TSJ Goes After Mayors…Again

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Today, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Tribunal (TSJ) decided to remove Gustavo Marcano as Mayor of Lechería, Anzoategui State, and sentenced him to face 15 months in prison for “contempt,” after he refused to appear at a hearing for not complying with a court ruling forcing him to stop street blockades.

Marcano announced that he’ll no longer recognize the current TSJ justices. 

Sources say that he has fled the country.

In similar fashion, Barquisimeto Mayor Alfredo Ramos (Lara State) will now face a Court hearing on Friday, and he was also banned from leaving the country. In a Twitter post, he doubles down on street protests, stating that he will not obey the TSJ’s summons, calling the whole thing a sham [parapeto].

Fellow mayor José Barreras of neighboring Cabudare municipality was served with a similar court order.

The Mayor of Chacao Ramón Muchacho is set to to appear before the TSJ tomorrow, but perhaps the street blockades during tomorrow’s general strike will make it hard for Justices to get to work.  The Supreme Tribunal also slapped him with a travel ban.

In its statement, TSJ threatens Muchacho with arrest, explaining that his failure to attend such hearing will be considered a “tacit admission of the charges that have been levied against him.”

Venezuelan opposition Mayors being ousted from their posts by the highest court isn’t a new trend: Back in 2014, Enzo Scarano (San Diego, Carabobo State) and Daniel Ceballos (San Cristobal, Táchira State) were sentenced to prison for “contempt.” Ceballos is still in prison, in Sebin headquarters in Caracas.

With Maduro’s Foreign Minister Spanish mediator Zapatero fresh off his latest Venezuelan jaunt, paying lip service to the government’s willingness to deescalate and calling for peace and dialogue, TSJ’s latest streak of persecution makes it clear that repression will only get worse before it gets better. 

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  1. And in other breaking news: Lilian Tintori and kids just arrived in Miami. I think they had death threats or fear of some really bad shit going down. Conspiracy theories abound. Patricia Poleo said she just needed to get her kids out and rest…very interested to see whats up.

    But yes, we are going to see their reign of terror at its worst as they go out screaming and kicking. Their backs are against the wall and the Constituyente will be a complete flop.

    Rumor is that there are 200 colectivos in uniforms of PNB or GNB and they are going to go after political opponents or businesses.

    Time for Oscar Perez or just a pueblo arrrechisima run them out of town.

    Stay tuned, something really unexpected can go down in the next few days.

  2. The TSJ in Venezuela is a lot different then the Supreme Court in the U.S. The Supreme Court is the court of last resort and only considers matters of constitutional interpretation–It does not order the arrest or incarceration of anyone. This is a task for the lower courts.

    On the other hand, the TSJ is the court of first resort for unconstitutional actions. Concerning itself with road barricades is exactly like punishing citizens for putting trash in the street. The judges in the TSJ probably never read the Constitution because they never follow it. Managing the details of city trash management is their strong point.

  3. The day is rapidly approaching when the TSJ, CNE, fat ugly Delcey, Cabello, Padrino Lopez and the rest of this narco / criminal/ CastroCommunist regime will be the ones in front of courts as defendants.
    Will they expect a higher quality of justice than they have afforded innocent victims of their persecution?
    I used to think that the new government should reinstate the death penalty for this gang of thieving psychopaths.
    Perhaps it would be better to put them in prison for the rest of their lives with web cams so the victims can see them slowly rotting away and other would be tyrants can see what the future will hold for them if they should ever try to inflict this suffering on the Venezuelan people again.

  4. If only we had a Supreme Court here that could prosecute corruption as quickly. Officials should not be immune just because they are right wing and elected. Venezuela provides a good example of Justice in action.

    • If you think “that” is justice in action, why don’t you hurry up and travel to Venezuela. We do not think this situation will last long,

      With a little luck, you might see it first hand, maybe even experience Venezuela’s exemplary “justice”.

    • One more step for full honesty: they should go to bail BECAUSE they’re opposition and were elected (there hasn’t been a right wing here since the 50’s).

    • You might be onto something, JudiLynn. The Supreme Court could declare the US Congress in contempt and put the Democrats in prison. Then we could rewrite the US Constitution and make Donald Trump President for life.

  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tddmIwPs1yE

    Lillian is going to talk to Trump? Haha…I dont know if I trust this video. However trying to confirm.

    I do think Lilian will keep up fight diplomatically in USA. She has already been to the White House. If the shit goes down, she will be at Trumps ear, and Rubio nearby. She will constantly be with Rubio. So Lilian in Miami might be a great diplomatic move. Now she can be the rock star who goes to country to country to tell the case of Venezuela.

    For now, I hope she will beg for oil embargo (even if it is a bluff) to break back of regime quick.

  6. Hahahahhahahahahahahahaahhahahahahahaahhahahaahhaahah

    Have you ever tried to get justice here? Do you know how it actually works in Venezuela???

    I am sure that others can pipe in countless examples of how there is no justice in Venezuela. Justice is what you pay for, whether you pay off the cops or pay off the malandros. That is how things work here.

    Been robbed at gunpoint 3 times, beat over the head once with a gun. Think those cases ever solved? Haahahahahahahhahaahahahaha

    Were in fucking Cubazuela Judilynn.

    Seriously, try to work with the legal system here. You will soon learn that you cant get anything done unless you pay off the judges. Lawyers are nothing more than middlemen for the bribe in many cases. There aint no law discussed here and when it comes to justice: you get what you pay for. Heck, even if the malandro is sent off to jail, you have to pay more just to keep him in jail. So it really helps to have money. Bolivarian Socialism in action.

    Hey JudyLynn, you probably are all over that one dude burned alive all over Telesur and Abby Martin. Yeah, that is what happens when there is no justice: people take it into their own hands. If Maduro does not back off his Prostituyente, there will be a lot more colectivos and malandros killed in the streets.

    But yeah, lets get back to justice. That is what we want more than anything out. That is why we are going on strike tomorrow. We are fed up, we cant live like this anymore and these scumbags have to go.

    Glad you keep returning for a smack down.

  7. So what would Maduro really gain just by having the opposition agree to wait until the 2018 elections, instead of pressing to have him step down immediately? The 2018 elections would only be about 12 months away – obviously Maduro wouldn’t win a fair election, there’s no good reason to believe oil prices will radically change in that short a period of time (and even if they did it’s probably too late).

    What could the opposition really give Maduro that he would want???

  8. ¿En qué parte del ordenamiento jurídico está establecido que no asistir a una audiencia significa aceptar la culpabilidad por las acusaciones?
    Ah, en la justicia revolucionaria chavista de “cómo vaya viniendo, vamos viendo”.

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