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VenEconomy: Who’s Swimming Against the Current in Venezuela?

From the Editors of VenEconomy

It is public and notorious the economic, political and social that has Venezuelans in shock, buoyed by some rulers swimming in the opposite direction to the will of millions of citizens of this country.

President Nicolás Maduro and his “revolutionary” clan insist there is no turning back in the project once started by Hugo Chávez, despite warnings from advisors of his/their own party, such as Heinz Dietrich, that “should they not turn the current economic model around, the Bolivarian revolution may come to an end soon, just as did the so-called Fourth Republic, which may also start a crisis that ends up in a bloodbath.”

Not only there is no turning back for them, but they are looking to step up this project imported from the Cuba of Fidel Castro, with the help of an illegitimate Enabling Law they are attempting to pass in Congress; controlling and censorship bodies such as those of the economy and the Strategic Center of Security and Protection for the Homeland (aka Cesppa); and attacks to the media and journalists who the Government is preventing them from doing their job by opening summary trials and beating them down as was the case of some reporters from the Diario 2001 newspaper covering a story on long queues of consumers at a Mercal (the Government’s food distribution and grocery store network) at the Fuerte Tiuna military headquarters in Caracas.

Also, in the wake of the upcoming municipal elections, who many believe may be of plebiscitary character, and the growing consensus in many opinion polls of holding the Maduro administration as the main responsible for the economic deterioration, high crime rates, corruption and lack of results, the Government turned to vote buying once more through giveaways, handouts from the social programs dubbed as “missions,” and the use of blackmail with its supporters.

On par with stepping up threats, pressures and persecutions against the leaders of the opposition, such as are the vilification and public humiliation of the faces of Henrique Capriles, Leopoldo López and María Corina Machado which the Government has had imprinted in posters hanging on public roads and throughout state-run newspapers, as well as ongoing accusations that the opposition is involved in a so-called “economic war” and unconstitutional ways to oust Maduro.

All this goes against the thoughts and desires of most Venezuelan citizens, who believe in democracy as “preferable to any other type of government, because it is based on the principles of freedom, participation and equality,” as shown by the study “Democratic Governance and Civil Society in Venezuela: New frameworks for action and agendas for social partnership 2012-2016,” conducted by the Venezuelan Institute of Social and Political Studies (INVESP), the Sucre Center for Comprehensive Development (CEDISUC) and the Chair of Peace and Human Rights “Monsignor Oscar A. Romero,” with the support of the European Union.

That is precisely the direction the country’s democratic sector wants to take, one without violence, one pinpointing all the bad policies sinking the country into a bottomless pit and, by taking advantage of all the protest mechanisms granted by the Constitution, one that remains on the electoral course in order to rescue institutional spaces in the municipal governments and seek the resumption of governance in the country.

This all is evidenced on an insisting campaign that calls for massive voting, for the organization and, above all, participation of citizens as witnesses for the defense of their votes at a municipal election to be held on December 8, three key aspects to stop the abuse of power and all the advantages the Government has got from imposing over the will of the people.

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

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