I’ve been seeing a post going around about how we need to pray for Venezuela and it’s turning into a dictatorship but I’m just gonna let you know some things the media may not tell you.
1. The scarcity issue has been caused by right-winged business owners hoarding supplies in order to sabotage the economy. This is nothing new and has been done before
2. The right-winged extremist opposition is violent and has no desire to continue having a democracy (remember Chavez and Maduro were both democratically elected).
3. Before the Chavista Regime, Venezuela was a deeply divided country with massive inequality levels and a deeply entrenched class system. Venezuela now has one of the lowest inequality levels in Latin America.
The purpose of this post isn’t to make you chavistas or Pro-Maduro, I myself condemn the violence and militaristic nature of the Venezuelan state. However, I’m just letting you know not everything is as it seems and for the love of god please think more critically and research before getting into something you know nothing about. Quite frankly Venezuela and Latin America in general have had enough western intervention and it has always ended in tragedy. If you want to pray, pray but don’t pretend to be our saviours when you know nothing of our history.
“Hugo Chávez es un demonio. ¿Por qué? Porque alfabetizó a 2 millones de venezolanos que no sabían leer ni escribir, aunque vivían en un país que tiene la riqueza natural más importante del mundo, que es el petróleo. Yo viví en ese país algunos años y conocí muy bien lo que era. La llaman la "Venezuela Saudita” por el petróleo. Tenían 2 millones de niños que no podían ir a las escuelas porque no tenían documentos. Ahí llegó un gobierno, ese gobierno diabólico, demoníaco, que hace cosas elementales, como decir “Los niños deben ser aceptados en las escuelas con o sin documentos”. Y ahí se cayó el mundo: eso es una prueba de que Chávez es un malvado malvadísimo. Ya que tiene esa riqueza, y gracias a que por la guerra de Iraq el petróleo se cotiza muy alto, él quiere aprovechar eso con fines solidarios. Quiere ayudar a los países suramericanos, principalmente Cuba. Cuba manda médicos, él paga con petróleo. Pero esos médicos también fueron fuente de escándalos. Están diciendo que los médicos venezolanos estaban furiosos por la presencia de esos intrusos trabajando en esos barrios pobres. En la época en que yo vivía allá como corresponsal de Prensa Latina, nunca vi un médico. Ahora sí hay médicos. La presencia de los médicos cubanos es otra evidencia de que Chávez está en la Tierra de visita, porque pertenece al infierno. Entonces, cuando se lee las noticias, se debe traducir todo. El demonismo tiene ese origen, para justificar la máquina diabólica de la muerte.“
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I know this doesn’t have to do with all of the posts I regularly post, but I need you to know what’s happening in my country, and before you start reading what I want to say I would like to apologize in case I misspell something, soooo…. Here I go.
I live in Venezuela, a small country located north of South America, we are nice, warm, exciting people, but since 1998 everything has fall. The government of Hugo Chavez took power in that year and our country has never been the same since “el chavismo” took over our lives.
Let me explain it to you, we live in a dictatorship, where our elections are compromised, where we CANT find ANY food, medication, construction materials NOTHING, our media has been shot down and we don’t even have channels on the tv that speaks the truth and really tells us what’s happening.
People is dying because they are hungry, because they are sick, because they are homeless and the government just act like NOTHING is happening while actually EVERYTHING is.
The military defends the government, why? We just don’t know, they choose to protect an small group of bad people either than defend their own brothers.
On December 6th 2015, we, Venezuelans voted for the new National Assembly and thanks to God we won, but dictatorship is a dictatorship is a dictatorship and on April 6th of this year 2017 the government decided to override ALL the power of the assembly that us, Venezuelans, choose, and since that day pacific concentrations all around the country started, people no matter what age or sex have been staying in the streets for days, only hoping that their actions motivates other people to do the same.
But these people has been assaulted by the militia, throwing them toxic gas and shooting them just to keep our voices shut, but we are not going to stop, because now our scream for freedom is louder than ever. 28 kills in 20 days, most of them were students, today my friend died and tomorrow I’m going to take the street and fight for my country.
QUE VIVA VENEZUELA CARAJO🇻🇪🇻🇪🇻🇪
NOTE: IF YOU SUPPORT THE CUBAN/VENEZUELA REGIME SKIP BY AND GO MAKE A LINE TO BUY MILK. I DO NOT NEED YOUR SORRY COMMENTS.
Things are not good in Venezuela right now. People are on the streets. Students, workers and citizens worried about the Cuban invasion march in more than 9 states. The police at this moment watch the TUPAMAROS, which is a Government backed thugs, shot and kidnap people protesting against Nicolas Maduro regime. All the newspapers are censored and the TV is afraid to report on any of the protest. Check Twitter and search #lasalida or #TUPAMAROS and you can see the mess in Venezuela.
My profile image is in support of those people back in my country protesting on the streets.
can you explain that post for someone who doesn't know much about what's really going on in venezuela? what's a chavista/madurista?
A supporter of the now deceased Hugo Chavez and his successor Nicolas Maduro, both self-described leaders of the “Pink Tide” left populist movement known as chavismo. Interestingly, at the inception of the MUD, some hardline chavistas were part of the ooposition, considering Maduro’s reign as a corrupt departure from his predecessor’s principles. They returned to supporting the state once protests became more violent.
Chavismo is self-described “socialism for the 21st century.” Its mostly a mish-mash of anti-imperialist rhetoric and left populism. In the 2000s the government took control of the nation’s oil industry and used the proceeds to finance a series of projects that greatly benefited the country’s poor. Problem is, they wasted this initiative, doing nothing to diversify the nation’s economy, allowing agriculture to continuously decline, appeasing the national bourgeoisie and foreign enterprises, and conducting a series of inter-Latin American trade deals that made no sense. So when oil prices tanked, the regime had no leg to stand on, still being largely at the mercy of the foreign and domestic capitalists while also having done nothing to boost the country’s economic competitiveness. This, plus blooming corruption on the part of the ruling party’s leading figures, lead the country into a tailspin of economic decline and political instability.
Tbh, the Pink Tide of left(ish) governments that came to power in South America in the early 2000s was never a phenomenon that merited intense celebration from Western radicals. At their best these were populist social democrats and at worst, figures more interested in preserving their image and lining their pockets than in building a truly better future for the continent’s laboring classes, as evidenced by the quick fading of their successes. I know some would like to place the sole blame for that decline on US pressures, but I’ve read the leaks about US activities in the region and while we are definitely aiding and abetting the right, we are not the driving force behind that shift. Failing to understand the power of the national bourgeois is always an issue for Western leftists, it seems.
Let’s talk about how Maduro got to power. He worked at the subway… Or “worked” because he kept taking days off pretending he was sick. He’d use those days off to go to party meetings where he met Chavez. Maduro became his useful dummy, and as such Chavez made him minister of different things when he got to power and kept being moved around from position to position until….
“I’m going to go for a while. Should anything happen to me, I pick Nicolás Maduro as my successor” said late-stage cancer patient Chavez. And everyone wondered “why Maduro?” because the obvious choice of a successor was Diosdado Cabello. The thing is, Chavez was planning to come back to be president. That’s why he left his dummy, who would have given him his presidency back.
There is historical precedent for it not being the case: in 1909 president Cipriano Castro left office for a short while, because he had a farting penis (I swear I’m not making this up) and he needed to fix it in France. He left his best buddy Juan Vicente Gómez to warm his seat while he was gone… And Gómez was like “sorry buddy, you can never come back to Venezuela” and became a dictator for 27 years. This is what Chavez was trying to avoid when he picked Maduro. Diosdado would have pulled a Gómez.
But Chavez made a little mistake when he left office. He could have gotten a surgery in Venezuela, our medicine lacks resources but makes up for it with wits and internet access, and they would have probably told him not to get such a risky surgery in the first place …but no, he had to get the surgery in Cuba. Cuban medicine is a very good corpse factory, people go to Cuba vertically and come back horizontally. Most people say Chavez became horizontal around December 29th because the man who loved the public suddenly became very private for months. Too private, actually. And yet official records will claim it happened in March 5th. Those were some uncertain months.
And so elections were held that year. Henrique Capriles Radonsky, who had just lost (or “lost” depending on who you ask) an election to Chavez, pulled a Hillary and ran again, as the sole candidate of la MUD, against Maduro, who was perceived by chavistas as Chavez’s spiritual son. They voted for him because they were sold the idea of Maduro being a way to keep Chavez’s legacy alive, his spiritual and political son, the man who saw a wee little bird in the street and claimed it was Chavez’s spirit.
I mentioned Capriles pulling a Hillary. He did a full Hillary, he lost that election with a very short margin, some might even say the numbers were contoured and powdered into looking like Maduro won. And even if you don’t believe the elections were rigged, you must admit the numbers were tight for a “government of the people/everybody loves us and hates right wing” chavismo. That was the moment when they realized they didn’t have the complete majority from days past.
So Maduro goes into power and everything that was bad about Chavez’ government became immediately worse: more scarcity and exacerbated insecurity and more charity programs that were neglected after a few months and more propaganda and more public broadcastings of him talking but with zero of Chavez’s charisma, and so there were protests and protests and protests that he kept crushing or organizing his own pro government “protests ” to compete with them… But right now we’re just protesting everyday and he might act like he can do something, but he can’t. He only has so many soldiers, and his own subordinates are acting on their own. He doesn’t even have the final word on things, he regularly goes to Cuba to get instructions (I’ve gotten dirt, yo). And also his nephews are in prison abroad for drug trafficking.
I think support for Maduro is misunderstood as support for Maduro personally or his administration specifically. The claim that “western leftists” are divorced from Venezuelan realities bc they don’t live in Venezuela holds no water bc it’s not like we don’t live in a globalised world where people almost anywhere can share their experiences. Forget about even western leftists…I was listening to an interview with George Ciccarello-Maher where he states that most Venezuelans support the Maduro administration because it represents the Bolivarian Revolution. Even those opposed to Maduro & that have become disillusioned by Chavismo know that not supporting the government is not an option because the opposition is trying to regain power by any means necessary (including that of violence & terrorism) and if successful will restore neoliberalism & austerity, which is almost universally (Chavista or not) seen as shitty.
We should have a debate on the situation in Venezuela. If you have an opinion, or a first hand experience, please write in and I’ll share it with everyone. I’m finding it very difficult not to detest Maduro and much of his government. What do you think the future holds for Venezuela? And what is the role us socialists, both marxists and anarchists, should play?
I want to share all opinions and build up a more accurate picture of the current situation. But I am also very much interested in hearing more about Venezuela’s past, under Chavez and further back, and the extent to which the government has diverged from its Chavismo ideology.
I know, I respect the tragedy in Boston, I pray and support for all those injuried and dead people and they families, I am really sorry for that.
But in Venezuela it’s happening another reality too, another “some kind of"civil war. Yesterday we had an elections and Maduro was announced as President but in this case, by fraud and we have been enduring that bullshit from "our government for almost 14 years. It’s time for change, it’s time for a new beggining my Venezuela. Please spread this image to all the world to let them know that we’re fighting for our rights, for a nice good safe place to live, for our people, for everything!
To all my non-Spanish speaking FB and Tumblr contacts:
Right now I am very concerned about what is happening to my country. These legislative elections are pretty important for Venezuela because things are very, very bad, as you may know.
Censorship, State terrorism and an untruthful elections system (which is allowing almost ALL THE THINGS a true system shouldn’t allow to the government) are suffocating our democracy. If you are fed up with this, I hope you can understand my position. I try to stay positive, but things here are very harsh.
I’ll work as an electoral witness in my electoral domicile in order to help to restore democracy in my country, but the path won’t be easy and I don’t know what will happen the day after December 6th. Nicolás Maduro is threatening people with violence if his representatives and members of the National Assembly wouldn’t win their seats.
My only wish is to be wrong and these elections take place in peace. Greetings and I hope we can stay in touch the day after the election…