There is no conceivable way a majority or even a plurality of Venezuelan people would vote in favor of chaining themselves into the slavery and misery of a Cuba-style tyrannical dictatorship. So the only only option available left for Cuba’s puppet dictatorship in Venezuela is to force it through by using the only tactics they know: Violent repression and murder.
Constituyente through fire and blood
The TSJ did it again. The creators of the ongoing coup d’État which started this period of protests, decided that the Mayor of Iribarren municipality in Lara state, Alfredo Ramos, should run the same fate as that of his counterpart in Lechería: to be removed from office, captured and sent to prison for unproven crimes. They’re from the Inquisition, and it’s more than just the robe. There was a lot of resistance in Iribarren Town Hall, but there were dozens of SEBIN agents -armed and hooded-, and they dragged him out of his place of work without an arrest warrant. The TSJ has carried out this same procedure against six mayors since 2014, sending popular will to hell.
A group of priests had to intervene for a burial to take place in Ejido, Mérida state. In San Cristóbal (Táchira), José Gustavo Leal Villasmil, 18 years old, was shot in the head and killed while protesting in the liceo Alberto Adriani, close to where he used to sell hot dogs. Eduardo Rodríguez Gil (53), a former soldier who had overcome a cancer, was also killed after having been wounded during a protest in El Junco on Thursday. A military tribunal sentenced Maracaibo councilman Ángel Machado to prison, along with two journalists and 10 other detainees, who will be sent to Santa Ana prison. Juan Caraballo (83) died during the night due to respiratory failure caused by tear-gas in Guayana, Bolívar state. The Armed Forces will control regional police bodies until August 1st due to Plan República.
CNE head Tibisay Lucena announced: “All voters will be able to vote in any polling station in the municipality where they’re registered” and although she insisted that violence was focused in 53 of the country’s 335 municipalities, she made voting flexible nationwide, in relevant contrast to the difficulties faced by the opposition to request the recall referendum before it was denied last year. According to that criteria, Sunday’s votes would be invalid. There won’t be any audits, voters will be able to vote wherever they want, voting tables were reduced almost by half, the press was asked to “protect the integrity of voters threatened whose rights are theatened” and there won’t be any ink, so the principle of one voter=one vote will be violated at leisure. This election doesn’t comply with the minimum requirements for reliability.
Protesting on Sunday
The Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) called for people to rally in the country’s main roads to protest peacefully and democratically, against the constituyente election. Governor Henrique Capriles said that expectations for this Sunday are poor and asked: “What happens if those two million public servants don’t attend polling stations and instead join our call? Will they be fired? Will they be sent to prison?” He added: “We’ll keep fighting on Monday and we’ll keep fighting on Tuesday (…) We did all we could to make this government rethink reasonably, and they didn’t, they miscalculated,” claiming that the constituyente will only hasten chavismo’s downfall.
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