Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Update: another student dead and more reactions
I woke this morning with the news of the deliberate assassination (?) of a Merida student by a pro Chavez Tupamaro group. Now every side is happy, they all have their martyr. On TV the tension is mounting about today possible events. Cops everywhere in Plaza Venezuela but the students are too fast for them.
I heard the radio interview of the rojo-rojito governor of Merida state. His speech, aimless was sustained with he usual banalities of chavismo: "apegado a la constitucion" "el 11 de abril" "la revolucion" "deestabilizador"and such platitudes that could not hide his disarray, his inability to understand what is really going. His long rambling is summarized quite shortly and completely by Globovision.
This is the sense we have from the regime: although they seemed to have looked forward a reaction (Globovison this morning was showing a full video of Lina Ron with a militarized brigade of her followers all with red shirts and flags, deliciously fascist in design) they never expected such a strong one and besides shooting they have no idea what to do.
To tell you how fast the international reaction was, Index on censorship, the English quarterly monitoring world censorship asked me for an article fast which is already up and front page. Please visit and try to leave a comment. Their editor is not only good but fast and in a hurry.
The interest outside is quite simple to understand: in the civilized world NOBODY can understand why a government would go out of its way to design a new rules system uniquely to shut down a specific TV station on cable TV only (even if as an excuse a couple of other channels fall with the flack). However they all undertand one thing: it is purely a Chavez whim, but an unacceptable one. we are seeing only the early part of that: consequences will be worse than three years ago, bringing among other things a renewed interest from the rest of the world about the coming Venezuelan elections. Will the opposition play its cards right?
Human Rights violations in Venezuela, from the Tascon list to political prisoners.
- Amnesty International Venezuela's page
- Human Rights Watch Venezuela's page
- COFAVIC page (in spanish)
- Tell Chavez you will not accept his having political prisoners
- A review of the video "La Lista" detailing all the abuses of the Tascon list
- Miguel's compilation
- A summary of 20 lies about the video "The Revolution will not be televised"
- The video debunking the April 11 2002 governmental lies
- "La Cadena", a video explaining how Chavez tried to hide the reality of April 11 2002 by bloc king TV news