Constituyente through fire and blood

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The TSJ did it again. The creators of the ongoing coup d’État which started this period of protests, decided that the Mayor of Iribarren municipality in Lara state, Alfredo Ramos, should run the same fate as that of his counterpart in Lechería: to be removed from office, captured and sent to prison for unproven crimes. They’re from the Inquisition, and it’s more than just the robe. There was a lot of resistance in Iribarren Town Hall, but there were dozens of SEBIN agents -armed and hooded-, and they dragged him out of his place of work without an arrest warrant. The TSJ has carried out this same procedure against six mayors since 2014, sending popular will to hell.

Repression

A group of priests had to intervene for a burial to take place in Ejido, Mérida state. In San Cristóbal (Táchira), José Gustavo Leal Villasmil, 18 years old, was shot in the head and killed while protesting in the liceo Alberto Adriani, close to where he used to sell hot dogs. Eduardo Rodríguez Gil (53), a former soldier who had overcome a cancer, was also killed after having been wounded during a protest in El Junco on Thursday. A military tribunal sentenced Maracaibo councilman Ángel Machado to prison, along with two journalists and 10 other detainees, who will be sent to Santa Ana prison. Juan Caraballo (83) died during the night due to respiratory failure caused by tear-gas in Guayana, Bolívar state. The Armed Forces will control regional police bodies until August 1st due to Plan República.

Vote wherever

CNE head Tibisay Lucena announced: “All voters will be able to vote in any polling station in the municipality where they’re registered” and although she insisted that violence was focused in 53 of the country’s 335 municipalities, she made voting flexible nationwide, in relevant contrast to the difficulties faced by the opposition to request the recall referendum before it was denied last year. According to that criteria, Sunday’s votes would be invalid. There won’t be any audits, voters will be able to vote wherever they want, voting tables were reduced almost by half, the press was asked to “protect the integrity of voters threatened whose rights are theatened” and there won’t be any ink, so the principle of one voter=one vote will be violated at leisure. This election doesn’t comply with the minimum requirements for reliability.

Protesting on Sunday

The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) called for people to rally in the country’s main roads to protest peacefully and democratically, against the constituyente election. Governor Henrique Capriles said that expectations for this Sunday are poor and asked: “What happens if those two million public servants don’t attend polling stations and instead join our call? Will they be fired? Will they be sent to prison?” He added: “We’ll keep fighting on Monday and we’ll keep fighting on Tuesday (…) We did all we could to make this government rethink reasonably, and they didn’t, they miscalculated,” claiming that the constituyente will only hasten chavismo’s downfall.

Contrasts

While vice-president Tareck El Aissami denied having any bank accounts in the U.S. and threatened to initiate legal proceedings for being slandered by American authorities saying that he has $500 million in assets in that country, vice-president Mike Pence called Leopoldo López and ratified the threat of imposing further sanctions against the government if they move ahead with the constituyente, their so-called “swift and strong” economic actions.

Foreign minister Samuel Moncada denounced that American House representatives approved a resolution demanding sanctions against Venezuela and OAS intervention, but in truth, Republican Senator Marco Rubio merely said that there’s a bipartisan consensus in both Senate and House in favor of restoring democracy in Venezuela, ratifying to National Assembly Speaker Julio Borges: “Not just the United States, more than 20 countries in the hemisphere stand by you in this cause.” Sadly, Moncada didn’t mention how deep Cuban influence goes within the Venezuelan government.

From Europe

European Parliament Speaker Antonio Tajani said that they’ll study the possibility of imposing their own sanctions against high-ranking Venezuelan officials if the government doesn’t put an end to violence and refuses to release political prisoners. The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights demanded the government respect citizens’ rights of free speech, assembly and peaceful protest, noting their concern for the ban on basic rights such as expression and protest, as well as the risk of more violence during Sunday’s elections. Spokeswoman Elizabeth Throsell pointed out that the Constitution may only be modified “through broad consensus and participation of all sectors of society,” and recalled the conclusions of the Venice Commission, an international reference in constitutional matters: the constituyente’s process and rules contradict the 1999 Constitution of Venezuela.

Colombia and us

This Friday, the Colombian government decided to regularize the situation of over 150,000 Venezuelans who didn’t have a visa. The Colombian Foreign Ministry announced that citizens who hadn’t left the country despite having expired authorizations, would be issued a special permit to stay. With this document, they’ll be able to work, join Social Security, study and perform any other legal activity within the Colombian territory, although it won’t replace the passport. President Juan Manuel Santos replied to Nicolás: “I am indeed a vassal, but of the enlightened Republic that a group of freedom-loving scientists proclaimed in the early XIX century (…) that constituent assembly has a spurious origin and we can’t recognize its results.” President Santos insisted on the need to find a peaceful, swift and democratic solution to the crisis. “I stand in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, may they leave this dark age behind soon,” said Santos.

Yesterday was el finado’s birthday, when the black market dollar breached the Bs. 10,000 mark, when a single dollar costs 10 million of the old bolívares. On VTV, they celebrate with the phrase “Peace has been imposed,” taking submission in place of calm, docility in place of accord and obedience in place of harmony.

It’s such a military concept, that it’s easy to imagine why they’d celebrate the man responsible for this mess of a country. With him both literally and symbolically dead, we go on.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Reading again the list of names of those killed by the repressive regime is very sad. A tribunal needs to be set up to prosecute those in the thuggish regime who have committed crimes against humanity. And a second one to prosecute those who have enriched themselves from their association & participation in the klepto-narco-military train wreck regime. Their time will come.

    • The Nuremberg trails convicted 99 nazi’s, that’s right “99”. I’ll bet a year’s salary that in Venezuela less than 1% will do time in jail, if that. And it will take at least 10-15 years before those trails will be held.

      • 1% of chavistas covers those everybody want to see hanging upside down from the ankles (Shoulc I even list them here? Everybody knows who those are), it’s enough to appease the country’s thirst for justice.

      • Not relevant:

        The Nuremberg Trials were set up for a special purpose, to send a message to the world.

        Thousands of other Nazis were imprisoned and executed in military tribunals that had nothing to do with Nuremberg.

        And let’s not forget how those nutty Soviets treated Nazis after the war was won!

        • Don’t forget either that a LOT of nazi war criminals were HUNTED and KILLED by several people they screwed during the regime’s duration.

          Heck, even during the january 24 of 1958, the people was on the streets looting and destroying every property that belonged to the National Security goons, and guess what? Those from the NS who didn’t escape the country pretending that they could simply go on with their lives after having screwed so much people before were also hunted and killed, by the people.

          So yeah, what will come after chavismo’s downfall will pretty much be:

          1) About half of the big bosses (narcolázzz, drogadado, drogarol) Will flee the fuck out of Venezuela.

          2) The other half of the big bosses will be either thrown into prison or will beg for pardon on their knees so they don’t have all their stuff expropiated.

          3) This is my favorite: MOST of the colectivos, pranes and whatsoever disposable criminals that spilled so much blood? Oh, boy, you can tell it will be “open season” on their asses, there are MILLIONS waiting to get their payback.

          4) The chavista base? All those who “believed in the revolution”? The poor and hungry? No one will bother to do anything bad to them (Save simply point and laugh at how chavismo is a charred corpse by then)

  2. I read an article last night about the $500,000,000 Aissami had hidden in the US and as the government official said, if he’s willing to risk that much in the US, how much does he have hidden elsewhere? And he’s just one chavista.

  3. Colombia has one foot in grave too, FARC is now a political party. Obviously, a bolivarian party. Mix that with a politically uneducated population more used to rights than deeds, a GDP per capita still too low/social inequality (resentment), and we know how that story ends.

      • To be naive is to not know how things usually end in Latin America, which a region not known for its `happy endings`, you know? Ask las señoras de El Cafetal…

        By the way, read the 2nd paragraph of your Wiki article. I can already see the tear gas clouds on the horizon, you will too when it`s already too late.

  4. The news is reporting that a candidate for the ANC Jose Félix Pineda was murdered inside at his home today.
    It is a good start.
    A good end would be every single candidate for the ANC dead by the time the polls close tomorrow.
    These people are the enemy of the Venezuelan people. Anyone that participates in supporting this bloody criminal regime is an enemy to every Venezuelan that desires freedom, democracy and the rule of law to be reinstated in Your country.
    It would be so nice if everyone took a weapon to the ANC vote, killed the oppressors and burned the voting booths.
    Then on to Miraflores!!

  5. From all indications coming from US officials the US is very concerned about Venezuela descent into chaos. There is bipartisan support for actions to restore democracy, both in the House and Senate.

    What this amounts to, in a sentence: The Executive has “carte blanche” on sanctions “to help restore democracy”.

    Personally I have full confidence in that a new US President, in its first challenge in the Hemisphere can not afford to back down (make no mistake, Masburro raised the ante, throwing a gauntlet with his pathetic speech calling the President “Emperor”).. And all this from a state that violates human rights, aids and protects a long list of criminals on wanted lists by the DOJ),

    Masburro and cronies backed themselves into a corner and could not call off the ANC without heavy costs for the regime, so they are plunging ahead at full speed. That is the good news, since it will accelerate their demise.

    For President Trump, if the actions taken are strong, bold moves, designed for the unavoidable defeat of a corrupted regime, a shameful pariah, denounced by most of the larger countries in the Hemisphere and Europe, the benefits could be substantial:

    -The People will rally around the President, boosting approval.
    -Considerable respect will be gained from the World. The US does not toy with words.

    We say: Bring them on.

    It bears repeating that the vast majority of people of Venezuela loath the regime and at the same time have great hopes and affinity for the US. It is unfortunate that Venezuelan armed forces are corrupt, permeated by a foreign power and responsible for the repression. Otherwise, this situation would have never deteriorated this level.

    With a heavy I ask: How many more Venezuelans have to die? Do Venezuelans need to put on casualties as in Rwanda or Syria before decisive action is taken?

  6. Well-said FGB and at this point I think strong US sanctions are the only thing that will bring this nightmare to an end. Within days the ANC (Godgiven Hair) will give the armed forces the nod to crush the opposition by whatever means necessary in the name of PAZ.

    Trump better get this one right.

    • I can’t imagine he won’t get it right.

      The severe oil sanctions HAVE to come for one reason:

      The country is in chaos, so their already reduced oil production is fucked anyway. No reason to fear a rise in U.S. gas prices because of further reduced/no VZ supply. That reduced supply is guaranteed anyway.

      I want to see U.S. troops on the ground there speaking Spanish and rounding up people for arrest, and handing out food and medicine, at the direction of the rightfully elected Assembly.

  7. This is great:

    I found a YT channel which is streaming live (well, I guess with a 10-minute delay or so), but they’re showing everything. Opposition AND Chavismo press conferences.

    I wish I spoke better Spanish and understood half of it.

  8. Does the administration announce their incredible turnout/victory tonight, and that’s when the shit REALLY hits the fan?

    Or are they scared shitless, and wait until the morning when they think their big lie will have less kickback?

  9. According to the script: People did not go to the polling locations, which means that less than 3M (generous estimate) is what the regime knows they have.

    A sorceress from the CNE appeared on TV indicating that a time extension will be given (during which they’ll try to round up as many as they can ), but they are already “dead in the water” and will have to resort to such a gross alteration of figures that this charade will also raise many eyebrows to previous elections.

    Venezuela is in an unenviable position to be the guinea pig for the testing of sanction by a new, recently elected Executive. Even though a gradual approach is the norm when applying sanctions, close attention should be made to the regime’s rapid escalade in repression, with over 14 reported casualties, just today ( and the day is not over).

    PS: For the FAN personnel: Your are negligent in the protection of the People and Constitution, which you have sworn to protect and obey. If you do not oppose the regime with wathever you have on hand at this hour, it will be akin to nailing your casket shut. If that happens, Venezuela has had enough of you, better people will take care of your sacred responsibilities. Good riddance.

    • Hey, Tibisay said 99% of voters cast their vote.

      And she said this like 2 hours ago.

      It’s a miracle! And so nice of them to extend the voting hours just for that 1% who aren’t in the country any longer, or bedridden, or DEAD!

      You can’t make this shit up.

  10. Damn, Maduro is scared shitless.

    Can you guys in VZ find two nice lamp posts so he and the missus can swing side by side, a la Mussolini? And can you take a lot of pictures?

    Please?

    This isn’t hate. It’s justice for the dead, especially the kids who died from lack of proper medical care.

    Fucking children died unneedlessly because of these heartless, thieving, murderous bastards.

  11. Godgiven is calling it an historic turnout, historically putrid I’d say. This won’t slow them down. There’s too much to lose.

  12. You know what’s also nuts about this?

    How can they announce the 500+ winners, without anyone complaining:

    “Hey! I didn’t vote for that Chavista bastard! I voted for THIS Chavista bastard!

    “I’m categorized and voting as a farmer, by the way, because I have tomato plant on my terrace.”

  13. 30th of July 17 will go down in Venezuelan political history as the biggest own goal by a sitting Government ever!

    • That was not a referendum to approve the ANC but to elect their members.
      So in their eyes is legitimate enough.
      They will proceed with naming the elected officials and so the regime continues.
      Spending time trying to make sense of this is irrelevant since this is a complete farce.

      • If you consider less than 10% support for their political future through the inception of the ANC as being “irrelevant” then thats up to you, i see it for what it is and stand by my comment. Vexilla regis prodeunt inferni.

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