The regime has crossed the Rubicon.
True, until today there was a certain pretense. For example in all their haste they still decided that disbarring Maria Corina Machado from her Representative status had to take, oh, say, a week. She actually took off today for Washington where she will appear at the OAS on Friday, in theory. We will see what happens when she comes back and is accused of traitor to the fatherland for speaking up against the regime.
We all knew that this was a dictatorship. At least regular readers of this blog know that my official date was the approval of the enabling law of late 2010. Maduro is merely the second dictator of the regime, which conveniently reached office through a multi step fraud system.
Sure, there were the beating up of Machado and Borges at the Nazional Assembly. True, insults poured. True, Maduro looted whatever he wanted whenever convenient. But there was still a je ne sais quoi. A few newspapers could still write as they pleased, though they could not print anymore due to end of paper imports. And still all of the opposition leadership was still able to howl. No more. Tonight two mayors were summarily sent to jail without any legal proceeding. Period. The regime has reverted from a XXI century style dictatorship to our traditional gorilla past, presenting my apologies for the noble beasts who have the misfortune to be used to describe abusive generals.
What makes this an absolute Rubicon is that in preceding days we had clear signs of what was coming. Tal Cual was sued in an illegitimate way that it will put its owners totally out of business. Torture cases revealed were getting worse. Weird moves were noted in the courts and the ministers declarations. Clearly the arrest of Lopez had not stopped anything and had in fact hastened the social decomposition of the country. Also, there is the deafening silence of chavismo support base that feels that this fight is not of their concern, that if Maduro could supply the goods nothing of the sort would be happening. And of course food scarcity growing worst by the day.
The order came from Havana: jail 'em all!
What do we do next? I am afraid we have no choice: guarimbas and resistance as long as we can. The other option is to cave in and accept the dictatorship of Cuba over all of us which will be obliged to nationalize everything to hold on, even our private lives. This is not about polarization bullshit anymore, it is about survival. The regime never had any intention of negotiating anything. Of course, yours truly and his readers knew that all along.
I have the feeling that the regime knows and accepts it has lost popular support forever and thus this final push over the line. Truly, the regime has no option either.