Restless natives deface Chavez statue in Castro colony of Venenozuela

Statue at unveiling, October 2016

Some Venezuelans fed up with the ill effects of Chavismo took it upon themselves to hurl projectiles at a statue of Hugo Chavez in his home town of Sabaneta.

No serious damage was sustained by the statue, save for stains on its pedestal from burning tires flung at it.

But this protest did result in four arrests, and one of those detained was the mayor of Sabaneta.

For those interested in following the many tentacles of Grand Putinia, please note that this sculpture was created by a Russian artist and donated to the people of Sabaneta by none other than Czar Vlad himself.

Loosely translated from ABC Spain:

Two years ago, Vladimir Putin donated to Sabaneta, the hometown of Hugo Chávez Frías, a statue of the late former president of Venezuela whose inhabitants have just thrown stones, burning tires, and garbage at a statue of Hugo Chavez in the midst of riots in the state of Barinas (west of the country) for the discontent with the regime of Nicolás Maduro. In particular, citizens complain about the shortage of electricity, water, food and medicine. The opposition has reported housing records and arrests by the political police in response to the several days of protest.

Freddy Superlano, representative of the Popular Will opposition party, denounced on Twitter that agents of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (Sebin) carried out searches in Sabaneta early in the morning “planting explosive devices and other elements to argue terrorism crimes.” Superlano is convinced that the attitude of the Government of Caracas “obeys the wave of protests in this municipality.” At least four people were arrested earlier this week, including former mayor Gilberto Tellez. The deputy of the party of Leopoldo López – under house arrest – affirms that the arrested belong to Acción Democrática, Primero Justicia and their own formation.

The six-meter-high statue, in which the commander appears with his left fist held high, was made by the Russian sculptor Sergei Kazantzev. The work in bronze and dark granite was placed in the center of the old Student Plaza of the town in which Chávez spent his childhood and where it seems that he hardly has any followers. Maduro and a senior official of the Russian oil company Rosneft inaugurated it in October 2016.

Minor damage

The electricity cuts decreed by the Maduro government have gone from four hours a day to more than twelve hours in six states of western Venezuela affected by rationing: Zulia, Tachira, Merida, Barinas, Trujillo and Portuguesa. The former neighbors of the Chavismo leader in Sabaneta-a dusty place with temperatures above 30 degrees centigrade-had been protesting for several days and had spent a night without light, unbearable heat and attacked by mosquitoes. So last Thursday they unleashed all their fury against the image of Chavez: they burned tires at the foot of the effigy, threw stones and blunt artifacts. “Fortunately there was no great damage, pure smoke nothing else … we cleaned everything,” said Denny Frías, a close relative of Hugo Chávez who looks after the gardens surrounding the statue and who discovered the damage when he arrived to work.

Neither the inhabitants of Sabaneta have benefited from living in the cradle of the Chavismo leader. Like most Venezuelans, they protest the shortage of food and medicines, but also because of lack of cash, gasoline, electricity, blackouts and insecurity. Before they were also poor but never had so many calamities as with Maduro. Since the death of Chávez on March 5, 2013, several waves of protests against his successor have broken out in Venezuela. There have also been attacks against Chavismo symbols. Last year, residents of Barinas burned Hugo Chávez’s birthplace. Two years ago, in Villa del Rosario (Zulia) another statue of the former president was torn down and dragged by enraged Zulians.

Villa del Rosario statue