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On Wednesday, once again, Machado was on the receiving end (because she’s no victim!) of a new act of violence perpetrated by the State. Indignación is what we feel after what happened the day before yesterday in the town of Upata, Bolívar State, when Machado, her team and two deputies from the Asamblea Nacional were brutally and ruthlessly attacked by regime supporters.

The reason for this new aggression? María Corina Machado is doing something that the chavista regime isn’t doing. She’s walking the walk, talking the talk. She carries the message that all Venezuelans deserve a prosperous and dignified life, and the right to live in a democracy. She’s visiting every town and every city in the country with a message of resilience and hope. She’s ready to give it all up to restore democracy and human rights in Venezuela.

María Corina Machado is doing something that the chavista regime isn’t doing. She’s walking the walk, talking the talk.

The attack perpetrated by a group of chavista thugs against her and her team is just one more piece of evidence of the state-led repression, and the severity of the democratic breakdown in Venezuela. No democratic country allows their opposition leaders to be attacked like this. No democratic country participates in the repression.

In the case of María Corina, we’ve covered the many attacks by the regime against her for being a leading voice against repression and the violation of human rights by the regime. She’s been assaulted in Caricuao, detained in Maiquetía, shoved in Chacao, attacked in Puerto Ordaz, assaulted in Turmero. Name the aggression, she’s suffered it.

Why? Because while she fights with ideas, the regime fights with palos and coercion. While she fights with conviction, they fight with fear of being revealed as dictators. They fear finally facing justice for what they’ve done.

While she fights with ideas, the regime fights with palos and coercion.

María Corina is also an empowered woman, with a political career and future. And the chavistas can’t take this either. The chavistas, with their so-called feminist discourse, have done nothing to improve the situation of women in Venezuela in any way. She has been  on the receiving end of state-led violence and gender-based violence. According to UN Women, gender-based political violence is any “physical, psychological or sexual action, conduct and/or aggression committed by one person or a group of people, directly or through third parties, against women who are candidates, elected, designated or exercising a public/political role, or against their families, to reduce, suspend, prevent or restrict the exercise of their position or to induce or oblige them to carry out, against their will, an act or omission in the performance of their functions or in the exercise of their rights.”  

If what happened to Machado and her team yesterday was not gender-based violence, I don’t know what is. You tell me.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. What happened to Maria Corina was criminal violence. The source is the same that snuffed Fernando Alban’s life. Why introduce gender here? It seems that in violence, Chavismo makes no such distinction.

    I admire Maria Corina. She is the political leader of the moment. Her uncompromising position of urgently removing tumerous Chavismo from power is what Venezuela needs.

    • Leftists consistently defend ordinary violent criminals. Then, the left uses our natural reaction to violence to elevate select enfranchised groups via claimed victimhood. There’s always a subtext of condemnation toward the non-enfranchised mainstream citizenry. And the beat goes on — no action against the violent perpetrators.

      Remember, leftists make everything political, even violent crime.

  2. I agree with renacuajo. Defining what happened to Maria Corina Machado as “gender-violence” is condescending and trivializes her as a special interest group politician. She is fighting for the liberation of the whole country, not just women.

  3. MCM is respectable, no doubt. Just one question: Where does she get a paycheck from? Who supports her?

    (Much like Capriles or Ramos Allup) How do they make a living?

    Answer that if you can.

    • I don’t know about HRA, but MCM and Capriles both come from old-money families, what people used to call Amos del Valle, so if you’re trying to imply they get some sort of paycheck from George Soros or the CIA… just don’t. They and their families have enough money for generations.

  4. María Corina is also an empowered woman, with a political career and future. And the chavistas can’t take this either.

    I haven’t been back to Venezuela in about 4 years. My wife (expat) not in two years. I can’t vouch for the entire country, but where my wife grew up, women who were successful (educated, wore professional suits, had careers) were sneered at by El Puebo. In their minds eye, such women “f*cked their way to the top”.

    In Venezuela, that was the excuse for failure. A woman “cannot succeed unless she sleeps with the boss”. God forbid a young girl get herself educated, sacrifice immediate fun and delay any gratification until they have achieved.

    Again, this is purely anecdotal. My wife was very bright from a young age. It was only because her uncles sacrificed for her (financially) and her hard work that she achieved. And you would think that the women she grew up with would PERHAPS ACKNOWLEDGE THIS? No chance…

  5. According to your quote from “UN Women” (?), only Women can be victims of, ” Gender-Based Violence.”

    If this isn’t Gender-Discrimination, I don’t know what is. You tell me.

  6. What is interesting about this attack is how some days ago it was foretold by Samper and other public figures outside Venezuela who insisted that MCM was about to be the subject of a regime sponsored attack on her life, now they say that what the regime will try to do is to infect her with some toxin or illness because they want oppo leaders to understand that the regime will stoop at nothing to fight their avowed resistance……. They havent learned nothing from what just happened to the Saudis………!! They would be giving their enemies a great deal of amunition to justify further attacks on the regime !!

  7. It’s not about gender.

    It’s about not being another flunkie in the chavista regime’s payroll like all the others that are calling for elections as “the magic solution to all”

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