Vice-president Tareck El Aissami arrived early to the Federal Legislative Palace to hold an event he notified with barely any anticipation at all. He was surrounded by soldiers, enough for the National Guard to open every door to the building. In the Salón Elíptico, against all the fundamental ideas of the Declaration of Independence, he praised the imposed Constituyente, he encouraged harassment against the opposition, calling chavismo to “attend” to Parliament; he spoke of Panama’s congreso ‘anfitriónico’ (sic), of a time of labor (rebirth), of the need to forge a new independence “in battle, in the street,” and he claimed that the National Assembly is “a branch of government that has been taken over by the oligarchy.” This first assault was the negation of the solemnity this day represents, but it enabled them to disregard the popular will expressed through our votes, plan the following assault, legitimate chavismo’s attack and guarantee complete impunity for perpetrators.

Civility

Once the mobster left the hall, legislators started their event. Parliament Speaker Julio Borges referred to Nicolás as a dictator who seeks to impose a fraud to obliterate the Constitution after 206 years of continued independence, challenging our capacity to live with civility and to pursue prosperity in freedom; remarking that the country is appealing to conscience within the Armed Forces, urging them to serve the Constitution, saying that soon “weapons will yield to civilian justice.”

In the Hemiciclo, historian Inés Quintero was the speaker for the 5th of July, emphasizing the virtue of civilian life, the importance of preserving the Republic and the contributions women and students have made to both throughout history, with a necessary reference to our current situation.

“It’s past time for us to erase the presence of the Armed Forces from this civilian day.”

That was probably the most shared phrase on social networks, but she came up with others just as relevant during her speech, ratifying the need for the separation of public powers, the strength of civility and the Republic, and the value of protecting what is ours.

“My absolute recognition for all those Venezuelans who have contributed to the continuation of the Republic, 206 years later,” she said.

There are no chavistas in that list.

Barbarity

If a kid had thrown a rock against El Aissami during his assault on the National Assembly, it would’ve been promptly called a “terrorist attack;” the kid would be detained and isolated and perhaps he would’ve been prosecuted by a military tribunal for treason by now. However, the chavistas El Aissami left in the Federal Legislative Palace spent several hours harassing the staff, throwing fireworks against the building, threatening to break in.

Nicolás imposed his ludicrous joke of a parade en cadena, which included children, a GN ballena, soldiers with religious speeches and, of course, the demand for loyalty.

Armed groups broke into Parliament with the GN’s consent, to attack anyone who opposed them with metal tubes, guns, bottles, fireworks, punches and kicks, summing up the PSUV’s country, the one where civilians are attacked while soldiers are praised.

The assault on the National Assembly is the perfect demonstration of Nicolás’ infamous phrase: “And what we couldn’t achieve with votes, we’ll achieve with guns”; an unjustifiable violence that left people injured, robbed and held captive, through the only power they have left: armed hordes.

The hordes’ leader

Upon finishing his speech, Nicolás reported that he’d been informed of “a strange situation involving the opposition at the National Assembly’s east gate and hallways,” condemning the violent incident and ordering an investigation. NONE-budsman Tarek William Saab used Twitter to condemn the assault, urging authorities to perform an exhaustive investigation –which will include him, yeiiii! – to determine the culprits’ responsibility and make sure they’re adequately punished. While the siege went on with hundreds of people held hostage within Parliament, Tarek called to maintain the climate “of peace, harmony and national cohabitation,” without demanding explanations from recently decorated colonel Lugo, responsible for the National Assembly’s security, who should’ve resigned his post after such a stunning failure; without calling for the restoration of order, without showing up, to fulfill the obligations the TSJ handed to him.

Condemnation

The governments of Colombia, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, the United States, Peru and Mexico formally condemned the assault. Mercosur’s founding nations did the same in a separate statement, while former presidents Andrés Pastrana and Tuto Quiroga requested Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos, to convene an urgent UNASUR meeting to discuss the Venezuelan situation. Antonio Tajani, head of the European Parliament, also condemned the attack, as well as Spanish president Mariano Rajoy and the British ambassador in Venezuela, John Saville.

Break-in

The National Guard was saving all the aggression they couldn’t be bothered to exercise to restore order in Parliament, to use it along with the SEBIN to illegally break into residential buildings in El Paraíso, after all the tear-gas they’d already used to repress the area early on Wednesday.

Councilman Jesús Armas denounced illegal searches (without a warrant or the presence of prosecutors) in Res. Alto Alegre and Res. Victoria, carried out by a hundred officers and six armored vehicles, saying that the officers fired live rounds against the buildings and that the neighbors were terrified.

There’s plenty of material on social networks proving the damage they caused.

No assault lasts forever

Civility vs. barbarity, that was the lesson for this sad Independence Day. Weapons against solemn events, metal tubes beating down votes, screams silencing words. A dictatorship no longer interested in keeping up appearances, enjoying the chaos they’ve caused and pressed by fear. That’s why they give free rein to robbers, to illegal home searches, to arbitrary detentions. That’s why they demand loyalty from those who commit their atrocities for them. Nicolás condemns the violence he feeds, the one he promotes in every speech, because he understands peace with battles, because when he talks about the homeland, he means power, because he needs to crush dissidents or at least persuade us that he will. We go on.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, we march on. Team screwed will not win. If you actually live in Venezuela, not just some armchair guarimbero, now is the time to stand up.

  2. The constituente, unless some miracle happens, will only reaffirm chavismo principles and will obviously gift all the power to the PSUV. Don’t they still have all the same problems as before?

    1. The debt is still coming due and there’s nothing left to pawn.
    2. All industry is in shambles and requires significant capital resources to rebuild and restructure.
    3. No country on Earth is foolish enough to loan this government any more money. For the love of God I hope nobody purchases any more of these so-called bonds.
    4. All of the assets outside of the country are in peril of being seized once the inevitable default occurs.
    5. No multi-nationals are going to come back with all of the inherent danger posed by doing business under this pseudo-dictatorship. It certainly didn’t work before and the forecast is not looking good. Plus many of these companies that left were owed significant money–I can’t see any scenario where they’d be eager to return.
    6. Fraud and corruption–everywhere–because of price controls and currency controls.

    They can and will blame everyone but themselves but it’s not going to change anything. This model of government is doomed to fail.

    • La vaina que me jode a mi, es que I saw all this coming way back in 1976. Pero siendo gringo, who the heck was going to listen? The whole country seemed to be all about “nationalize”. Now you all got it up the proverbial. There were people – Venezolanos – leaving by then. They knew. More left through the early 1980’s – Venezolanos. I must be insane, yes? How can so few see so much that so many ignore? That can’t be! Right? All I feel is pain and frustration. The places I grew up with are gone. Eaten!

      I’m going to do my work for today, go home early (I got plenty of palanca at work) and watch Steven King’s “Langoliers” — you know, the horror movie where the past slows down, slows down, everything slows down, soda loses its fizz, beer and sandwiches go stale, matches don’t light … and, as if by some undisclosed appointment, the Langoliers appear, eating the past like huge flying buzzsaws, tearing through the landscape, the trees, buildings, pavement, mountains, rivers — leaving nothing but empty space in a timeless void.

      It’s not just new building that have been built where places I knew used to stand. It’s not just a new generation, new people taking places of people I knew. That would be fine! It’s the destruction, the wholesale degradation of everything, what used to be listed as a cause of death: “consumption”. Parks to spend a quiet Sunday in are now filled with tear gas. Businesses are closed, shut down, driven under heel. The traffic jams were nothing compared to the battle zones the autopistas have turned into.

      When time moves on and progress inevitably makes things unfamiliar, usually, that’s progress towards something better. What is unfamiliar in Venezuela today, is Venezuela itself. Socially, culturally, what was once green is now the sick yellow of jaundice – a desert no one recognizes.

      Maybe you listen now? Fight! Nothing in life is “free”. No one has a “right” to food, clothing, housing, education, medicine! No one! You pay for it or you don’t get anything more than charity. Ask some of your young generation what “rights” they have when a canister of tear gas is shot their way on the hot concrete? Ask the AN diputados about their “right” to do their job and represent their voters!

      I got work to do, and I’m probably imposing on your sensibilities playing holier than thou. Yeah, I must be nuts.

  3. My point is, new constitution or not, this government WILL default. They can only kick the can down the road so far. When the default happens it’s going to get seriously difficult to pay for imports. Without domestic production the future looks grim. How long can the protests continue? The government is in this to the bitter-end. I don’t see them giving up without putting up a fight. No dialog is going to be effective. Demonstrations are a joke to them. They are doubling down on their rhetoric.

    If some small group took power in my country and dismissed the constitution–there would be blood. There wouldn’t be calls for dialog or street protests. If the principles that are embodied in that document are not worth fighting for then maybe you do need a new constitution.

  4. Watching Zurda Konducta now. Care e Mango and other douche bag want to throw down a soncocho in front of the AN next Wednesday. The opposition should organize a march to arrive at the sancocho of Care e Mango.

  5. Colorado Mark, you in Colorado? What would you do if you were in Venezuela? The wild card in this very high stakes games where quite literally our lives are on the line, is whether or not will the Venezuelan people will stand up???

    If the Venezuelan people stand up, then it is Gloria Bravo Pueblo!!

    If not enough stand up, then we continue down the path of Cubazuela.

    That is the million, million, million Bolivar Fuerte question. Will the Venezuelan people stand up in enough numbers???

    If you speak Spanish, watch this:

    Filosofo 777 “Debemos ir a votar en el Plebiscito del 16 de Julio Si o No”

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