Materializing rejection

For Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

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Photo: Efecto Cocuyo

Many governments ratified this Monday their disregard for the process with which Nicolás “re-elected” himself, despite high abstention and an even higher rejection against his administration. The Lima Group agreed to reduce the level of their diplomatic relations with Venezuela, so they called their ambassadors in Caracas —the few that were left — to consultation; they also agreed to exchange guidelines, tackle migration and consider financial contributions for institutions that are aiding countries bordering with Venezuela to attend the massive exodus of Venezuelan citizens. Australia supported dialogue, to the absolute satisfaction of the infamous José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero; while notable examples of solid democracies such as Russia, China, Iran, Cuba and Bolivia called for recognizing results. Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN general secretariat, explained António Guterres’ concern for the situation in Venezuela and regarding the non-election, he said that Guterres took note of the results. OAS secretary general Luis Almagro asked for tougher sanctions, emphasizing that: “the political system, its authorities and its president are a fraud.” Although several countries threatened to impose sanctions, only the United States came through.

Restricting sales

President Donald Trump signed an order limiting the Venezuelan government’s capacity to liquidate public assets, including public debt and PDVSA bonds, in an attempt to further restrict the regime’s capacity to get financing “at the expense of the Venezuelan people,” forbidding American citizens and companies the purchase of any kind of debt issued by the Venezuelan government, financial assets or accounts receivable.

The order also forbids the sale, transfer, allocation or adjudication of any shareholding participation in entities where the Venezuelan government owns 50% or more shares. Economist Asdrúbal Oliveros cautioned: “The sanctions obviously have a moral backdrop for crossing certain limits, such as holding fraudulent elections (…) this universe of economic sanctions complicates the government’s cash flow and given that the State is the main importer for the economy, they will also end up affecting all citizens with more inflation and shortages.”

The next day

While María Corina Machado said that “the electoral path is closed” and the only route is total disobedience; National Assembly Speaker Omar Barboza called for rebuilding the united opposition to confront Nicolás: “All Venezuelans have the duty to cooperate with the construction of the necessary ways to accomplish the change we so urgently need. And that task is the reconstruction of the National Unity al all of us who want a change, without excluding anyone.” Barboza added that the Broad Front and MUD will continue working to establish the necessary conditions for the holding of free elections. On Saturday, June 2, they’ll announce the coming actions. With tweets, Henri Falcón remarked that time will prove those who voted right and that the fight doesn’t end but transforms instead, “consolidating a true and objective alternative before the country’s great issues.”

Javier Bertucci accepted the figures announced by the National Electoral Council (CNE) and said he’s willing to participate in a dialogue process with Nicolás “as long as a humanitarian channel is opened.” He added that the elections could’ve been won if there had been unity in the opposition, so as not to miss anything from the official script.

Without euphoria

PSUV campaign chief Jorge Rodríguez offered an earlier report of the figures that would later be announced by CNE rectora Sandra Oblitas: with 98.7% transferred vote tallies, turnout reached 9,261,839 votes (45.99% of the electoral registry,) giving Nicolás 6,190,612 votes, 1,917,036 to Falcón, 988,761 to Bertucci and 36,246 to Reinaldo Quijada.

Rodríguez took pleasure in the gap of Nicolás’s advantage; he claimed that the complaints about red stations and assisted votes were resolved and ratified that Nicolás doesn’t care about international rejection. His sister Delcy Rodríguez didn’t talk about the poor amount of votes raised by the movement she leads (Somos Venezuela), despite all the funds they wasted in promoting it, but she did ask the nations that have rejected the elections and their results to “quit the tantrum against Venezuela,” claiming that “the CIA failed in Venezuela because they couldn’t intervene.”

In spite of this, she was bold enough to add that they’re willing to resume negotiations. The fact that she spoke of massive turnout was another excess. It’s worth noting that, contrary to other “triumphs”, State-run channels didn’t broadcast anything that could translate into satisfaction, joy or euphoria. Nothing.

Briefs and serious

  • It’s been three months since the IACHR granted protective measures for the children of the nephrology service of the J.M. de los Ríos Children’s Hospital, and the State has refused to implement the necessary measures to comply, while infrastructural conditions have grown worse and more children have died because of their negligence.
  • SEBIN officers at El Helicoide prevented the access of the lawyers of political prisoners. The 18 political prisoners who started a hunger strike on Saturday and were thus isolated, hold onto their cause. There was an important movement in social media demanding the release of those who remain detained even with release warrants.
  • While the OPEC expressed its concern for the our dwindling oil output, the government extended the validity of the Bs. 100 banknote until the new monetary cone starts circulating.
  • There were modest protests against Nicolás’s “re-election” in Caracas, Bolívar, Aragua, Monagas, Yaracuy, Lara and Mérida. Some of them were repressed by the National Guard despite being small.
  • According to The Spectator Index, Venezuela leads the list of nations with more firearm deaths, with a rate of 59 deaths for every 100,000 inhabitants, far surpassing Brazil, the second place.

If a part of the opposition seeks to reunite, the call for a meeting to concrete that possibility should’ve been among the key messages. Likewise, the intention to achieve fair elections requires a detailed description of what’s necessary to get them and all the obstacles faced by such a mission in the face of an authoritarian government. The strategy that so many expected to know was never explained. There was more effort in showing who was right, in placing blames —without acknowledging the mistakes— without bringing together all the aspects that fueled abstention. Our social and political tissue is so damaged, that it would seem better to keep ripping it apart than weaving it from different perspectives.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. “Although several countries threatened to impose sanctions, only the U.S. came through”–And, it will only be the U.S., in the final analysis, that saves S.A. from itself. Ven. 59 gun deaths per 100m–in 2014–multiply by 2/3x today.

  2. I am noticing more Aporreans are daring to part from the “Economic War” theme. Also, many of them (not all, and not a majority) are acknowledging this election for what it was. Example:

    “It is already public and notorious. The madurismo is a minority and is left without room for maneuver”

    https://www.aporrea.org/actualidad/a263578.html

    Google translation (which as usual changes gender of “her” to “him”):

    “Seldom do I imagine seeing her hesitate. The announcement of this Sunday revealed a fundamental element, Tibisay Lucena is also human; feels fear, understands perfectly that the time of his outrages is exhausted, to his surprise he discovers that nothing is infinite, that power can vanish in the same way he arrived, that the public function exercised outside the law sooner or later It can happen invoice. Therefore, at the time of announcing the result of electoral fraud could not show his irreversible histrionic capacity, his extraordinary cynicism, suddenly, Tibisay was only a timid messenger, stammered, and the snatches flourished where once there was superb. The defeat left her uncovered. Tibisay knows that the countdown was activated.”

    • thanks as always Naky!! Keep up the great work!

      Thanks gringo for the article. 20M was a kick in the nuts for the Chavistas. They thought they could be tramposo and cheat and steal this election and it totally backfired. I would love to see some audio leaks behind closed doors of what these c*&ts are actually saying.

      I think because of 20M we will see even more divisions among the chabestias.

      • I’m here for you, gacharaca. There’s a lot of derp and nonsense on Aporrea. Many of the authors are old and bitter about what has happened to their glorious revolution, and are in complete denial (or ignorance or both) of the Law of Supply and Demand. But, if you want to learn what the Chavistas are thinking, they lay it all out there without (yet) censoring any of the articles, including many that are highly critical and sometimes scathing of Maduro &. Co.

  3. “Australia supported dialogue…”

    What dialogue? Breaking down the word to its roots, dialogue means “across/through” and “converse/talk” in the Greek. There can be no dialogue when one party isn’t listening and doesn’t care to.

    Maduro isn’t interested in talking. He is interested in dictating (Latin: to assert) to the opposition how he wants them to act. I guess the twats in Australia haven’t been paying close attention like the rest of the world?

  4. Gee – only 59 murders in VZ. (bye the way Chile has about 3 (Good job Pinocett – maybe he should volunteer to be removed from his grave to straighten VZ (and the USA – 10.5 on gun deaths / 100,000 people index) – But you have add starvation to VZ murder index.

    you all have a good day

    (Best wishes MRubio

  5. Please accept my best wishes, MRubio and I am sorry for all your troubles. To Ms Naky Soto , you provided an excellent and eloquent of where things stand.

  6. So let us say it again to the Trump haters here.

    The U.S. is the ONLY country that delivered additional crippling sanctions to the regime the morning after…as Trump promised…and no one else did anything. Anywhere in the world, aside from playing the Ambassador song and dance. Pull ’em out. Put ’em in.

    No one, especially the pueblo, gives a shit about this. It’s meaningless.

    Trump…the ONLY one trying to take these scumbags down…and I have to listen to insults about him? On CC!? And from shmucks like Canucklehead whose government is doing NOTHING!?

    The problem I have with Canada is just Canucklehead. Canada has wonderful people, except they don’t know how to vote. TRUDEAU!?

    The guy is Hugo Lite.

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