Some parents struggle to make their kids eat their vegetables. Broccoli, they say, is a real challenge and the trick is to dip the tree-shaped demon in melted cheese. It’s yummier in a single step.

MUD has done more or less the same with our Consulta Popular.

Here’s the third question everyone said yes to on sight:

Do you approve the renewal of public powers in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, and the holding of free and transparent elections, as well as the formation of a government of national unity to restore constitutional order?

The event was advertised, and is still reported, as a way to reject the Constituent Assembly Maduro is trying to impose without our approval. That part went great, and it was by far the most inspiring protest I’ve ever participated in.

Maduro is the president only because we all agree that he is. So let’s not. Let’s say the head of the National Assembly is the president now.

That’s the cheese. How about the broccoli we just munched without noticing?

The opposition just asked for our permission to really stretch that article 350 and create a new government, and the only explanation we have so far are these three lines of text.

So, we’re not only not recognizing the current administration in accordance to article 350, we will also recognize the one they eventually appoint as the legitimate one.

If you think about it, Maduro is the president only because we all agree that he is. So let’s not. Let’s say the head of the National Assembly is the president now. That’s how a “government of national unity to restore constitutional order” sounds to me.

This is where the law ends. If we have two people for the same post, there’s no mechanism to tell us which one is actually legal. A while back the government blocked out all the strictly legal options, and it’s time to go into uncharted territory.

Our vote, our broccoli, was really important. Without it, the international community wouldn’t recognize a new authority, thinking our opposition just went rogue. We told the world, through the biggest protest in our history, that yes, we would go there. That we know what’s coming, and we’re into it.

If the opposition goes through with it, politics in Venezuela are about to get weirder.

46 COMMENTS

    • Some people, are painting the situation as two equal opposing bands. The reality is the overwhelming majority of Venezuela wants the Maduro regime to end. Without popular support inside Venezuela or out, there won’t be two governments, but the one elected by its people.
      Sure, they have the arms but that alone won’t sustain them for too long.
      People are extremely determined and passionate to fight the regime til the end.
      There is no going back.

  1. That scenario would have been the case as recent as 1 year ago, but today the opposition to the regime is massive and extremely determined to oust them and restore Democracy, plus the international community is more decisively on our side now that the criminal regime has been exposed and the will of the people expressed.
    Apparently, there are ongoing talks behind the scenes for Maduro to leave the country and hold Presidential elections next month.
    The transition would be complicated and messy, but this is irreversible even if we ultimately have no choice but to use force, which I think would be the case unfortunately.
    It is just a matter of time.
    The really complicated bit is going to be what to do with the Armed Forces to guarantee long lasting peace.
    We would have to do something similar in Irak after the fall of Saddam Hussein, and refund the armed forces while avoiding the perils that gave birth to ISIS and other paramilitary elements.
    Fixing the economy would be the easier part.

    • Dont worry about creating another ISIS, like comparing apples and oranges to the situation in the middle east.

      What needs to be done is to disarm and neuter the colectivos. They are holdovers from the Cubans exporting their communist revolution all over Latin America and now they are breathing their last dying breath. Nobody under 30 wants to be a colectivo and thinks communism is pure trash. The problem is tactical, not ideological (compared to dealing with Islamic extemism). Disarm the thugs and take out key leaders…or legalize arms in Venezuela so we can defend ourselves against these scum.

      I fear a situation that we have another FARC in Venezuela that deals in kidnappings and an occasional bombing…but they are nothing more than narcotraficante thugs.

  2. Yes, this is the end. One way or another, this is going to blow. It may blow quickly and gently with one side folding, or not, but there cant be two TSJs, as there cant be 2 Assemblies, or 2 anything.

    The point of no return is about to happen in a few hours, days tops… whatever it is.

  3. The constitution as often happens did not provide specifically for a situation such as now exists where the govt is clearly violating its precepts but has used its fraudulent control of certain key institutions to sabotage the ordinary means for its lawful ouster . the creation of a paralell govt to take the place of that which is using its authority to violate the constitution then becomes a practical necessity ………

    The question is no longer strictly a purely legal one but a political one , a question of legitimacy so that whether the govt once represented a mayority of voting opinion is no longer relevant but rather whether by violating the constitution and thus making itself rejected by the vast mayority of the people it can remain in power and use it to attempt to destroy that constitution so that it can rule indefinitely and with no limitations

  4. Maduro is on his last legs but he is too stupid to realize the ground is quaking beneath his feet. Pushing ahead with the Constituent Assembly is suicide. Things will come to a boil and even the support of the army will not be enough. The army will have to choose between killing its own people to prop up a crumbling regime or allowing the VZ people to triumph. If it chooses the first it risks civil war with rebellion within its ranks.

    In the end the Constituent Assembly doesn’t matter, The bottomline is still the hunger in the streets and unless Maduro can solve this problem holding on to his position is like trying to hold embers wrapped with cardboard..

  5. “So, we’re not only not recognizing the current administration in accordance to article 350, we will also recognize the one they eventually appoint as the legitimate one. ”

    Which is exactly what happened in 2002, which everybody enjoyed so much calling the “bloodiest coup in Venezuela’s history”

    Did the opposition finally realized that Carmona was right all this time along and that they have to simply dissolve the established powers to create new ones? Or will they allow to be dragged down by the treacherous backstabbers who are more interested in a sidewalk contract in a mayor perhaps after 5 more years?

  6. If it’ll help end this regime sooner, then I’m all for the ANC going forward. I can hardly stand to look at Delcy and Tibisey, plus, I can hardly wait for the meldown on VTV.

  7. The venezuelan narco-regime has a crisis of legitimacy. Political legitimacy is not God-Given , Dios dada, but has to be earned through proper democratic performance. Legitimacy is in the eyes of the people and Venezuelans are between 85-90% opposed to this narco-regime. However, the author of this article does not seem to agree with this perspective. In my opinion, it is totally right to install a parallel government in Venezuela. Much better than to try for an “understanding” with the gangsters who are in power.

  8. As a purely practical consideration, if we posit that the Maduro government is going to fall, then in order to avoid a power vacuum, we need to have an alternate civilian government formed and prepared to step into the vacuum. If we are not prepared for the fall of Maduro’s government then we will have, by default, a military government. The MUD is taking the correct steps to assure that they will be in a position assure continuity of civilian governance. If they succeed, it will be considered a truly remarkable achievement, and one that I would not have considered possible until just recently. Unless you think that martial law and a military transitional government that may not want to cede power is preferable, then we had all better support MUD’s initiative in this.

    • Thats not the case. I mean, I agree with you but this is not a plan for transition.

      This is… well, the closest thing to declaring war the MUD can make

      This is not a TSJ to have in waiting ready to deal with a transition. This is a country that next Friday will have 2 TSJs.

      Only one can survive. Lets hope the answer to that is not literal, but again, next Friday? Is the start of 2 different States competing for legitimacy on the same territory. Not 2 branches of the same State fighting; 2 different sets of State institutions.

      • I started to write a tongue in cheek response and stopped myself just in time. Your comment is serious and deserves a serious answer. I would point out that the declaration of war already took place when Articles 333 and 350 were officially invoked by the AN. Furthermore, on 16J “the people” ratified the AN’s declaration and further declared that they do not recognize the Maduro government and voted to implement a transitional government.

        I am sorry that you (like the author of this article) are just not understanding the implications of these declarations. Just as in the American Declaration of Independence, “To this end, we pledge or lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” So, once again… this is not some silly game game we are playing here. This is a life and death struggle that the Venezuelan people are engaged in. It seems that the kids in the streets understand this far better than many of the “adults” in this this forum.

      • I’m understanding them very well, thank you. You dont have to tell me the reasons for why this is happening, and you seem to be under the mistaken idea that I think it is a bad thing and I want it rolled back

        No, it is a difficult thing, and a dangerous thing, but it is also, well, if there are many other options I dont see them. And it is also a very different thing from the usual, milder MUD tactics. Thats why it is noteworthy. But in case anybody has not realized it, it is very much a declaration there is no way out of this now but either they go out or they go ballistic and implement a clear dictatorship.

        Many many things could be considered “the start of the war” – I would put a lot of them on Maduro and company – but this is the first time I’ve seen the MUD go for an strategy that doesnt have any failback into dialogue or negotiation. High time, probably, but better brace ourselves, because the game is going to be very, very different, and much, much rougher, now.

      • Or to say it a different way. Read Kurmanaev’s tweet in the article. Then tell me the MUD talking openly about an scenario that “didnt work in Ukraine and Syria” but they have to implement anyway is not a qualitative jump in the level of conflict in the country. Theoretical, so far, but the time for it to become practical is now about 48 h or less.

        • Ok, I see where you are coming from now. I think that, at some point, in any revolution, you just have to say, “Ok… we have planned and prepared as much as we can. Now, we have to roll the dice and go for it.” Besides which, if they hadn’t committed now, they would have lost complete control of events on the streets. “El pueblo” is impatient.

          If it makes you feel any better, I would note that:

          1. Given the cautious nature of the MUD to date, you can be sure they have a few aces up their sleeve.

          2. Just because the OAS couldn’t get a resolution passed, it doesn’t mean that the “Working Group” that they discussed did not get formed and is not functioning as we speak.

          Events are being coordinated on a very large scale at this point. It will make for a great read when the history books get written.

  9. There is no two-goverment scenario here. False dilemma 101.

    There is a nationalistic legal and legitimate, constitutional way forward, and a criminal, failed-state promoter regime clinging to power through force.

    The definitions are cristal clear. You may fear the implications of upping the ante against this invading occupation power, but that is what must be done.

    There in no way to sugar coat the fact that the opposition has cohabited with the regime for 15+ years, thinking they could control the new kids in the block through the usual guanababa tactics, and now it realized the chavismo was paying a toltal different game of total domination.

    It has taken 18 years for Venezuela to realize the truth that is facing existential reintegration and destruction by a foreign plethora infrastructure interests… tiempo de definiciones.

    God bless.

  10. Fixing the economy would be the easier part.

    ———-

    The social adventure will be messy – in restoring some balance of power and human rights etc. But restoring the economy will take time. It took the gov. nearly two decades to ruin the institutions, manufacturing, trade, private investment, etc. The financial crunch has Maduro and co. in a vice. He and his staff are being reviewed by the Haigue. Bit time rats and thieves are being sanctioned. Bonds are due, no new loans worth much are being tendered. Fucking guy has bankrupt the country. He’s living on borrowed time, literally. I suspect the whole dictatorship will get increasingly desperate in the coming days, but a government with empty pockets only has the power the military, and the people, give it.

    Is it getting interesting yet?

      • 100% with the Dollarization as the most effective way for stabilize.
        Most of the writers of this blog though are opposed to it. I think they might be backed by Vzla national business interest since I can’t find any other reason.
        You need to hear their master plan for stabilization which involves the government pumping money to keep the Bs. afloat. It makes no sense if you ask me.
        Look to Argentina with Macri similar misguided FX policy, 2 years later and they still have double digit inflation. !!!!
        Who in the fucking right mind will invest in Venezuela when the FX policy is going to be the same roller coaster BS that it was in the past.

    • “but a government with empty pockets only has the power the military, and the people, give it.”

      You can discount the military there, considering they’re only pledging their power to the government because they get money from the government. No money = No support.

  11. In theory (and practice, as Kim NK is demonstrating), a “leader” could afford to be an international pariah if: 1-Has complete control of his own house; 2- He is not next door to a major antagonistic power and – most importantly – 3 – Has a relevant/respected military force (big stick) at his service.

    Masburro is actively and passively loathed by over 80% of the People. He has so little control, that we wonder if he is in charge in La Vineta (probably Cilia).

    Masburros’ regime is becoming more toxic to the region and international community than even the Castros. All relevant countries in the Western Hemisphere and Europe wont accommodate Masburro’s wishes for perpetuation and Venezuela is smack center.

    The FANB maintenance dept. is legendary. Tanks that can’t communicate between them, vessels that run aground or can’t leave port, planes that are cannibalized for parts so they can fly, helicopters crashing, bombs not exploding, sniper rifles lost/inside prisons, and on and on. Maybe Gen. Kelly was a bit conservative when he estimated that it would take a couple of hours to bring things under control. I guess that is what it would take to embark the thousands of Cubans and sent them home.

    ToroVolt was suggesting that the “paro civico” would be a good time for a Southern Command drill. Indeed, it would be a good time to launch the drill “Irrevocable Justice”. It would only be a drill, since most Venezuelans LOVE anything related to the USA. Bring lots of provisions and t-shirts! Just imagine, if that happens, how many more Usnavys and Usarmys will be born in short notice!

    It would be interesting to document the aftermath, the situation of government buildings etc etc…If as previously reported, the condition of the Miraflores building (elevators not working, leaks everywhere under HCF) left us scratching our heads, I can’t fathom how could it be, after a few years and with a lot less cash. We might have to condemn it, together with the “Museo Militar”…

  12. Ramos Allup is laying out the plan for the next government right now. I like the opposition not resting and now keeping Maduro in response mode.

    They’re sending the message to the masses that this is a done deal.

  13. what will happen on July 31 when the representatives of La Constituyente got to the National Assembly to take their spots?

  14. I predict a blown gasket tonight during a cadena as the wheels are clearly coming off the Maduro clown car. Diosdado’s reaction AND actions are critical to what happens next.

    • It has been reported that Godgiven requested expedited treatment for his family at the Saime passport offices…
      He also requested a new nurse costume (he has grown too big for the old one). We can send him a french maid outfit or a dominatrix with rubber toy (his choice).

      • Hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha But no hay divisas to buy sex toys, food or medical items only, so better find the biggest plantano we can find and no lube.

      • One of the best precursors that the Chavista government is falling and violence is increasing is the quick exit of high-level Chavista family members. Are airplanes fueled and waiting next to the runway with no schedules? For the most part, this may have already been happening over the last few weeks.

  15. Hey all, troll this bitch!!! Abby Martin is a complete sellout. Vendapatria. Please troll this video in the comment section.

    Empire Files: Constituent Assembly Dictatorship or Democracy in Venezuela?

    • Since the active funding support for Telesur will stop when “dont I look like Saddam’s” (Masburro’s dixit) regime topples, we wont have to worry about this bitch’s truth manipulations.

      I much rather perform on myself an apendectomy than watch another Telesur POS video.

  16. The self contempt is not entirely gratuitous , there are strains in our national character that we cannot be proud of but then there are also features and potentialities that can make us proud….

    Remenber in the old days how friends who traveled a lot described the countrys banner airline Viasa , When its good its the best but when its bad its the very worst……!!

    One anecdote also from the past from the foreign transnational manager of an installation which required regular upkeep…….he much preferred having locals as responsible for the upkeep ( rather than brought in expats) because they cost less and thus helped the bottom line …….so he instituted a policy of having only locals perform the upkeep. In time the installation started having problems which were the result of irregular maintenance practices , when the installations had problems the locals were genuises at finding ways of improvising good remedies but there was no way they observed the maintenance protocoles required by the installation . The expats were much less competent at fixing the installation if it broke down but they were very discipline in complying with the maintenance protocoles so the installations experienced less problems .

    He ended by bringing in two expats to take care of the upkeep (which he hated because of its higher cost) , the problem was not lack of capacity or intelligence on the part of the locals but in that their culture did not allow them to ‘stick to a task’ as required…

    • Bill, that upkeep process crosses my mind every time I fly in venezuela, which fortunately for me is rare these days.

  17. “If you think about it, Maduro is the president only because we all agree that he is. So let’s not. Let’s say the head of the National Assembly is the president now.”

    The president is the person whose orders are carried out by people with guns, so the opposition is likely to be in the same position the national assembly and the ministerio publico are unless the army, police or a body that executes orders decide to listen to them. If there is no serious rebellion in the army o police then the MP will keep asking for the liberation of jailed people that the sebin will simply not release and the AN will keep firing judges, ministers or presidents that will remain sitting on their desks, creating a parallel goverment or tsj seems to me like a dead end, but I guess we have to do something.

  18. If I were the US and wanted to apply sanctions against the regime , I would not impose an embargo on US purchases of Venezuelan crude , that would remind latin americans of the much reviled embargo of Cuban products, instead I would stop all exports of US crudes and products to Venezuela , the latter have become essential for Pdvsa to handle the logistics of blending the extra heavy crude exports on which Pdvsa increasingly relies to maintain a revenue and further hinder its capacity to meet Venezuelas current gasoline demands that the badly maintained local refineries can no longer produce ……..

    This would be better because deciding whom to sell your own production to is not usually seen as an embargo but as disposing of your own production at your convenience and secondly because finding other sources to supply Pdvsa needs would entail greater difficulty and cost and heavily hurt the regimes finances …!!

    Not too long ago the US as a matter of long standing policy did not allow the export of US crudes

    • You’re worried about Latin American sensibilities if the U.S. decided to stop buying VZ crude?

      Latin American sensibilities are what fucked up VZ in the first place, hamstringing the U.S. in its efforts to squash Hugo.

      Ask 30 million Venezuelans whether they give a shit about Latin American sensibilities, when they’re starving and dying from lack of medicines and proper health care.

      This is of course when they’re not being murdered in the street.

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