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.
Venezuelan lawmakers hurt during punch-up in parliament
(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: