Thursday, April 2, 2009

Chavez repression of rivals expands

So soon after the former Governor of Zulia State, now Mayor of Maracaibo, Manuel Rosales felt he had to go into hiding to avoid arbitrary arrest ordered by agents of the Chavez regime...

...The Military Intelligence Directorate (DIM) has taken former Defense Minister General Raúl Isaías Baduel. The warrantless arrest occurred without official warning. He was forcibly detained and taken from his residence.

Now, this has been in the wind for literally months.

General Baduel is also not by any measure a particularly good guy. His role in reversing the 2002 coup d'etat against Hugo Chavez was no credit to him, nor were his public suppositions over the years that the United States of America was waging a clandestine war against Venezuela, but something caused him to turn coat in November of 2007. He has been a voice of opposition to the Chavez autocracy ever since.

The explanation of why this is happening, and why now, is sadly simple:

It is because Hugo Chavez thinks he can get away with doing this.

Someone should prove him mistaken.

1 comment:

Susan said...

while in absentia, I missed this-