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The Cubanization of Venezuela: Getting there but not there yet

While the Cubanization of Venezuela is well underway, the Chavista dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro has not fully completed the task. The evidence of Maduro's Castro-style dictatorship inexperience manifested itself yesterday when thuggish lawmakers from his regime physically attacked and beat opposition lawmakers inside the chamber of the nation's parliament as cameras recorded the aggression. In a completely Cubanized Venezuela, these opposition lawmakers would have been disposed of in private, away from cameras.

Nevertheless, the evidence of Venezuela's headlong plunge into the darkness of Cuban-style tyranny and repression continues to mount.

Via Reuters:

Venezuelan lawmakers hurt during punch-up in parliament

Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Maria Corina Machado arrives at a news conference after a fight broke out at a session of the National Assembly in Caracas April 30, 2013. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins

Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Julio Borges of the Primero Justicia party arrives at a news conference with a bruised and bloodied face after a fight broke out at a session of the National Assembly in Caracas April 30, 2013. REUTERS-Carlos Garcia Rawlins

(Reuters) - Fistfights broke out in Venezuela's parliament on Tuesday, injuring a number of legislators during an angry session linked to the South American nation's bitter election dispute.

The opposition said seven of its parliamentarians were attacked and hurt when protesting a measure to block them from speaking in the National Assembly over their refusal to recognize President Nicolas Maduro's April 14 vote victory.

Government legislators blamed their "fascist" rivals for starting the violence, which illustrated the volatile state of politics in the OPEC nation after the death of late socialist leader Hugo Chavez last month.

"We knew the opposition came to provoke violence," Maduro said of the incident. "This must not be repeated."

The 50-year-old Maduro, who was Chavez's chosen successor, defeated opposition candidate Henrique Capriles by 1.5 percentage points. Capriles, 40, has refused to recognize his victory, alleging that thousands of irregularities occurred and the vote "stolen."

The vote exposed a nation evenly divided after 14 years of Chavez's hardline socialist rule.

"They can beat us, jail us, kill us, but we will not sell out our principles," one of the opposition parliamentarians, Julio Borges, told a local TV station, showing a bruised and bloodied face. "These blows give us more strength."

One assembly worker, who asked not to be named, told Reuters the trouble began when opposition legislators shouted "fascist" at the National Assembly leader and unfolded a protest banner reading "parliamentary coup."

Government parliamentarians attacked them. Laptops and tables were hurled in the ensuing melee, with one legislator hit over the head with a chair, the witness said.

Workers later had to show their phones to see if they had photos or videos of the incident, the assembly employee added.

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Video of the altercation:

6 comments to The Cubanization of Venezuela: Getting there but not there yet

  • FreedomForCuba

    I can understand that Corina is a lady but, what about the men in the opposition.

    Why cannot they hit back at the Chavista thugs?

    Why they still cling to the notion that there is Democracy in Venezuela? Why don't they take the battle to the Chavistas?

    The problem for the Venezuelan opposition is that they expect the world to come to their rescue because they don't have the courage to take arms against the Chavistas.

    I said it numerous times on this blog, the Chavistas have more balls fighting for their evil cause that the Venezuelan opposition. This is the same opposition that ignored our warnings about Hugo Chavez taking control of Venezuela fifteen years ago.

    Now they have no other choice but to revolt and start a civil war in Venezuela. They either rescue the country from Communism or they resign themselves to live under that system for the next fifty years.

    At least private individuals have access to firearms in Venezuela, unlike what Fidel Castro did in Cuba shortly after taking power when he removed the rights for Cubans to own firearms.

  • asombra

    Even "un animal con ropa” like Chávez would not have been this blatantly brutish, certainly not in this setting, unless he was absolutely desperate with his back to the wall. Maduro is hopelessly crude and painfully dense, and Cabello is hardly better. The bad thing about that is that they absolutely need “expert” support from Havana; the potentially good thing is that they may go so far overboard that the situation will get away from them and become unsustainable. Either way, things are bound to get worse before they get better, assuming they improve. Unfortunately, I expect the response from other “Latin” leaders may resemble the MSM response to the Gosnell abortion trial: “Oh, it’s a local, internal problem, so let’s leave it to Venezuelans to resolve. We wouldn’t dream of intruding.”

  • asombra

    The Hollywood response: "Hands off Venezuela!"

  • asombra

    Official explanation: "If we don't beat the opposition to a pulp, the US will invade."

  • FreedomForCuba

    "the potentially good thing is that they may go so far overboard that the situation will get away from them and become unsustainable."

    I hope you're right asombra, but the Venezuelan opposition needs to grow a pair and fight fire with fire...

  • j alvarez

    There is a claim that the beast caught on film beating Julio Borges and Ismael García is Cuban, deputy in the National Assembly in Cuba and substitute deputy in Venezuela. The claim originated in Venezuela and was taken up by Baily in Miami.
    I think Capriles is handling the situation well, so far. He is backing them into a corner and forcing them to make mistakes which have two results: Maduro's popularity is declining steadily, I think he is well below Capriles now, and internationally they are looking worse all the time.
    This is a necessary first step. But Capriles is also talking straight at the Venezuelan military: 1. Let's get the Cubans out, this has a powerful echo among officers below the top echelons. 2. Do your duty by the Venezuelan Constitution, preserve democracy.When it comes down to a fight, which will probably happen, Capriles will need these offciers (he knows they are there)and the fire power of their units. He will also need the international community to at least keep its mouth shut, and he is giving them reason to do that.