Skip to comments.A new landmark date for repression in Venezuela: confirming the dictatorship
Posted on 02/13/2014 5:01:01 AM PST by Kartographer
I was on my way back to San Felipe today so I could not follow events live (nor could I have attended the protests today for a variety of reasons). But in the end it did not matter much because censorship was heavy and tonight I can catch up through the net, Cable TV and Twitter, our only information these days.
The only thing I could see was at "Paramacay" my lunch stop on my way to Valencia where they had Globovision on. Maria Corina Machado was speaking at the rally and it was well attended (something confirmed by the pictures I saw tonight). Interestingly Globo was not showing anything this morning when I left home so that they decided to briefly show MCM was telling, they could not hide the success of the convocation. Also Paramacay had not on VTV, the state TV propaganda. Usually they show nothing or sports but to show Globo shows that, well, you know....
So it was with little concern that I arrived in San Felipe at 5 PM and after emptying the car I had my tea time. That is until a neighbor showed up to ask me if I knew anything about Caracas. So I went to my Playbook and turn on TV. The summary next.
The regime forced cable operators, at least Direct TV that I receive, to drop NTN24 from Colombia which had a live stream (their web page is also blocked with my provider) . Of course Maduro was on cadena inaugurating a grotesque new monument on top of a hill that I saw on my way through La Victoria. I also saw a gazillion cops and Nazional guards all the way from Caracas to La Victoria... apparently not all officials summoned to attend could go by helicopter so the highway should be made safe for them, just in case their car broke down and they got Speared.
What was more surprising is that CNN in Español showed 25, TWENTY FIVE minutes straight of Maduro cadena before they eventually got tired. I was flabbergasted, the more so that CÑN did not give the equivalent time to opposition leadership. Were they afraid to be taken off the grid too? It would be nice to know why Patricia Janiot went along. Still, CÑN showed that way, way less people attended the Maduro shindig than the opposition nice rally in Caracas and significant activities in many cities of the country (and Capriles more and more idiotically tweeting at sensing the situation escaping his slighter and slighter influence)
Eventually I started to get the body count. I looks like the regime used storm troopers to kill 3 protesters although 1 may be a chavista. Dozens of people injured? Things are obscure because the cadena kept going on in La Victoria with a night military parade. I will have to wait more for more hardcore news, but I am leaving you with some interesting stuff. The first one is a video when someone actually gets shot. You need to pay close attention and maybe look at it twice. But you will be sensible to the extensive shots, totally overdone if coming from security forces as students/protesters where running away.
Another good look at Venezuela from Daniel:
Not going back on the delays and manipulation of the November and December inflation number but the regime published the January one. It is 3.3%. Most countries have annual inflation below that monthly number. But that was not really the worse news, if you assume that 3.3 to be genuine. The worst item was the scarcity item, at 28%. That means that if you go to your local grocery store with a list of 10 items the odds that 3 of them will be missing are very high. And missing not in brand or quality, just missing. I know, I was caught almost in the mid of a food riot this afternoon when Brazilian chicken arrived at my local store, and it was taken over by people not from the area (I heard them, one even giving directions to the store) carrying ONLY cases of chicken in their carts, waiting for their pals to arrive before they reached the cashier (4 chicken per person it was). Good thing I do not eat chicken, and even less the Brazilian variety we get here, waterlogged and fat.
Think about that, 3 common household items out of 10 in your shopping list are going to be missing on any day. And maybe having to fight for the other 7.
Hat tip to GeronL for the heads up.
And you can be sure our own regime will assist with weapons and troops
This sounds like Venezuela is lighting the path for Obama to follow. And the US Marxists probably think it is working. It is always about power and control, the crushing of the middle class, the manipulation of shortages and food to make the populace subservient and grateful for any crumbs Dear Leader throws their way. Obama and his fellow travelers would love to do the same to the US.
Is my understanding correct that Venezuela, like Cuba before it, was once a thriving south American nation? Are the memories of the people there really that short?
Judging by my fellow Americans I’d say: YES
Good to know you can always count on CNN to support any Marxist anywhere.
CNN is busy assisting with the propaganda.
Isn't it odd that our state controlled media doesn't show what's happening in Venezuela? If they do, I haven't seen it.
CNN has nothing on PMSNBC. At least CNN pretends to be fair. NBC is solidly on the Marxist side and brags about it.
Yes, and so was Argentina before the socialists took over.
Sheeesh, you’d think that country was being run by a cab driver or something.
Wait a minute....
With all due apologies of course to any of you who may be cab drivers. (I’d rather have any one of you run my country than Obama).
Rush made a statement a while ago to keep an eye on Venezuela because that is our future.
This is why they are so anxious to ban guns.
At least driving a cab is honest work, something bam bam knows nothing about.
En Espnañol or in English, CÑN or CNN has yet to meet a dictator they did not adore.
Dunno. What was the price of a gallon of regular gas when Obama took office, hmmmm?
Highlight this $1.799 space for the answer!
Judging by my fellow Americans Id say: YES
Recall one of the big lies of the 1992 presidential campaign "Worst economy in 50 years" when it had clearly been FAR worse during the dying days of the Carter administration a mere 12 years earlier.
Memories are short, people are gullible and believe what they want to believe.
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