After more than 60 days of tear gas and violence, protesters no longer really expect to reach their destination. Sure, each day, march organizers announce they’re heading to some government institution or other place but soon enough the security forces rough us up —even if the protest is led by the elderly.

But today, the unimaginable happened. University students decided to march to VTV headquarters —the main state propaganda outlet. And —somehow— they made it!

VTV is the epicenter of chavista madness, the people who like to remind us MUD is basically exactly like the Ku Klux Klan.

Though the building is in the East side of Caracas and the mayor of Sucre municipality is the opposition’s Carlos Ocariz, pretty much no one expected the students to have been allowed to get anywhere near this place.

But just when everyone was expecting the repression tweets to start hitting —Tear Gas O’Clock, some have started to call it— Venezuelans learned that the protest arrived at VTV and… drumroll please… a group of 8 students were received by none other than SIBCI head honcho (and Tropical Mierda Goebbels) Ernesto Villegas! Though the broadcast was not live, it was simply staggering to see opposition student leaders broadcast over VTV.

Truth be told, though, the students were probably better prepared to face volleys of teargas than Ernesto Villegas.

Given the circumstances, the students did pretty well: they called on VTV to retract false information (which… erm… might take them a rather long time). They called on VTV journalists to act professionally and demanded VTV open its doors to all the Venezuelans and inform all with impartiality.

Truth be told, though, the students were probably better prepared to face volleys of teargas than Ernesto Villegas. As the saying goes, they looked like the proverbial dog that finally caught up to the mail truck and had no idea what to do with it.

It made me wonder: what if one day we make it to, say, the Defensoría del Pueblo, to some Ministry or —gasp— to Miraflores? What would we say? Who would be the spokespersons? Would they be ready?

Though the broadcast was not live, it was simply staggering to see opposition student leaders broadcast over VTV.

So far, the opposition has stuck pretty closely to its talking points, showing justifiable flashes of disarray now and then. And the student movement is not MUD: it’s an independent group that happens to coincide with opposition politicians’ calls to action. But, if the unthinkable should happen, would we all be prepared?

The protests need to continue. Of course they do. But we need to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. Thinking through vocería issues in situations like today’s seems like it might be a good idea.

After more than 60 days of protests and with a horrendous ANC apparently on its way, I can’t help but wonder: now what?

5 COMMENTS

  1. I watch VTV most of the time, drives my woman crazy, all the coverage of the chavista marches, the screeching voceros and the chanting and sloganeering that inevitably follows. And they all repeat the same crap over and over again.

    But most importantly, I get some insight into what really gets under chavismo’s skin which is why I say the protests and guarimbas need to keep up the good fight.

  2. They did great. They were ready- had three main points and two specific spokespeople. They weren’t playing on home turf. Ernesto Villegas had props – a wall of supposed victims by the opposition and a group of Chavista “students” to distract and undermine the Student Movement’s message. The students spoke clearly and did not allow themselves to be interrupted. VTV did broadcast the entirety of the encounter. On national television they discussed Venezuelans eating out of the garbage and the disrepair and lack of medicines in hospitals. Very proud of the students, their MUD mentors, and the people of La Vega today.

    • Absolutely right, a great, very professional, well-prepared performance. Anabella’s love of horror films will do her good stead with the coming ANC, although she may not be able to sleep well, so, we all will be beneficiaries of more of her wonderful posts….

  3. “After more than 60 days of protests and with a horrendous ANC apparently on its way, I can’t help but wonder: now what?”

    Here’s my best guess: there will be less protests and marches, as people realize, month after month, that the criminal regime won’t give up el coroto. They have to much to lose, including jail time.

    The CastroChavista regime will stay in power but will be obliged to carry the Presidential elections, end of 2018. Surely, they will try to steal those, but will not be able to. Even with their putrid CNE. If they pretend they won the Presidential elections, it’s hell on earth n Venezuela. The people will not put up with such a massive fraud.

    That’s what I expect. Meanwhile, more Chavismo crap,, deaths, hunger and misery, till 2018.

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