Saturday, April 08, 2017

On to week 2 of dictatorship: getting rid of nuisances

Today was calm compared to yesterday but equally important.

The news of course is the annulation of political rights for Capriles. When his term as governor of Miranda ends, then for 15 years he will not be able to run for any office, not even for dog catcher. Inasmuch as this is the flashy headline, that Capriles is barred from future office is not quite the main news of the day: this one we will have to piece it together.

But let's start by explaining the Capriles thing. As it is the case in many countries in the world, people who are crooks in office are barred to run again for office, and quite often dismissed from their job on the spot. This, of course, after an independent investigation and some form of trial. In Venezuela this does not happen, it is all at the will of the regime, though what is called Contraloria which is allegedly one of the powers of the state that makes sures corruption is prosecuted. Yeah, right.

Let's start with the most famous case, the one of Leopoldo Lopez. He was banned from running for office until he was jailed for alleged violence and sentenced to 17 years. All on trumped charges of course, already denounced as such by the prosecutor at his trial, to boot. But before he was jailed for violence Lopez did take his administrative case to the Inter American Court for Human Rights where he won his case. The ruling, for all practical purposes, said that the sentence against Lopez was an attack at his rights to run for office because it was conducted unfairly, AND because it was not a sentence obtained after a fair trial, just a mere administrative act that could not be appealed in court.

Not only the regime refused to recognize that decision but it resigned from that court after that and other losses. See, the regime cannot accept to be ruled by treaties that it freely signed but that suddenly became inconvenient. Now it is getting ready to leave the OAS before that one expels Venezuela. But I digress.

The fact of the matter here is that Leopoldo Lopez was barred from running for office because Chavez did not want him to run for office. All the laws used for that were either illegal, misinterpreted, annulled or what not. After that it became "normal" in Venezuela that a bureaucrat decides who may or may not run for election. That bureaucrat being, as expected an appointed chavista and morally corrupt for certain.

Be patient, we are getting to the real news of the day.

If we look at what they did to Capriles today, it is even worse than what they did for Lopez (on an administrative point, not on the jail suffering through Capriles has also had a long stay in jail when he was mayor of Baruta). Let me list the ruling contradictions that are so blatant and thus make it so newsworthy: the evidence that the regime has no pretense anymore. For them "it is what I say, period. And be happy I even bother writing down a sentence so you can go sue me overseas. See if I care."

1) If you can read the communique of the Contraloria in Spanish, do so.  There are only a very few lines as to the alleged crimes of Capriles. But paragraphs and paragraphs as to how the Contraloria is allowed and justified in its decision.  Interesting, no?

2) It is to be noted that the "crimes" perpetrated by Capriles are not for personal gain. They may have been about funds spent in different projects than planned, but there is no personal gain I can see. Please, correct me if wrong. And when I mean personal gain I mean money in Capriles pocket (note: he is of a well off family and does not need to steal, just for the record).

3) At any rate, if Capriles "crimes" are truly crimes, then the Contraloria should also condemn ALL chavistas governors for the mere fact that they all use public money to finance political chavista acts. This does not even need to be proven in court, it is for all to see.

4) Just for the record. When Capriles was sworn in 8 years ago, one of his first acts as governor of Miranda was to send to courts for investigation boxes and boxes on the misdeeds of the preceding administration. That one was (drumroll!) Diosdado Cabello. Needless to say that these real crimes of corruption reported were NEVER investigated. Probably not even read. And are probably as some ash residue somewhere.

5) I saved you the best for last. If Capriles crimes are so egregious that he should be barred from seeking office for 15 years, WHY, OH WHY is he not removed from office right now?  But no, the Contraloria allows him to finish his term. Since he is a criminal and a bad manager, corrupt, he certainly will have time to attempt at the welfare of Miranda state citizens, No? Shouldn't the good citizens of Miranda be protected from such a predator? Or am I missing something?

So there is the news. The "inhabilitacion" of Capriles is a mere artifact. It is not even designed to scare other opposition politicians to behave. This is simply one of the means the regime has to remove political opponents. These range from abominable jail conditions to Lopez, through injuries in protests, to a mere goodbye memo sent to you. None are legal, this has already been established by respected lawyers, But all are coded in chavista legalese that there is no way you can challenge inside Venezuela. And by the time the IACHR gives you a positive reply it is probably too late for you whatsoever. Chavismo also knows that, how to use delays in justice, that late justice is no justice. Chavismo is a specialist in lengthy trials going nowhere like the one for Judge Afiuni that may never end.

When I see at the timing for  banning Capriles just a day after the first massive protest in months, and a successful and determined one, I have that image of a big pile of sentences already written and established by all sorts of agencies of the fascist state, rulings that only need to be dated, signed and published whenever they are needed. From what I have heard, for example, there is already more than one proceeding murmured to be ready against Ramos Allup.

Some people naively said that banning Capriles is an artifact of the regime who is getting ready to hold elections soon but just wants to decide who they want to face at polls.  Well, I disagree.

Such simple conclusion does not take into account the vile nature of the regime, the pleasure its members at the top have of being able to put someone in jail slowly but surely, or send into exile, or into oblivion. It is an emotional torture that they enjoy greatly. True, they do get rid of a formidable adversary like Lopez or Capriles, but the opposition is leader rich and Capriles will campaign really hard for whomever the opposition nominee is. In fact, I believe that such "inhabilitaciones" have become counter productive for the regime, even inside its own militants (or what is left of them).

The regime today is composed of bandits, narco creeps and the like, people who know their own moral misery only too well and who know what their fate is. They are low and spiteful and cannot resist to vilify people whenever they can, through whichever method and lie they can use. This is truly the news of the day, that the regime is so obsessed by its own mediocrity, by the loss of its support that they act with excess of tear gas or excess of paperwork against Capriles just to try to feel good about themselves. Just to humiliate their ennemies by making them feel powerless. Totalitarianism.

But it is too late for the regime. It may have helped before but it will not do so now. Their only option is murder on the grand scale. They know it.

Will they dare?


  1. Milonga3:23 PM

    'I believe that such "inhabilitaciones" have become counter productive for the regime'. From what I've seen in social networks, Capriles had lost most of his leadership, accused of not fighting enough for regaining the lost votes and making the regime's game. He has regained leadership again, confirming your belief. I didn't like him saying 'you can but your disqualification where the sun doesn´t get to". Be serious, please! that's all I ask....

  2. Gotta remember: a wounded beast is most dangerous right before its demise.

    Narco-Chavistas know they face jail time. Especially in the USA, and even with the next soft MUD government, which is inevitable. So they are patas arriba, like the proverbial cats.

    The Capriles fiasco will soon be overturned. When Maduro is knocked out, by mass pressure in the streets, hopefully, Capriles and Leopoldo and others will be right back.

    Leopoldo Lopez should be the next, new President: Highly educated, y con bolas.He would even control corruption to acceptable levels. As a Venezuelan, sure Capriles would be fine, or Ramos Allup, but Leopoldo is by far the toughest dude who should start to fix Venezuela's disasters. With so much debt and damage done on the very fabric of society, it would take Decades, anyway. And that's just to bring back the Venezuela of the 80's, which was also corrupt and far from perfect. At least there was foreign investment, and a lot less than 29000 murders per year, more food and medicine. But again, the MUD has a very tall task ahead, and they are corrupt themselves, many of them. Venezuela is in deep shit, regardless, for decades to come. And stop the crap about us exiles coming back there. We are not masochists, we have families living a much better, and safer life, for years and years, in the USA, Chile or Europe. 95% of us would never go back there. And that's about 2 Million of the best, professional, educated people who got the hell outta there. And every graduated student today who can is planning to get out to, every year, if you haven't noticed. And they do. The Brain Drain is Massive, irreversible, irrevocable. Face it. Venezuela is left with the less-educated people who just can't get out, even though they'd love to, first chance they get. Simply put, its one of the 5 worst countries to live in the Planet, by all serious, independent accounts.

  3. Anita6:31 PM

    Daddy daddy where were you when the Chavista Revolution was overthrown?

    Oh sweetie daddy had an ingrown toenail that week so he could just watch from the sidelines, but he wrote a lot about it.

    1. Anita only you could find yourself funny. Your a peice of shit the world would never miss.

  4. have a fan Daniel....Anita?
    Im sure she was watching from his/her computer...lmao

  5. 20,000 people protested in Quito Ecuador today over the freud of vote counts by the CNE last Sunday. Clashes with police with tear gas was part of the protest. Six days of protests to day.

  6. Anonymous2:09 AM

    Hi Daniel, I always read your blog, thanks for writing these days... I would like to think that every decision the government is making right now will eventually go against them, but they have been so evil and so ahead of us all times that it is hard for me to believe that it will be that way. I just hope this is the beginning of the end, and maybe there will no be a new era with Leopoldo or Capriles, this is fine with me, as long as there is no Maduro, Cabello and Padrino anymore...


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