The arrest of the president of the Venezuelan Soccer Federation is the more recent milestone in a series of events that show how, no matter the discipline, Venezuelan sports have also been taken over by the national crisis
After Cristal Palacios shared with us her concept of “peace privilege” to explain the inability to understand Venezuela from the comfort of development, Manuel Llorens takes the cue to propose another dimension of the phenomenon: everyone tends to reduce the contemplation of pain.
Following the old Roman custom of bread and circus, the Maduro regime has been menacing the country’s baseball and soccer football teams to support the illusion of normality. But as we just saw in a protest in Maracaibo, the players are refusing to follow orders and are standing with the common people.
Turns out, it’s not only chavistas who remain in denial, who alter and distort reality or have trouble admitting and dealing with facts and existing, real life problems. Now, these problems extend to opposition leaders and citizens, too.
We know what every political prisoner is being subjected to. Unfortunately, Gilber Caro, substitute deputy to the National Assembly, is no exception to the dictatorship’s rulebook of psychological torture, isolation, coercion and an overall unfair process.
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