Yesterday, 20-year old student Luis Enrique Vera was killed while protesting in the intersection between Av. Circunvalación 2 and Av. Guajira (Maracaibo). He was run down by a Ford Superduty truck that crossed the street at full speed. Regrettably, Luis Enrique died the same way as Paúl Moreno, another student from Maracaibo.

In his inexcusable statement, governor Francisco Arias Cárdenas justified the actions of driver Darwin Rubio, saying that he’d panicked when he saw the protest.

In Rubio, Táchira, 21-year old UPEL student José Gregorio Pérez was murdered by paramilitary motorizados (colectivos) who shot him in the face. The Prosecutor’s Office appointed prosecutors to investigate each murder.

Three new lawsuits

Prosecutor General Luisa Ortega Díaz filed three annulment lawsuits before the TSJ’s Constitutional and Electoral Chambers against the presidential decrees Nicolás used to convene his Constituyente and establish its electoral rules, as well as against the CNE’s decisions regarding the process.

In all three suits, the PG requests an injunction to suspend the effects of both the presidential decrees and the CNE’s decisions.

In her meeting with representatives of the Andrés Bello Catholic University, who handed her a communiqué supporting her recent actions, Ortega Díaz said: “We can’t falter, we must have strength, unity must be our banner.”

The same story

Visibly upset, NONEbudsman Tarek William Saab issued a statement after his long meeting with Luisa Ortega Díaz. The point is simple: the PG didn’t sign the express justices’ appointment notice in December, 2015, but she did sign one dated January 21st, 2016, which allegedly validated the original notice. Fortunately, the Comptroller and he can attest to her presence back then and given their unquestionable credibility, Saab believes the debate’s settled. That’s why he called for cooperation between public powers, inviting the country to celebrate the CNE’s belated announcement of an electoral timetable and to cease street protests. Because whoever demands for other elections is disregarding the Constitution they themselves have violated at will.

The timetable

Several opposition lawmakers went to CNE headquarters in Plaza Venezuela early on Thursday to demand the shutdown of Constituyente proceedings, pasting signs and stickers on the building’s entrance.

Later (in fact, with a whole one-year delay), Tibisay Lucena announced that gubernatorial elections will be held on December 10th, ignoring all the threats concerning the all-powerful Constituyente, which will be able to decide on any matter, an issue that rector Luis Emilio Rondón did not disregard.

In any case, gubernatorial candidates may register between August 8th and 12th, and the campaign will take place between November 15th and December 7th.

Jorge Rodríguez did a lousy job at pretending his “joy for regional elections,” while Henrique Capriles Radonski was more on point, calling them a farce.

By the way, the CNE rejected all but 10% of the candidacies nominated for the Constituyente.

Human rights abusers

Human Rights Watch urged six high-ranking Venezuelan officers to answer for human rights abuses committed during protest repression. The institution mentioned the Defense and Interior ministers, as well as commanders of the GN, the PNB and SEBIN, and the Military Prosecutor General, among others.

“They’re not taking measures to prevent human rights violations or to bring those responsible to justice,” said José Miguel Vivanco, who also criticized Nicolás for publicly endorsing their actions during protests despite the “overwhelming evidence” of abuses. Vivanco thinks it’s unlikely that Venezuelan justice will investigate these officers, so he emphasized the importance of administrative sanctions imposed by governments or by international inquiries on human rights.

More tear-gas and corruption

To mitigate the concerns of human rights abusers after HRW’s statements, lawmaker Jorge Millán denounced that the government’s set to buy a shipment of over 77,000 tear-gas canisters from Brazil, through Veximca, to be used by the Armed Forces.

And while Food minister Rodolfo Marco Torres announced that they’re studying a new CLAP supply plan, the AN’s special committee created to investigate corruption in that program, confirmed that Samark López – Tareck El Aissami’s figurehead – heads a complex corruption scheme in Barbados and Mexico, which has cost the Venezuelan State tens of millions of dollars in exceedingly overpriced products.

Nicolás’ renewal

Hurt by “the loss of human lives,” as if he wasn’t responsible for it, Nicolás echoed Arias Cárdenas’ justification for Luis Enrique Vera’s murder. He said that his conscience is clear and that history will absolve them. He spoke of the people’s brave effort these past nine weeks, except that he wasn’t talking about the repression by his security forces, but about the absurd story of opposition attacks, claiming that nobody’s been able to stop him, that the country “has to fall into line little by little.” He celebrated the electoral schedule and said that “no country in the world can match Venezuela in the exercise of freedom.”

Nicolás repeats that he wants dialogue while he supports repression and murders; he repeats that he’s not afraid of laws, truth or justice, that’s why he breaks them without remorse. The only relevant thing about his cabinet changes was the sting in his words when he thanked major general Alexis Ramírez López for his work as head of CODENA.

Abroad

The OAS is set to hold the second session of the Foreign ministers meeting about Venezuela on June 19th in Cancun, Mexico.

Yesterday, U.S. vice-president Mike Pence urged the rest of the countries in the region to condemn the abuse of power in Venezuela, criticizing repression and the violation of democracy in our country.

The parliaments of Chile and Peru accused Nicolás’ government of violating the Constitution by disrespecting the AN’s authority and Branch autonomy, in a joint statement in which they demand Nicolás to rectify.

The International Monetary Fund cautioned neighboring countries to “prepare for Venezuela’s economic collapse; there will be many refugees,” and they didn’t even know that the black market dollar’s value increased over a thousand bolívares in a week.

Conatel shut down the TV station of Los Andes University, which was in operation since October 2nd, 1999. At least they’re broadcasting live on YouTube.

Well, Divina Pastora, give us your blessing.

11 COMMENTS

  1. Just a point … talk has been about Goldman Sachs. I’d like to hear some talk about all the suppliers of military equipment to the regime as”throwing Maduro a lifeline”. Um, like , um BRAZIL!! The cleanest, least corrupt and least troubled nation in the world today!

    • Gringo
      I can’t imagine Brazil or any other country that promotes freedom and democracy, supplying the regime with any military supplies.
      The silver lining may be the that the additional tear gas supply will delay or eliminate the use of live ammo until this cadre of criminals lose power.
      Bullets are cheaper and some in the regime seem to be capable of anything to maintain power.
      I have not had the violent thoughts, that I now have, regarding wanting to take action to remove these bastards, in my head in a long time. I am in the US. The people that are suffering these atrocities must feel much more strongly than I do.
      I am amazed that the Venezuelan people that suffer this abuse have stayed non-violent and heeded the pleas of the opposition for peaceful protests. Seeing the abuse that the peaceful protesters suffer at the hands of these violent oppressors has galvanized the world in their support of the opposition and the condemnation of the government’s actions.
      I pray that the people will be rid of these murdering despots very soon.

      • “Standard Chartered PLC is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It operates a network of more than 1,200 branches and outlets across more than 70 countries and employs around 87,000 people. Wikipedia”

        The USA is a free country. Private enterprise is not owned by the government. The USA has frozen a lot of bank accounts held in the names of Venezuelan regime members.

        Just facts, you know, those things that are true, as opposed to propaganda, which generally is a bunch of lies.

        • This British bank, from its branch in NYC, is the ‘enabler’ of the whole thing, it’s the ‘intermediary’. That’s an undeniable fact, the cold hard truth. It’s clearly stated in the document above.

          And Condor is a private enterprise too.

          If the US can’t be responsible for Standard Chartered’s shady operations from NYC, how can the Brazilian government be responsible for what Condor does from Rio de Janeiro?

          Btw, I think these countries are all responsible, because being ‘free countries’ can’t serve an excuse for providing services to dictators from their territories.

          Everyone involved in the operation have blood in their hands. Just everyone.

  2. This criminal regime brings up feelings of disgust by every person around the world that believes in human rights, freedom and democracy. The more vile and murderous they become, the more united the people become in their resolve to live in a free, safe and democratic Venezuela.
    I look forward to the day that they are arrested, given a fair trial, convicted and hopefully executed for the unspeakable crimes that they have committed in their quest for personal enrichment.
    The pressure is ramping up. US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson is personally attending the upcoming OAS meeting. He is a no nonsense gentleman that understands the Venezuelan criminal cadre that holds the country hostage much better than many other people. When Tillerson was the Exxon Mobil CEO, his company was cheated by Chavez when the oil assets were illegally nationalized.
    Revenge is a meal best served cold. Tillerson has a personal interest in these thieving, drug smuggling liars. He stated this week during a Congressional hearing that the State Department and the US Treasury were cooperating in assembling an “extensive” list of Venezuelan authorities, including civil servants that will face US financial sanctions due to their criminal oppression of Venezuelan civilians. The reach of the US is long. Assets will be frozen, seized and eventually returned to the Venezuelan people from around the world.
    This is little comfort to someone who has lost a child or is digging through garbage today to feed their family.
    Tillerson speaks for the vast majority of Americans that want the Venezuelan people to live free in a safe and democratic Venezuela.
    Have faith. The light of a new dawn is beginning to shine on your country. You are not forgotten and you are not alone!
    The criminal regime’s increasingly violent and erratic actions prove that the Venezuelan opposition has the momentum. These bastards are scared. The cracks are showing. The paranoia spreading through the ranks will make them begin to turn on each other as they attempt to save themselves.
    Venezuela will soon be free from the thieves, liars, drug smugglers and murderers that hold you hostage.
    There will soon be a time when you can leave your home after dark and feel safe.
    Your family will have food.
    Medicines will be available for all who need them.
    Venezuela will be free, prosperous and safe!
    Viva Venezuela!!

  3. Jeez, “BETRIBE INTERNATIONALE GESCHAFT CORP” seems like a typo-filled generically named shell. Google traces similarly named companies to Panama and Miami, if subsidiary of Miami then they would be subject to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act!

  4. Tried it, but I don’t read German. You make me think of the men and women in international agencies such as Interpol, CIA, KGB, IMF who keep track of activities around the world, trying to keep track of those who abuse freedoms most of us fight hard to maintain – but we aren’t even aware of what goes on and what they do. I’m sure there are problems and corruption at the top, but someone keeps track of the criminals. What a world.

  5. And on top of everything, chavecos now devised their own brand of the soviet gulag – nazi concentration camp mutant:

    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/gobierno/maduro-anuncio-laboratorios-paz-para-recuperacion-guarimberos_187771

    “El presidente de la República, Nicolás Maduro, anunció que creará “laboratorios de paz” como centros para “recuperar” a jóvenes manifestantes en contra de su gobierno.”

    Now we can pinpoint what chavismo is: It’s a bloody mixture of communism with fascism.

    • It is reminiscent of the Stalin / Mao era “reeducation” camps.
      Torture, forced physical labor, starvation.
      How many people ever exited these “camps” and went on to have a normal life?
      Most of the people simply vanished.
      Either worked to death or tortured to death. Malnutrition and diseases were rampant.
      If he is looking for a way to get these kids to support Chavismo, he should just enroll them in Berkely.
      From Bernie Sanders down through the ranks of the “enlightened” Liberal elite here in the US, there is an eerie silence when it comes to condemning Maduro and the criminal regime.
      If this were a right wing dictatorship, there would be protests on college campuses across the nation, demanding that the government act. They would demand an economic embargo and suspension of any oil purchases.
      “Blood oil”, akin to Blood Diamonds would be the catchphrase.
      Somehow the Liberals can not find the courage or words to condemn a dictator that is aligned with Castro.
      Human rights violations need to be confronted wherever they occur.
      The Black Lives matter movement incited massive protests across the country. Many times before the details of a death were known.
      The videos and stories of attacks on innocent protesters. The empty store shelves. The deaths due to lack of medicine. The illegal support of collectives. The military leaders enriching themselves by controlling the importation of basic necessities. Drug smuggling.
      Most importantly the deaths. Deaths from crime, starvation, lack of medicines and government corruption.
      The murders of students. The killing of people by the National guard and collectives that do the dirty work for the regime.
      Why aren’t the people that profess to defend human rights enraged?
      Where are the people that are enraged when a dog is left in a hot car?
      Where are the people that forcefully protest the G-7 meetings or world bank meetings?
      Where are all of the people that filled the airports to protest against President Trump’s travel ban?
      Why don’t the deaths of hundreds of thousands of our neighbors elicit a response from the Liberal leaders in the US?

      • Because, they’re too busy trying to get Trump impeached…when they’re not wearing their Che Guevara t-shirts clamoring for full normalization of relations with Communist Cuba.

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