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VenEconomy: Three News Stories with Common Themes

From the Editors of VenEconomy

This week, the Venezuelan press released three news stories that apparently had nothing in common when read separately, but once put together these gave a snapshot of the country’s harsh reality.

One of them is an announcement by the Parliamentary Commission currently investigating international financings to NGOs and political groups, in which Benjamín Scharifker, the rector of the Metropolitan University in Caracas, will be summoned to answer a few questions regarding the case over the next few days. This summons comes after the accusations made by Erick Rodríguez, a social analyst, on alleged indoctrination the university is performing to some students as part of the so-called Liberty and Democracy Plan.

We could think of this as a total sarcasm. For one thing, the words “liberty” and “democracy” are the main drivers of the Venezuelan Constitution, so every effort or attempt to spread or teach those concepts are within the Republic’s legal framework, and therefore cannot be considered as acts of indoctrination or “ideologization.” But the two “red” governments from Hugo Chávez and Nicolás Maduro have changed the entire educational curriculum on both first and second levels of instruction of children, youth and teenagers in order to highlight the values and principles of the so-called Socialism of the 21st century, which do not exist in our Constitution.

Unfortunately, the lawmakers from the Government have dedicated themselves to persecute their opposition counterparts, even though they act within the framework of the law, thus turning their blind eye to common and reiterative illegal practices from the Revolution.

The second news was disclosed by Wandolay Martínez, vice-minister of public safety, who announced on Tuesday that a group of young people who voluntarily surrendered their guns and are involved in a series of misdemeanors will be travelling to Cuba in November, with the goal of being reinserted into society through rehabilitation programs. Is this kind of practice, regardless of the fact these young people had committed a crime or not, within Venezuela’s legal framework? It is well-known that Cuba has been a preferred destination for many young people who, with the excuse of studying medicine, of practicing a sport or any other discipline, have been indoctrinated by the Castro-communist regime. Should the Venezuelan society see Cuba acting like some kind of correctional facility as normal and natural? Is the Government setting a precedent with this, or is this some kind of “test balloon” to open the possibility to send the dissidents of the Revolution there?

The source of the third news is Major General Justo Noguera Pietri, the current Commander General of the National Guard, who will be in charge of setting up the “first course for correspondents of internal order operations” sponsored by the General Command of the National Guard aimed at “training and providing basic knowledge to professionals of journalism who carry out their jobs amid situations of conflict.”

Back in Venezuela’s “normal” times, when legality and acting under the constitutional mandate were the order of the day, this course would have gone unnoticed. However, in times when the country’s armed forces shout out loud the motto “Homeland, Socialism, we shall Triumph!” and swear allegiance to the socialist process of the 21st century and Hugo Chávez, under the shrewd gaze of Raúl Castro, a course like this raises suspicions. The fact of remembering the “mission and operational deployment” within this revolutionary framework could mean anything.

These three news stories with common themes lead us to think that a “Cubazuela” may be just around the corner.

VenEconomy has been a leading provider of consultancy on financial, political and economic data in Venezuela since 1982.

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