Luisa Ortega, former evil chief of prosecutions and current champion of our hearts, just went and did it. She dealt one of the most potentially effective, smartest blows against the government yet.

After the Supreme Tribunal’s Constitutional Chamber dismissed her request to, as she put it, clarify whether democracy was still in force in Venezuela, she filed a motion before the Electoral Chamber to have the CNE nullify the Constituyente process. She filed before a group of judges that up to now had been laying low, gazing at their navels, most likely trying to stay quietly far from Uncle Sam’s sanctioning eye.

Injunction against the National Constituent Assembly by Caracas Chronicles on Scribd

It’s genius.

She’s actively pressuring the group of judges to, simply put, choose a side. Will you be indifferent to the annihilation of the rule of law and will you be responsible for prolonging violence and death in Venezuela, Your Honors? They will have to decide, while the entire country’s eyes are on them. Plus, she’s creating an opportunity for all Venezuelans (RED, yellow, and blue) to support her motion.

Obviously, this does not mean that the Constituyente is doomed and will be dismissed.

Even though doing away with the extremely unpopular Constituyente may sound like a logical option for the government —Luisa’s motion may serve as a life raft for many chavista bigwigs— history has shown that when faced with choosing between the right thing and a pile of excrement, the government dives headfirst into the latter splashing shit over the whole country. That’s why I double down on my challenge to Quico’s theory: I bet two Big Macs that they’re going to take the Constituyente to its absurd and painful last consequences.  

Whether or not Ortega’s course of action has a significant impact on the forces trying to stop Maduro, it proves that somewhere on her desk lies something that you may not find anywhere else in the opposition: an evil little black notebook with a plan in it.

I won’t say that’s why we needed them. I definitely won’t say it.

After all, Luisa is saving chavismo.

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    • If a lot of people in this site was perfectly content with the idea of an useless “coalition government” headed by some of the not-so-radical chavistas as Henri Falcón that would keep the chavismo’s scatological privileges alive under the xcuse that it was “being pragmatical to avoid a bloodshed in Venezuela”, why so much doubt against the idea of simply NOT to stand in the way for this group to tear the current regime away then?

      Hey, I’m not saying that the corpse’s “legacy” deserves any respect at all, the right thing will be to dismantle as much as possible of the populist destructive economic measures and laws that enabled the syphoning of resources and the regime’s grip on power in the first place, regardless of how much that can hurt the remaining chavista’s feelings, this will become a war on the media after the regime has been ousted, with those who want to fix the country fighting against those who want to keep everything chavismo has done in place.

      In short, we have to get rid of the most radical chavistas (Maduro, Diosdado, the cuban invaders) right away as they represent the greatest threat for Venezuela, then we’ll deal with the cynical, double faced- wall jumpers that aspire to get into the privileges again.

  1. Agree that her actions could save a part of Chavismo, but I believe she actually believes the Chavismo original Pueblo-oriented, even democratic, ideals are worth stating/saving. But, don’t worry, Castro/Maduro will probably take care of sinking Chavismo deeper into a cesspool of history….

    • In fact she is trying to save chavismo, with “chavismo” being defined as “all those resented commies latched into power and insulting privileges forever”, she knows along most of the disgruntled chavistas a those from mareo socialista that maduro and diosdado are burying chavismo forever, ending the rest of the chavista’s chances for being ever again the government to steal something.

  2. Apparently, the magistrates are feeling the pressure. Rumors have it that one has abandoned her post and another has resigned. And that is just today. Let’s see how many others follow suit…

    • Just read two reports that the “honorable” Gladys Gutierrez hasn’t been in V. for the past two months now, when she apparently took off for Spain. HRA asked if she thought that hiding resulted in auto-lavado. Spain, of course, of course, of course, took her in, if what I read is true.

    • Would wikileaks publish them if she did? Assange is awfully cozy with Russia (and Ecuador) and generally hasn’t published much that would hurt their interests or that of their friends (like the current Venezuelan regime).

      She can leak them plenty of other places.

  3. Chavismo doesn’t need saving. She’s just pioneering within a force that will remain indestructible for decades.

    Willfull blindness to think chavismo can go away.

    • I don’t think anyone here believes chavismo will go away, ever. It might be marginalized for a generation or two, but eventually oil prices will go through the roof and all the conditions that led to its ascent will be present yet again. Think of it as this country’s version of Ground Hog’s Day.

      Venezuela and its people are tailor-made for socialism. Chavismo is here to stay in one form or another.

      • Venezuela will be prey for socialists as long as a significant portion of its population remains a bunch of resented ignorant imbeciles who think that work is a degrading punishment and with an economic elite that’s rotten to the core.

        Chavismo can be blocked out of power for good with the simple modification of the education programs to include the TRUTH about its actions in history lessons for the future generations, as no amount of racist speechs will be able to counter the inherent hatred that truth will produce against chavismo once people knows what they did to stay in power.

      • Also, it’s true that there will be a percentage of imbeciles in Venezuela that will praise chavismo as the best thing that happened to the country ever.

        The trick is, like it’s been done in many other countries, to keep that percentage as a number that won’t decide an election ever.

        Once it’s gone from power, chavismo will most likely become as insignificant in electoral terms as the communist party, about 1-2% at most.

        • I’ve worked all over the world but have never seen a country where such a high percentage of the population really believes there is such a thing as a free lunch.

        • After the collapse of the Soviet Union.
          Boris Yeltsin was unable to effectively administer Russia. The Oligarchs were picking at the bones of Soviet industry and corruption was rampant. It became a chaotic free for all as the country was looted and different crime syndicates exercised their power.
          I heard an old woman that was standing in line for food say, “At least under Communism, we had food.”. Putin seized on that emotion and that is why he is so popular in the rural areas of Russia.
          The most urgent needs of the people need to be met as quickly as possible under a new government.
          The rule of law must be established and the collectives must be disarmed.
          This may require assistance from other countries. Preferably other Latin American nations.
          If the people have food, access to medical care, feel safe on the street and in their homes and can begin to have normal lives that allow planning for the future, Chavismo will be discredited. People will not reminisce about “At least under Chavismo we had..”. They will remember that under Chavismo they had suffering and death.
          Barring a Syrian style civil war, the conditions in Venezuela will almost immediately improve once the regime is toppled. The US ambassador to the OAS under Obama stated that the US has warehouses full of aid sitting in Miami that is earmarked for Venezuela. This can be loaded, shipped and delivered inside of one week. Many other countries and NGO’s stand ready to assist the people of Venezuela. Currently the Generals that are profiting from the black market food imports consider any aid a threat to their income.
          The police, national guard and regular military have so little trust within the Venezuelan community that it may be better to disband them and start over building a new police force and military rather than trying to separate the wheat from the chaff in the present forces. That is where I suggest that the new government may need assistance in maintaining order and neutralizing the collectives.
          The Maduro regime is akin to having a company that pollutes an environment.
          Removing the regime will stop the pollution, but the environmental cleanup is the real challenge.
          Cleaning up Venezuela’s social environment and undoing the damage will be a long journey. People and governments throughout the world stand ready to lend a hand.

          • The task is daunting, but it can be fast-tracked. Most believe that once we drop the parasites (Cuba to start, followed by Bolivia and a host of Caribbean little republics), we can rebuild rather quickly.
            GN, PNB and the rest of the “glorious” FANB: We don’t need them. Let’s follow Costa Rica’s example.

  4. Nobody related to Maduro can negotiate or compromise, so the judges have no capacity to act when Luisa forces their hands like this. If they vote against democracy, they are law breakers and will face consequences – maybe. Can’t see that happening. I’ll bet the Supreme Tribunal’s Constitutional Chamber will pull some shenanigan to label Luisa’s motion inadmissible therefor having to go on the record as choosing sides. Otherwise it’s going to be rats fleeing a burning ship.

    The significant part of this is that judges are probably starting to waffle per rubber stamping motions and directives from Maduro which they could be held accountable for later on. The graver the situation, the stranger and more desperate will be the pressure from Maduro and Co. to take increasingly reckless and violent means to keep the party going.

    Desperate times.

    • Unless the people can keep the pressure on the dictatorship, nothing qill change then.

      So far the only options chavismo offers are either die now by the repression, or die a bit later from either famine, some illness or from a criminal’s bullet.

      • Or, die in jail, or defending your private property. Once the ANC is convened, the lawful AN will be declared illegal, and Oppo leaders will be jailed. Private property will begin to be expropriated for the good of the People, as it was in Cuba, and beginning with Allende. In the best case, civil war will break out, and/or international intervention will hopefully restore democracy….

        • Yup. And for those in doubt about the jailing of the likes of Ramos Allup, Capriles, et el, one need only listen to the words of Godgiven Hair.

          He was the first I heard say the recall would never take place and that local and state elections would not happen in 2016. The other night he said MUD AN delegates have 50 days of remaining immunity.

  5. Is the regime actually not scared at all from all of this? Think again:

    “TSJ stops people from adhering to the prosecutor’s resource:”

    “TSJ’s express magistrate resigns:”

    “Gladys Gutiérrez fled from the country”

    None of this would have been possible EVER without the street movement, It’s hard to admit it, but all the repression, all the abuses and all the killings are something that HAD to happen, there’s no way to know how many lifes could have been spared if the so-called opposition leaders had acted before and didn’t kept holding the people back.

    In any case, if a long time will be spent, it’s better that said time goes tearing the regime down, than simply waiting for the base to “get bored of them so they decide to vote for other people”

  6. Nothing exceeds the capacity of a weak and corrupt group of people to take a black and white decision, parse it into shades of grey, and let it sit and rot indefinitely. The General Prosecutor would surely understand that kind of strategy, if that were to be the court’s response.

  7. I split the difference on the Constituyente train wreck theory. It’s going to limp along, failing to get the hoped for buy in and failing to be a useful distraction. As for the Plan in the black noteboook, I think the name of that Plan is Opportunism, and we are now, with signs of impending collapse all around, in the season of the Opportunist.

    • Say what you like. We dums**ts in El Norte and Europe are only interested concerned assured supply of coke. So let the people starve, So what. All of the people with brains have left. It’s time for population control, like Stalin did.

      • Correct me if I am wrong.
        I believe it was a Russian tanker that was full of Venezuelan oil.
        Either way, the regime lost the load of oil.
        Russia and China have accepted that the regime is doomed. Supporting the regime will bring backlash to them for years.
        This was probably the last chance to get any money.


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