We were never prone to make forecasts, much less on the current situation which the least it can be said about is that is way too “sluggish.” But there are several records and events that seem to indicate the political health of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is not too stable.
For instance, two important characters from the history of chavismo, who in a way still live on its outskirts, have been truly apocalyptic in recent articles published by Aporrea, a Government-biased news web site.
Felipe Pérez, a former minister of planning, who still touts himself as being a supporter of the chavismo movement, made such a harsh criticism there that he believes Maduro, Nelson Merentes (the finance minister) and Jorge Giordani (the planning minister) should go to jail (sic) and subsequently concludes with this terrible quote: “I have spoken with military intelligence officers, who take care of monitoring this kind of things, and both the people and the armed forces are telling me this won’t last any longer.”
“The widespread dissatisfaction is not only from the population, but from members of the armed forces. This reaches unbelievable degrees of rage and repudiation. They cannot stand it anymore. And for a good reason.” The other character is Heinz Dietrich, once a leading theoretician of Chávez’s kingdom and now marginalized by the own regime, who gave the following hint: “If the Government does not take any smart and drastic economic and political measures immediately, it has its days numbered.”
These are bad omens do not come, for certain, from the so-called “yellow far right,” “the triangle of evil” and other related beings. Fausto Masó, a quite sharp political analyst, in his latest article published on Saturday, evoking all the stupid things Maduro does, talking birds and faces appearing on our subway tunnels, for instance, jumps to the conclusion that “Maduro is a pilot enamored of the infinite when flying a plane amid very bad weather conditions; we are the passengers. And this plane will eventually crash because the image of Hugo Chávez will suddenly appear on the instrument panel. I wish there were followers of the chavismo sane enough to accept a political way out of all this madness.” That’s a bold claim, psychiatrically speaking, and brings us to mind that famous slogan chanted in huge rallies: “The madman (Chávez) is going to fall soon.”
Besides such explicit claims that already became “circulating currency,” many minor symptoms seem to indicate, beyond those from the terrible economic crisis, there is a severe national division. Symptoms like, for instance, those kind of riots we witness at supermarkets throughout the country, and even the people from high stratums when they desperately try to obtain scarce goods and the events at food fairs organized by the Government, such as that where three journalists from the Diario 2001 newspaper were brutally beaten down by military officers.
Or when the people of Carúpano, Sucre state, burned the CICPC (Venezuela’s scientific police) headquarters down to the ground after four people they considered innocent victims were murdered by officers of the said police force. Or the police attacking the Attorney General’s Office and their own police facilities in Monagas state due to a political outburst after one of their partners was killed, just to quote a few anomalous events even for a country where crime rules and has taken the most unbelievable forms. And we could keep mentioning a few more examples of those strange signs of decomposition – but we do not believe in any kind of evil spirits.
This is a serious kind of thing not to make a mockery of if we still want to be democrats and we keep in mind how nasty a military government can be for all of us, even though the one we have at present may seem much more like the first suggested. That’s why we raised this alarming symptomatology. The heir of Chávez should pay close attention to it.