Venezuela: Day first of the dictatorship
Day first of the dictatorship
OK, since yesterday the regime has come out of its dictatorial closet, then let's see what happened on its first openly dictatorial day. In no particular order.
There was a large protest in Bello Monte and it was ruthlessly repressed. Apparently the Nazional Guard and related attacked without provocation. Paramilitary "colectivos" were observed watching and ready to intervene as needed. Many injuries including a journalist at El Nacional and as student leader.
Enzo Scarano who was demoted as mayor of San Diego late last night has already seen his local police force taken over and the CNE rushed in to offer new elections. I mean, they cannot even wait for, say, a 24 hours mourning period. The fact of the matter is that Ameliach the fascist pig of Carabobo, the one who announced that "colectivos" were waiting for Cabello orders to attack wants to remove any possible rival for a putative reelection. See, in XXI century dictatorships there are elections where the regime pretty much decides who can run. As for the next mayor of San Diego Ameliach does not care, it will be an opposition yellow dog that will get no less than 51% even with chavista electoral fraud. Meanwhile San Diego inhabitants are furious and violence has been reported.
Maria Corina Machado made it to Washington and had already her first event at a think tank, where she talked about an irreversible protest movement. Tomorrow she will be speaking at the OAS, fresh not only from her own disbarring procedure but also on the way mayors are removed from office in Venezuela. Today, by the way, the next mayor to be arrested is likely going to be Chacao's Ramon Muchacho. Maduro said so. A note on Muchacho. That the same yellow dog of San Diego will also win in Chacao is not the issue here. Chavismo has a special grudge against Muchacho because he was a close assistant of Alfredo Peña, the first chavista mayor of Caracas at large who is now in disgrace and exiled somewhere. Of course, Muchacho is a bright young thing, educated, capable, etc. etc, all that chavismo is not and thus he needs to be destroyed. And to add insult to injury he got an extensive interview with CNNE's Patricia Janiot where he clearly exposed how the regime misbehaves in the repression. For a vengeful and animalistic chavismo this is of course unforgivable.
But there are good news. One of the worst rats of these past years, Gustavo Cisneros who silenced any critical voice at Venevision and simply sold without qualms Venezuelan liberty to preserve his business interests (courtesy of a meeting with Chavez arranged by Jimmy Carter) has dared to write a mildly critical letter to the regime published in Spain's El Pais. Cisneros is a scumbag on so many levels that the only way to interpret this sudden appearance of scruples is that his information preview a demise of the regime and he is already trying to mend fences.
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