|Representatives Machado and Borges after a working day|
I am not going to go into the beating up details, there are articles already up, and already in English. I am just putting the basic video below where you can see clearly that Venezuelan flagged jackets wearing chavista representatives are brutally attacking opposition Representatives It says it all, this was not a "spur of the moment angst expression".
Exclusivo: Video muestra la golpiza que ocurrió... por Globovision
You also need to know that while the brawl took place the TV cameras went up to the ceiling, while the microphones amplified the voice of the chavista speaker pretending that all was normal. Of course Maduro was in national cadena so we had to wait a while until the cadena was over so finally Globovision showed the violence. No word yet as tot he Televen or Venevision mentioning "the incident". The deliberate set up, with the stupid aim that just maybe the country would not find out.....
Now, rather than go into the gory details that regular readers of this blog already know happened, let's try to think about the why.
The first thing to note is that the Speaker, Diosdado Cabello, not selected by Chavez to succeed him, was presiding over it all, did not try to stop it, had armed body guards just in case and even laughed at the thing. So yes, he did all what a fascist would be expected to do.
But surely he cannot be THAT stupid not to know that this is going to have repercussions internationally (and at home as apparently chavismo numbers would be already dropping in surveys). Why is Diosdado thus doing something which in the end can only damage Maduro as the opposition representatives are already pointing out? Well, those able to comment, because 7 are reported injured and one in a hospital tonight. We must also comment that even if Cabello and
It is possible that it is the order from Cuba and that they are trying to go as far as they can to silence the opposition through repression (1). But this is dangerous because a delegation of 3 representatives with that video in hand would be enough to go to the OAS and demand that the Chart for democracy and human rights is applied to Venezuela. Small comfort you may say but forcing people like Dilma or Santos to take position at the OAS in favor a Maduro can bring them quite a lot of grief at the time where they are planning their reelection.... (2)
Or, it is possible that a scorn Cabello, knowing that Maduro is getting ready to do him in, who knows that he is unelectable, is doing such idiotico-fascist antics to sink along with Maduro. With an even crazier variation, that he may be able to replace Maduro through a coup, because Maduro cannot silence the opposition. This has to be the reason, there is no other one that makes sense. I am open to suggestions and will add them below this line if any reader comes up with something original and believable.
1) It is possible that this hypothesis is operating as unaccountably the Venezuelan american has arrested for terrorism a rather naive "gringo" making a documentary. This last week end, pre-Tuesday night parliament battle is already picked up by a very strongly worded Washington Post Editorial that covers this week end repressive actions including the arrest of General Rivero (while the New York Times seems concerned elsewhere?).
2) In Colombia not only Uribe but now Pastrana is attacking Santos policies on Venezuela.