Two hours ago I wrote that Ceballos, mayor of San Cristobal was arrested this evening. Details are coming. The SEBIN went to get him at a hotel meeting with his lawyers to analyze the latest TSJ decree against opposition mayors. And they arrested him without showing an arrest warrant, roughing up the assistance. They just took him and that was that, the mayor of one of the largest ten cities of Venezuela, elected with 2/3 of the vote. We even have already the surveillance video that the shocked hotel employee released.
Had Ceballos been a mass murderer he would not have gotten a different treatment. Voluntad Poplar calls it a kidnapping. I call it arrest in the middle of the night, a traditional activity of all dictatorships (who also do kidnapping, by the way). As a bonus the lawyer says that the interior minister Rodriguez Torres had lied claiming that a San Cristobal Court had issued an order arrest when this court is temporarily suspended and thus cannot produce such a warrant.
If that was not enough we just learned through Twitter that Enzo Scarano, elected mayor of San Diego last December with 3/4 of the vote has been disbarred by a ruling of the High Court without a trial, just a discussion among themselves. In addition he is sent to jail for 10 months.
#ULTIMAHORA 10 Meses de prisión para el alcalde de San Diego, Enzo Scarano, será recluído en el SEBIN http://t.co/6AUZlMkbJe
— Reporte Confidencial (@RConfidencial) March 20, 2014
Mr. Scarano came this morning to his citation trusting that the worst that could happen to him was to be sent to a trial or something.
Desde temprano estamos en Caracas a dar la cara como siempre lo hemos hecho, con la frente en alto porque nos asiste la razón!Early this morning in Caracas to face events as we always do, with spirits high because we are right.
— ENZO SCARANO (@ENZOSCARANO) March 19, 2014
Now even Capriles is using the F word!
Decisión fascista contra ntro Alcalde @ENZOSCARANOFascist decision against our mayor.
— Henrique Capriles R. (@hcapriles) March 20, 2014
Thus today Venezuela started "juicio express", express trial, or kangaroo courts, where people are simply arrested without warrant, sent in front of some ad hoc court and receive a sentence without appeal.
This is now a truly ugly dictatorship. A fascist one, just like in Cuba.
Note: from Twitter people are in the dark. I wrote the reasons why these mayors have been arrested in previous posts. For those who did not read them: they are arrested because they did not obey an order from the TSJ of last week as to suppress the protests in their cities even though they have no means to do so. It was a trap, create a crime that the mayors cannot help but commit. And thus chavismo starts getting rid of them.