Is it what Venezuela is seeking? To become a pariah state and thus play the role of victim the way Cuba plays albeit being probably the country with the highest ratio per capita of concentration camps in the world? Let's see.
In the wee hours of the night the police descended on a series of camping grounds set at several public locations, you know, like the Occupy Wall Street camps. Though we can be pretty sure that the idiot left is not going to defend these camps for freedom set up by Venezuelan democratic students. So now we have at least 243 more students jailed.
This follows on the steps of the general conspiracy theory exposed by Rodriguez Torres which is a mere excuse to arrest anyone the regime dislikes under any pretext. Not to mention that the High Court has made it mandatory for any authority to snitch on any one protesting in a spontaneous way otherwise they will go to jail along the protester. Yesterday also the regime started the "legal" process that could end up in closing the last opposition radio station in Caracas. To top it all off, the "dialogue" table is going nowhere fast, as expected. The regime must have sensed that whatever time it could gain though a fake dialogue intention has been gained and there is no need to bother with that further.
In short all evidence points out that the regime is getting ready to go it solo on the world stage. After all, it did work for Cuba, why not Venezuela? Never mind that it may be better to chose to become a pariah state rather than to be pushed into one, which seems also a distinct possibility.
See, since the economy is tanking in Venezuela, many people are not only unwilling to defend Venezuela, but also criticism is heard more vocally. For example, Diosdado Cabello, the Orwellian pig of the revolution, has just lost his visa to the US. Which is a double insult because the regime wanted him to be the head of a putative "dialogue table" with the US. The message from the US is clear: "it is a mockery to send us Cabello as a messenger, we are not the idiots at the MUD".
But there also some other nasty problems. For example a gigantic lawsuit between Conoco and Venezuela is lost and lost again when international courts have ruled that the appeals of Venezuela are, well, frivolous. Venezuela has no money to pay for its food imports, less to pay even a fraction of a multi-billion dollars law suit that comes from a fit of temper from Chavez, who now dead does not have to pay for his innumerable mistakes. Also the well oiled propaganda machine, which even in the best of times was not as effective as chavismo wanted, is creaking badly, at the worst time. One of the latest examples comes from Victoria Henderson hit job one the Weisbrots and Golinger bullshit, and the Cuban apologists who would be wiser to remain silent. With numbers.
To end this with a personal note, from my own surroundings I have learned that there is simply a stuck cog in the regime around Maduro that is making it simply impossible any positive change. It is the colonial master, Cuba, against an increasing rebellion even inside chavismo where pragmatics and nouveau riche start sensing trouble. The only true and tried way for chavismo to solve its inner contradictions is to spread money around, and since it has none to spare then Maduro wants now to take over the "cajas de ahorros" saving system of workers, usually for public employees. Even "prestaciones sociales", the mandatory funds that all employers must set aside for when workers leave, have become and objective of the regime. I need not give you more evidence than that to illustrate my point above.
So yes, becoming a pariah state is a good way to ignore all international sanctions, to steal all the savings from your own people, to forget once and for all about human right idiocies like free elections and protection from police brutality. Tempting, no? There are of course some inconveniences such as not being able to travel to nice places and resorts to spend you ill acquired cash, but heck, you remain the top dog in Venezuela and avoid jail. For a while at least.
Tribunal 16 difiere audiencia preliminar de Leopoldo López, quien está siendo trasladado nuevamente a cárcel militar de Ramo Verde.
— isadora (@isadorazubi) May 8, 2014
Just to confirm what is exposed above, that the regime has not the faintest intention of releasing pressure, of sharing, or moving towards more democracy, of quieting down the waters, of whatever, the long OVERDUE hearing of Leopoldo Lopez was suspended again AFTER he was carried to the courts. In shorts, for those that are not familiar with the current state of the Venezuelan system, they are finding all sorts of delays not to have a Lopez hearing because they have no hard charges against him, but they still want him in jail. How do you call that? A political prisoner? A prisoner of conscience?
Now, is anyone still pretending Venezuela is a functional democracy? Come on baby, make my day.