|Crying over her job|
Thursday news had two facets. The first one, as you can see from the cover, is the human drama that the former employees are living. Their jobs have been lost. Their personal belongings have been taken away, to the tooth brushes. And any hope of recovering their jobs fast is all but lost as they learn that even the horses have been taken away without anyone knowing where they went. What would they do back in a property without working instruments, cattle, crops?. The government is simply taking away all the possessions inside La Carolina, from the ones of the employees residing there to the souvenirs and art work of Diego Arria. In front of the state sponsored looting no one is safe, from the boss to the day worker. The blackmail is simple: those who do not want to work for the government will lose it all. And who would want to work for such a cruel boss as the thuggish INTI representatives, unless they partake in the cruelty? A lose/lose situation if any.
The second facet is the deliberate intent of the regime to destroy anything that stands in its way or that demonstrates that the regime's way leads nowhere. For all the farms that have been seized (or should we say now STOLEN?) for the past few years I renew my challenge of a previous post to any pro Chavez reader: show us one, a single one farm taken away which today produces as much in value as it used to produce. One success story, just one, please.
Today on my way back home I drove in front of La Carolina. Nothing has changed from last week except the workers have stopped their protest and that at the entrance porch the regime has raised two tall and expensive flag posts. It is an incongruous view, flag posts on the side road, on some porch leading to fields. It was drizzling and gray and the flags were wet, huge and ridiculous in their limping down. A perfect symbol.
Meanwhile after I came back hone I could not find milk to put back in my empty refrigerator....
PS: I cannot leave this sad note without praising the courage of Diego Arria in his adversity, defending his workers and challenging Chavez as no one has done in recent memories. He even said that he would be bringing the proof of his property titles and the legality of his land tot he Cuba embassy, rightly pointing out that since Venezuela is a colony of Cuba there is no point waiting time with the hired thieves of the INTI or their gang leader Chavez. He is thus going directly to the person with real power in Venezuela, the Cuban ambassador.
Needless to say that chavismo is not amused. The ineffable Carlos Escarra, a groveling slime if any at the Nazional Assembly, has demanded investigation on Arria. This one has welcomed it as an opportunity to tell Escarra in public and to his face that he is a vile liar.
!) sorry for the picture, El Universal does not preserve its old covers and I had to take a pic of the worn out cover.