Yesterday, Wednesday, May 10th, during the march named “Our Shield is the Constitution,” Miguel Castillo Bracho (26) was murdered in Las Mercedes, shot in the left side of his thorax with a lead pellet. He was rushed to Las Mercedes Polyclinic but he died on the way. The autopsy will be carried out by a special team from the Prosecutor’s Office. Anderson Dugarte (32), shot in the head on May 8th in Mérida, also died on Wednesday. Mayor Ramón Muchacho reported that Salud Chacao tended 93 people wounded during protests, most of them for traumas, five were injured by rubber bullets and 12 choked on tear-gas.

PNB vs. Paramilitaries

El Nacional released an important photographic summary that proves the presence of paramilitary armed groups (colectivos) operating in La Candelaria, one of them was even wearing a bulletproof vest from the Interior Ministry.

Additionally, PNB chief, general Carlos Pérez Ampueda, condemned the actions of paramilitaries who shot against protesters who had rallied in San Bernardino and said: “You saw how we were the first to step between you and those bandits when they arrived, protecting your lives, even though we don’t have the means to fight them off, because we’re using peaceful methods, because you’re being peaceful (…) What are we supposed to do, mate, if they come shooting and we don’t have guns?”. In a single statement, Pérez Ampueda admitted the existence of paramilitary groups, that they’re better armed than the PNB, that opposition protests are peaceful and that paramilitaries must be stopped.

By intuition?

Interior minister Néstor Reverol confirmed the deaths of Miguel Castillo Bracho and Anderson Dugarte, claiming that the latter was murdered by a “sniper hired by the MUD.” He also blamed National Assembly Speaker Julio Borges for murders during protests and for his call “to violence, hate and all the actions of the terrorist right-wing that have taken place in recent days.” All of these claims without a single piece of evidence.

Deliverance

None-budsman Tarek William Saab used Twitter to request the Prosecutor’s Office and the CICPC to press on with their investigations “to stop snipers and gunmen that have criminally infiltrated protests to kill people, perverting the marches and sending the nation into mourning,” adding that there’s a systematic use of professional gunmen and snipers.

Saying that marches are being perverted is admitting that they’re not violent. The Prosecutor’s Office is yet to find the culprits and yet, Saab claims that these are professional killers, a rather clumsy way to try and exculpate the State and to avoid demanding a transparent investigation on these murders, condemning the regime’s systematic Human Rights violations and demanding an end to attacks against protesters.

The opposition’s response

While denouncing the National Guard’s brutal repression against protesters, lawmaker Delsa Solórzano said: “Minister Néstor Reverol, you sir are responsible for deaths in Venezuela. You’ve become, and I take full responsibility for what I’m about to say, a murderous minister,” arguing that it’s Reverol who orders repression and calling him to stand by the Constitution and put weapons aside. Solórzano summed up the words of PNB chief Ampueda and accused paramilitary groups of attacking journalists while they’re covering protests, as well as stealing their work equipment. She also denounced the arrest of physician Sergio Contreras “simply for holding a speaker.”

That must be why Elías Jaua said that the Government isn’t exercising violence by rather “exercising and guaranteeing the government’s right to peace.” Anarchy is their peace.

Propaganda vs. reality

Joel García, defense lawyer for Fermín Cocchioni Castillo, the man accused on Tuesday by vice-president Tareck El Aissami of leading violent groups, explained yesterday that Cocchioni was illegally arrested in Colinas de Bello Monte, that he was victim of a three-day forced disappearance and tortured in DGCIM’s headquarters to force him to “confess” his crimes and also blame opposition leaders for sponsoring violent protests. It’s not the first case in which lawyers denounce the obtention of confessions through torture, a practice that violates constitutional rights, Venezuelan laws and international agreements. In addition to this barbarity, the government released a fake version of Cocchioni’s account on social networks, discrediting him and once again violating his Human Rights. Also yesterday, at least 30 protesters were arrested in Valencia.

Abroad

The OAS Permanent Council agreed on Wednesday to call for an extraordinary session on Monday, May 15th, to establish the date in which foreign ministers will discuss Venezuela’s situation. Suriname, Antigua and Barbados, Grenada and Guyana placed their bets on the dialogue that hasn’t happened. Delcy assumed this postponement as a victory. Uruguay’s government expressed concern for the radicalization of political conflict in Venezuela and the social drama we’re experiencing, but without condemning the government outright, according to foreign minister Rodolfo Nín Novoa, because all diplomatic options must be exhausted first. Or perhaps more Venezuelans need to die.

This was also a tough day. Repression escalates even more shamelessly and paramilitary groups are sent to assail us while the regime “condemns” them. Exhausted by resisting. The alternative is submission, chavismo’s most recent goal.

Reading the epidemiological bulletin released on Monday is ratifying the gaping vulnerabilities of our healthcare system. Reviewing Caritas’ work is understanding how badly and extensively severe and chronic malnutrition increases in the country.

If chavismo isn’t point-blank firing tear-gas and rubber bullets at us, they’re crushing us with food and medicine shortages. There’s no way to return to normality without regime change. The imposition of Nicolás’ Constituyente only promises more deaths.

30 COMMENTS

  1. I hate falling into another trap of false hope, but watching Chavez TV, it’s nothing but a frenzy of blame for the country’s problems. There is light at the end of the tunnel and this time I don’t think it’s an oncoming train.

  2. As I see it, the peaceful marches/demonstrations are “working”, but, alone cannot deal a knockout blow. Needed are, once again, wide-scale barrio participation (so far only spotty, cowered by Colectivos); larger-scale protester slaughter (carefully trying to be avoided by Cuban puppet-masters), in order to really galvanize international opinion/action; Venezuelan military major schism (so far difficult, too many upper levels on the take, lower levels being controlled/spied-on by Cuban G-2, even reportedly Ramiro Valdes, Cuban No. 2, in residence for some time now in Fuerte Tiuna); or economic/even military (last resort) sanctions by the U. S. There is a lot at stake: geo-politically, the U. S. CANNOT allow a Country Communist beachhead in continental S.A.subverting democracy throughout the region (the entire U.S..LA policy is currently under review/to be changed soon-no more coddling the primary cancerous island tumor); SA neighbors do not want a really massive Venezuelan refugee crisis over their green borders; and, for Venezuela, it means the end of what’s left of private property/individual freedoms, with private homes/property taken over/doled out to the “Pueblo”, as in Cuba, and began to happen with Allende….

  3. The atrocities at full display have galvanized millions and millions of Venezuelans to put an end to this madness. With each death our determination grows stronger
    Not long ago there was a window for reconciliation so the regime could step down unpunished and forgiven in the name of peace but now that window has closed and these crimes won’t go unpunished no matter what bullshit deal happens form now on.
    Maduro and his cronies are now under dead sentence.
    I am 1000% sure that the outrage, indignation and injustices felt by millions of Venezuelans and other people watching around the world was the emotional force we needed to eliminate this cancer one and for all.
    More than ever we all Venezuelans have to keep UNITED and ORGANIZED to prosecute and punish all the subhumans participating in this genocide, in the same way that Nazi have been brought to justice worldwide.
    We are entering uncharted waters and I made a promise to my mother that we would exterminate this criminal regime before she dies !!!!!

  4. I have signed the petitions asking the US government to intervene on behalf of the Venezuelan citizens.
    The tradition of Latin American governments to not interfere with other countries internal strife, empowers the regime. They think that they will not have to answer for their increasingly brutal actions.
    The OAS needs to assemble a force to intervene in Venezuela and stop the human carnage that is increasing by the hour.
    The people of Venezuela must support the opposition and the opposition needs to request foreign intervention.
    How many Venezuelan “soldiers” will die for Maduro?
    My personal opinion is that there will be a military coup and an interim government if the military believes that they will be facing legitimate soldiers.
    The military knows that they will be finished if the US military uses them as a training mission. To call it an actual battle would be giving the cowards that call themselves soldiers while they murder civilians way to much credit.
    I believe that most Venezuelans would welcome a limited foreign intervention to end this national nightmare.

  5. Short but effective BBC video: Why Venezuela still looks like this.

    My first reaction to the reporter’s name- Vladimir Hernandez- was that he was Venezuelan.Venezuela was the only country in Latin America where I encountered people named Vladimir- far lefty parents naming their sons after their hero Vladimir Lenin, a.k.a. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov. Oh well.

    Reaction confirmed, from Linkedin for Vladimir Hernandez::
    Universidad Central de Venezuela
    Mass Communications, Journalism, bachelor
    1994 – 2000

    Fortunately, Vladimir Hernandez didn’t fulfill his parents’ dreams. Ilyich Ramírez Sánchez , a.k.a. Carlos the Jackal, did. General Vladimir Padrino López also fulfilled his parents’ dreams, in a manner of speaking. Though I doubt his parents included corruption in their lefty dreams.

    https://uk.linkedin.com/in/vladimir-hernandez-8202087a

  6. Foreign military intervention is not the answer!!! Humanitarian relief if the shit hits the fan: yes. Trump and his war hawks absolutely not!!! We have to do this ourselves, and (I hate to say it but…) many more will die. However there will arise martyrs for a new Venezuela. A new Venezuela where we build this country with our own hands and not from foreign intervention or multinational corporations.

    We are the resistance, we are not the opposition.

    Venezuela must stop bowing to politicians and waving the banners of those who just feed them full of bullshit so they can control whose cronies get the oil money. Politicians and political parties are too easily controlled by the oligarchs as well as foreign powers. I have zero faith in Leopoldo or Marina Corina (who received funding from the US State department). Honestly we would be better off with a leaderless movement. Heck, I would rather have Er Conde de Guachero than any of the politicians at present.

    This must be an apolitical movement that unites all of Venezuela. We are sick and tired of living in this shithole and we need change now, but it has to be genuine change not forced from the outside. Once we show the hardcore Chavistas, Cubans and Colectivos that we no longer fear them, their scam is up. I will put faith in the students and their puputovs more than I will in Donald Trump or Henry Kissenger to do something.

    • Trump and his war hawks absolutely not!!!

      Trump a war hawk with regard to Venezuela? Please document. I am unaware of any indication that Trump is a war hawk with regard to Venezuela.

      This is one more example of the “damned if the US does, damned if the US doesn’t” narrative. I am reminded of Canucklehead, he of the “aren’t Republicans just as bad as Chavistas?” narrative, condemning Trump for doing nothing or not enough with regard to Venezuela.

      • Epale Baludo! Trump just bombed Syria. His first foreign trip will be to visit Israel and Saudi Arabia- the real Axis of Evil. Trump is a Zionist puppet. Israel is gagging to invade Southern Lebenon to go another round with Hezbollah or a land grab in the Golan Heights. The US and the real Axis of Evil are throwing their toys over the “safe zone” agreement between Syria, Iran, Turkey and Russia–with the US and the real Axis of Evil left out because they are not genuine about bringing peace to the region over complex geopolitical agendas. Trump is there to keep the basket of deplorables marching in tune to the Zionist Neocons and Wall St, despite his populist campaign rhetoric.

        But yeah, Trump has said nothing on Venezuela. I hope it stays that way. Rex Tillerson has a bone to pick with Venezuela, so we never know. Especially with an administration that will literally bullshit gunboat diplomacy.

        • For over a year I have been told that “Trump is a Nazi.” (35 million hits on Google.). Now I am told that “Trump is a Zionist puppet.” I am now utterly confused.

          Ah well. Such levels of comprehension are well beyond my job description. No es por nada que “los deplorables son sumamente boludos.” 🙂

      • I am an American.
        I believe that the military will collapse if they believe the US is about to get involved.
        These soldiers that get extra food rations while the higher ups become rich are not going to die for Maduro and his cadre of criminals.
        Most likely it will look like rats abandoning a sinking ship as they each try to save themselves.
        Ideally i would like the people to support the MUD leaders in a request to the OAS for intervention.

    • “we would be better off with a leaderless movement”
      Honestly, you need to read some history.
      Any leaderless movement will end in chaos, and we sure don’t need any more of that.
      Unity and Organization under a clear leadership is what will help us get through this.
      Venezuelans can’t afford the luxury to pick and choose how to get rid of Maduro because there are not many options left.
      The only thing that can help us out of this Dictatorship is a Venezuelan Military uprising fueled by the waves of protest against the regime.
      Other than that, this looks like it would have to be resolved by foreign force weather you like it or not.

      • Hi Toro, you make a number of real good points. Yes, we do not have the luxury on how to get rid of Maduro and perhaps the opposition can carve a political solution to this problem. But since that is unlikely to happen, this brings us to the notion that the only way out is if there is a mutiny among their ranks. We are all praying for that.

        However this gets us back to Dale in that nobody will send troops into Venezuela. NOBODY. Sanctions, maybe. But lets forget the notion of sending outside forces to Venezuela.

        As far as a “leaderless movement”, I guess this is a more philosophical point. We have only enslaved ourselves throughout history because we have always bowed to higher powers. Whether we are talking divine right of king, to the cult of personality that surrounds our politicians today, placing our hopes and desires in larger-than-life public figures is always a recipe for enslavement. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past and that starts through not worshiping false gods (the politicians, celebrities, etc) and learn to be leaders of ourselves and our communities. The biggest problem in Venezuela is that everybody is waiting for someone else to do it for them, rather than doing it themselves.

        However, we must remember that in the technological age we live it is harder for power-hungry elites to control populations has they have since the dawn of civilization. As noted by power-hungry elite Zbignew Brzezenski:

        “For the first time in human history almost all of humanity is politically activated, politically conscious and politically interactive… The resulting global political activism is generating a surge in the quest for personal dignity, cultural respect and economic opportunity in a world painfully scarred by memories of centuries-long alien colonial or imperial domination… [The] major world powers, new and old, also face a novel reality: while the lethality of their military might be greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awakened masses of the world is at a historic low. To put it bluntly: in earlier times, it was easier to control one million people than to physically kill one million people; today, it is infinitely easier to kill one million people than to control one million people.”

        So I really hope there is a world wide awakening of politically conscious people who will overthrow the established order. That is why I still hold out hope.

    • Pepino – Your funny. Trump, Trudeau, Xi, Putin, or for that matter any of the other 200 countries in the world are not going to send in troops. Well maybe Castro, but be real. Those days are long over.
      Yes, a few hundred more Venezuelans need to die. that is the nature of the beast. Chavez duped the population for 15 years, passing out the oil riches, while he suppressed the press, and consolidated power. Now that the wells are dry, the oil induced haze that blinded the population has lifted, and they want change. Who’d a thought? (as they say)

      As for the rest. apolitical movement, and no multinationals – what are you smoking?
      Sounds very utopian to me. What country in the world has such a system?

      • Yeah Dale, way to call me out jeje. Obviously not smoking good shit since it goes throuh the GN hands first. By the time it gets to your average stoner it is half guaritoto jejeje. Hey, as far as that multinational thing goes, Ford and other big boyz might come back. Yeah, that could provide some jobs and more vehicles on the road. However you do not want to build a nation purely on outside help.

        Say what you want, this economic crises has been an incentive for many artisan and small producers to enter the market. I constantly buy all kinds of “Hecho in Margarita” and other artisan products at bodegons. Before the crises those bodegons were full of imported products all bought on the cheap dollar. I guess my point, and I let the rhetoric get ahead of the reason, but you do have a growing artisan movement here that arose because of the crisis. That is who I want to be at the vanguard of rebuilding this country, as well as small and medium sized Venezuelan-owned industries.

        • Artesanos unite!–You’ll be sure to get your representative in the new Peoples’ Congress, and will be able to sell your wares to the Commie Cuban boliburgueses, the only ones who will be visiting Margarita. Humanitarian relief IF the shit hits the fan?–It already has.

          • Ah, internet trolls. Always known for progressing a conversation. As Nietzche once said: “The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.”

            Anyway, clueless troll. Probably not even in Venezuela. If Venezuelan, probably some Miamero. Last thing we need–those of us actually in Venezuela– are internet trolls from the sunshine state and abroad.

  7. There is a lesson to be learned from the countrys recent experiences . There is no need for constitutions in Venezuela , the word of an absolute ruler is law and everyone must obey it or face the consequences, for that you dont need opinion polls or lawyers or well informed citizens or political parties or polls or even a functioning economy , only the equivalent of a US marine division but dedicated to internal repression , both physical and psychological.., thats it ……and of course enough money to keep them happy …..,!! Next time around this lesson ought to be engraved in steel in the mind of the ruling class ….keep good control of certain part of the army , of the supreme tribunal judges and you dont have to bother with none of the hoopla of a working democracy ……..!! just tell people what they have to do and what they must feign to believe and you are in home plate ……its all so simple……..!! wonder why it took us so long to figure it out…..!!

      • Democracy is so fragile , most people so easily swayed by demagogic appeals or just plain corruptible and delusional that you can probably get better results by taking a page from succesful tyrants and making coercion and deceits the basis of your rule even if applying sane principles of governance such as are applied in mature first world countries such as singapore ……or such as were applied during earlier years of independent Taiwan or South Korea or even Chile …….!! To have a democracy you need well informed democrats and there are times in which they become very scarce…!!

  8. Oh and here is something new!! Seems as though plan Zamora includes Petajota and Guardia shaking down anyone in the street in Valencia for any reason they can invent. The most common I’ve observed seems to be for having pictures of the marches on the cell phone. Friends who their whole family was kidnapped and charged money to be released several hours late. The stories started flooding in Yesterday. Psyco-terror ladies and gentlemen. Que les parece?

  9. I think Trump has handeled the situation here well. A photo op with Lopez’s wife during his first 100 days in office and multiple (well-publicized) conversations with other latin leaders about this cluster fark of a country.

    Maduro doesn’t have a clue about Trump’s intentions and is obviously scared shitless to test him.

    • Yes, maybe targeted sanctions could be a good idea. Trump is a wild card. His gunboat diplomacy is an indication of this. But always remember that my enemy’s enemy is my friend is the worst philosophy in history. Do not trust Trump or the US State Department. They have other agendas, mainly regional geopolitics and turning Venezuela into an oil pump for Exxon.

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