Thursday, February 4, 2010

Watching Venezuela

There are all sorts of reports coming in off social networks and sources that today (the 4th) is going to be another big round of protests against the Chavez regime.

A more deserving target is hard to imagine:

Besides the mismanagement of the entire utility system of the country, and all the dictatorial moves against the media and public discourse...

Besides the fact that the economy as a whole is gasping and wheezing...

Besides land seizures that make Venezuela a copy of Mugabe's Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) complete with the land taken "in the name of reform" being given to members of the party elite...

Besides all the senseless sabre-rattling against threats imagined...

... besides all that, there is the very real perception that Hugo Chavez is just the front man for the Cuban Government. The latest example being held up about that being the appointment of Ramiro Valdés Menéndez of Cuba as an advisor to Chavez... supposedly as a technology expert there to help solve the electrical utility problems. That would be *this* Ramiro Valdés Menéndez.

This is simply madness.

The people of Venezuela know it, too.

The only questions are:

...will they go out in the streets against the guns of the regime and its militia?

...and if they do, will the regular Army stand with the regime or with the people?

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More on this as word comes in.

Addenda:
I didn't mention it above, but the significance of the day is that Feb. 4th 1992 is the date of Hugo-and-friends failed attempted military coup against the Carlos Andres Perez government... so for his team, this is an honored day...

Fausta's podcast is all about this, today. As always, I recommend it.

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3 comments:

Susan said...

thanks for the podcast- and I just read about: "President Chavez has reacted against an opposition campaign to discredit visiting Cuban Minister, Ramiro Valdes, who is leading a delegation to help Venezuela assess and solve its electricity problems.


VHeadline News Editor Patrick J. O'Donoghue reports:

Controversial Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) International owner, Marcel Granier added fuel to the campaign yesterday, casting doubts on Valdes' credentials as energy minister and quipping that the only thing he knows how to do is execute people. Furthermore, Granier said, Valdes isn't in Venezuela to help solve the electricity problem but to take
over the presidency.

Susan said...

i just listened about the demonstrations on the podcast-

Susan said...

globovision is another good one- I just watched Hugo and his celebration at Fort Tiuana (?)-- I guess the students are headed to Plaza Venezuela