Bolivarian Gossipology

Via the Latin American Herald Tribune:

Bolivarian Gossipology

By Tal Cual

We have him monitored,” said last Sunday Venezuela’s Vice-President Nicolás Maduro, when he had Henrique Capriles Radonski, the current Miranda state Governor, followed by the national police as he took a trip to New York.

In spite of the fact that a government like Maduro’s cannot be taken seriously, the words coming out of his mouth produce nothing but chills right in the backbone.

It was made clear that a threatening and dangerous drift within the country’s police force is being created right from the regime demeanor, something that the government does not intend to hide or disguise, but to expose it openly, with a clear intimidating purpose.

Maduro alerted the police about each and every footstep that Capriles Randonski was taking – none of which if considered as “sapeo” (local slang for ratting someone out) represents a crime at all.

We simply learned from Maduro that the regime is in full capacity to follow the footsteps from anyone it wants to. He just wanted to spread the word about that particular subject. The lessons from the Cuban G-2 are being learned well, unless this Cuban security body had been the one responsible for the “job” itself on behalf of its Venezuelan peers.

A technique that has long been applied by totalitarian governments and their police forces is being developed at this time. This is nothing but that of accusing without grounds and also that of raising suspicions of even the most innocent actions carried out by the would-be enemy. These two would develop a general climate of suspicion and fear that, little by little, will shut the mouths of people and also will turn the most ordinary of conversations into mumbles.

We do not intend to claim that Venezuela is living today under a regime of that nature. It would be an outburst, an exaggeration from us. But indeed it is worth to give a heads up on the tendency that Maduro is exposing at plain sight when he refers to the “monitoring” on Capriles Radonski.

This could be about a one-off isolated case or, something that could be very serious, just the tip of the iceberg which, indeed, may mean that we could all be overseen by the government. Anyhow, let’s just see about that.

But to Maduro not only Capriles Radonski is in bad company, but he is also planning a conspiracy related to the food shortage that is going on in the country. This is simply bollocks.

Some people that have managed to empty the shelves containing staples at most supermarkets and grocery stores nationwide, thanks of course to a catastrophic economic policy, want now to make us believe that the one responsible for the shortage is anyone but the government itself. Some fair play, isn’t it? But this may eventually backfire on them.

Who created and keeps all the tight price controls? Who decrees, keeps and adjusts the controls over prices upwards? Who devalued the bolivar? Who is smothering farmers from both the country and the city with all kinds of nonsense controls?

Who has torn apart the businesses from Guayana in Bolívar state? Who has turned state-run oil company PDVSA into literally a mess? Who keeps the highest inflation rate on the planet? Who responds for the decline in oil production? Who is indebting the nation? We would like to hear the answers to all of these questions from Maduro. But to him, none of this counts. What truly matters here is the gossip on Capriles Radonski having a good time with his family in New York.