Also, tweet moar stupid hashtags! #SOScuálidos, maybe.
Also, tweet moar stupid hashtags! #SOScuálidos, maybe.
The boys of VTV’s Zurda Konducta dissect a crapaganda campaign that seems to have gone viral (or tried to, in the case of Venezuela). See if you can spot the similarities:
Did you see it? Both “viral” videos feature a pretty young woman delivering a heart-wrenching (and obviously canned) speech about how corrupt and crooked and direly in need of foreign intervention her country is. Self-serving politicians! People starving to death! Evil cops beating the shit out of peaceful protesters! And all you need to do to stop this unmitigated horror is share this video and tweet inane hashtags at the world. Hey, it worked for Ukraine, let’s see if it works for Venezuela!
Except, of course, it didn’t work for Ukraine. The country is now divided up between a loose coalition of homegrown and foreign neo-fascists, and the Crimean parliament (did you know the region was autonomous?) has voted to flip Kiev the bird and rejoin Russia (did you know that Crimea was Russian before Nikita Khrushchev, a self-styled Ukrainian, decided to hand it over to Ukraine?) And Crimea, despite being under dispute, has seen no gunshots, no bloodshed…and indeed, nothing in the streets except people having tea and sandwiches with that oh, SO scary Russian army. While Kiev has been torched and trashed, Simferopol, Sevastopol and other Crimean towns are all quiet and calm, in stark contrast to the fascist horror that has eaten the western half of Ukraine.
And just think, that’s what some people also want for Venezuela. I’m not kidding. I’ve blogged before on how Álvaro Uribe, the former president of Colombia, is behind a large part of the destabilization campaign in Venezuela. It’s no coincidence that the western part of Venezuela, which borders on Colombia, is the real prize in this dispute. That’s where the big, rich Maracaibo oilfields lie. Uribe would like nothing better than to annex these for himself. And he’s got a handful of Venezuelan oligarchs with similar ambitions in his pocket, agitating for a separate “republic”. (Sound familiar?) For the price of a few hundred paramilitaries to co-ordinate guarimbas, stir shit in the streets, and wreak terror by snipe-shooting anyone who dares to oppose the destabilization campaign, Uribe’s right up in the game.
And, with a little help from Uncle Sam’s Mighty Wurlitzer, a Ukraine-style crapaganda campaign to enlist international support for the insupportable is just the ticket, eh?
But what am I saying? Pay no attention to that little man behind the curtain. People are starving! STARVING, I tell you!
See how hungry those poor widdle middle-class kiddies are? They’re being forced to eat imported Yankee junk food while setting out “miguelitos” (homemade spike belts) in the street to kill passing motorcyclists.
Gee, I think I’ll go retweet some dumb little #PrayForSOS hashtags now!
A national guardsman’s motorcycle, torched by opposition thugs after the rider was assassinated by one of their snipers. Aporrea has the story:
Agnes López Lión, a sergeant of the Bolivarian National Guard, and a young mototaxi driver, José Gregorio Amaris Cantillo, died today as a result of gunshots to the head as they were gathering up debris left by groups of opposition vandals in Los Cortijos, in eastern Caracas.
The GNB officer “died after arriving at the Metropolitan Clinic,” according to Globovisión reporter Daniel Colina, via Twitter.
The news, first reported by citizens via social networks, was later confirmed by National Assembly president Diosdado Cabello.
“A motorcyclist was killed by a sniper when he was cleaning up a barricade, and a national guardsman was just assassinated in Los Cortijos,” Cabello denounced.
With these two deaths, the death toll of the recent violence in the land as of February 12 has reached 20. Cabello says that 72 persons remain in custody for promoting guarimbas.
“The motorcyclist was gathering up debris and the national guardsman also. Both dead of a single shot from a sniper on a building(…)A group of motorcyclists stopped to collect garbage and they were shot at,” said Cabello, adding that the person who shot the national guardsman in Valencia has been identified.
“He is a murderer. He will get 30 years in jail…almost certainly they will capture him,” Cabello affirmed.
“They are assassins, terrorists…it is a coup d’état against our land.”
In Los Cortijos, a mob of oppositionists chanting slogans burned Sgt. López’s motorcycle, after he was shot.
Following the incident, a great many National Guard members were sent to Los Cortijos, and their presence unleashed a torrent of opposition messages on the social networks, accusing the government of violating human rights and private property.
As is already the custom in the last two weeks, communicational activists of the opposition on the social networks have accused “the collectives”, meaning government sympathizers, and the government itself, of having caused the violence.
The dangerous guarimbas, combined with “wires of death”, have caused several fatalities and maintain a situation of virtual sequestration, violating the right of free transit, to thousands of families in various middle-class areas governed by opposition mayors, who passively permit and support these actions.
So, once more, we see just how “peaceful” and “nonviolent” those huggable Venezuelan oppos are. And how they are all just totally to be trusted with the running of their country…straight into the ground.
Don’t ever make this guy angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
Uh oh, somebody just put their foot in it big-time. That “somebody” being the president of Panama, and “it” being a coup d’etat that left crap all over Venezuela:
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced to the country that the Bolivarian Government has decided to break off political, diplomatic and economic relations with Panama, under the rule of Ricardo Martinelli.
During a memorial speech on the first anniversary of the death of Hugo Chávez, attended by heads of state, family members, activists and intellectuals at the Mountain Barracks in Caracas, Maduro revealed that Martinelli “has been working actively against Venezuela, creating conditions so that the Organization of American States and other organisms take a step toward intervening in our country.”
Maduro announced that the Panamanian foreign minister, Francisco Álvarez de Soto, was alerted “again and again” as to the intentions of Venezuela to break off relations, as a consequence of his “open conspiracy” against the people and the Bolivarian government.
“In the face of open conspiracy on the part of the Panamanian foreign minister, in the face of open conspiracy by the Panamanian government in the OAS, I have decided to break off political and diplomatic relations with the current government of Panama,” said Maduro, live on VTV.
As well, the national executive has decided to “freeze all commercial economic relations from the moment, in defence of the sovereignty of our land and of peace,” said the president.
“We will not allow anyone to meddle with impunity in our homeland,” Maduro emphasized, saying that Martinelli does not represent the great people of Panama, “the people of Omar Torrijos, the people among whom our Liberator was confronting conspiracies, the same as today.”
Venezuela is facing an ongoing coup d’état directed by political parties of the far right, financed by the United States. This plan includes a fierce campaign against Venezuela, with the participation of countries such as Panama, which is putting the pressure on diplomatically for an intervention in Venezuela.
Meanwhile, the accused is playing innocent, quite unconvincingly:
The president of Panama, Ricardo Martinelli, said that he was surprised by the decision of the Venezuelan government of Nicolás Maduro to break off relations with his country, according to his Twitter account.
“The Venezuelan government’s decision surprises me. Panama only wishes that this brother land find peace and strengthen its democracy,” wrote Martinelli in a brief message on the social network.
Again, translation mine.
Uh-huh…surrrrrre. That’s what they ALL say. All the putschists out rampaging in the streets are screaming that THEY want “peace” and “democracy” too…when they’re not howling for the blood of a leader elected by the majority of their fellow Venezuelans.
PS: Here’s the video of Madurito making the announcement.
Note the applause when he vows to break off relations. A popular decision? You better believe it.
Filmmaker Oliver Stone gives an interview for Telesur, in which he talks not only about his memories of Chavecito (the subject of his latest documentary, shown on Telesur last night), but also of how Venezuela has grown and changed thanks to him. Since the Comandante’s physical passing, a year ago today, his presence has only grown in stature. His spirit is unmistakable, and so is the antagonism toward it from all the usual sources.
Video from the popular VTV show, Zurda Konducta, showing just how serious the opposition youth really are about their “demonstrations” and the objectives thereof. “Really, we have nothing planned,” says the first kid. “All we want is to topple the government.” The second one, in a barrage of beeped-out bad language, says he doesn’t give a shit for elections. There’s a bunch of them holding up traffic, keeping workers from their jobs, and generating nothing but ill-will. There’s a whole lot of others, babbling various inanities, but they all seem very vague about everything except their contempt for Madurito…and democracy.
And not just for him. The commercial media, their own faithful allies, have come under attack, as one of them tweeted from the putschist hangout at Altamira:
Reading in chronological order, from bottom to top, the tweets say:
“And now the guarimberos of Altamira are hitting @fortunecris and the rest of the press who tried to save him from getting beaten.”
“AFP, EFE, Reuters, Cadena Capriles, Bloque Dearmas, ALL attacked by those we have photographed for the past 3 weeks of protests.”
“All of us from the press are leaving the demonstration in Altamira. There was no way of mediating between the punches and the irrational screams.”
“They protest for freedom of expression and no censorship, and they hit photojournalists for NO REASON? Where is the coherence?”
“I told one of those who attacked us, ‘Buddy, you’ve been watching us for 3 weeks!’ and he replied, ‘Gimme the camera, bitch.’”
“To leave Luis Roche Ave. a group had to turn around by La Floresta and others at Bello Campo to get out without being attacked.”
“We didn’t want to leave. You, demonstrators, kicked us out with violence. You yourselves will be left alone.”
Smooth move, guys, kicking out your own propagandists. Where’s the coherence, indeed.
And then there’s this lovely bit of peacefulness and pro-democracy:
A map showing which spots the guarimber@s were planning to use for their road-trashing “demonstrations”. As you can see, they all correspond to major routes in and out of Caracas. Funny coincidence that, no?
And finally, isn’t it ironic that a bunch of “peaceful” Venezuelans who are always and forever protesting how their country has been taken over by Cuba…are being led themselves by Robert Alonso, a demented and quite unhinged old (ex-)Cuban?
Gosh, he sounds on the verge of a cerebral hemorrhage, there.
And just think, folks, that great intellectual of Hollywood, Jared Leto, supports these people — and those OTHER fascists, the Ukrainians and foreign Nazis who stirred shit on the Maidan.
Makes you really hopeful for humanity, doesn’t it?
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t give Globovisión the time of day, as they’re an escualido “news” channel well known for exaggerations, falsifications, fabrications and outright lies. (Venezuelans often refer to the channel as Globomojón, for reasons good — it played a big role in numerous coup attempts there.) But yesterday a rumor was making the rounds of the Internets that Daniel Ortega had mysteriously disappeared, and hadn’t been heard from for days. People were wondering if he was dead. Turns out that he’s not, and since this story’s straight, here ya go:
“You worked a miracle resuscitating me, because for a lot of people, I was dead”, joked the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, to newly-designated Cardinal Leopoldo José Brenes, whom he received at the airport in Managua with a large crowd of Catholics.
The head of state reappeared on Monday after nine days’ absence, which had generated rumors of his death, since his heart problems had worsened weeks before.
The Sandinista leader left midnight on Tuesday for Caracas, to participate in memorial services for the late Venezuelan president, Hugo Chávez, on the first anniversary of the Bolivarian Revolution leader’s death.
“We have to head out for Venezuela, because it’s the anniversary of the death of President Chávez,” Ortega explained to the new cardinal, at a ceremony transmitted by Nicaraguan state television on Channel 6.
Chávez died on March 5, 2013, upon losing his battle to cancer.
So, there you have it. Chavecito may be gone (and sadly missed!), but Daniel Ortega is still with us. Washington might say otherwise, but I’m glad that he is. It would be terribly awkward (and potentially tragic for Nicaragua) if he were not.
PS: Here’s some Telesur video of Ortega welcoming the new cardinal:
Dramatic developments in Venezuela as more putschists and violent instigators are behind bars tonight. Here’s the story, via Aporrea:
The Venezuelan government has arrested 41 persons in the Altamira neighborhood of eastern Caracas, who caused damage to public and private property and held up vehicular traffic in the zone on Friday.
Of this group, eight are of foreign nationality, and were wanted for international terrorism, according to President Nicolás Maduro, via Twitter.
The head of state, in the context of the Peace and Coexistence Plan, announced the formation of a special police and military team for investigating the entry of irregulars and mercenaries into the country to create violence by way of narcotrafficking.
The 41 perps were caught in flagrante delicto, so there’s not much doubt about what they were up to. One of them is a minor. Most are male.
Meanwhile, in other news of guarimberos caught in flagrante, we have this little item:
Venezuelan Robert Alonso, the “King of the Guarimba”, on whose estate 100 Colombian paramilitaries were captured in May 2004, is conspiring in Miami with well-known Cuban-American terrorists, as confirmed inadvertently by a web site identified with Luis Posada Carriles and the most violent elements of the local circles generated by the CIA.
The site “Nuevo Acción” [sic], published by Aldo Rosado Tuero, openly nostalgic for Franco and Mussolini, announced that “opposition leader” Robert Alonso addressed a select group of Cuban-American terrorists at a “patriotic luncheon” located at “La Finca Media Luna”, on the outskirts of Miami.
Alonso addressed the attendees “to call for help and solidarity for the irreducible combatants of Cuban exile for his campaign to increase resistance to the ungovernment of Nicolás Maduro,” reported Nuevo Acción. “Robert explained the function of the ‘guarimba’ and other forms of struggle which a group of ‘Venezuelan patriots’ were performing.”
In the accompanying photo, one can see Reinol Rodríguez, current “military chief” of Alpha 66, along with José Dionisio Suárez and Armando Valladares, three individuals known to belong to organizations formed by the CIA.
Reinol (Reynol or Reynold) Rodríguez belongs to the small group of paramilitaries tied to international terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, in Miami. Rodríguez is the killer of Carlos Muñiz Varela, who was shot dead from a car in a march on April 28, 1979. The young Cuban was then director of the Varadero Travel Agency, in the capital of Puerto Rico, and organized visits from exiles to Cuba as part of a process of political rapprochement.
Dionisio “Pool of Blood” Suárez Esquivel was sentenced for the assassination of former Chilean minister Orlando Letelier, on September 21, 1976. Arrested in 1990, he admitted his guilt. He was freed by George W. Bush in 2001, just a few days before September 11.
Armando Valladares was one of the 17 terrorists arrested on Christmas Eve of 1960, in Havana, amid a CIA-directed string of attacks on stores and movie theatres. During the raid, they discovered three bomb-making factories and a large quantity of weapons and explosives. Freed after several years, Valladares went to work for the CIA, who used him in a series of international events as a “Cuban dissident”. In 2009, he joined the authors of a fascist conspiracy in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to assassinate President Evo Morales, and foment a civil war. He later appeared alongside Honduran putschists in Roberto Micheletti’s gang.
Robert Alonso fled Venezuela in 2004, after the discovery of a plan to assassinate President Hugo Chávez and the arrest on his estate, by Venezuelan security forces, of 153 Colombian paramilitaries, who were wearing uniforms of the Venezuelan armed forces.
The operation took place in a zone controlled by then-mayor Henrique Capriles Radonski — now leader of the opposition — and counted on the complicity of police officers of the territory. Previously, Alonso had participated with Capriles in the assault on the Cuban embassy during the coup d’état of 2002.
A permanent promotor of acts of violence in Venezuela, Alonso fled the country with false documents, across the Colombian border, to later install himself in Miami, Florida, where his buddies were waiting for him.
The brother of the Cuban-American singer/actress María Conchita Alonso incited the “guarimbas”, violent street protests by the Venezuelan opposition, causing deaths and injuries an various parts of the land.
Alonso is associated with the military putschists of the Plaza Altamira, who called for an insurrection against the elected Chávez government, and were linked to acts of terrorism against the Colombian consulate, diplomatic installations of Spain, and the Organization of American States (OAS) in Caracas.
Son of a wealthy Cuban family that prospered under the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista, Robert Alonso left the island at the age of 11, to live in Venezuela. Truly his father’s son, he studied at Deer Park High School in Deer Park, Washington, at the Kinman Business school of Washington State in Spokane, at the College for Television and Film (Munich, Germany) and took journalism at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
The appearance of Alonso in the pages of Nuevo Acción arose at the same time as the existence of a series of e-mails sent by ultra-right-wing political advisor Juan José Rendón and opposition deputy María Corina Machado and Ricardo Koesling came to light in Venezuela, offering details of their destabilization plots against the Venezuelan government.
Koesling, known in Venezuela for his participation in violent acts against the Cuban embassy in 2002, is a long-time partner-in-crime of Luis Posada Carriles. In 1976, he was already in the orbit of the CIA agent working for the Venezuelan secret police when he ordered, from Caracas, the destruction of a Cuban aircraft in mid-flight. In 2000, Koesling communicated with Posada, in prison in Panama for terrorism. Today, he is still connected to the community of CIA assassins in Miami, on account of his Venezuelan connection.
The putschist organization to which Alonso belongs extends as far as Colombia, and to the far-right circles represented by Álvaro Uribe Vélez, has many other members in Miami who have already demonstrated their willingness to resort, without the slightest scruple, to violence in order to finish off the dignified legacy of Hugo Chávez.
All of them recognize in Posada Carriles, the former “Commissar Basilio” of the DISIP [Venezuelan secret police, now disbanded] who, for several years in Caracas, tortured, kidnapped and murdered dozens of young Venezuelan revolutionaries who dreamed of a new Venezuela, freed from its predators.
Don’t be too surprised if the eight “foreigners” among those arrested in Altamira turn out to have ties to this band of elderly, but still very nasty, thugs. After all, they all hang together.
Left sign: “We want peace!”
Right sign: “Don’t mess with my guarimba!”
As you can see, Señora Tontica has a bit of cognitive dissonance going on. It’s a common thing with Venezuelan disociad@s.
Good evening, and welcome to another dose of VenOpIronía. I wasn’t feeling particularly festive today, seeing as a lot of grotesque putschist shit is still going down in Venezuela, so FLFB is not happening. What is? Moar guarimbas — oh sorry, “peaceful protests” (note the quotes, there for a reason). And moar irony. Obviamente.
But don’t take my word for it…see for yourself:
In the video above, a senior citizen tries to cross a trash barricade thoughtfully put in place by young opposition demonstrators. One of them at first “offers” to help him cross it, then abandons him to his fate. The man tries to climb over it, but his elderly bones just won’t make it. In the end, he has to give up and go back the way he came, hurt and bewildered. Meanwhile, the snippy young thing walks away grinning like she’s pulled off a coup. Not quite, sweetie…not quite.
Here’s another example of those fine young cannibals in action, this time in none other than New York City:
This one got arrested for throwing things at the Bolivarian demonstrators. Here’s the story from Aporrea:
An opposition demonstrator was arrested by New York police after violently assaulting a journalist in Union Square.
According to New York-based Venezuelan activist Williams Camacaro, spokesperson for the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle, the opposition demonstration, amounting to some 200 people, became violent, shouting obscenities, pushing and throwing objects, at a group of 20 citizens from several countries who questioned their arguments and their motives.
The demonstrators, most of them young Venezuelans of the upper class, “began to yell at us, asking how much Maduro was paying us, but they lost control completely when we asked them where they got the dollars to study in the US,” said Camacaro. The Venezuelan students receive a sum of preferential dollars, awarded by the Bolivarian government, to pay for their tuition, maintenance, medical insurance and other foreign costs.
Lourdes Vela, activist and community journalist, said that “the crowd came at us when we started chanting slogans in support of the democratically elected Maduro government. A woman started throwing pieces of ice at my face and was there when the police intervened. They handcuffed her and took her into custody. She was beside herself.”
“It’s impressive the level of violence and hatred there is in these persons. If the police hadn’t been there, they would have lynched us. There were many more of them than us, and it took the police a lot of work to contain them,” said the activists.
According to the authorities, the woman faces charges for assault, and her court date is set for May 13, 2014. “In the video you don’t see even a quarter of what happened. Her attitude was extremely violent, to say the least. Luckily, we have videographic testimony to show in court,” Vela added.
Univisión reporters on the scene caught the aggression on video and showed it on their evening newscast, but the opposition website La Patilla got it all backwards, with the title “Chavista detained in New York for trying to sabotage a protest against Maduro”, citing the known paid propagandist Casto Ocando of the Miami Herald as their source. The “news” was spread virally via Twitter, without any verification.
The twisted “news” from La Patilla and the Miami Herald drew many comments on Twitter from opposition supporters, calling for the “deportation” of the “horrible Chavista”, without any clear idea of whom they were accusing. “That bitch should be declared persona non grata in the US, send her to Venezuela in a dog carrier so she learns some respect,” commented Angel Castillo. Another commenter, Van Lesster, wrote, “Deport that lowlife so that she can roll in shi…pardon, the homeland.”
From Ohio, Edward Mercado, a Venezuelan activist, reported that opposition demonstrators also tried to attack him and stop him from talking to Fox 19 during a protest in his city. “I was at the protest to ask for the right to speak, as a Venezuelan against violence, but they insulted me and tried to take the camera from the Channel 19 crew,” Mercado said.
So you can see several layers of irony at work there, eh? An escualida assaults a pro-Madurito demo in Manhattan, and gets arrested (as she should) for that. “Peaceful” oppo demonstrators also attacked a FUX Snooze crew, of all people. Yeah, that’ll get you sympathy!
But funniest of all are the escualidos’ responses to the Angry Escualida from Manhattan: Taking one of their own for a Chavista, they really let fly with the insults, which of course are downright gendered. What I translated as “lowlife” is actually malparida, a word for which there is no English equivalent; it means “a woman who has miscarried”, and I guess can be quite the insult, as it has all kinds of abortion- and slut-shaming connotations. I decided to go with another meaning, less gendered (as there is also a male equivalent, malparido): “misborn”, “misbegotten”, or “low-born”. Which, in current slang, translates very loosely to “lowlife”, and captures the classist nature of escualido insults pretty well, I’d say. After all, they have a seething contempt for all classes but their wealthy and privileged own.
And greater contempt hath no man than one who would do something like this:
On Thursday, in the state of Carabobo, a young man was killed while trying to clean up the barricades in the streets so he could exercise his right to free transit, according to the Attorney General of the Republic, Luisa Ortega Díaz.
During a press conference, the public servant said that the citizen had been killed by a gunshot.
“The aggressiveness of a group of Venezuelans has occasioned all these violent deeds which have occurred during the last several days throughout the land,” Díaz emphasized.
Translation, again, mine.
Killed by a gunshot for trying to push some junk and debris out of the way so he could get to where he was going. Ain’t that some shit?
I guess it really is true what the oppos say. There really IS no guarantee of life or freedom in Venezuela…at least, not in those areas dominated by the “peaceful” opposition!