I cannot sleep, events unfold.
The regime has started the militarization of Tachira and Caracas. First it sent the Nazional Guard to support the "colectivos" in a shooting spree after night fall, during the Maduro cadena where he praised the "colectivos". Basically giving them carte blanche.
Tweeter has been flooded with pictures, videos of aggression, even murders. The goons went as far as chasing protesters inside private buildings and do all sorts of things, from arrests, to break ins. When you think that even a formal complaint of rape by gun cylinder has been deposed you can imagine what awaits a few.
I am not posting anything, I cannot verify anything besides the stuff I posted a few hours ago. I only follow 160 folks in tweeter and already this is too much too handle. Just follow the guys I retweet and you will have nightmares.
Around midnight it was confirmed that the regime has started a crack down in Tachira, threatening to arrest San Cristobal mayor, cutting Internet. There are already complaints that it is difficult to reach Venezuela on the phone though Internet seems to be working elsewhere well enough. Also at midnight certain areas of Caracas, quiet after the protest activity of the day are being militarized, I suppose as a dissuasive measure for tomorrow.
Again all of this from tweeter alone, nothing from TV or radio. CNN is present in Venezuela but they arrived yesterday, had a long day and even if out still may not be able to put anything up for a while yet. Other networks have folks here, like ABC news. BBC seems to have a not very competent team, in English at least. Others I have not been able to check yet though at least we can count on the Washington Post which blasted a terrific editorial a few hours ago, in agreement with Obama's word on Venezuela this evening from Mexico.
Why that surge, the worst repression in Venezuelan recent history, probably worse than anything under Gomez or Perez Jimenez?
Today the OAS shot its first nice warning, which indicates that there may be enough countries willing to condemn if things get worse. Hence the need to quell rebellion fast.
Today Lopez was not arraigned, the regime waiting until a few minutes ago to do so. Since justice is fully preordained and Lopez is a political prisoner, the regime had already taken the decision to condemn Lopez and preempted any possible rioting tomorrow by cracking down tonight and militarizing key positions in the cover of the night, to scare people away from protesting tomorrow.
Maduro was hysterical tonight, making a total fool of himself on CNNE live. It is possible that his internal enemies are whipping up the situation to hasten his downfall. Then again it is possible that his friends (and the Cubans) are playing that repression card as the last attempt at countering Maduro's enemies. Time is running short with an economy about to flatline and a growing international pressure.
Tonight the end has started. What will it be? Whose dictatorship? For how long?