for 20 years.

  3. Tok me a while to realize the GNB and PNB’s evilness is not *only* due to their Chavismo or loyalty to their superior.

    Some of them actually do want Maduro out but at the same time their levels of resentment towards marchistas has reached record levels to the point they’re enjoying kicking the crap out of the sifrinos marchando.

    Like…just straight hate. Resentimiento a 1000%.

    So many years of the hate speech and brainwash, for some guards and policias this is how they are letting off steam…

    Do hope they realize no matter their reason for the abuse, they’re all fucked once things change.

  4. I wouldn’t expect a sea change in the GNB and PNB’s, or SEREN and certainly not in the Collectivos or most any of the Chavista elements once the whole Socialismo disaster burns to ashes, as every last socialistic movements eventually does – though Cuba seems to be holding out somehow. There is a place for the Chavistas now because the little money that is left is still dribbling down the ladder to loyalists. Once the system changes, that trickle suddenly goes dry and there’s no place for loyalists except in the rebuilding process, meaning they will have to team up with the very “terrorists” they are now bullying around. Trying to sort that out could take a generation, but maybe not. I’ve known people from what used to be East Germany and they were back up and running pretty well within a decade. Not easy, though, because Venezuela doesn’t have a strong West Germany to underwrite the transition. But there must be some models as to how such a transition might work without causing even more problems. Need to read me some history…

  5. Al chavismo le gusta mucho acusar a los demás de que les deben un supuesto agravio que ellos mismos se inventaron décadas atrás, tipo “me miró feo aunque tengo cara de blasfemia” o “me dijo marginal aunque me la paso quemando basura en el medio de la calle”, sin darse cuenta de que ellos se han convertido en todo aquello que dicen que los motivó a ser unos resentidos sociales en primer lugar.

    Y de allí se deriva su miedo, ¿Qué otra cosa más puede sentir entre las que te conté y los riñones un guardia que le da una pasada de trancazos a un manifestante mientras le dice cual propio aberrado de peli de cárcel que “se lo van a violar”? Los chavistas como esos guardiecitas (Que TODO el que hace esa clase de cosas en una protesta es chavista rajado, ese no es ningún posible aliado de nada) están ganándose la retribución con intereses que les vendrá así sea de aquí a décadas en adelante.

    https://dolartoday.com/atroz-mientras-pegaban-decian-te-vamos-violar-el-horror-de-un-manifestante-en-manos-de-la-gnb/

    Evidentemente que los chavistas no saben lo afortunados que son de haberla agarrado contra el segmento más indefenso del país que era la clase media, si la oposición fuese sólo una fracción de lo mala que ellos tanto chillan, no quedarían ni la mitad de los chavistas que hay hoy en día.

  6. You should write fictiion, you’d probably actually make money.

    This is just another example of how the venezuelan opposition needs a serious reality check…

    good luck sissies.

      • Eyes dont have legs to stand. The opposition consists of a bunch of spoiled brats who dont know what civil protest is. If you acted the way you act anywhere else in the world you would all be in jail.

        Try democracy, it’s a great thing but its a two way street!

          • You keep saying the same thing over again, very much like the Venezuelan opposition. and after 18 or so years you are still crying like a baby, saying the same thing over and over again…

            So exactly WHERE am i defending torturers? Get some education, then give me a shout.

          • Using the insult “fag” as your main argument as of why the opposition isn’t “worthy to exist”, completely negates any validity in anything you can say, and places you as simply one marginal that either gets paid with stolen funds by the regime, or as a simpleton leftie commilieber.

  7. You keep saying the same thing over again, very much like the Venezuelan opposition. and after 18 or so years you are still crying like a baby, saying the same thing over and over again…

    So exactly WHERE am i defending torturers? Get some education, then give me a shout.

    • Go back to troll school. You aren’t ready for this league.

      But, go ahead and keep cashing their checks anyway. They don’t know that they are throwing their money away on you.

      • Is that all you got? Troll school? Not ready for this league.

        I have not made a single Pro-Chavista comment… And they, nor you can afford me…

        I am just asking simple questions – but i get it, its a little much to be questioned when you don’t actually have any answers…

        I understand that the Venezuelan opposition isn’t something that has been built on logic. I understand that the Venezuelan opposition doesn’t actually have a specific stance on anything.

        I will keep an eye on this page as much as possible, obviously i will have to take a break from time to time to cash in a cheque… or read a book. or anything.

        • Hi Joe.

          I’d love to write fiction one day, the main problem wth that is the fact that reality in Venezuela is way worse than any fictional story I could imagine right now. Maybe the fact that demonstrators are being tortured in political prisons is not big deal for you; maybe the fact that the Executive became the actual only real power in the Venezuelan state might seem normal to you. Damn, maybe you could also feel comfortable with the fact that kids are dying due to perfectly treatable infections due to lack of antibiotics in Venezuelan hospital. If you’re willing to buy the government’s propaganda, or you simply chose to ignore the facts, that’s fine by me.

          Nevertheless, I invite you to spend a few days in the country, the real one. The one that common people must face everyday. You’ll find it beats any fiction Orwell or Huxley could’ve ever written.

          • Juan! Thanks for your response!

            I’ve read some pretty gruesome and i’ve also read a whole lot of tabloids.

            I’ve always kept an eye on Venezuelan news, politics and oil prices… And when i say “Always” I mean since 1997 when I had a chance to visit the country for a few months.

            I have never heard of a political prison, I don’t know what that means or what it is. Perhaps what you meant to say was political prisoners in regular prisons? I have seen a lot of the images and videos of clashes between the GNB and Protesters… The protesters should be so glad they are not in the US or CANADA or EUROPE… I see the number of arrests in the 100s, in most any other part of the world the arrests would be in the 1000s.

            I am not defending the actions of the GNB. I dont think there is honor in violence. I am just saying – he who plays with fire tends to get burned…

            Is Nicolas Maduro a legit president? Like was he actually voted in? I have watched pretty much all the elections in the news. It seems like the arguement has been the same every time over the last 18 years.

            I’m not really interested in any propaganda, be it from the government elect or from the opposition. The reason you ask? (or maybe you don’t want to ask)

            this site totes

            “We’re always looking for ambitious new writers who have something fresh to say about Venezuelan Public Life.”

            but then I look at all the headlines and they all say the same thing. They are all hear-say accounts, anonymous souces, zero or wrong statistics…

            I would love to find out how many children have died due to shortages – that would be actual information that would help people form proper opinions.

            “the fact that kids are dying due to perfectly treatable infections due to lack of antibiotics in Venezuelan hospital”

            That isn’t reporting. that is crying. huge difference.

            the truth is always in the numbers….

            right now I see numbers and numbers of people unsure of their cause and unfamiliar with how a dictatorship really works.

            Give me a place, date and time, I will show up – and you can show me what you think I can’t see.

          • “That isn’t reporting. that is crying. huge difference.”

            Heh, funny prattling, little marginal pandejo sin frontera.

  8. For some reason i am not able to respond to Ulamog’s posts… Strange.

    If you get around to reading this, Ulamog, this is directed to you.

    I haven’t called anyone a Fag – using homophobic slur is cheap and classless.

    I hope you enjoy another year of Maduro – the thing about democracy is that the sore losers have to wait until elections to get to speak again… and if you want to hang on to the idea of having a mid-term chance you should better get on side with people who know how to do the paper work properly.

    The positive news is that Maduro is destined to lose the next elections – Venezuela will move from one clown to another – and your circus will continue. Congrats!

    • And for the mouth died the fish:

      https://www.caracaschronicles.com/2017/04/15/repression-not-enough/#li-comment-135049

      “McCoy Joe April 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

      You should write fictiion, you’d probably actually make money.

      This is just another example of how the venezuelan opposition needs a serious reality check…

      good luck sissies.”

      Sissy = Fag.

      It’s a good thing users can’t delete nor edit the stuff they write here, so every single silly insult gets recorded for posterity.

      Not only your insults are “claseless”, they destroyed any sliver of credibility you might have, as you clearly are either a hardcore chavista, or an ignorant smug fool that doesn’t know anything about Venezuela.

      And from this USA-trauma-complex-induced post:

      ” If you acted the way you act anywhere else in the world you would all be in jail.”

      And your constantly comparison of anything the non-chavistas say to “baby sissy whining”, such as:

      “That isn’t reporting. that is crying. huge difference.”

      Leads anyone to think that you’re little more than a poor chavista partisan.

      • Also, your incredibly ridiculous assumption that protesters and non-chavistas in general “deserve” to be oppressed like this, yeah, that adds to your douchebag factor a lot.

        It’s advisable that you do some actual research on Venezuela’s situation before ever saying anything else, because with the comments you’ve written so far, you’re just sinking yourself more and more.

        • Sissy doesn’t mean fag. Fag is homophobic slur, a sissy is a number of other things. I still haven’t seen any statistics other than a 98% of something that wasnt cited?

          Just someone looking for a valide arguement that is backed up by logic and not emotion. Once again, thanks for coming out.

          And as I said earlier – enjoy another year of Maduro – cause thats what you’re gonna get.

          • “… sissy is a number of other things.”

            Keep trying, you’re just sinking more wach time you open your trap.

        • Can you show me where I said anyone “deserves” to be oppressed?

          it seems like you are drawing a lot of conclusions from nowhere…

          To this moment I haven’t taken a political stance…

          And once again, thanks for coming out.

          • “Can you show me where I said anyone “deserves” to be oppressed? ”

            Right here, just one example:

            “I hope you enjoy another year of Maduro – the thing about democracy is that the sore losers have to wait until elections to get to speak again…”

            “To this moment I haven’t taken a political stance…”

            Said the rabid chavista.

        • by the way, ¨38% of statistics are made up on the spot.¨ is a made up statistic, on the spot – it was a joke, which i thought was obvious, and it was in reference to your 98% which i am also assuming is a joke. If not, please cite your statistic, or is it just that was because you say so?

          • “If not, please cite your statistic, or is it just that was because you say so?”

            Go and ask anybody here in Venezuela if they want to continue being trampled under the chavista regime, 98 of every 100 will say “fuck maduro”

            Also, you should be the one citing your sources, if you claim to be so pragmatic in that matter.

    • This comment relates to your last response but I do not seem to be able to link there.

      You say “the arrests would be in the 1000s”, seriously? Like those thousands of arrests in the “peaceful” protests in the past few years in Baltimore and Ferguson?

      “the truth is always in the numbers….”, can we assume that you have researched the present situation in Venezuela about as much as your claim about the 1000s of arrests that would occur in the US/Canada/Europe?

      • I absolutely can, If you are more specific about the information you want I could probably get you better info. I found this information in wikipedia and checked cited sources.

        in baltimore 2015
        -Injuries, 113 police officers injured, 2 people shot. One fire victim in critical condition.
        – Arrested 486

        In furguson
        Arrested: 321 members of the public
        Injuries: 10 members of the public injured; 6 police officers injured

        Taking those numbers and comparing them to how many people protested (information i have yet to find) you will get an average of arrests per capita.

        the Venezuelan opposition totes hundreds of thousands of marchers, the per capita is fairly low.

        I personally was present in the G20 Summit in Toronto, in 2010. I was a witness of the arrests and police brutality. there were around 10.000 “peaceful” protesters in total and more than 1000 arrests… That gives you a per capita of 1 in every 10 protesters arrested.

        comments?

      • Occupy wall street, just in case you don’t remember, was another “peaceful” demonstration – in one day in brooklyn 700 people were arrested… Did i mention in 1 day? Ok, well… when the authorities say “do not cross this line” it means that if you try to cross that line (and trust, they will try to prevent you from doing so) you will get arrested!

        • Where’s your proof of the “thousands of arrests” against people protesting in USA? Because you’re the one that started bringing the “show me proof” idea, you should be the one to do it first.

          Nothing? Yeah, we thought so.

          What about the murder of protesters at the hands of the ebul USA government’s paramilitary enforcers? How many deaths were caused by point blank shotgun blasts from the “American national police” or the “Trump capitalist vanguard”?

          How many times has Trump (Or Obama, or even Bush) ordered someone to be jailed just because they wanted to save the reputation of one of their relatives?

          How many electoral frauds have been done by any of them?

          You’ve gotta resort to better tricks than just comparing a country that has nothing to do with Venezuela, specially when ALL your arguments come from the fallacy sewage pool that’s the chavista-controlled media (The first being that the opposition in Venezuela is composed of terrorists)

          • “I showed and cited statistics.”

            There are no citations in your posts, you just went and said that “a bunch of people were arrested in those protests”, just made-up claims.

            As baseless as any chavista excuse, like that “people ate dog food in the cuarta” fallacy.

          • ¨I absolutely can, If you are more specific about the information you want I could probably get you better info. I found this information in wikipedia and checked cited sources.

            in baltimore 2015
            -Injuries, 113 police officers injured, 2 people shot. One fire victim in critical condition.
            – Arrested 486

            In furguson
            Arrested: 321 members of the public
            Injuries: 10 members of the public injured; 6 police officers injured

            Taking those numbers and comparing them to how many people protested (information i have yet to find) you will get an average of arrests per capita.

            the Venezuelan opposition totes hundreds of thousands of marchers, the per capita is fairly low.

            I personally was present in the G20 Summit in Toronto, in 2010. I was a witness of the arrests and police brutality. there were around 10.000 “peaceful” protesters in total and more than 1000 arrests… That gives you a per capita of 1 in every 10 protesters arrested.

            comments?¨

            I guess you missed that post? Do people have access to sites like wikipedia in Venezuela?

          • This page allows to link sources.

            But as you aren’t citing anything, it proves that you’re just making up stuff.

            Also, were doctors treating protesters arrested by the army in USA?

            Were the soldiers shooting tear gas grenades straight to people’s faces in USA?

            Are the soldiers hiding behind the urban terrorists as they’re doing in Venezuela?

            Were protesters in Wall Street labeled as “terrorists” and treated accordingly (which means, bullet-to-the-face-anol)?

            Yeah, none, because you don’t have sources for any of those, your arguments are devoid of any base.

        • Lots of the whining coming from people like you are due to the fact that you can’t stand that Trump won the USA presidential chair, tough luck for socialists.

          Also, little chavista, back to Venezuela and the matter at hand, more facts, nazi guards charge and arrest a medic that was lending assistance to wounded protesters, ah, and the source is a chavista page, just to jump around your predictable response that “it’s a right-wing media”

          https://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/n307299.html

          Or are you going to say that the medic deserved it (The same way you said Venezuela deserved maduro’s dictatorship) because he’s a “terrorist”?

          • I have never used the term right-wing media. I never said I was unhappy with Trump being winning presidency. I guess explaining how protests, boundaries and civil arrest is like pissing in the wind.

            April 22nd, 2017 – Maduro still in office.

  9. It s now informed that Maduro wanted a more brutal suppression of yesterdays oppo march but the army vetoed the idea , they know the dangers of asking their soldiers to go beyond certain limits if that can make them turn their guns around !! This is an ongoing process , one which can yield results no one expects in just one day or take much longer ….. the thing is to keep the pressure going ………

    Ive read again and again that when some dirty work of suppression is required the GNB calls the colectivos to do it , they dont want their hands sullied, maybe its good to remember that the GNB is just a fraction of the Venezuelan army and one which the other forces dont think much about ……!!

  10. Repression is not just the violent repression of protesting masses or of chaotic looting , its also the fraudulent manipulation of laws to politically inhabilitate popular oppo leaders, or the imprisonment of those leaders by falsely accusing them of being involved totally made up farsical conspiracies, or fraudently preventing constitutionally mandated elections from being held , or populary elected officials orinstitutions from exercising their constitutional functions , the usurping of those functions by regime officials lacking in constitutional authority to exercise them , it is the firing or govt employees who refuse to go to govt marches , it is denying hungry citizens access to the distribution of food because they dont pass the govt allegiance test….., repression is closing down radio or tv stations that dont follow the regime line or publicize information which they govt wants silenced or forcing their owners to sell their media outlets so they cease to be independent and become a govt controlled media , repression is every where , this regime has made itself into a giant machinery of repression . Its overt and continous acts of repression are a daily slap in the face of our dignity ……!! thats why we march , thats why we protest , thats why even if we are constantly bombarded with the regimes candified and soapy self congratulatory chants of how they heroically embody the grand ideals of freedom, sovereignty , revolution , socialism no one is convinced , instead we feel insulted at being played the utter fools who presumably can be made to believe such hogwash. !!

    Having to stand those shrill , kitschy , arrogant self serving claims of grandiose ideological purity is in itself an insult to our intelligence …….every day those goons remain in power is a day of torment ……which is precisely why we must be constinously alert to event the smallest chance of hurting their reputation or goals every way we can , whether the impact is inmmediate or not ….. and keep doing it while blood runs into our veins……..!!

    • your misunderstanding of punctuation is an insult to your intelligence, if anything.

      The more I watch the news the more I realize that Venezuela has the government it deserves.

      See you next week!

      YOW – CCS, 30/04/2017 (Chavez himself came back from the dead to buy me the ticket)

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