This week, we’ve seen the dictatorship try every trick in their book to quash the opposition’s peaceful protests. They’ve infiltrated them to turn them violent, used tons of gas del bueno, even shut down Caracas’ subway system. But going after the people hasn’t worked, so they decided to go after the leaders.

They started by hinting at holding (long overdue) regional elections while barring some would-be candidates from running for office, hoping leaders would lose focus and unity. Nope, didn’t work, the marches continued. So they pulled out the big guns: on state TV, twice, the regime published the home addresses of opposition leaders, openly calling their followers to “do what must be done”, and to “go where they need to go”.

Let me say it again. The government of one of the world’s most dangerous countries, having armed paramilitary groups in its defense, has just started doxing its opponents, making it dead easy for anyone to target them. They even brag that el pueblo is spreading this crap!

Obviously, images featuring the addresses of these opposition elected officials and private citizens have already surfaced on Twitter, sometimes accompanied by hate messages such as “this terrorist lives at such and such an address.”

Yes, really. I wish I was kidding.

Any item that gets widely shared online will stay there forever. And when that something is as permanent and private as a home address, I can’t help but fear that this might lead to a calamity. Remember that for Diosdado’s and Carreño’s dates with justice.

Until then, leaders, please, cuídense.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Well, PC better watch out–remember, he said some years ago that the DirecTV illuminated eye was spying on Chavismo. And, when push comes to shove, two can play at this game….

  2. Stuff like this goes straight against Twitter terms of use, comparable to terrorism, so people must respond reporting every single instance of this crap they find so Twitter will start blocking chavista accounts for promoting murders.

  3. How impossible would it be to decommission all those motorcycles the government uses to harass its citizens?

  4. Jennifer L Kohler April 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm: How impossible would it be to decommission all those motorcycles the government uses to harass its citizens?

    That might be useful. Perhaps something like this: a motorizado gang invades a neighborhood, the residents then block all exits, so they cannot get their motorcycles out. Also deploy spike strips to disable the motorcycles inside the neighborhood. Then swarm the goons while they are trying to drag their machines away.

    The problem could be is that these goons usually carry guns, and could shoot anyone who gets too close.

  5. What worries me most is that such monstrous “Manual” is another conspicuous warning sign of the likelyhood of genocide and crimes agains humanity in Venezuela. I have insisted in pointing out that the UN Office for the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect published a “Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes” Ref.: http://www.un.org/en/genocideprevention/documents/publications-and-resources/Framework%20of%20Analysis%20for%20Atrocity%20Crimes_EN.pdf – in which a long list of risk factors that indicate the formation of a sociopolitical environment favorable for the occurrence of a genocidal event is included. It is thoroughly scary and ominous to find plenty of those risk factors currently present in Venezuela and the “Manual del Combatiente” is a prominent one. Generally, people dismiss the possibility of genocide in a country like ours because we are not Africa. The images of bands of thugs wielding guns and machetes, killing, maiming and raping like barbarians in bloody rampages seem too estraneous to our nation and culture, though we must admit that the “colectivos” are reminicent of that. We must consider that, firstly, there is not a number of killings above which there is genocide. The crime is defined not by its scale but by it motivations and target populations. Secondly, we are dealing with both, genocide and crimes against humanity which are both horrendous tragedies that the world has loathed and penalized and thirdly, I think we have seen enough atrocities in Venezuela for, at least, be highly worried. Now, with the appearence of signs like the “Manual” I believe it is late time for addressing the United Nations with our own list of Risk Factors and Indicators warning the possibility of genocide in our country. I have mentioned this to Astrid Cantor in her post in CC last week and now I am pointing this to you Alejandro, with my hope that you can do something about this alarming situation which myself as an old isolated man cannot do.

  6. Genocide, or not, this Manual (probably conceived in a Caribbean nation to the north), qualifies as a serious/dangerous violation of human rights of those featured, and is so vile and repulsive, that the Oppo should denounce it in the appropriate international venues, as well as its source of printing/financing (should be easy to ascertain in Venezuela–this is expensive to print/not too many job printers left in Caracas, unless working for the Govt. propaganda machine). As for being an isolated old man with little influence, this Blog, hopefully, has influential readers, and, remember, ideas/concepts well-expressed are in the end more powerful than violent physical actions (“The Pen is Mightier than the Sword”)…..

  7. This is an interesting tactic. The regime knows where all the oppo leaders live. They can arrest them at any time. Now they are trying to incite mob violence, or individual vigilantism, which cannot be directly tied to them. It is page from the book of the jihadis; use propaganda to create a free-floating cohort of thousands of angry sympathizers, then goad them in a general way until one of them “spontaneously” attacks. They had no direct contact with the attacker, never gave him orders, so they cannot be indicted for the crime.

    It reminds me of Abraham Lincoln’s rejoinder to critics during the American Civil War: “Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I may not touch a hair of the wily agitator who induces him to desert?” Unfortunately, the answer is “yes”; there no reliable way to distinguish critical speech from incitement to crime, if the agitator is wily enough.

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