Given the precarious state of the legitimacy of Nicolás Maduro as president of Venezuela, an extreme radicalism from the side of the Government broke out all of a sudden. And by this we mean things are getting out of control since reactions from the National Executive are exactly the opposite of what prudence and reason would dictate.
The country is going through, and the international community is watching closely, a witch hunt that Maduro’s government is carrying out not only against the opposition, but against students, workers, neighbors and citizens in general.
The situation is so serious that we do not exaggerate to say a new persecution will take place over the next few days, one that promises to become more grueling than any other seen in the country since the days of other Venezuelan dictators from the 20th century such as Juan Vicente Gómez and Marcos Pérez Jiménez – and that’s saying a lot.
The cruelty of the National Guard against peaceful demonstrators in some cities, most of all against students from the city of Barquisimeto and Carabobo state is simply inadmissible, even more when they were just demanding a basic democratic right: A recount of votes, for that is their right to democratically choose a new head of state as enshrined in the National Constitution!
Journalists, artists and TV anchors are being constantly threatened these days. Even Maduro is intimidating and gives ultimatums to TV stations for broadcasting the dramatic events going in Venezuela, veraciously as they develop.
Rumor has it that social network users have been warned by some media outlets and the political police force not to challenge the new government by posting insulting images or texts for there might be consequences.
It is also a clear sign of dictatorial savagery the horrific events at the National Assembly (AN) against congressmen from the opposition. Or the flagrant violation against the Labor Law by the Minister of Housing and Habitat and the threats by some officials and congressmen from the government against workers who show some sympathy for the democratic movement led by Henrique Capriles. Or the straw that broke the camel’s back: An invasion of privacy by tapping the phones, computers, emails, Facebook and Twitter accounts belonging to state employees. This is being carried out at all ministries, public schools and other state bodies.
Added to that are threats against the lives and freedom of opposition leaders such as Henri Falcón and Leopoldo López. Or the vicious attack against Capriles on Tuesday by Prisons Minister Iris Varela, who was ratified in Maduro’s cabinet this week. Varela threatened Capriles to send him behind bars, cut all his hair off and make him wear a jail suit in order to take away his “fascist thoughts” and rescue him as a “human being”.
Good news is that democrats have found a leader in Capriles, one that has not fallen in the trap of violence, one with rational control and one that has not given in to provocations, but also one that has a very strong leadership to fight for the citizen and political rights of more than 7.3 million Venezuelans without turning to violence.
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