There was a large protest in Bello Monte and it was ruthlessly repressed. Apparently the Nazional Guard and related attacked without provocation. Paramilitary "colectivos" were observed watching and ready to intervene as needed. Many injuries including a journalist at El Nacional and as student leader.
|Bello Monte when tear gas was dropped from far away the protest rally.|
|A courageous patriotic |
Maria Corina Machado made it to Washington and had already her first event at a think tank, where she talked about an irreversible protest movement. Tomorrow she will be speaking at the OAS, fresh not only from her own disbarring procedure but also on the way mayors are removed from office in Venezuela. Today, by the way, the next mayor to be arrested is likely going to be Chacao's Ramon Muchacho. Maduro said so. A note on Muchacho. That the same yellow dog of San Diego will also win in Chacao is not the issue here. Chavismo has a special grudge against Muchacho because he was a close assistant of Alfredo Peña, the first chavista mayor of Caracas at large who is now in disgrace and exiled somewhere. Of course, Muchacho is a bright young thing, educated, capable, etc. etc, all that chavismo is not and thus he needs to be destroyed. And to add insult to injury he got an extensive interview with CNNE's Patricia Janiot where he clearly exposed how the regime misbehaves in the repression. For a vengeful and animalistic chavismo this is of course unforgivable.
But there are good news. One of the worst rats of these past years, Gustavo Cisneros who silenced any critical voice at Venevision and simply sold without qualms Venezuelan liberty to preserve his business interests (courtesy of a meeting with Chavez arranged by Jimmy Carter) has dared to write a mildly critical letter to the regime published in Spain's El Pais. Cisneros is a scumbag on so many levels that the only way to interpret this sudden appearance of scruples is that his information preview a demise of the regime and he is already trying to mend fences.
Another good news, in a perverse way, is that the nature of repression and provocation keeps being exposed. The question is now how much of the "crimes" that the regime tries to pin on the opposition are in fact originated by the regime itself. If yesterday we learned about the students of the school of architecture who were attacked in campus and robbed even of their clothes, amen of all the reports of Nazional Guard blackmailing families for large sums of cash to free their children, today we got the arrest in Barquisimeto of several members of INDEPABIS, the office in charge of price control. These guys were disguised as guarimberos, carrying equipment to furbish barricades and weapons. That is, ready to fabricate a provocation "from" the opposition. No wonder the regime wants to intervene municipal policies to avoid such kind of embarrassments...
And what about dialogue in all this mess? You would think that the regime would have the decency to "forget" about it since it started arresting right and left. You would be mistaken: in a dictatorship people are obliged to sit for a dialogue so they can accept the imposition made upon them. Maduro announced it so today. He said: "force the opposition to sit down to talk, to dialogue, to abandon its violent positions. We are going to have to force them in the best sense of the word". Besides noting that Maduro has added a new meaning to "force" which he claims it's good, we must wonder about his logical mental abilities. I mean, how do you dialogue with people that you are throwing to jail without even the appearance of a trial?
But thus are the ways of dictatorship and I suppose I should stop bitching and learn to adapt.