The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added Nicolás to their list on Monday, as a consequence of the electoral fraud that gave chavismo its largest amount of votes after 18 years of government, several of them with the highest inflation in the world, in economic recession and a literally deadly shortage of food and medicines.

According to the U.S., the ANC “aspires illegitimately to usurp the constitutional role of the democratically elected National Assembly,” turning Nicolás into “a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people.” In addition to freezing his assets in the U.S., sanctions prevent any citizen or company to sign agreements with him and adds him to an exclusive list of heads of state in office: Robert Mugabe, Bashar Al Assad and Kim Jong-Un. “We firmly believe that sanctions do work, and we will continue to monitor the situation and consider additional sanctions,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. The OFAC list now contains 36 Venezuelans.

Pride?

Since only a handful of people watched his early celebration this Monday, which he used to threaten opposition leaders, TV stations and alleged traitors, while yelling: “What the hell do we care what Trump says?!,” last night he went to CNE headquarters so that its chair Tibisay Lucena could hand him the partial results for ANC posts.

He claimed that “Venezuela has a mighty electoral, military, political and popular power.” He praised the campaign, thanked those who participated and denounced that two million people couldn’t vote due to the protests.

His only reaction to sanctions was:

“The U.S. government can’t order us around (…) I’m not going to obey orders and I’m an anti-imperialist, impose whatever sanctions you want.”

He claimed that he’s proud of the sanction, although he later added that he’d like to talk with Trump “because he’s making the worst mistake in the world.” He didn’t say if he’d gift a replica of Bolívar’s sword to himself. Sad.

Jorge the Just

Mayor Jorge Rodríguez cautioned that the licenses for bus lines working in La Bandera terminal who didn’t work on Sunday would be revoked, and was the first to claim that turnout would’ve reached 10 million were it not for the blocked roads and the absence of transportation.

He accused Leopoldo López of breaking his word for not calling for peace, the only demand made by the truth commission:

“That was the only thing we asked of him, and Leopoldo López couldn’t even come through with that, he has no word, he’s a human being with no word.”

He then went on to describe his rendition of the “fight” between Leopoldo and governor Henrique Capriles, as if he still had any talent for intrigue.

Add this to Interior Minister Néstor Reverol’s tweets reporting that he’ll activate another phase of the National Policing and Active Contention Plan against “violent demonstrations,” reviewing criminal incidents, incorporating new techniques and ways to act against alleged terrorist attacks and increasing the supply of equipment for the National Guard.

A promise of peace.

And then, Luisa

The Prosecutor General, Luisa Ortega Díaz, said that the constituent process was a charade that forces her to invoke article 333 of the Constitution, because it mocked the country. She ratified that all political rights are at risk and that she won’t leave the Prosecutor’s Office because “we could be witnessing systematic patterns of human rights violations,” because as a citizen, she won’t be an accomplice and this isn’t the country el finado wanted.

She shared several insights into the Odebrecht case, the active “public servants” involved and the government’s attempt to protect them. Ortega Díaz said that out of the 121 people killed during these months of protests, 40% of murders have been committed by armed civilians and at least 25% were committed by State security forces:

“That’s why they want to be rid of me, they need those murders to be suicides.”

Aside from that, NGO Foro Penal reported that since protests started on April 1st, 5,051 people have been arrested, 1,383 of them remain in detention, 547 civilians have been prosecuted by military tribunals and there are 498 political prisoners, updating detention figures for this July 30th to 96 people.

Ortega Díaz concluded:

“We won’t allow them to destroy the Constitution, the rule of law, our country, we won’t allow them to rob us of our dignity, to rob us of our hope.”

And in the National Assembly

MUD lawmakers met on Monday in the Federal Legislative Palace to coordinate their next moves. Parliament Speaker Julio Borges said that despite government coercion against public servants and PSUV’s displays of power, according to all measurements turnout was scarcely three million voters, compared to the 14 million who elected the National Assembly back in 2015:

“We will continue to fulfill our duty and we remain committed to the fight (…) We won’t deviate from our duty, our commitment to change (…) Now more than ever, the Venezuelan people can count on their Parliament, they can count on their lawmakers.”

Other reactions

Russia, Nicaragua and Bolivia supported the fraud. Uruguay was easier on the process than Chile. For OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, the process was a tremendous failure and he claimed that his office doesn’t acknowledge the results because of the process’s illegitimacy and the obvious manipulation of the electoral system.

According to Ernesto Samper, the ANC election is “a dangerous leap into the darkness.” Germany condemned the disproportionate use of force during the elections that only served to further divide the country. Colombia’s Foreign minister María Angela Holguín ratified that her country believes Venezuela stepped away from democracy with the ANC election. Argentina’s Foreign minister Jorge Faurie said that Mercosur isn’t far from applying its democratic clause to Venezuela. Yesterday, the UN’s Office of the High Commission for Human Rights denounced Venezuela for ongoing violations against the right of assembly and for violently dispersing protests.

The black market dollar keeps rising and Venezuelan bonds are starting to plummet.

Nessun dorma

SEBIN’s operación tun tun started off early this August 1st, revoking the house arrests of mayor Antonio Ledezma and Voluntad Popular leader Leopoldo López, both dragged from their homes in the darkness.

the belief is that López will go back to Ramo Verde, but nobody knows where either of them are. There are videos of both detentions, a way for the regime to publicize that they’re a dictatorship.

Concerning Ledezma, his message yesterday started with: “Despite all the risks in recording this,” meaning that he knew this scenario was a possibility. The video needs its own briefing, due to all the messages it deals with, but his reproach is doubtlessly more severe against the opposition than against the government.

There were also reports of SEBIN patrols around the Prosecutor General’s house, but they apparently left quickly.

A horrible night, in the words of former Costa Rican president Laura Chinchilla, the beginning of the Constituyente era.

It doesn’t matter how hard they pretend, they’re not happy. Neither those in power, nor the citizens. The street’s climate yesterday was of mourning, with fraud in everyone’s lips, with the recognition of their ridiculous absurdity, surpassing el finado, challenging what’s possible or even sane. With the amount of people they claimed voted, they could’ve submitted the Constituyente to a consultative referendum, we could’ve recalled Nicolás, they could’ve held gubernatorial elections, they could’ve complied with the law.

But they suck even at lying.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Campaign of Disinformation in full swing now.
    It doesn’t help that “reputable” media such AP are the source of Fake News now.
    For the casual reader this piece would look like Maduro has popular support and the country is now polarized.
    The facts are obfuscated at the end, but it is obvious that the piece has been intentionally twisted to bring confusion to something that should be more clear.
    It has also way more comments than a news from Venezuela normally has.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/venezuela-leader-assembly-foes-041524298.html

      • I have come across some of their news pieces and they seem to have a lefty bias.
        This one really surprises me, on a subject that doesn’t lent itself to any other moral interpretation.
        It is really hard to get the facts on news these days.
        Sorry for hijacking the CC piece but wanted to alert people here.

        • That’s interesting, as some papers (NYT, WAPO) who people say are lefty are far more clear and critical of the regime in their coverage of Venezuela.

      • Michael Weissenstein’s report was so biased I was yelling at the television.
        Typical liberal asshole that just can not bring himself to admit that Venezuelan Socialism is a failed system. It would have failed without the corruption. The corruption just accelerated the collapse.
        Take comfort in the BBC World News leading off with Venezuela and telling the truth.
        Good old Putin, he never met a totalitarian regime that he didn’t like.
        It is critical for the MUD to appoint a transitional government. The government may need to go into exile, but there needs to be a legitimate recognized government for other countries to coordinate actions with.
        The National Assembly is recognized as the ONLY legitimate, democratically elected authority. They need swift and decisive action. MUD’s failure to act may put them at risk of irrelevance. If the opposition / resistance deteriorates into chaos, it will be much harder to negotiate foreign assistance.
        MUD needs to seize the day!

    • Seems they forgot to mention that of those who did vote, many were among the 2.6 million public employees who were bluntly told to vote or be fired. As we speak, thousands of public employees who chose their dignity over their job are now being fired. I personally know some of them.

    • Vz was the top story on the BBC’s Newsnight tonight & has been featured elsewhere. One point that keeps being overlooked is the Government’s defeat in the 2015 elections. The people made their choice then and have been consistently denied it, by mostly foul means. Maduro has turned down, via the TSJ, every proposal from the National Assembly.

      I know you don’t need to be told this – but this point seems to be consistently overlooked in the international coverage.

      I just don’t understand why. And yes, my email to Newsnight is on its way.

  2. What a tacky wrist watch. What is that, 52mm? Can’t tell from this distance if it’s a trinket or some Boliburguesía trophy from a trip to Switzerland.

  3. So THAT is the chavismo’s butthurt against LL that they are going to extreme lenghts with that stupid smear campaign that Tintori cheated on him, jorgito basura wanted to snuff out the streets and LL said “nope”

  4. From the Ledezma video it’s clear how much of a cowardly act his abduction was, with its brutal use of force by masked thugs acting under the cover of night.

  5. Looking more and more as if you either drive him out by force, or starve him out as everyone around him starves as – bad choice in my book. Of course the Chaivta royalty won’t starve, but it could get so bad with the population that a massive uprising could result – and not peaceful. It almost feels as though Maduro is forcing the gentes hand to do something radical, since there ain’t no way he’s leaving without direct pressure.

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