Those who keep believing that the extreme and hysterical behavior from the Venezuelan government are nothing but nonsense coming from President Nicolás Maduro’s big mouth or plain dissonances from Diosdado Cabello’s military brain are simply not right. Neither are the polarizing furies from the Government before the threatening polls for the upcoming municipal elections on December 8. No, these are so much more than just speeches.
These are barks and bites at the same time.
As usual, Venezuela’s Public Powers have faithfully obeyed the orders from “above” with exuberant shamelessness and are willing to execute them. The country’s Attorney General, the starting point of all the aggressions for logistical reasons, has already been informed of the (unanimous) decision by the Supreme Court (TSJ) in her accusations to opposition lawmakers Juan Carlos Caldera and María Mercedes Aranguren.
We have mentioned these particular cases already (an unspeakable legal arbitrariness in the case of Caldera and a dishonest manipulation of justice) in a matter we still don’t know much about, which implies an ad hoc manipulation, five years in hibernation and a popular election in order to satisfy the “madurista” desire of increasing his power so he can become more like a president (how we miss Justice Mármol de León who always put a few invaluable grams of decency in the TSJ).
The thing about the so-called “Lawmaker 99” locked in the Fuerte Tiuna military headquarters in Caracas gives it a quite hilarious civilian-military touch and poses a threat to such an antidemocratic spectacle.
The case of Diario 2001, a local newspaper, also started to take its first procedural steps. Just keep in mind that Maduro, acting like a “father,” not only criticized the headline from that newspaper on fuel shortages taking place, but also requested imprisonment for the ungodly journalists who wrote the article as well as the owners from that popular printed media outlet.
Without hesitating for a second, the Attorney General launched an inclement attack. All that because some incumbent of a ministry was hinting at a situation that has some harsh reality, harsh enough so PDVSA’s head Rafael Ramírez acknowledged there is some funny overcrowding at grocery stores, due to wicked rumors and the opposition’s “economic war” against the Government for certain, which also makes toilet paper (among other many absent-in-shelves basic products) scarce.
Needless to say, we stand in solidarity with all of our journalist colleagues and the freedom of speech, which is being violated over and over again.
But, without a doubt, the most relevant fact of them all, maybe the most important since Maduro took office, which we already dedicated two editorials, is the formation of the Strategic Center of Security and Protection for the Homeland (aka Cesppa).
Perhaps Cesppa had been around for a while now, who knows: That mysterious political-military committee from the Revolution that made mention of Hugo Chávez’s successor, with the greatest of respect, and that now has made it public.
A fundamental weapon that seems to have absorbed nearly all the decision-making powers for the defense of the Homeland from both external and internal enemies and maintain good order in this “economic war” in which, according to the Government, an act of war could be anything from press reports, the purchase of several packets of Harina Pan corn flour, a strike against any kind of abuse, feeling admiration for Christopher Columbus, making friends with a Colombian fellow who has voted for Álvaro Uribe, creating a “sensation of uncertainty” that includes murders, betraying one’s country by talking bullshit about the Government at any given Spanish joint, not liking to dance joropo or enjoy a delicious “sancocho” soup , and so on and so forth.
So, watch out for an unexpected bite on one these hot and rainy days of October.