For Sunday, May 14, 2017. Translated by Javier Liendo.

This isn’t my typical briefing but a compendium of the reports I gathered throughout the day, while I cooked, cleaned, bought vegetables and wrote to my mom. I put them in order them to keep a narrative of the barbarity that’s getting worse, speeding up, almost at the same rate as Nicolás and his cronies are losing argumentative capacity. All of the reports are serious. We’re in a dictatorship.

  1. For using a speaker, professor and Human Rights activist Sergio Contreras was accused of treason, rebellion and of stealing from the Armed Forces; military justice has limited creativity but it’s fast. He was sent to Ramo Verde.
  2. In Pariaguán (Anzoátegui,) el finado’s statue was left as he left the country: in ashes. The fact that it was made out of mache paper despite having been budgeted for bronze didn’t help.
  3. An oil spill near Trinidad and Tobago in April reaches Venezuela’s eastern coasts (Sucre and Nueva Esparta,) damaging flora and fauna, especially fish and turtles.
  4. A State-run campaign called “Profile of a terrorist,” promoted by the Interior Ministry, criminalizes protesters by equating them to terrorists and legitimates repression while scorning opposition leaders. If you check the hashtag, you’ll find relevant exercises of psychological projection: in the end, chavismo describes itself.
  5. As is their custom now, State forces repressed demonstrations in Mérida, Portuguesa and Carabobo with tear-gas and affecting both vehicles and people.
  6. Right when the opposition was protesting in Vargas, a driverless bus was burnt down in Av. Luis Roche in Altamira, even though there was no demonstration nearby. A minute later, minister Néstor Reverol tweeted: “Criminals hired by the Terrorist Right-wing burn a public transport unite in Av. Francisco de Miranda, Altamira.” Shortly after that, the Prosecutor’s Office appointed Prosecutor 62nd of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas to investigate the event. This was the most obvious setup ever.
  7. A chavista paramilitary colectivo kidnapped activist Edioverth Araque after the protest in Vargas. His whereabouts remain unknown.
  8. Nicolás complained that the Episcopal Conference is not taking his calls. He obviously didn’t read either the CEV’s most recent comminqué or the statements of Vatican state secretary Pietro Parolin, saying that Venezuela’s crisis can only be solved through elections. Nicolás denounced that AN Speaker Julio Borges “has ordered the burning of 100 buses in the past five weeks.” No evidence, just pure intuition.
  9. There are reports of new forms of torture, like force-feeding feces and urine to victims, on top of beating them. Torture also escalates in dictatorship.
  10. Judge Dubraska Linares sentenced two out of the six people arrested in Barinas during the students’ march on Thursday, May 11th, to prison. Additionally, Jesús Arcia, a 19-year old student, arrested on May 8th in Cumaná during a protest, was tried by a military tribunal and sent to La Pica prison in Maturín (Monagas.)
  11. The National Guard’s repression in Pueblo Llano (Mérida) included a power outage and suspension of cellphone connection. Even the local priest was hurt. There was also repression in Torondoy and Caja Seca.
  12. A Twitter campaign was launched for Human Rights activist Lisbeth Añez (Release Mamá Lis,) who was accused of treason after tending to inmates in El Helicoide, and sentenced to 45 days in prison until the Prosecutor’s Office comes to a final decision. But relax, we should be happy because Nicolás expects half of his imposed Constituyente to be made up of women.
  13. Why is the oil rent such a lousy excuse for chavismo to justify its failure and an imposed Constituyente? Check the Twitter timeline of professor @fmonaldi.

Thirteen, as on a Friday 13th, or a Tuesday, or a Saturday, no matter, in a dictatorship, even Saturdays bring terror.

– Today’s a great day to remember Nicolás’ mother

And forgive me, Most Holy Virgin of Fatima.-

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  1. On Mario’s show last night he spent a significant amount of time talking about the horror of how sites like Twitter are being used by the opposition to shape public opinion against the revolution. As though chavismo with its total control of television would never do such a thing.

    I fully expect some sort of clamp down coming for the internet.

    • Exactly, I’ve been wondering why this hasn’t happened yet? Don’t get me wrong, I hate the regime, but I’m curious as to why they haven’t censored the internet yet…

  2. People need to learn how to use vpns and be a little more tech savy to get around this. Student protesters, please be good students and educate the people on how to get around this by word of mouth. As much as they try to clamp down on this, the cat is out of the bag. It is all too easy to get around any such action they try if you are halfway intelligent.

    Now if Maduro tries to shut down the internet completely, remember this is not Cuba, well at least not yet…Venezuelans cannot live without their cell phones. They would go crazy without whatsapp. Even in the barrios people will spend money on a nice Samsung phone before they spend money buying healthy food or something really useful. If Maduro tries to shut down the internet entirely, everybody will know that the Emperor is truly without clothes and everybody will be out in the street. That will be the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

    Their game is up. They are loosing the media/information war and it is up to us to keep up the fight.

  3. I’ve read that they can’t shut down the internet country wide because it is how they (the government communicates with themselves and the troops etc.).

  4. They don’t need to completely cut off internet, they are already rationing it, cutting the connection for hours, or they could continue doing what they’ve been doing: Slow the connection speed to a crawl: I have Inter’s 1Mbps in the workplace, but the actual connection speed barely goes above 0,1Mbps, one tenth; and have 6Mbps cantv aba at home, and most of the day the speed falls below 0,25Mbps, less than a twentieth of the connection I’m supossed to be paying for.

    Or they could simply shut down electricity as they did during past year, with the 4-hour rationings, which they haven’t used this year as they fear more the people getting even more furious rather than continue plundering the precious minerals near the Caroní river’s bed (They purposedly emptied the Guri dam to steal the minerals)

  5. Feel your pain bro!! I have that bullshit ABA at home and at my office I have a private internet service that I share with 4 other people who also work online. 450,000bsf a month for 5 upload and 5 download and it is solid. I will not say the name of the company because probably some Chavista trolls out there y vayan pa Cuba mmgs!!!

    Yes, on days when the shit hits the fan, and I imagine tomorrow it will be the same during the Planton, but YES internet will crawl at like .25 mega….Given that reality, everybody just needs to record their videos and release those on social media the next day or as slow as Cantv will go. The word will get out but be patient. The Chavistas are on a sinking ship and they can do nothing to stop it now.

  6. Of course the regime considers the internet a threat. The truth is always the biggest threat to dictators, murderers, criminals and liars.
    I sit in the US with deep empathy for the people that suffer under this regime and profound respect for the opposition protesters that refuse to give up the fight. No matter how brutal this regime becomes, they return, bloody and bruised, day after day as they demand their God given rights to freedom and self determination.
    The Liberal mainstream media around the world has been slow to report the horrendous abuses and living conditions in Venezuela. They have been slower yet to admit the failures of the Socialist regime. The “enlightened Liberals” have finally admitted that the regime is a failure. The negative reactions to the criminal regime that holds your country hostage, have begun to increase like a snowball rolling down a mountain and creating an avalanche.
    The increasing humanitarian crisis that engulfs your country can not be contained, let alone reversed by the Maduro regime. The increasing opposition to the regime has started to spread like an uncontrolled infection throughout the government and the military. As the unrest grows the criminals focus more and more on saving themselves, and focus less on propping up a failing government.
    Paranoia is taking hold of the illegitimate rulers of the Venezuelan people. They question if any misfortune is the beginning of the Dabucuri curse. Is the soldier with the rifle going to turn on the regime leaders? Is the leader that I have sworn loyalty to going to betray me to save himself?
    The irrational reactions by the government to peaceful protests prove the effectiveness of the protests.
    The increasing brutality also proves the increasing effectiveness and the loss of support for the government.
    Naky. you do a great service to the people of Venezuela, the ex-pats that love their country and to many people like me. I and millions of other people have no ties to Venezuela. My ancestry is Dutch and Irish.
    This fight is as much my fight as it is any other person’s that despise tyrants and believe in the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people in this world.
    Your excellent posts have helped to maintain morale among the opposition and to keep us informed of the truth of this despicable regime.
    I send food, medicines and money to people in Venezuela that I have befriended through the internet. It is more than an information pipeline, for some it is a lifeline. I also write my Congressional representatives and urge their support for the Venezuelan people. These pleas are beginning to have results.
    Most importantly, I pray every day for the people to be free of this corrupt regime. For Venezuela to again have peace and prosperity.
    I have faith that God is with the people of Venezuela and that your and my prayers will soon be answered.
    Viva Venezuela!!

    • Sir I applaud your efforts to help the people of Venezuela even though you have no ties to the country. But as you said it is our duty as members of the human race to fight against tyranny and oppression.

  7. Pepino,

    I hope you are right. The stress on the regime is very similar to an overstretched rubber band.
    Even though we are convinced that the epitaph of this regime is already being written, the collapse will probably be so rapid that most people will still be taken by surprise.
    I have hopes (and faith) that the opposition has the contingency plans for this eventuality.
    Control of the military, police and restoring order on the streets must come quickly. The collectives must be dealt with immediately.
    From there food and medicine is the priority. Many NGO’s and governments are standing by to respond to Venezuela just like any other disaster would be responded to.
    The people need to be kept informed. They need to understand that the road to a prosperous Venezuela is going to be a long and bumpy one.
    Persuading foreign governments to assist companies (possibly insuring their investments) to return to Venezuela is critical to rebuilding. The oil infrastructure requires Billions of Dollars, but there is so much more work to be done.
    Manufacturing and agriculture need to be rebuilt from scratch. A diversified economy, responsible and efficient social welfare programs, access to medical care and education will put the country back on the road to being self sufficient and prosperous once again.
    Debt refinancing will also require quick attention. The IMF with US encouragement should be able to assist the new government in the near term while long term solutions are worked out.
    The natural resources that Venezuela possesses, along with a productive and educated workforce make me confident that Venezuela will once again be the wealthiest and most stable country in Latin America.
    The people have paid an awful price for the promise of free bread. It is important that this remains in the public consciousness forever in the schools and other national institutions.


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