Festive Left Friday Blogging Too: Chavecito phones in

…and recites a poem he wrote to honor his friend and army comrade, Luís Felipe Acosta Carlez, who was ambushed and killed (Chavecito swears it was done by the then-infamous Venezuelan secret police, the DISIP) on March 1, 1989, during the Caracazo:

Video in Spanish; musical accompaniment by “Dame Pa’ Matala”, a very talented young bunch of hippies.

On a more sombre and elegiac note, today marks the 20th anniversary of the shot that opened the Fourth World War, the Caracazo. This revolutionary event pre-dates the fall of the Berlin Wall by several months, the formation of the Zapatistas by five years, and the Battle of Seattle by nine. Here’s the whole story, placed in its proper context (in Spanish, with English subtitles):

“Venezuela Bolivariana”, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Enjoy.

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2 Responses to Festive Left Friday Blogging Too: Chavecito phones in

  1. Thanks, that was great. What a change between then and now, at least on VTV…eh? Meanwhile, the “independent” private media, who are about as independent as Uncle Tom in reality, still go on following the same 4th Republic line. Demonize the people when they turn out to protest the “free market” and its ridiculous pricing “regulations”! Tells you a helluva lot.
    Love that two-tiered pricing system they tried to sell, too. Worked out great, as the riots in the street attested…

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