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Justice establishes that every person is innocent until proven otherwise. For chavismo, you’re guilty when they say so, without due process, without respect for human rights, without mercy. On Monday night, Peruvian journalist Jaime Bayly said in his show that he was aware of the drone flight plan and regretted the operation’s failure: “But that’s no reason to falter, they’re surely planning the next attempt,” he claimed.

Yesterday, Reuters published an interview with former San Diego municipal police director Salvatore Lucchese, who claimed responsibility for the drone flight, along with other militants of the “resistance”, without specifying his role in the operation and without clarifying whether this “resistance” includes the Movimiento Nacional Soldados de Franela or not. Lucchese said that “the armed fight will continue.” Later, he wrote on Twitter that he didn’t do anything and called himself “one more soldier.”

Nicolás’s evidence

At midnight on Monday, omitting the prosecutors, police and military officers who are allegedly working to solve Saturday’s incident, Nicolás shared a video on social media to show that instead of governing, he’s working on the investigation, promising to show solid evidence in the next few hours.

Later, the National Assembly’s board issued a statement demanding a “serious, objective, impartial and conclusive” investigation about the incident, demanding that the investigation’s results be published in all speed. Minister Jorge Rodríguez announced that Nicolás would present his evidence at 8:00 p.m. during a mandatory broadcast.

Survivors?

“After these hours that have passed after the terrorist and criminal attempt, not just to assassinate the president, but to kill the country, the idea of hope, of peace, the idea of democracy,” said Nicolás, before clarifying that Delcy Rodríguez wasn’t in Saturday’s event due to health issues and that Tareck El Aissami and Wilmar Castro Soteldo were in Turkey. “We were born again on August 4 (…) we were saved by a miracle, beyond all the security measures.” Once again, he listed all the attempts against Venezuelan presidents, the failed coup against Carlos Andrés Pérez that serves as PSUV’s foundational date (February 4, 1992) and discredited all of Chávez’s complaints about frustrated assassination attempts; but that was nothing compared to how he labeled the drone flight as a “terrorist exploit.” “I saw death in the face and told her: ‘My time hasn’t come, leave now, death’,” he said, marking his breathing like a smoker after a day of excessive consumption.

Synchrony

Nicolás lied time and again, but suggesting that an attempt against him is an attempt against democracy, was excessive. Additionally, he said that the political fight starts with respect for the National Constitution, that he believes “in peace, in life and respect for the adversary,” and later he praised SEBIN and announced that they were working to catch the perpetrators. Almost simultaneously, Primero Justicia denounced that SEBIN officers kidnapped lawmaker Juan Requesens and the head of the UCV’s Federation of University Centers, Rafaela Requesens in the Terrazas del Ávila neighborhood.

Nicolás ordered the Interior and Foreign Ministers to explain his evidence to the governments of Colombia and the U.S., because he wants to extradite all the culprits and he expects Donald Trump’s compliance. Well, Nicolás’s “solid evidence” were four videos: a mini-documentary; the testimony of Juan Carlos Monasterios (AKA Bons) involved in the incident (divided in two parts) and an array of audio files from the rest of the team behind Saturday’s operation, the most shameful resource of the official script.

Details

Nicolás said they’d captured the culprits thanks to “popular intelligence that saw the strange attitude of two trucks (vehicles have attitudes now) they saw them fly the drones and captured them.” The mini-documentary claims that the assassins (11 in total) were offered $50 million; that they were trained in Colombia, that the original plan was set for July 5, but the drones hadn’t arrived. In the second video, Monasterios (AKA Bons) mentions lawmakers Juan Requesens and Julio Borges, which would allegedly “explain” SEBIN’s arrest.

Strangely, Bons’s voice is relaxed; he’s not a man narrating a crime but telling a story, so much so, that despite the handcuffs, he moves his hands comfortably and coherently. Despite showing only that testimony, judge Nicolás took it as a confirmation of his theory, summing up the reach of his arbitrariness, the denial of justice. He said that lawmaker Juan Requesens was a psychopath. It was very serious for prosecutors to allow him to manipulate the investigation’s evidence, from military berets to lead pieces, which the drones supposedly carried.

Other details

Nicolás said that the drone that reached the presidential stage came out of the Cipreses building and flew past TSJ headquarters. His tale suggested that the choice to hold the August 4 celebration in the Bolívar Av. was made by the attackers and not by the government itself. He insisted that the drone that reached his stage had gunpowder and lead and the one that crashed against the Don Eduardo building had C4 and gunpowder. After discrediting lawmaker Requesens, Diosdado Cabello announced that this Wednesday the ANC will strip the lawmakers involved in the “frustrated assassination attempt” off their parliamentary immunity, a faculty which the ANC doesn’t have. Parliamentary immunity can only be stripped by the National Assembly, after a preliminary hearing on merits before the TSJ, according to articles 200 and 266 of the Constitution. Requesens’s arrest, considering his parliamentary immunity and the lack of a judicial warrant against him, is illegal and arbitrary.

Several Parliament lawmakers went to SEBIN HQ at El Helicoide. Additionally, on social networks someone pulled out the tweet of late Oscar Pérez from December 2017, where he denounced that Osman Delgado Tabosky and Rayder Russo (two of the men Nicolás denounced as perpetrators) are government moles within the “resistance”.

Requesens’s words

Juan Requesens spoke yesterday from the National Assembly’s speaker’s podium. Talking about the case of recently exiled lawmaker José Manuel Olivares and of many young citizens of his generation who are either abroad of buried underground “because they were murdered, because you killed them, Nicolás.” And he went on: “Today, I can speak here, I don’t know about tomorrow (…) what I do want to restate today and what I want to tell the people, is that we’ll continue to do all we can to accomplish what every Venezuelan wants, which is to remove Nicolás Maduro from power, because today Venezuela is demanding, today Venezuela is clamoring, raising its voice to remove him. If we have to talk, let’s talk; if we have to fight, we’ll fight; if we have to protest, we’ll protest and don’t you think for a moment that from Miraflores, with the orders you give to persecute, to kill, to murder, to jail, because you don’t have a strategy (…) the only strategy the dictatorship has here is crushing dissidents, within their ranks and out of them.”

This vulgar and arbitrary script didn’t help them in appearing as the victims, they’re back to being thugs enjoying their role. The witch hunt that’s just starting won’t distinguish between criminals and innocents, which makes it even worse that several opposition members justified these abuses with mistakes committed by other dissidents, instead of addressing the regime’s villainy.

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35 COMMENTS

  1. To Naky; Is this paragraph characterizing Juan Requesen’s speech in the NA?

    “This vulgar and arbitrary script didn’t help them in appearing as the victims, they’re back to being thugs enjoying their role. The witch hunt that’s just starting won’t distinguish between criminals and innocents, which makes it even worse that several opposition members justified these abuses with mistakes committed by other dissidents, instead of addressing the regime’s villainy.”

    • Brian, that’s a good question. There are no quotation marks at the beginning of the end of that paragraph leading one to wonder if these are Requesens words or Naky’s words. If they are Naky’s words I hope she does not get a “friendly” drop in visit from you know who to discuss the matter and a “request” that she reconsider before using such verbage in future articles.
      Thanks Naky….we appreciate you!

  2. The world if full of chickenshits (Bayly, Lucchese, etc) who sit on the sidelines and claim “resistance” to this or that regime. “One more soldier”. LAUGHABLE!

    I say, “Pour yourself another whisky there, brave soldier! The battle is nearly won! Don’t forget to pick up your jacket from the dry cleaners… can’t have all them medals hangin on a dirty jacket! Perhaps one of them sashes like Maduro has is what would really pull it all together the next time you are leading the charge?”

    I imagine they will build statues to your bravery years from now.

    • hahahahaahaha well said el guapo

      Is the CIA feeding Bayly and Patricia Poleo info?

      Or are they just (as you say) sipping whiskey from the sidelines in Miami and talking lots of bullshit. I think it is the later.

      Venezuelans are more f*%king pathetic than Cubans and couldnt even organize a piss up in a brewery.

      MRubio, I have not been here for a while and maybe missed one of your comments, but neighborhood association going around telling people to start growing gardens because (rumor is) on mainland there are no divisas for seeds, fertilizer and well nothing during the planting season (rainy season). Therefore we should expect that near Christmas time there will be severe shortages of fresh vegetables (and thus fueling inflation even more). Just want to confirm. But I am filling my suburban yard up each week with plants and buying more gallinas and ducks to prepare for feliz chavidad.

      • Guach, for the record, there’s already a severe shortage of fresh vegatables here. Sunday I went out to buy veggies about 11 AM, peak hour for those out buying for their Sunday soup, and I almost came home empty-handed.

        The largest seller in town was closed due to lack of product. The few others I found open didn’t have what I was looking for…..ocumo chino, ocumo blanco, ñame, etc. At a tiny roadside stand I did manage to buy a kilo of yuca (their last kilo) and a half kilo of auyama.

        Tomatoes and potatoes are now history here, nowhere to be found at any price.

        For the record, thanks to CC member John, I just finished a beautiful lettuce salad picked fresh from my garden an hour ago. I topped it with hard-boiled eggs out of the chicken coup, deboned bar-b-que’d red snapper (which I convinced myself was actually crab meat while I was eating it) and my homemade honey mustard dressing.

        Think I’ll go back for more.

      • I don’t understand:

        Is Bayly claiming to have known about this beforehand?

        Even though I still claim nothing happened, and it was just a gas explosion.

      • “Venezuelans are more f*%king pathetic than Cubans and couldnt even organize a piss up in a brewery. ”

        Let the free and unbased hatred towards venezuelans flow far and strong! Wheeee!

        • You are correct Ulamog and I appreciate your sarcasm…Nevertheless until this country is free, all we can say is: “wheeeee!” F*&king mind-blowing and beyond words what is going on here.

      • Guach, further to your comments about lack of funds for seed, fertilizer, etc, the only planting of corn I’ve heard about here locally is by the Brazilians who normally import all their own products. It’d be about a 45 minute trip for me to buy, not too bad, but still a lot further than normal for me. Every kilometer obviously adds to the cost of transport.

        Haven’t spoken for a month or so with the guy I bought corn from last year and don’t know if he’s going to plant or not. If he is, but hasn’t yet, he’d better plant soon because we’re already well into August and the rainfall this year has been crappy and sporatic.

        I can likely buy from the Brazilians but the product will be more costly. Of course, something is better than nothing.

        We’re about finished selling our product for the year. If no more corn is planted than what I’ve heard about so far, this town will be in for a world of hurt for a long time.

        • MRubio, thanks as always for your comments. Yeah, thats what I thought. Dried whole corn (white or yellow) has skyrocketed in price here and I love to make arepas the old fashioned way with the molina. Better buy it up now and store it for a rainy day.

          Water came today, so watered the hell out of the garden. Going to plant every last cm of the garden full of food. Love the combo of Margarita tomatoes and basil growing together. Regardless, vegetables are expensive now, but I expect prices will get out of control…

          Hey did you see the pic of the sunken conferry? Got to worry on the island, not only because of lack of production on the mainland, but transportation to margarita as well.

          • Didn’t see any pics of the sunken conferry though I looked on the interwebs. If you’ve got a linky, it would be appreciated.

            What all do you have in your garden?

            I’ve got 4 or 5 types of lettuce planted, arugula, swiss chard, broccoli (which is doing amazingly well), radish, green beans, anaheim peppers, banana peppers, and okra….which they call chimbombo here. Also have dill, basil, cilantro, and rosemary though the rosemary hasn’t sprouted yet. All of those veggies are from seeds that John send me but that the locals weren’t interested in.

            If we can hook up somehow, I’ll get you some seeds as well.

  3. Watching the news and reading comments about the current happenings in Venezuela is like watching a Three Stooges TV Program. The only question is who are playing the Larry, Curly, and Moe roles.

    If it wasn’t for the fact that its not a movie and actually happen I would be well entertained instead of totally depressed.

  4. Everyone, excepting Maduro, perhaps, knows this drone incident is just the start of it. El Pubelo might have been starved into compliance, but not everyone. As mentioned by many sources, one reason for lack of foreign “meddling” is that no one wants to be on the hook for the clean up and rebuild. Imagine what a nightmare that’s gonna be.

    • They’re most likely trying to avoid what happened in Irak and Afghanistan after the whole Bush-vasion fiasco, where the tribute for the Taliban in westerner lives was deemed too high to keep them doing their job of containing the daesh.

  5. This event is full of inconsistencies. Please report the exact timeline and I’ll be happy to debunk the myths around it. Please talk to experts in explosive, drones, etc. This is a true fake that you’re making real. As this guy who says that the earth is flat.

  6. The only thing more amateurish than the drones attempt was the official televised description of the planning of it (those leaving the Diplomatic Corps. special briefing were laughing out loud). “Bons” (probably short for “Bonehead”) was obviously a Govt. plant, relaxed/unhurt/reading from a script (that’s why his face was blurred out), with such choice nuggets as, after months of preparation/practice in Colombia: taxis from a hotel didn’t want to work such long hours, so the conspirators were taken to the Nuevo Circo, where they contracted new taxis; the vehicles dropping off the conspirators with their drones in Ccs. city center in plain view the p.m. of the event were surrounded after the explosions by concerned citizens holding the conspirators captive til they could be arrested; Bons was constantly on audio telling the drone operators to be cool/calm/collected, as well as telling them multiple times to be sure to switch on the drones to “P” position to activate them. The Keystone Cops would be considered masterful operators compared to this description/show.

    • After watching the video, I don’t believe it for a second. Not an instant. Because if I (a nobody) were planning something as sinister as a political assassination, I wouldn’t have left a speck of evidence and even my accomplices would know nothing about me. And THESE GUYS ARE GIVING UP EVERYTHING, plus they have notarized signatures from Santos saying, “I did it!”? It’s like watching a vintage episode of Perry Mason where the real criminal finally cracks under Perry’s hardcore cross examination and confesses on the witness stand!

      Fraud. Wholesale fraud.

      • Last time: the drone attempt was real/amateurish/botched (RCR sent an impartial investigative team to the neighborhoods and interviewed eyewitnesses-the only reporting allowed to air). The official Govt. explanation of who/how/when is a farce, and will be used to punish the innocent.

        • I don’t doubt there were drones. I doubt it was a real attempt, even if by amateurs. Alternative school 8th graders on Ritalin couldn’t fuck up this project.

          I am more likely to believe that this is more Chavismo making itself look like the victim, when the most likely scenario (Law of Parsimony/Occam’s Razor) is that Chavismo set all of this up themselves. The main reason being too many things (confessions, witnesses, “evidence”) has fallen into Chavismo’s lap VERY conveniently. And curiously, nobody got hurt.

          • ” more Chavismo making itself look like the victim”

            With the excuse of the insult I’m about to write, but I have to correct your sentence:

            ” more Chavismo making itself look like a bunch of shit-stuffed headless chicken scrambling around”

          • “Alternative school 8th graders on Ritalin couldn’t fuck up this project.”

            Suddenly now is an expert drone pilot.

            Interesting…

  7. If US and/or Colombia (why not) wanted Maduro dead, by now the bugs would be feasting on his fat body; including some of his acolytes. Now, one thing is sure, whether is a Chavestia made fallacy or an amateurish attempt by some “resistance”, the very fact is that Maduro is now publicly “vulnerable”, “reachable” and “disposable” for all the interests implied including his own people. Perhaps this “attempt” was a surprise for him but not to the Sebin or his own entourage. Who knows, perhaps a friendly reminder for him and family that there is no exit but to keep going.

    Now, we cannot over estimate Maduro’s lack of grey matter (“escaso” as per Luisa Ortega); he might have agreed on pulling such a stunt to extract some leftover sympathies and use as excuse to further crack down the opposition. I doubt it, self preservation is wired in every brain in spite of the amount of working neurons. He would have known that the theatrics would make him extremely vulnerable (see above) and he does not need that bullshit to squeeze an already defeated opposition which by the way is not convenient to kill (just yet).

    I think, it came from the inside without Maduro’s knowledge. Not necessarily a farce but perhaps a warning. Perhaps the mondogo is too hot for him and he wants out and whomever just do not want him to go…yet. Always trace the money and you will find who did it.

    And for the US/Colombia interest, it occurs to me that letting Maduro implode will bring a lot more benefit than rescuing Venezuela via presidential assassination (or a coup or an invasion). Some people still believe that Venezuela is somehow important or strategic to US…well that train sailed about 18 years ago and nope we are no longer influential except for the wrong reasons. Maduro is the poster child of what is wrong with the left, what happens when you ally with Cuba and China, plus keeping him alive automatically removes 2 MM barrels of oil per day and sinks a sizeable chunk of Chinese/Russian investment to the place of no recovery. Venezuela is a little and economical bargain chip to trade for more important stuff in the middle east. If I am US or Saudi Arabia what is not to like.

    I see the sinking of the speed ferry in Guanta as the ominous sign that there is no much left for the Chabestias to pull. They may go down as Argentina in the 80’s, trying some other trick like war with Colombia (and why not? Guyana). But that will go wrong with the real Chabestia lords…no not the Cubans..the Narcos.

  8. Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of a prominent opposition leader in connection with an alleged assassination attempt against President Nicolas Maduro.

    In addition to seeking the arrest of Julio Borges, the court also called for the prosecution of another opposition lawmaker, Juan Requesens, who police detained a day earlier.

    The moves threaten to deepen the country’s political crisis as opposition lawmakers accuse the government’s ruling part of using the alleged attack to clamp down on the opposition.

    Video circulating Tuesday on social media showed Venezuela’s political police arresting Requesens, a 29-year-old deputy in the opposition-controlled National Assembly. Supporters say he was kidnapped from his apartment.

    On Wednesday, the supreme court ordered the arrest of Borges, accusing him of “flagrant crimes,” including public incitement, treason to the fatherland and the attempted homicide against Maduro.

    http://time.com/5361591/venezuela-supreme-court-arrest-opposition-president-maduro-assassination/

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