The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 32


“Me, full of shit?” Yes, YOU, Majunche!

Well, well. What have we here? A certain failed two-time presidential candidate, who campaigned on a law-and-order platform, accusing first the late Chavecito, then his successor the current president, of running a crooked ship. And meanwhile, what does he do in his spare time? THIS:

The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has accused the leader of the “Democratic Unity” opposition coalition (MUD), Henrique Capriles, of being accomplice to a network of corruption and homosexual prostitution.

During a speech on Wednesday in the Caracas district of Petare, Maduro confirmed the denunciatiosn made by the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in the National Assembly against the chief of the Office of the Governor of Miranda, Oscar López.

Last week, security forces raided the home and offices of López and detained him thereafter, considering him to be implicated in a “network of narcotrafficking, prostitution and money-laundering”.

Maduro has directly linked Capriles to the alleged illegal business dealings of López, considering that, as governor of Miranda, Capriles had to have known what was happening in the offices of the seat of state government.

“The governor of Miranda, one of two: either he didn’t know — and that’s serious, very serious — what his chief of office was doing; or he knew all about this man (López), he knows the secrets of all those who have something to hide. That’s the option I choose,” Maduro explained.

“The governor of Miranda either didn’t know, or he knew and is covering up the fact that his right-hand man (López) who makes 8,000 bolivars a month and pays almost two billion bolivars for parties with personal cheques. Where did he get that money? And what parties!” said Maduro.

Maduro also criticized the opposition for accusing the government of homophobia for denouncing these findings. “When I observed the National Assembly session, I was concerned. The opposition, at least, those beyond the ruling clique, ought to say that it should be investigated. Why are they staying silent? Why the automatic solidarity?” Maduro asked.

“The nasty part, the dirty part, is not what might have been said, it’s what was done — that for several years, the office of a governor was used for crimes of this nature, that it was used for prostituting young people.”

Maduro explained that proof of these alleged crimes was not published because it was “unpublishable”, but he has called upon the president of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, to reveal it to those opposition deputies who wish to know.

“What was shown in the National Assembly was just one percent of what was taken during the raid (on López’s home); the other 99 percent are videos and photos of orgies, unpublishable because they denigrate the human condition,” Maduro revealed.

Maduro reiterated that there is a “national emergency” of corruption, and called for a “national reaction of conscience”. “A country with a transparent public morality, is a country that has a future,” Maduro argued.

As well, he indicated that he is evaluating “all the constitutional options” to halt the spread of corruption. “I’m not going to stand around with my arms crossed. I declare war against the old and putrid anti-ethics of the values of capitalism,” Maduro anounced.

Translation mine.

Prostitution, which ought better to be called sex capitalism (as opposed to “sex work”, which is entirely too euphemistic and nice a thing to say about networks of human trafficking and exploitation), a sideline for Majunche? Maduro strongly hints that it is. At the very least, the so-called governor of Miranda ought to have known what his chief of staff was up to, and if he didn’t, there’s another explanation, less overtly sordid, but equally shitty: Majunche was a constant absentee. He was never even in the building. He didn’t govern worth a tinker’s damn. He was never around to see what was going on, so of course his own office could serve as a front for drug trafficking, money-laundering and boy-renting. Who was to know? The Miranda police could easily be bribed to look the other way. And Majunche? He was too busy traipsing around the US and the non-Bolivarian parts of South America, drumming up meagre support for his own putschist ambitions. Why should he care if boys under the age of consent were being passed around as party favors out of his own office? In fact, if the rumors of his own sexual tendencies are true, perhaps he even dipped into the goodie bag himself. Personally, I would put nothing past the little shit at this point. The only wonder is that he’s not in prison already for his part in the coup of ’02, as he should have been from the start.

And so goes another layer of very Venezuelan irony: The fascists accuse the socialists of fascism; the corruptos accuse the federales of corruption. And when proof comes to light of a pedophilic or pederastic prostitution ring operating out of Majunche’s own gubernatorial office (and no doubt serving a lot of “good” Catholic businessmen, churchmen and right-wing politicians, among others), what do they do? Cry homophobia! Meanwhile, the PSUV, the governing socialist party of Venezuela, supports the LGBT community and has included it in the revolution, and is actively involved in decreasing discrimination against LGBTs.

I would laugh a lot louder if there were not so much human suffering involved.

PS: Some relevant video here, for those who understand Spanish and have an hour or two to pass. It’s of the National Assembly session in question, where the least despicable photos of the prostitution network were revealed. Apparently, it was disguised as a “modelling agency”. Big surprise there…

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2 Responses to The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 32

  1. Lil Owl says:

    I have the distinct impression that a portion of the Venezuelan upper crust \ is dripping with corruption, so the possible trade in boys does not surprise – and the mention of the churchmen – well, there has been more than enough convincing news of that worldwide over the last decade, that I don’t expect Venezuelan churchmen at various levels to be clean & innocent. “power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

    A few months ago, I had a hint of corruption in online communcation with a man who said he lived in Venezuela, and wanted to move to some other country. At the time though, what made me almost speechless, was not the corruption, but when I tried to say something about good things that Chavez, had accompllished, and, meeting hostility, pointed out that Chavez had brought univesal literacy to Venezuela. The immediate retort was – that is useless – what use is literacy when those people just go around reading the Constitution and discussing it? All I could think of to reply, was that these newly literate people were also given classics like Don Quixote – he corrected my spelling here, whereupon I quit trying to say more on the subject.

    • Sabina Becker says:

      I’m not surprised at that. These snobs think that people discussing constitutions and laws and using them to fight corruption and discrimination (which the lower classes of Venezuela are finally doing in earnest, thanks to that “useless” literacy you mentioned) is a terrible thing. Terrible for snobs, maybe, but those people are not exactly natural born rulers, no matter how much they may think they are. The Majunche above is an extreme but not so unusual case in point. They think that a little inherited wealth (or a lot of it) entitles them to everything, including what they have no right to.

      Welcome aboard, BTW!

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