The news today is complex. We must underline first the massive repression, hundreds of people arrested, brutal violence and maybe even torture. In particular in the states of Lara and Carabobo, and dead people in Tachira.
Threats came from everywhere, including from the high court TSJ who is apparently ready to write sentences before crimes are actually officially reported. Meanwhile Luisa Estela, the head made a total ass of herself. then again, she looked disheveled during her declaration, so she may be on pills or something. Whatever, within minutes she was proven that as the chief justice her grasp of the law is weak at best.
At the Nazional Assembly, its president, Animal Farm Pig Diosdado Cabello, not satisfied with shutting down any representative that disagree with him, fired all commission presidents and vice presidents that were held by the opposition. Finally chavismo gets what it wants, a monochromatic parliament. Of course, Diosdado used to barracks politics held at gun point may find himself surprised to see that the opposition democrats are unbowed. (1)
And more such mistakes. With all of this display the only thing the regime proves is that it never had any democratic nerve in it. I mean, overseas, because we have known better for years. The thing is that the foreign press seems more and more bemused and only the more retrograde of the lot are having thoughts....... (2)
The evidence that there must be trouble inside chavismo is becoming apparent for those who listen with calm. The diverse reactions, out of coordination, from the CNE to Diosdado show clearly that there is no clear central direction for the political crisis that Maduro has unleashed. And not because of the fraud of last Sunday, he started the crisis when he started his many lies about Chavez health. We are just reaching the climax these days.
If this does not convince you, let me refer to you to a few foreign surprises I am not going to go into Spain's pathetic attitude which is stupendously amazing coming from a Rajoy who presents himself as a tough cookie. He is going to pay for that at home, but I digress. No, the surprise comes from those who are supposed to be Chavez allies. Before coming to Caracas to swear Maduro Friday they decided to meet in Lima tomorrow. Not only that, but Ecuador's Correa who was so fast in recognizing Maduro is saying today that sure, he recognizes the victory but he sees no objections in counting the ballots....
This could mean all and nothing. That is with rumors of fraud now impossible to hide, with the known facts that Santos and possibly two more will not attend, there is a major breach inside Unasur. Thus the reunion may either to demand Maduro to put his house in order before they go for his swearing in, or to force those who waver into attending. But with the US and the European Union dragging their feet, I let you speculate.
Things are not looking rosy, and even jailing Capriles is not going to be the solution for the regime.....
1) I have a theory that actually Diosdado is doing this on purpose. See, by rendering the Assembly useless, there is no easy way for Maduro to have new credits voted. The opposition representatives, barred from attending the parliament and representing at least 49.5% of the country according to the fraud, can say that they will not recognize any debt contracted by the regime...... Think bout it........ Would you lend money to Venezuela knowing that the opposition may wave you away sooner than expected?
2) If some have doubts some have it quite clear, like this Washington Post editorial that surely was not missed neither by Kerry or Obama. Let's remember that Kerry 8 years ago was critical of Chavez.