How sleazy is the Venezuelan opposition? VERY.


“No to the Cirque du Soleil — we are bigger clowns!”

And if you thought THAT was funny, get a load of the latest shenanigans from MariCori:

Gee, what a load of unconvincing play-acting. Why, then, is she making so much money doing this?

A far-right deputy of the Venezuelan national assembly, and leading figure in the coup d’état of April 11, 2002, María Corina Machado, pays 130,000 bolivars a month to Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut (USA), for the education of her children, according to Marío Silva, the host of VTV’s La Hojilla program.

The host called on the assembly to investigate Machado, since a parliamentarian doesn’t earn so much money per month.

“This is serious enough for the National Assembly to investigate. Why does Ms. María Corina spend 130,000 bolivars a month on her children’s education at Yale?” said Silva, telephone in hand. “Why doesn’t she tell the country where the hell she gets 130,000 bolivars a month? That’s the problem,” Silva pointed out.

Silva called Machado “shameless” for speaking of the return of President Chávez as a “virtual” return.

He added that there is a plan, led from abroad, to disqualify President Chávez, but assured that “it will cost them dearly.”

It is worth pointing out that María Corina Machado was received by US president George W. Bush, on May 31, 2005, for a supposed business meeting, which in fact gives evidence of the ties between the Venezuelan right and the US government.

Translation mine.

Remember how, years ago, the WaHoPo did a really fawning profile of MariCori, depicting her as a brave single mother battling all by her widdle wonesome against the big, red machine of that evil, evil dictator, Chávez? Well, her battling consists mainly of whining on camera to a very soft, solicitous interviewer (who, like MariCori, makes way too much money doing way too little actual work). And considering that the opposition media (read: corporate, lamestream, sold-out, FUX Snooze of the South) spend all THEIR time whining about how Venezuela is turning into a Cuban hellhole of censorship, while their signals remain suspiciously on the air, and their presses keep on rolling unimpeded, well…I’d say they deserve each other. And they all deserve to be investigated by the National Assembly for corruption, because they all get a LOT of dinero from you-know-where.

And speaking of corruptos under investigation

Venezuelan authorities announced on Saturday that they will reopen the case against opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez in which he is accused of diversion of public resources.

Lopez, one of the founders of the center-right party Primero Justicia and current head of opposition party Voluntad Popular, is accused of having received a check for more than BsF. 60,000 (US$ 9,500) from the state oil company PDVSA in 1998 when his mother was head of public relations in the company.

Government supporters have long seen the case as an example of the type of corruption that characterized the Fourth Republic, the political system that preceded the Chavez government, in which it is often claimed that state resources tended to circulate only among the elite.

Lopez was prevented from running for public office in 2005 under an anti-corruption law due to this same accusation, and he and other leaders of Primero Justicia have admitted receiving the money, but claim it was legal.

Julio Borges, currently the head of Primero Justicia, has long maintained that the check was received by the organization in 1998 as part of a humanitarian project being carried out in Venezuelan schools and communities.

According to Borges, Primero Justicia at the time was not a political party, but rather an NGO that received money from different sources such as the World Bank and the European Union.

“Humanitarian project”? “NGO”? They really ARE a shameless bunch. That so-called party has been a political putschist mafia all along. The only people ever to see any of that cash were the self-same greedy grubbers who took it. ILLEGALLY, of course. Which is why Pretty Boy Leo is under investigation.

And then there are these “students”, who just make me cry laughing:

Twenty-five opposition students who had been protesting in front of the Cuban embassy wrapped in symbolic chains for four days, ended their protest on Monday after President Hugo Chavez returned to the country from Havana. They claimed he returned because of their protest.

Central University of Venezuela student Emily Vera told El Carabobeno that she appreciated the National Guard and national police protection their protest had received. However other private Venezuelan media reported some violence on Thursday and seven students briefly detained.

Also, in an incident on Monday, an older man who criticised the protest was verbally abused, part of his pacemaker broken, and he was removed from the site of the protest by protesters. The incident was caught on video, and it went viral on the internet. The man responded to the protesters saying, “Is this your idea of democracy?”

The key aggressor, later identified from the video as Antonio Peralta, is a student at the University of the Andes (ULA), and a member of a group known as the “20”. The group regularly organise tire burning road blockades in Merida in order to disrupt city life or demand early vacations.

Another student protestor, Vilca Fernandez, told press the “student movement” had shown it was “on the right path” and the “Cuban regime” had been defeated because their “intervention [in Venezuela] will no longer be accepted”.

“In five days we brought the Cuban government to its knees,” he said. In 2011 Fernandez, also an ULA student, sewed his mouth up with two stitches as part of a hunger strike to protest what he referred to as the “dictatorship” of Chavez and claimed that student protests were “criminalised”.

“We tell the Cubans to go home, we have enough Venezuelans here that are able to govern,” said another protestor, Gabriel Velasquez.

Snurk. Yeah. Right. And how much did Uncle Sam pay you to spout that crap, kiddies?

(I don’t expect a straight answer to this one anytime soon.)

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