The white liquiliqui made the bags under Nicolas’ eyes stand out even more during the event commemorating the naval battle of Lake Maracaibo..but in Mamo, Vargas State, yet another excuse to talk about his Constituyente.

It’s hard to measure the success of messages of glory and freedom when Plan República soldiers tore off protest signs from yesterday’s pancartazo in several schools, those threatening pieces of paper were treated like enemies in a high-risk mission that proved their military might.

The PNB showed its skill by preventing the Piloneras (a group of musicians dedicated to peaceful protest) from singing in the Metro. Lastly, the National Guard fired tear-gas during a homage held yesterday afternoon for those murdered in protests, for no apparent reason.

And the Commander of the Navy had the gall to label dissidents as ignominious traitors while praising Nicolás.

Military tribunal

A report made by Transparencia Venezuela says that almost 400 civilians have been prosecuted by military tribunals during protests. Yesterday, it was Justice Ángel Zerpa’s turn, arbitrarily arrested by SEBIN and presented before Fuerte Tiuna’s First Tribunal of Military Control, where he was denied the right to a private defense. The justice rejected the imposition of a public defender and assumed his own defense, but he was sentenced to prison anyway and in view of this, he began a hunger strike.

Another of the government’s discretionary tools against dissidents is invalidating passports whose holders never reported as lost. Yesterday, Saime applied it against lawmaker Carlos Berrizbeitia, who was in charge of announcing the appointment of the new justices last Friday.

Encouraging

Chief justice Maikel Moreno sent a message to court employees across the country as a means to pressure them to vote next Sunday, using terms such as loyalty and obligation with threats and promises. The elegant document reads:

“The most important elections of our republican history will take place on July 30th. This will be a before and after that will establish the country’s absolute sovereignty (…) it is your national duty to vote (…) the trust and loyalty that I have placed on you must be firmly expressed that day.”

I think I’m gonna be sick.

The mediator

Chilean newspaper La Tercera interviewed former president and mediator José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, who claimed that:

“There’s no alternative to dialogue and the search for an agreement. Any alternative is a serious conflict.”

He said that despite the difficulties (a term he uses to summarize all of Nicolás’ threats, refusals and abuses,) pending electoral proceedings would take place: gubernatorial elections in December this year, and presidential elections in 2018. He didn’t mention the people killed, wounded and arrested during protests, he said that releasing political prisoners is crucial in the dialogue process’ roadmap. Sadly, Zapatero’s such a lousy mediator that he didn’t even demand respect for the Constitution.

A referendum for the Constituyente would reveal the obvious minority that seeks to “reorganize the State” against the people’s will.

At Leopoldo’s

Theories ran amok yesterday regarding Zapatero’s presence in the country, enough for lawmaker Freddy Guevara to post a briefing on Twitter on the meeting held with the former president at Leopoldo López’s house.

The lawmaker detailed their demands: “the constituent assembly’s suspension and respect for people’s decision on July 16th,” saying that they discussed the conflict posed by the Constituyente and asking the regime to have the sense to cancel it. “The street is our strength,” Guevara wrote before ratifying, on behalf of Leopoldo and the MUD, the agenda for the week.

The Constituyente’s potential cancellation doesn’t change the demands that caused these protests: the restitution of constitutional order, respect for the National Assembly and its authority, the release of political prisoners, free and democratic elections and the opening of a humanitarian channel.

Abroad

While the FARC announced that they’ll launch their legitimate political party on September 1st, Foreign minister Samuel Moncada claimed that CIA chief Mike Pompeo “is working with Colombia and Mexico to overthrow the Venezuelan government.” Colombia’s Foreign Ministry responded to the accusation with a communiqué in which they state that their only interest is for Venezuelans to find “a negotiated and peaceful solution to the current crisis,” saying that they’ve been working for a negotiated agreement.

The OAS ratified the call for a meeting to discuss the “Situation of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” on Wednesday 26th.

Chilean Foreign minister Heraldo Muñoz said that he hoped the Constituyente will be cancelled and replaced by a dialogue with a believable political consensus.

Additionally, Paraguay’s Foreign minister Eladio Loizaga spoke about Venezuela and said that “there’s a rupture of democratic process, violations against human rights, the rights to free speech and protest” and that he hopes the Venezuelan government will respond to Mercosur’s notice.

 

PSUV has gone to great lengths to show us their proclivity to break promises, so it’s understandable that many would be angry at the mention of any negotiation. Chavismo should be making the greatest concessions in a negotiation and none of their statements points to that possibility, so any of Zapatero’s offers come with the regime’s approval, they’re not the product of his authority or creativity.

When you can, read the beautiful piece by the New York Times regarding how their correspondent Nick Casey was barred from entering the country.

We go on.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. FFwd to minute 55, yes minute 55…The language is of “transition” not “negotiation”…but if they are smart, they are keeping things secret as all spooks do. So read between the lines. Would like to see a follow up on US policy today.

    CIA Director Mike Pompeo FULL Interview Aspen Security Forum 7/20/2017

  2. Naky, I applaud your ability to watch that crap on VTV. I had to turn the channel and listen to news on youtube/twitter instead hahaaha

    You need a raise!!! Watching VTV all day is a human rights abuse!!

  3. The regime is looking at any available excuse to postpone the ANC..without losing face. That is a mighty difficult task, and they are running out of time. Fact: The regime urgently brought Zapatero trying to appear as they are in a dialogue, however only offering trinkets (regional elections this year and presidential next year, nothing new). More smoke and mirrors. The Oppo leaders did not fall for it, and should slam the door on future meetings.

    Plan Republica was supposed to be from 7/21 until the 7/31, something appears “not right” with the FANB logistics. Only a few soldiers here and there removing signs (pancartas) that the public places in front of voting locations, discouraging potential voters. Once removed, people come back to replace them. The regime should be (IS) concerned. If the “simulacro” was a fiasco, Sunday could be really bad.

    There will be a big national strike starting on Wednesday and some creative free thinkers have suggested removing some engine parts of public transportation units to prevent them from behind hijacked by the regime trying to bus-in potentially herded – against their will – voters…In essence people understand that anything works against the regime. That is the essence of a major revolt.

    Today’s Moises Naim article in “El Pais”, suggests that Trump’ s strong sanctions would only help the regime. I beg to differ. The regime is not made of pure “socialist intellectuals”. They understand that if their last dollar is confiscated, they wont be able to keep up with the repression. Russian and China aren’t likely to keep them afloat.

    The US can make steps in the right direction announcing that business with Venezuelan oil is contingent on Venezuela recognizing the AN, releasing the political prisoners and establishing a humanitarian channel. Of course, we should not be opposed to the US unsealing a bunch of DOJ expedients that could place bull-eyes on Godgiven and others. Even though Masburro (with the Cubans) would use sanctions as an excuse, the fact of the regime not accepting democratic norms would be clear to all.

    It has to be made clear, that if the ANC goes through, In the short term, it would be unavoidable for Venezuela to default, and unfortunately, more misery is to be expected. The silver lining to this disaster is that it expedites the regime’s demise. Again, the FANB and that 10% of the population that professes themselves chavista/madurista are not ideologues. They wont jump from a bridge for Masburro.

    The ship is obviouly sinking, the rats are coming to the upper deck (and try to find anything that floats) – Ex Gen Carvajal (in charge of intelligence and Sebin) just went on record against the ANC. More defections from the Masburro regime to be expected.

    The only logical move for the regime is to cancel the ANC – they’ll say “it has been postponed” – ( as the 100 Bs bill fiasco)- Simply put: Way too risky for them…. Cuando suena el rio…es porque piedras trae!

  4. Just look at the crowd. They say only 13% of the people are really excited to vote. You can see it in their faces. I hope this will be an epic fail.

  5. Hahahaha…Bolivarianos y bolivarianas, on the 27th, the bochinche is at the Av. Bolivar. The regime will have to roundup their “focas” ( with the promise of free booze and – maybe – a raffled clap bag). Good luck, because cameras will document attendance faithfully!

    Dumbshits, unprepared like everything they do: There is a 60-80% chance of thunderstorms! I am calling my Mayan pal so he puts a good word with Chaak so he delivers thunder and rain BIG BIG time!

    With rain or without, that’ll be an OOPs moment, Priceless!

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