After the TSJ’s Constitutional Chamber dismissed the request for clarification on ruling 378, Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Díaz filed on Thursday  the “electoral appeal for nullification together with injunction and precautionary measure to suspend all proceedings concerning the Constituent Assembly,” after which he invited all Venezuelans to reject Nicolás’ Constituyente.

The reasons to request the nullification of CNE’s decisions are:

  1. The Constituyente’s presidential decree violates the principle of sovereignty (which resides in the people who, in turn, are the only ones who can convene a constituent assembly)
  2. The electoral rules are unconstitutional
  3. The CNE violated the principles of gradual development of human rights, administrative legality, equality and that of the vote itself; besides disrespecting the right to free elections and political participation.

What does Luisa want?

In her words: “What’s at stake here is the country, the integrity of our people, the peace we deserve, the respect we deserve.” She added that she was there to defend the Constitution and a participative, leading democracy, and explained that all calls for the Constituyente have been violent and involved threats. The General Prossecutor labeled the recent repression as brutal and took a shot at the PSUV’s top dogs: “Chavismo is a current of thought, not a political party; it’s a philosophy of life, this (raising the ‘99 Constitution in her hand) is president Hugo Chávez’s main legacy.”

The Prosecutor’s Office’s program on Radio Nacional de Venezuela was abruptly shut down right when the prosecutor Zair Mundaray was expressing doubts about the 80 dead mentioned by Communications minister Ernesto Villegas.

VTV also had its show, airing “the recovery” of a plane rented by the Prosecutor’s Office that hadn’t been delivered, cautioning that the plane was used by Luisa and her husband, lawmaker Germán Ferrer, which could result in punitive action.

Just now they come up with the idea of accusing Ortega Díaz of corruption. Why didn’t they do that before?

Against Pizarro

Vice-presidente Tareck El Aissami claimed that lawmaker Miguel Pizarro is one of the people directly responsible for the call to violence, remarking that he’s been acting under the cover of impunity, due to his condition as a lawmaker; he called him a murderer and cautioned that immunity is not impunity. Regarding Neomar Lander, he said the kid was killed when his homemade mortar exploded, and in order to prove it, he showed a video edited in the best tradition of “Alerta” on RCTV, later questioning “media and digital tribunals blurted the lies seeking to impose manipulation and hate” while they sought the truth.

He mentioned nothing about planimetry and insisted that Neomar’s death was planned, “because the stage was already set,” challenging the General Prosecutor with the testimony of a 15-year old boy who accused Pizarro of manipulating the kids at Plaza Altamira. So thorough, the VP.

Human rights abuser

The National Assembly unanimously approved a vote of no confidence against Interior minister Néstor Reverol, in compliance with article 187 of the Constitution. When there was still rule of law in this country, the vote of no confidence meant the official’s immediate removal, in this case due to the deplorable actions committed by State security forces, violations against protesters’ human rights and failure to perform his duties. Lawmaker Delsa Solórzano sums it up like this: “From now on, we’re calling him usurper as well as murderer.” Parliament will submit the motion to Nicolás, request the Prosecutor’s Office to open an investigation on Reverol’s abuses and pointed out that any agreement Reverol signs from now on is invalid.

Military dictatorship

NGO Foro Penal reported that between June 1st and 7th, there have been 3,106 arrests and 1,363 arrests during protests. Alfredo Romero said that 370 detainees have been presented before military tribunals and 308 of them are now political prisoners, emphasizing that: “presenting civilians before military tribunals shows that we’re facing a military dictatorship.”

Two of the people killed so far (67 according to the PO) in protests, 49 have been murdered and the rest died in accidents, lootings and due to barricades.

A event that supports Foro Penal’s reports is the absurd attack against María Corina Machado yesterday in Guacara’s toll booth, which involed SEBIN, PNB and even armed civilians (colectivos).

They won’t let her take a plane, and now they won’t let her travel by land either.

Lower the guns

Rafael Dudamel, technical director of the U-20 Venezuelan team, condemned the brutal repression against opposition protests: “Today, a 17-year old boy brings us joy and yesterday, a 17-year old boy died. Mr. president, let’s lower the guns. These kids who take to the streets only want a better Venezuela,” urged Dudamel after the Vinotinto made it to the finals of FIFA’s U-20 World Cup in South Korea.

Quarrel with everybody

While governor Henrique Capriles denounced that 150 armored vehicles and other crowd control equipment to repress protests arrived to Venezuela from China, Nicolás claimed to have video evidence of how the opposition “has recruited kids, offering money and drugs which have killed them,” repeating the accusation against Pizarro and, out of mere spite, he quoted El Aissami’s earlier statement en cadena.

He denounced conspiracies against him, complaining about being accused of everything, subjected to smear campaigns, but don’t worry, he’s ready for a historic trial; must be why he warned that he’ll start judicial proceedings to defend his honor: “I’m going to quarrel with everybody.” He finally understood what protests are for!

Briefs

The Pope met with the heads of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference. Yesterday, German chancellor Angela Merkel called on all Latin American countries to continue their efforts to reach a peaceful solution for our crisis.

Student Movement representatives called a march for today, from Plaza Francia in Altamira, through the spot where Neomar Lander died, to Conatel headquarters in Las Mercedes, to demand an end to censorship and access to the truth.

The Constituyente’s a mess and the action taken by Luisa Ortega Díaz is a great lifeline for chavismo itself. Read the measure and if you agree with it, support it as an interested third party, as a citizen, that would provide a concrete action with the necessary political strength to face an imposition that nobody wants.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Somebody wants to be president.

    A choice between her and Capriles is one I could abide, an aceptable negotiation at the ballots with chavistas.

  2. Luisa wants to exculpate herself of the charade which is the rule of law under chavismo, the PSUV, whatever she wants to call it. That’s what she wants.

    The challenge for her opponents within her grupito – and I think it is a big challenge- is: how to expose her misdeeds without those misdeeds reflecting back onto everyone else. These are the fine dilemmas of a regime in collapse. I can only hope for her sake, because I do not wish her the kind of physical harm she has brought to others, but rather, justice, that she has a pen drive sitting in a safety deposit box somewhere offshore.

    And so we get this absurd response to Venezuela’s most notorious Paris shopper: the problem with the Prosecutor General all of these years is… an airplane rental?!?

    While it will be a nice educational experience for the chief lawyer to experience her first loss before a rigged court, having had a truly remarkable record of victories, that kind of loss will only cloak her in the kind of false respectability that mocks the falsely held, prosecuted and imprisoned under her watch.

  3. I like the “lifeline” comment. Wouldn’t take many chavistas questioning just WTF Nicolas is doing to sink that smoldering pile. BTW, I’m seeing a lot of long faces today on VTV. Looks like Luisa executed a pretty nice nut kick to Nicolas. For now, you go girl!

    • I have like, um, no idea what’s going on, but I agree with you, it seems like a brilliant and constitutionally correct move by Ms. Diaz. Blocking access to the TSJ now is clearly unconstitutional. (Getting lost here, any comments I might make aren’t very good ones … so in a shameless plug for CC, I did succeed in getting through to PayPal and made my modest contribution to keep the oil flowing over those computer chips – thanks to CC staff for reestablishing that link there.)

  4. Thank you for making available the complete text of LOD’s filed motion. Outstanding even a genious move by the Attorney General. The chavista dam is showing many profound cracks. This raises the pressure, aiming at a relatively weak area.

    The hot potato is in the hands of the 5 “Sala Electoral” magistrates. A couple of them are of dubious origin, being sworn at the last minute by the previous AN. One of them is Christian Zerpa who was a representative of the previous AN (does this sound like an ethics problem: conflict of interest?). I don’t have many hopes with him, and no hopes with Indira Izaguirre (Sala Electoral President) but the remaining magistrates are rather obscure, they do not appear to be active political operatives.

    Magistrates in the Tribunal Supremo appear to be making rapid mental calculations on the survivability of the regime. Gladys Gutierrez (TSJ Ex President), decided not to come back from a trip to Spain (in criollo, dejo el pelero!).

    At this junction, it would be absurd for any Magistrate to risk felony charges and persecution for this COCHINADA. it is not worth it for them. Previous objectionable activities within the government (acting as legal counsel for Conatel or being placed in charge of Cencoex) are nothing in comparison to this CRIME.

    • Thank you for the link to Fernando Mires’s piece. How appropriate for these times. History is in the making. More than likely, there will be several heroes, foreign and domestic.
      The retirada (and reconstruction) are no less of a challenge than the one the Libertador faced.

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