Frente Amplio (MUD Reloaded) Protest Unmasks How Weak It Is

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Photo: Unidad Venezuela

When the Frente Amplio Nacional (Broad National Front) was launched on March 8, bringing together professional sectors and civil society to organize the recovery of democracy, we thought and hoped that society’s united forces would once again take to the streets. More than a month later, the Broad Front called for protests that ended being far beneath the coalition’s expectations.

The protest was on April 27 but everything remained just like the day before: people struggling to find transport in congested bus stops, long lines in ATMs, scattered garbage because the Caracas Mayor’s Office doesn’t bother to collect it anymore. Nothing changed despite the Broad National Front’s insistence.

Everyone out for themselves

Scarcely hours ahead of the protest, the promoters said that it’d be a great nationwide social demonstration. Some communities would protest for electric power failures, others for water or gas, for the CLAP, for crime, the state of public roads, the lack of garbage collection, the shortage of food, supplies and cash.

The demonstrations were essentially left to each community’s interpretation and, of course, only those with some sort of organization would actually come forth.

Political scientist and dissident chavista Nícmer Evans pointed out that they didn’t call for blocking streets, while Primero Justicia’s (PJ) lawmaker Jorge Millán urged the population to “dedicate” two hours on Friday to protest for their most pressing needs.

“Those who are not getting water must protest, those who have trouble with poor salaries must protest, those who suffer constant blackouts must protest,” said Millán on April 26.

I don’t think people don’t want to take to the streets. In fact, people protested at Miraflores last April 26 for lack of water. Most demonstrations were controlled.

Those propositions weren’t convincing enough. Taking two hours to protest for a problem that’s being suffered 24 hours a day was absurd. There were no protests in El Valle, Catia, Antímano, La Vega, Caricuao or San Martín, areas of the Libertador municipality where neighbors constantly complain about poor quality of  public utilities.

“Maybe the rallying call wasn’t enough,” mused Andrés Rivero, a community leader in San Martín. “I don’t think people don’t want to take to the streets. In fact, people protested at Miraflores last April 26 for lack of water. Most demonstrations were controlled. The one we did at the J.M. de los Ríos Children’s Hospital was privately organized by Voluntad Popular (VP), Primero Justicia and Acción Democrática, precisely to avoid sabotage.”

The only protest that carried some weight was precisely the one that took place at 10:00 a.m. in the aforementioned children’s hospital. Lawmakers Dinorah Figuera (PJ) and Winston Flores (VP), and political leaders such as councilman Jesús Armas (PJ) and José Gregorio Graterol were there, but the protagonists were the patients who demanded medicines.

At noon, everything was normal. There were few National Police and National Guard officers on the streets.

Wasting opportunities?

The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVCS) recorded 1,414 protests in the first 90 days of 2018, which is an average of 26 protests daily, a 93% increase compared with the same period last year.

What we can surmise from OVCS data is that Venezuela has entered a stage of collapsing public services, food and health, and labor conflicts have spiked. The fight for political vindication is scarcely 15% of the drive of protests, the priority is food guarantees. Politics are second-place.

Political leader and journalist Jesús “Chúo” Torrealba, who coordinated the Democratic Unity Roundtable for two years, studied the results of April 27:

“Those who call for protest determine its credibility and people respond in kind. The Broad Front is led by the same G4 leaders who caused the failure in 2016, 2017 and 2018. They appear with a new name, a new format and they put unknown faces in the vanguard, who have traction on social media, but no support from the people.”

According to him, every poll shows that many people are willing to vote, but this group works mostly on a field highly dependent on social media.

The fight for political vindication is scarcely 15% of the drive of protests, the priority is food guarantees. Politics are second-place.

“That’s not the real country, however, because in Venezuela, if someone’s phone gets stolen, they would need 10 years to buy a new one. Internet connection’s also weak. This group isn’t reaching the people, and it’s not about apathy, because people protest here every day, the Broad Front is simply disconnected from society. They always call for the defense of political rights, for democracy, and they push aside the real social fight that keeps people on the streets protesting for basic utilities, food and medicines. I think the political leadership is wasting valuable opportunities.”

Chúo believes that tying social issues with politics isn’t about marketing; it’s about creating a cultural infrastructure that reaches all levels of society.

“The Front’s activities don’t make it to the news. Ever since it was created, they’ve failed to do everything they said they’d do. The democratic sectors must reinvent themselves, connect with the people and work side by side with them. Now, if you only show up when there’s an election and you try to use people’s problems, you’re going to fail, because the people will see you as an opportunist. The problem is that nobody’s taking the measure of real issues in society and nobody’s creating trust.”

This isn’t new at all. Since 2014, there’s been a rift between political and social issues. Back then, there were street protests demanding Maduro’s resignation.

Opposition politicians weren’t talking about scarcity back then. They focused their work on political solutions and they failed to connect with labor protests taking place all over the country. Now, our social crisis is far more intense, and Venezuelans did everything: we marched, we collected signatures, re collected them again, many died, were imprisoned or exiled. People laid on the scorching pavement, they left their schools, and there’s still no result precisely because there’s no opposition leadership with a serious strategy.

What we saw on April 27 is a clear evidence of this. Now, only 20 days before presidential “elections”, we’re still waiting. The agenda advanced by the Broad Front or any other group standing against Maduro, will have to be solid but most importantly, credible.

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42 COMMENTS

  1. Como se nota que una vez que la MUD dejó de darle cheques a Torrealba este comenzó de inmediato a echarles estiércol a cada momento que puede, porque precisamente él fué el que se hizo infame por decirle a la gente durante 2016 que “el que protestara más allá de las 2 de la tarde era un lunático tarifado chavista que quería sabotear las manifestaciones pacíficas y buscaba un reguero de muertos”, y que cuando la gente protestaba en 2017 casi lloraba suplicándole a la gente que dejara de protestar “porque el gobierno se iba a molestar y no reconocerían el referendo del 16 de julio”

  2. Frente Amplio, MUD, you name it are political organizations. As you said, they talk, sign petitions, they will even win elections and other civilized niceties. When Chavismo is presented with them, well… se limpian el culo con eso.

    So you must escalate, which they did. For over 3 months they went out and protested and they were meted with murderous violence. Some, like Oscar Perez, replied with some ‘good guy violence’ and were too dispatched in murderous fashion.

    If you are a normal Venezuelan you too are exposed to a murderous end by random street crime. All this immersed in the reality of hyperinflation and inexorable decay of civil society all around you. And make no mistake hunger has reached even the middle class!

    So unless you have some heroic instincts and guns, you pack your bags, get on a bus and sing “Pero me fui”.

    The only hopeful thing in all this equation is that Chavismo has behaved like a parasite that has sickened its host to the point of death, and no amount of Chavismo rectification will fix it. Even if they brought qualified people to implement effective solutions, they need international financing (dixit Hausmann) which is unavailable under current leadership.

    Even the dumbest, communist fanatic in Aporrea like Mr. Veroes (https://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/a262568.html) is desperate, so I can only surmise that the military are in this state of mind too. Change will come, and it will probably entail violence. One has to wonder if the actors of this change will attempt harsher chavismo (which is unfeasible, but Chavista are known to be dumb fanatics) or a dismantling of the dictatorship.

    In the meantime, El Frente Amplio are as harmless as los “simpaticos muchachitos andinos”.

  3. Does the professional class want to end Chavismo? Do the achievers and the educated want to bring Chavismo to its knees in a week?

    Call on every professional person. Every job creator. Every person of authority/responsilbity who is NOT a Chavist to go on strike. One day. A Friday.

    Then call for another two day strike the following Thursday.

    Then call for a three day strike the following Wednesday.

    You will know when it starts working. Remember how Chavez got his lacy panties in a twist back in 2002-2003? Imagine the epic meltdown that Diosdado and Delcy and Nick are going to have when all of the producers and achievers stop. Whats the worst thing that can happen? They confiscate your money losing business? Then what? Give it to some Chavist who doesn’t know dick about business… what is he going to do? Make a profit show up out of his ass?

    Venezuelans need to learn from their past victories. The PdVSA strike got Chavez’ attention.

    • From my comfortable perch in South Florida, I see that all the producers and achievers in Vz, have already gone “Galt”..

      Had a pleasant Uber ride the other day, my driver was a CPA from KPMG who used to be based in Caracas.. We talked about why the Toyota Corolla was the best car for Uber driving.. and about how he was working on his English so he could move up from being a bookkeeper at an accounting firm to being a full fledged CPA.

      The left has great PR, but horrible results.

    • I have been hearing from bloggers, social media and youtube, that tHere is a call for a Paro Nacional starting on May 15th. Heck, no business is earning much money to stay open right now so it is better to close the santamarias and go on strike. Plus it costs workers more to go to work than it does to work in some cases. Sounds great and theory and this is what needs to happen. Furthermore, shit is getting worse each day… but again, there is zero leadership and Venezuelans in general do not know how to lead themselves. Everybody knows how to look out for themselves, but collective action is extremely difficult to organize in Kleptozuela–a huge cultural problem.

      • Don’t say “Kleptozuela”. Tards like Klepleretta have a problem with calling things for what they are. Klepto-Cubazuela is even more accurate, after the offcial death of what we knew as Venezuela, lon ago, but too many syllables).

        No wonder Copernicus, the only real modern Revolucionario, btw, he was the real Pioneer, then came retard Klepler with not much to add except dumb numbers, the Galileo, the dude with REAL OBSERVATIONS cane around.

        So they resort to old-age ad-hominem crap with zero to say about specific issues. The specific posts of the day. ZERO.

        No wonder TESS is out in orbit, and the Kepler obsolete satellite was dished out. No use for that if you’re looking for Intelligent Life, or any possibility of it emerging anywhere, anyway, in the entire universe. Out with the old..

    • Once met an American engineer from Miami who was divorced by his first wife because he travelled too much. While in Caracas the lonely engineer hired the services of a young lady of the evening, fell in love with her and married her. He was 38, she was 18.

      They moved back to Miami, where the young lady took English lessons, enrolled in a junior college, got her associates degree, all on the engineer’s ticket, and then landed a job with Delta Airlines, as hubby continued to travel. She met a divorce lawyer vacationing from NYC. Do I need to continue? Engineer is lonely again, and pretty much broke (she left him the house with a big mortgage.)

      So, don’t tell me all Venezuelans are stupid and lazy.

      • Ahhhh… the Sugar Daddy story is as old as the hills!*

        My wife’s paternal uncles pooled their money together back in the early 1970’s and started a concrete/cement business that eventually took off. Uneducated, but they had vision and strong backs. Fast forward to 2003, when Chavez insisted that they sell concrete products to the Glorious Revolution at less than cost. They said no, and he confiscated their business. It lasted a month before they closed down when they discovered the basic laws of economics. Naturally, the local PSUV boss (who was now running the company) accused the uncles of sabotaging the company. Seems they couldn’t get raw materials at the PSUV discount, and the employees were reluctant to take a 50% cut in wages to balance the books. Anyway, the uncles moved to the United States and eventually got citizenship. They recently sold the very profitable concrete business they started here, (though they were not prepared for the epic bureaucracy the Uncle Sam can lay down).

        I don’t think Venezuelans are any more stupid or lazy than anyone else. (I realize your statement was rhetorical) I have gringo relatives who turn it up to 11 when it comes to feckless, lazy and ignorant.

        ~~~~~~~~~~

        *One of the uncles married a very sultry young lady from Colombia after he moved to the States and was doing well financially. She got her citizenship (anchor baby) and within 3 days was GONE.

    • ** “You will know when it starts working. Remember how Chavez got his lacy panties in a twist back in 2002-2003?”

      Actually, what made his panties go lacy in a twist was the tide of people going straight to chimpanflores (I double dare that leftie racist EW to come and whine about that word again LMAO)

      ** ” Imagine the epic meltdown that Diosdado and Delcy and Nick are going to have when all of the producers and achievers stop. Whats the worst thing that can happen? They confiscate your money losing business? Then what? Give it to some Chavist who doesn’t know dick about business… what is he going to do? Make a profit show up out of his ass?”

      chabizmo isn’t interested in local businesses working, it’s actually in their best interest that said businesses go under so they can have more poor people.

      ** “Venezuelans need to learn from their past victories. The PdVSA strike got Chavez’ attention.”

      The “undefined strike” with NO FOLLOWING ACTION was the first victory of the FAKE opposition, because they convinced population that was under the shock of the Llaguno Slaughter and the return of shiabbe (Thanks to all the ENCHUFADO MAGGOTS that were there at the pinata party and wanted chabizmo to continue in power) that ANY protest would lead immediately to be killed by the DEATH CIRCLES (now the colectivos) and that people should simply “pout until chabiztos had a change of heart”

  4. It amazes me that “el bravo (yeah right) pueblo” needs “opposition leaders” to tell them when, where and why to protest. One would think that living in these ridiculous bad conditions Venezuelans would be out in the streets by the millions, but they are not. They swallow the shit day in and day out, bitching about it day in day out but never taking action. Lets not forget that only once, for half a day, 1.100.000 were in Caracas protesting in August of 2016. Never before and never again. That’s +/-3% of the population that showed up for half a day in 19 years of chavista dictatorship. These chavistas are laughing there asses off and I don’t blame them. Maybe, just maybe, when hundreds or thousands of civilians drop dead in the streets because of starvation. … maybe these “bravo” people will wake the fuck up and go out in to the streets. It’s amazing to witness how far chavismo can go without ANY opposition of the people.

    Viva CubaZuela for many many …… MANY more years to come. If only they would understand that it’s in their hands and all this misery could be ended very soon, it only needs millions in the streets all day every day.

    • I’m still amazed that there’s adult, rational and thinking folks who still believe that social movements don’t need any sort of organization nor leadership and that they spontaneously spring from nothing.

    • That cretin was one of the most ferocious enemies of the 2016 and 2017 protests, labeling the protesters as “tarifados chavistas saboteadores” because people didn’t obey the stupid order of protesting from 10 to 2.

  5. “Political scientist and dissident chavista Nícmer Evans pointed out that they didn’t call for blocking streets, while Primero Justicia’s (PJ) lawmaker Jorge Millán urged the population to “dedicate” two hours on Friday to protest for their most pressing needs.”

    This pathetic “frente amplio is just like most of the previous MUDs: clueless, divided, selfish, avaricious. Highly corruptible, when not already complicit and corrupt. Under educated too, although with a few more highschool classes then the rest of the incredibly ignorant populace. And they are supposed to be the “leaders” for future generations. Glad I got the hell outta there.. Even if Chavismo falls one day, (only because the US administration sends a quick military intervention – it’s in OUR national interest – ) they will be stuck with weasels and crap like Nicmer Evans, Borges or Allup and his Derwick pals. Inheriting a worthless country, indebted to the core, that produces nothing, with a corrupt population without skills or education. Good luck with all that.

    A shithole it is, and a shithole it will remain, for many more decades to come. Among the very worst hellholes on the planet, for a reason: its people. With Chavistas, Chavistas arrenpentidos or not, with “opponents”, with “frente amplio” crap, with mudcrap and, worst of all, with their pathetic and complicit clueless “pueblo”. All we want now in the USA and the rest of the Civilized world is that they don’t interfere with our Geo-political and economic own interests. Therefore, one day, if they beg and play nice, we might give them a quick hand. Militarily of course. But only to get the hell outta there even faster, and leave than perpetual mess to that pathetic, tragicomic indeed, Mudcrap clowns, cheap thieves, and the remaining useless pueblo-people ignorant zombies.

    Just another incorrigible Nicaragua, and even worse: Haiti, Syria or Somalia of the world, there are many in Africa.. we”ll send them food when they starve and medicine best we can in the decades to come.

  6. And to think that 17 years of Marcos Perez Jimenez would have made that Klepto-Cubazuelan hellhole even better than Chile is today, after 17 years with Pinochet: A first-world nation with educated profesionals and skilled people with minimal moral values. Heck, they could be the Tropical Latino Norway right now, with all that oil. Too bad that boat sailed long ago. Populism and Corruption has taken over.

  7. On a more specific note, the problem with the stupid “opposition” is simple. They need to understand Maria Corina Machado and follow her as top leader. She’s one of the few who understands that nothing will change until the Chavista Narco-Criminals and 1300 “Generals” go.

    She has most of it right, one of the very few. She knows that streets protests about water food, inflation, public services are futile. That no “political” or “economic” reforms are realistic under that Kleptocracy. They need to start by beheading the Chavista snake, it it has numerous heads. What even MCM still doesn’t seem to get now is that it will only be possible if the USA helps out with a brief military intervention, while she gets everything organized here for THAT. IF the USA deems it in our own, selfish interests to do so, of course. Meanwhile, she and the rest of the opposition can “protest” all they want about inflation, water, electricity, garbage, health care, crime, ad nausea. See if Maduro, Cabello, Tarek, Rodriguez and Padrino’s 1300 generals care.. See if the Guardia Nazional or Sebin care..

    Other than Leopoldo who is neutralized, she’s the only “opponent” these “frente amplio” fools should defer to. Except that she’s wise enough not to mingle with these stupid, corrupt clowns. Capriles.. makes me puke. Borges, Allup, Vecchio, they all suck. MCM is almost alone, with secondary, relatively dumb dudes like Ledezma.. clueless too. She is in a class of her own, at least she understoof the basic long ago, as Leopoldo did: First you behead the Chavista Hydra snake, then you start thinking about politics, dialogue, or economic measures. Begging the entire Civilized world to help.

    • Mate I make about a €100k clean a year without tips, I’m willing to bet my entire year salary that “a brief US military intervention” will never ever ever ever ever happen …… EVER!!! It’s not in their interest, no president can sell it to the American people, it would never pass in the UN without a Chinese or Russian veto, S-American nations wouldn’t support it, most Venezuelans are against it, so why the hell you keep preaching this idea is beyond me. It’s up to “EL COBARDE PUEBLO” to get rid of Chavismo …. and they won’t. … pq son COBARDES SIN COJONES!!!!

      • Oh, selling it to us American people is the easy part. As it is, the liberals won’t support anything Trump does, so what else is new?

        Did growing opposition to Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq keep us from going in, and staying in?

        Seriously, you’re reading from the wrong playbook on how we do things here.

        • Liberals won’t support it, conservatives won’t support, and Trump wants no part of it either.

          You are in cloud cuckoo land on this one, my friend.

      • “Most venezuelans are against it (…)”

        According to who? Hinterlaces? Most everyone i meet and talk to daily on the bus seem to have figured out already that this won’t be resolved without some kind of foreign intervention.

      • I agree with Duncanvd.

        Look. If Hillary had won the election, how many Venezuelans would be in favor of invading the U.S. to save OUR asses?

        • In that case, Venezuela’s and Venezuelan’s opinion on the matter would be less of a factor. Hillary would have done something way earlier, as she is believed to be more prone to fits of regime-changing militarism than Trump.

          • ” Hillary would have done something way earlier…”

            Oh, hell yeah, Hillary DID do something earlier, or were you hibernating during the goddamn EIGHT YEARS that Obama let the castros to destroy Latin America as they wanted without any sort of opposition whatsoever?

      • There are only two ways that the US will intervene militarily in Venezuela.

        The media will sink their teeth into the story and refuse to let go. Similar to how the news reports forced President G.H.W. Bush into intervening in Somalia. Daily reports of human rights abuses, people starving, overall anarchy etc..
        OR
        The bankers that have tremendous influence on our politicians begin to get worried about never getting paid for their bonds and start whispering in the ears of the politicians that something must be done.

        Of the 2 scenarios, I choose the second. The media will have a dilemma if Trump is no longer as eager to become involved as he was when all of the regional leaders condemned him for saying that military intervention was an option.
        Do they attack Trump for inaction regarding a military intervention, or do they remain silent and tacitly support the murderous regime that many in the media are ideologically aligned with?

      • “pq son COBARDES SIN COJONES!!!!”

        No, niño, porque son GENTE DESARMADA contra TODO EL HAMPA DEL PAÍS y agentes de CINCO PAÍSES INVASORES.

    • Dude, I agree with 90% of your context, but xx% less content would make it more digestible. Just hard to choke down in one sitting.

  8. Best quote from the article:

    “Everyone out for themselves”

    That’s exactly what one would expect when all hope is lost. It would be surprising if military and law enforcement rank and file don’t stop going to work here next.

    Just give it time, I suppose.

    But, they know they need to keep their guns if they have any chance of survival. And they can’t easily run. I read already that lists if police/SEBIN/military personal have all been collected by opposition scribes and have started to be distributed to foreign countries and people who have fled.

    Eventually, when the rats leave the ship, they will have to look over their shoulders. 200+ people in the Miami police force are of VZ decent. And cops have long LONG memories.

  9. So all of these MUDcrap “opponents” and retards keep calling for street protests, or even worse, political and economic reforms from the Chavistoide Klepto-Tyranny. They keep asking for “dialogue”, understanding and fair elections!! Yes, they do. Un-freaking believable. After the 150 people dead last year in the streets, after what we just saw in Nicaragua?!.. What just happened there? NADA, and nothing will. or watch Cuba lately, or Russia and China, for deeper perspectives. Do they even watch TV, those “opponent frente amplio” and MUDcrap retards?

    Granted, after 4 or 5 more decades, Cubazuela might start to look like Cuba, North Korea or China.. even as ‘good’ as Bolivia.. a few “reforms” here of there, and some Capitalization of the economy, some basic public services.. inflation under 1000%, some good yuca, pasta and even fish or rice to eat. Enjoy the long ride, geniuses.

  10. Former Venezuela: Now Klepto-Cubazuela, a tropical, new-age Narco-Tyranny of sorts, so many other Mega-Scams to feed Millions of Thieves and Leeches, food, finance, gas, oil, ‘alcaldias” “vieviendas’:

    “A shithole it is, and a shithole it will remain, for many more decades to come. Among the very worst hellholes on the planet, for a reason: its people, at all levels, Chavistoides or not.”

    Until people get better educations, skills, moral values. Slowly.. decades.

    Lack of tough love, and a good education, building skills, working habits and morals for its people. Wish there was a better solution in the future than MPJ was. Don’t see one. Too late. At best, what was Venezuela in the 90’s might become Bolivia in a few decades, or Nicaragua. Enjoy.

    • Seriously, you seem to look down upon everyone from what I can guess is some fictitious mount. Waiting for “otra dia, nueva mensaje” but will not hold my breath. Of course, if asked again about the day after the regime falls to US intervention you will not answer to whom should fall the responsibility for the occupation and providing stability.

      • Lots of stress, here and especially in Venezuela, but a common theme is finding something wrong with almost everyone, and ignoring what they get right. About now, no one here seems to credit anyone in the opposition with having any leadership solutions.

        Following a hypothetical fall of Chavismo, the responsibility assumption is not hard. That goes to the AN and to the TSJ in exile. Appointing a new CNE is not hard, and scheduling presidential elections within a three months time frame isn’t hard.

        There are people in the MUD of Frente Amplio who do have plans for currency substitution and privatization (return to rightful owners). I will say it again, and probably no one here will listen much, but guarantees of private property are essential.

        Too many people are stuck on “No plans are possible until Chavismo is gone”. I’ll say this again: Chavismo will never be gone if no one has any vision and plans of and for something better.

        Too much of this goes on:
        Q: What are you going to do after the regime falls?
        A: Don’t ask such stupid questions. The regime has to fall, and thinking about any future while the regime is still in place is stupid. Get it? Good. Now STFU.

        • Just going to assume that something is wrong within your last paragraph, the answer to a legitimate question is not “Get it? Good. Now STFU.”

          Not the responsibility for governing but the responsibility for stability, enforcing the law, punishing criminals, distributing food and medication, and enforcing private property rights. Who does the actual hard work?

        • “Too many people are stuck on “No plans are possible until Chavismo is gone”. I’ll say this again: Chavismo will never be gone if no one has any vision and plans of and for something better”

          It’s just the opposite: EVERYBODY wants to imagine realms and worlds BEFORE ousting chabizmo and they think they can do ANYTHING to fix Venezuela before going through that incredibly difficult and obligatory first step.

          chabizmo hasn’t gone yet because the opposition “leadership” has been SOLD to chabizmo since 2002, simple as that, they are part of the regime, the CHAMORROS, the ones that will put the appearance of a pseudo-opposition that forced the people to WASTE TIME during almost two decades, because instead of working to oust chabizmo as it had to be because it’s a butcher-stuffed regime, the “coordinadora democrática” wasted years taking people to the useless bailoterapias, yogazos and white-painted hands, all while they crushed any dissenting opinion or idea by labeling them as “enpantuflados radicales guerreros del teclado tarifados chavistas quintacolumnas que quieren muertos” and “con protestar no se consigue nada”

          “…and scheduling presidential elections within a three months time frame isn’t hard. ”

          And who the hell will be the candidates, huh?! Capriles? HRA? Borges? Falsón? Rosales? Bertucci? Zeepplpeplfefdt? MRT? Luisa Ortega? Rafaelito Ramírez? Rosinés?

          Don’t you see that calling for elections just after ousting chabizmo is a surefire way to ensure that blight won’t be eradicated in the near future?

          “Slowly.. decades.”

          Shut the hell up, dude, it’s been already 70 years.

          “for a reason: its people, at all levels, Chavistoides or not.” ”

          Ah, yeah, the typical wildcard of those ridiculous closeted chabiztos: “It’s not shiabbe’s fault, it’s EVERYBODY BUT HIM!”

      • Waltz
        I found a CNBC article that claims 2 separate sources stating that the loan extension deal wit China has lapsed and Venezuela must increase oil shipments by over 300,000 barrels per day.

        ” Last year, Venezuela shipped some 700,000 bpd of crude and fuel to China through bilateral agreements, according to a Reuters review of PDVSA trade documents.

        But only around 70,000 bpd were applied to debt service under the grace period arrangement, according to one of the sources, with China paying the remainder in cash.

        Without the grace period, the amount applied to debt service rises to 375,000 bpd, the sources said.”

        https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/27/venezuela-faces-heavy-bill-as-grace-period-lapses-on-china-loans.html

        I find this article confusing. According to these numbers, China is the number 1 customer for Venezuelan oil. Like anything else connected to PDVSA, it is very hard to fact check statements. I thought you may be interested anyways.

  11. John—I read the Reuters story referenced in the CNBC link. Seven billion less dollars is huge. 300,000/bps would lower those barrels actually generating cash down to what? Around a quarter million, PDVSA will likely begin hemorrhaging cash like Tesla at that point. Could this be another reason the election was moved forward, things could begin a far worse spiral downward soon.

  12. New oppo leadership should come from the barrios, not AD or PJ. They have to get their shit together. I can’t believe we’re in 2018 and we are still betting on Capriles or Leopoldo.

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