Saturday, February 22, 2014

Brief summary and getting ready for tomorrow

Well, it is already past midnight but I need to leave a summary.

Tachira seems to be still in upheaval and things are apparently nasty.

Students and opposition are trying to put up a big march in Caracas tomorrow with simultaneous events across the country. I do not see it well organized, but maybe the anger will compensate for that anyway. At any rate the regime is getting prepared and has sent lots of troops to Caracas. The regime needs clearly to regain control either in Caracas or in Tachira.

In Valencia one of my delivery personnel saw an attempt at looting of a grocery store.

I have decided to limit the number of pictures that I will post in this blog. Only the occasional video or telling image. There are just too many horror pictures all around and I cannot deal with it right now.

There is some stirring in San Felipe. My governor held a "peace rally" and blocked downtown San Felipe this afternoon. this morning he made an ass of himself by having 6 kids arrested for attempting to assassinate him. He claimed in a tweet that they wrote it down in a note book they carried with him... I have a hard time to figure out whether my governor is that stupid or if he thinks we are that stupid.


  1. Anonymous6:59 AM


    Thank you for the update. Stay safe tomorrow, because I have a feeling it's going to be big. My wife has family in Caracas and her half brother told me that one of his friends got slapped around by the army, but he is still going to protest, because he sees no future if they don't push for change now. I hope more and more people start to share in this young person desire for change.


  2. Dillis9:15 AM

    There are also protests in cities across the world today. I am off to London shortly. First we are protesting outside the BBC, and then on to the Embassy. If anyone in the area can make it please read for further details:

  3. Anonymous9:18 AM

    Here's a map to help you get there !

  4. Anonymous9:23 AM

    Apologies Dillis, I noticed your link already has the map. Good luck .

  5. Anonymous2:20 PM

    You must show the pictures. A picture is worth 10,000 words. If you want the world to know and understand you must show them, not tell them.

    1. i do put some. People who want pictures go straight to twitter. Someone has to explain what pictures mean.....

  6. Anonymous2:56 PM

    Why is Maduro requesting dialogue with the US now?

    He is accusing the Us of funding a coup, making claims that the CIA is involved, kicks out officials as he pleases, has removed CNN and has flat out said that Obama is the devil.

    This sounds like a case of misery wanting company. The only dialogue I would give him is an embargo.

  7. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Protests again today in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Dublin and Cork, Ireland.

  8. Anonymous4:34 PM

    LISTEN to this

  9. Daniel, I have been reading your blog for several years and have only posted very short comments, mostly because I find your postings educational and I am not Venezuelan therefore cannot speak with authority about what should or can be done. My background only leads to examples of what NOT to do. I came to the US, Los Angeles not Miami, when I was 10 yrs old from Cuba. This move gave me a few years of separation from the anxieties of living in a police state. But I have not forgotten and my concern for Venezuelans is rooted in something that is very vivid and real. I was born the year Fulgencio Batista came to power in a coup and on my seventh birthday the Voldemort brothers came to power. My Father , uncles, cousins and a very feisty aunt were political prisoners under both regimes. Like my Grandmother would say, "Why do the Catalanes have to be always in the opposition?". I cannot begin to convey to you the high regard I hold for the Venezuelan opposition and for you for the courage you have shown. Thank you for your insight, may you stay safe and I hope, for once, the outcome leads to a better path. The pictures tell a story that Cubans can only convey anecdotally. The images and videos should be archived, but again, I agree with you, I can only take so much horror. I hope to live to see the day when the Spanish colonies leave feudalism (Communism, Peronismo, Chavismo, whatever) behind and stop looking for the biblical "Salvador". I keep waiting to see more coverage in the news. It seems the US media thinks this is just business as usual south of the border.

    Please forgive the self indulgence of this comment.
    Please keep posting.......

  10. As a last resort when all else fails they always scream "the gringos are coming." The only gringos coming at the moment are cuban soldiers with big guns.

  11. I think we need more plurality in Venezuela...everybody is center left/even the communists.....what a giant bore!!...a bore that leads to more and more intolerance.

    How many paragraphs I have read starting out with a hidden apology for a more right winged opinion?:

    "I am from the Center- Left, but ..."

    There is so much fear

    firepigette # for freedom of thought

  12. I certainly can identify with the bewilderment, wondering whether a politician is stupid or thinks we're stupid. If stupidity is defined as "willful ignorance," maybe they are stupid for thinking we are stupid...

    Hang in there, Amigo. Many more are watching than it may seem, among them many are praying for your welfare and for Venezuela.

  13. 1979 BP7:15 PM

    Protesters took control of Ukraine's capital Saturday, seizing the president's office as parliament voted to remove him and hold new elections.

    The mass is in favour of the opposition now. Chavismo mass is shrinking.

    Why can Venezuela opposition do the same as the Ukraine's opposition?

    1. 1979 BP7:17 PM;_ylt=A0LEVzVP5whTAFAAZPBXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTB0MnRoNXFhBHNlYwNzYwRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1NNRTM0Nl8x

  14. Don't use your phone for pictures Daniel.
    The quality sucks. :)


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