WHAT’S HAPPENING IN VENEZUELA? // long post, but worth the read.
So, it’s official.
The Constituent was approved. In the
past 18 years, aka since Hugo Chávez was elected President of Venezuela, the
government has altered election results to their benefit so it really isn’t strange
to us that they would do it this time. However, we didn’t think they would be
so shameless as to alter them this much. According to Tibisay Lucena (President
of the Electoral Power) there was a total of 8.089.320 votes in favor of this
Constituent, and these numbers simply don’t add. This past 16th of July a
referendum was held where voters would have to answer to 3 questions about
whether or not they agreed to move forward with the Constituent; the results?
6.492.381 votes made in Venezuela and 693.789 votes outside the country,
meaning a total of 7.186.170 against the
Constituent. While these two results add a total of 15.275.490
votes that fit under the 19.805.002 of venezuelans summoned to vote, here’s
number makes no sense:
8.191.132 votes in favor of Hugo Chávez (Presidential elections of 2012). - While these numbers were most certainly altered, it’s no lie that at the time Chávez had a huge group of supporters, called Chavistas.
7.505.338 votes in favor of Nicolás Maduro (Presidential elections of 2013). - These elections were made because of the recent death of Chávez, who knew he didn’t have much time left so he decided to brainwash all of his supporters to think Maduro was the best option for president. May I add, Nicolás Maduro doesn’t have any kind of educational degree, he literally was a bus driver before becoming president. Totally unqualified man. All his votes were bought or made up.
5.599.025 votes in favor of the PSUV (Parliamentary elections of 2015) - PSUV stands for Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela and would roughly translate to “United Socialist Party of Venezuela“, I think. These elections were a big deal to the oposition (represented by the MUD aka
“Democratic Unity Roundtable”), because we owned the National Assembly with 112 deputies (67%) and 7.707.422 votes (56,2% of the total votes)
I think I’ve made my point as to why yesterday’s result of 8.089.320 votes is nothing but blatant lies, except that’s not all! Turns out that, in these past days between the referendum (July 16) and yesterday (July 30), any person making a buy that required a fingerprint scan or using a “carnet de la patria” (an id recently made to “ease the access to social programs”) would count as a vote in favor of the Constituent. This government spends so much time looking for ways to stay in power because they know that the majority of the country is against them, and obviously they won’t acknowledge that they’re not as “loved” as they used to be, or else they wouldn’t ignore the protests that have been going on for the past 121 days with at least 128 confirmed deaths (17 of them happened only yesterday).
Now I’m going to explain why this Constituent being approved is literally confirming we’re living under a dictatorship.
Venezuela becomes a communal state.
Private enterprise will be eliminated.
All private sector employees become public employees.
The right to private education will be eliminated. From preschool to universitary sector, including adoctrinamiento político on all levels of education.
Means of social communication will be at the service of communist power.
University autonomy will be eliminated.
Municipalities will be eliminated.
The president of the republic is the only one able to choose governors and mayors, without taking into account the opinion of the people.
The presidential term will last between 20 and 30 years, with chance of indefinite reelection, applicable to the current president.
The movement of citizens inside of the country will be limited, meaning you’ll need an official permit to travel around Venezuela.
International departures will be limited, meaning you’ll need an official permit to get out of the country.
All powers, public and private, disappear.
The armed force disappears, becoming fighting bodies integrated into the government’s party.
All political parties will be eliminated.
The right to protest will be eliminated.
Opposing or thinking differently than the government will be a crime of betrayal to the motherland, meaning freedom of speech disappears.
Article 350 of the actual Constitution, that establishes you can disown the authority when the Constitution is violated, will be eliminated.
Authorities can break into your house without a warrant.
People’s houses can’t be sold or inherited, becoming propiety of the state.
Life guarantee will be restricted, the regime has now custody of people’s lives.
This is really serious, and I wish more people were talking about it because what I’m doing right now will be literally considered a crime as soon as the National Constituent Assembly enters in action. I know you guys may think that reblogging, retweeteting and regraming some posts is not gonna help us, but trust me, they will. The government is putting up an act of “everything’s fine, we’re the same 1st world country we were +20 years ago” and we’re not. We’re being killed, tortured, starved, lied to and so much more horrifying things are being done to and against us. Let the world know what’s really happening in Venezuela, and who’s the real villain in the story.
I’ve been wavering back and forth on whether or not I should post this because it’s very personal and possibly not as informed as I would like it to be. And it requires a little prefacing.
I write nonbinary characters. (I don’t have a single story which doesn’t include at least a protagonist or love interest who’s nonbinary, usually with a number of nonbinary supporting characters.)
And these nonbinary characters come in all forms and styles and pronouns and self presentations, from humans who believe they aren’t defined by anyone else’s perception of their gender, to characters whose entire society doesn’t differentiate between male and female, to agender demi-gods who use gendered pronouns because they feel like it and their to genderfluid parents who wear dresses to the opera.
Through the process of writing these characters I’ve subjected them to quite a few beta readers. And what I see in my feedback is a consistent trend of binary readers worried over whether my portrayals of nonbinary character might come off as offensive, while nonbinary readers don’t bat an eye.
Now, I’m certainly not saying that it’s bad for people of binary genders to be critical of how nonbinary characters are portrayed, because I love having people watching out for me and my nonbinary fam.
But I’m also worried.
I’m worried that binary writers aren’t writing nonbinary characters because they’re afraid of getting it wrong.
If binary writers are worried a nonbinary writer is getting their own representation wrong, then how much more are they criticizing themselves for perceived flaws in their own nonbinary characters?
Please: Write nonbinary characters. Specifically, write nonbinary protagonists and love interests.
There is such a broad scale of nonbinary identifying individuals, who’ve all had very different experiences, who all present themselves in different ways, with different pronouns, for different reasons. We are more diverse than you can imagine.
And yet we have essentially no representation. We are dying, dying, for characters in fiction who’s similar to us. The most devastating way you can mess up is to not care enough to try in the first place.
I’ve had this post sitting in my drafts for a day because I needed to edit it and boy. Boy am I pissed.
Just fucking pissed.
After having a binary person (one who only writes a nonbinary villain no less) attempt to call out my #ownvoice representation, I couldn’t be more angry.
(I mean, I could be more angry, as proven by that time a TERF broke into my personal messages to write me two essays on why my identity isn’t real and I actually just hate myself enough to pretend it is, but that’s a different story altogether.)
So I amend this:
Please, please write nonbinary characters. But please, for the love of all things good, don’t try to tell other writers how to write these nonbinary characters if you aren’t also nonbinary.
Write us characters but don’t fucking step on us in the process.