Cuban revenge on anti Cuba dayWell, I did not think that my two posts of last night would be connected within a few hours. This morning areas of Caracas have been taken over by the army and Maduro announces among other things that ration cards are a reality.
Let’s start first what pushed the regime over to commit yet a new provocation. Yesterday I wrote about the protest march I followed from Las Americas to Chuao. The main march was from Chacao to Chuao and there is that panoramic image below.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) March 16, 2014
Clearly, if I was among the traditional hardcore opposition, the one in Chacao went well beyond a select group. People are starting to express clear feeling of xenophobia, justified as it is against colonial masters: the Cuban mercenaries sent over by Fidel to control Venezuela. And the world saw that, which is not only an embarrassment for the regime towards its colonial masters as far as world P.R. go, but yet another variable thrown in the cauldron of the the brewing open rebellion.
The regime had to do something. What happened in the wee hours this morning may have been planned or was accelerated due to that march, but the point is that it was again bad timing for an increasingly tone deaf regime. The highlight was the militarization of Plaza Altamira which has been a mini evening war zone for the past month. Twitter already abounds with pictures of military personnel all over, going from registering innocent passerby to bringing buses with chavistas from somewhere to organize some kind of “liberation from fascism” celebration. This all perfectly useless even if they think Raul Castro may be happy. Protesters will simply shift venues or wait for the military to tire of being in Altamira regularly insulted by passerby.
It is to be noted that the mayor, Ramon Muchacho, has gone to twitter to say that this is not the militarization of Chacao district (and his probable incarceration?) just a security thing. For all the threats the regime has not acted against Muchacho after all: the law is too much in his favor and needs to be changed first, I suppose.The other thing that is going to please Cuba is that Maduro replied childishly yesterday that the anti Cuba protests are only going to strengthen the bilateral relation and to boot he is offering yet more joint programs (read: more cash for Cuba). For good measure he used that same speech to introduce that favorite of the enslaved Cuban population: ration cards.
Oh! Fret not! If Cuba is 50 years behind the times and uses hand written documents, Venezuela being only a decade and a half behind the times can still issue those ration cards in plastic format, like a debit card, accepted only in state stores. It even can afford the luxury to orwellianly call it “abastecimiento seguro“, secured supplying…
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