Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Got a local problem? Hide it by jailing a Venezuelan opposition leader

So let's review the regime's problems just this week,

What if there were internal elections and nobody came? It is exactly what happened this Sunday. The regime's political facade, PSUV, held internal elections. Some inside PSUV dare to claim something like 7 million members (more than the votes they get at general elections). Cooler heads inside the PSUV satisfy themselves with 5 millions. More realistic observers do not go much further than 2 millions.  Whatever it is, the participation may have not reached the half a million. That the regime refuses to give numbers "because we do not want the enemy to know exactly how many we are" is a true confession of the paucity of enthusiasm inside the PSUV.  In fact, even Telesur manages a triumphant article without giving a single number of votes. They say there were more than 400,000 candidates, really, which would allow us to believe that there must have been at least the same number of votes. No?

Whatever... Sunday was a bust by any standard, abundantly observed by the opposition, amazed at the negative landslide, almost unable to believe its good luck...

What if your currency lost more than 30% in less than 30 days? Let's be generous and assume that the bolivar lost 1% a day only against the Dollar. You do not believe me? On November 1st the black market rate was at 103. Today, November 26, we reached 137 Bs. for a dollar.

It cannot be clearer than that: people are desperate to buy dollars at truly ridiculous price because they know inflation will speed up and dollar availability will become worse.  Kind of wallet voting if you please.

What if your jails went again into chaos? Which is exactly what is happening yet again. We had a break out of at least 41 inmates, some considered dangerous, early today. Those that cannot escape may chose to commit suicide. Thirteen of them today unless you chose to agree with the version that they "intoxicated" with some kind of food poisoning that included massive swallowing of barbiturates and psychotropic substances...

And more, I am sure, if I had the time to dig further.

So what is a repressive regime to do?  Very simple, you put more opposition leaders in jail and accuse them of everything, including the weather.

Today it was the turn of Maria Corina Machado. See, the woman was accused last March of conspiring to kill Maduro. Yet, such tremendous charge could not be sustained (so to speak since there is no concrete evidence). Only this week did the regime start the proceeding to make sure she goes to jail soon, á la Leopoldo Lopez.  For good measure the regime decided that there was indeed a conspiracy that involved, curiously, only its bêtes noires. I have named Diego Arria, Pedro Burelli, Henrique Salas, just to list the more notorious ones.

Of course Maria Corina is ready and started by posting the citation on her twitter account.

What surprises (not) more here is that the increasing international outcry over Lopez jail is not making the regime pause. Such must be the desperation and infighting inside chavismo that the only thing they can come up with, the only thing that kind bind them together, is recklessly to raise the ante, move towards flagrant dictatorship, mock international opinion, before reaching the inevitable end of the road: start internal purges in the most totalitarian way.

After last Sunday me thinks that Marea Socialista may find itself in the cell next to the one of Maria Corina.


  1. Dios Los Bendiga VZLA, Vos, Leopoldo, Maria Corina, y mucho otros que son víctimas de la enfermedad conocida como el chavismo.

  2. Anonymous11:06 PM

    And you did not mention the best news, less oil money to steal

  3. Island Canuck7:11 AM

    The thing I found curios was that they are accusing her of planning a murder yet they give her a week to show up at court without arresting her.

    Hoping she leaves the country???

    1. Boludo Tejano1:09 PM

      Hoping she leaves the country???
      Sounds like it to me.

  4. They got great mileage with the poor who bought into all their crap with the arrest of Lopez. They are hoping for the same by arresting Maria, of course it will not have the same impact this time. But they know she will make a big outcry and they hope the opposition comes to her defense as "Daniel" you believe they should for Lopez. After Lopez she would be the 2nd most hated as a figure head by the poor. Maduro is hoping the opposition will come to her defense as they are not for Lopez, as they smartly are letting the world. If they can get the opposition to speak loudly in her favor Maduro's brain trust hopes that they can make it about her and not their failed policies knowing the poor will not support her.

  5. Anonymous4:00 PM

    Caldera has to pay for what his father did.

  6. They want to ignite protests by persecuting opposition leaders like Maria Corina. This is done for two reasons: 1. It takes out of circulation the hotheads who are still willing to protest openly. 2. Protests (together with the low oil price) can be used to justify the economic collapse.

    So, I'll repeat again the two available chess moves: 1. Those who can't take the heat should pack and leave. There's nothing particularly shameful in this action, because if you leave you deny the regime the ability to exploit you. Don't forget that Venezuela is now a Cuban colony. For many years I have explained to you the end point was Cubazuela. So if you have brains consider the cuban doctors and how they are treated. In another 10 years you will be treated WORSE, because you aren't Cuban and you have too much of a middle class background.

    2. The other option you have is to stay and dial down your mental and economic activity. You can become like monks and nuns, using passive resistance. Chavistas tend to be lumpen, social parasites, enchufaos, gangsters and incompetent. You are the ones who make things work, the Chavistas can't do it alone, and neither can the cubans, in particular in the oil industry and other activities which require 21st century know how. So if you want things to change you do have to stop cooperating with the regime. This may work because raul Castro, your real dictator, will be under enormous pressure to make you work again. I don't think you have what it takes to be free from cuban control, but you may cause Maduro's removal and a better living environment.

    Other than that, you have very little to do. You have no energy and were never the bravo pueblo you thought you were. Might as well face reality, as ugly as it is.

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