The ironies of the Venezuelan opposition, part 44


“Mom, is Maduro gone yet?” “Soon, honey!”
(repeated three times)
“Mom, is Maduro gone yet?” “Oh, just come to dinner already!”

Ah yes. Those peaceful oppos. Still protesting peacefully, I see. Just look how lovely and polite they were to this illustrious orchestra director:

Havid Sánchez, recognized director of the Symphony Orchestra of Maracaibo, was assaulted by oppositionists who held a guarimba near his house, after he interceded on behalf of a family trying to take their son to the doctor, and being unable to cross a barricade near their home, according to Gustavo Colina, the director of the Cultural Cabinet of the state of Zulia, on his Facebook account.

“Orchestra director Havid Sánchez went out in his wheelchair with his dog to protest against a burning barricade in front of his house,” Colina explained, pointing out that the director suffers from pulmonary emphysema and severe heart disease. They pelted him with rocks and tried to burn his dog, but both are recovering satisfactorily.

“They threw rocks at the maestro, and grabbed his puppy, Nacho, and threw him in the fire, all because he tried to intercede for a family which was going in their car trying to bring their son to the doctor. They said, ‘that guy’s a Chavista!’ and began pelting him with rocks when the great Havid said, ‘Yes, I’m a Chavista, and a communist!'”

Colina explained that “they grabbed Nacho and tried to burn him alive…thanks to great God, both are recovering from their wounds. Havid is so great that he only thought of the bad times we are all going through; that what happened to him is not the most important. This is unbelievable and very sad.”

Sánchez, born in 1943, was associate director of the Maracaibo orchestra from 1971, and in 2009, became director of the same until October 7, 2010. He is one of the most respected music directors of Zulia.

Translation mine.

Nice to see that they haven’t changed their ways at all, eh? Not like their boss, Majunche Capriles, who has gone from a fan of fascism to…well, apparently an opponent (and apparently is the operative word):

The leader of the Venezuelan opposition, Henrique Capriles, criticized Chilean president Michelle Bachelet for not rejecting “the disproportionate use of force” in Venezuela, which he called “like the Pinochet régime”.

“That one should listen to President Bachelet and she has not one word of rejection for the disproportionate use of force…that’s like the Pinochet régime,” Capriles said.

“That one should see persons who were persecuted in Chile and they defend the government of Venezuela rather than promote a dialogue or the investigation of human-rights violations, not seeing that is really surprising,” said the governor of the state of Miranda, in an interview with La Tercera.


He also criticized that “we have seen an attitude on the part of almost all the governments of Latin America that seems that, above any democratic principle, they defend economic interests.

“My vision is that there is a profound social malaise in the land, and the economic situation is worse every day. When there are no solutions to the problems, people protest,” the former presidential candidate added.

Regarding a possible solution to the conflict, Capriles explained that “we who want a change in the land can never stray from the constitutional path and the democratic way.

“That’s why I say that this discontent and social malaise must translate into a social movement in all the land which includes those who live in the popular sectors. This will permit us to have the force to demand changes,” Capriles added.

“I’m not a putschist. Militaries launch coups, not civilians. We won’t wait with arms crossed for some international instance to respond to us,” Capriles said.

He also criticized the OAS, because “with their secretary-general, (José Miguel) Insulza, every day they send the signal that the organism has been conquered, that they have lost all connection with the realities that our lands are living through…it has turned into a club for the defence of governments.”

Regarding his non-attendance at the dialogue called by President Nicolás Maduro, Capriles said that “for a dialogue to be effective, there have to be some prior conditions for that dialogue.

“We won’t lend ourselves to a TV show to make it look like there is an intention on the part of the government to dialogue. And in the end, we’ll wind up with a monologue in which the government tells us a story,” he added.

Capriles said that “Nicolás is an error in the history of our Venezuela. All the problems we have, from insecurity to the scarcity of foods, all has gotten worse in these last 10 days.

“Nicolás has nothing to show for 10 months of presidency. We have shortages and 70 percent are poor. We have to have an exit. In the face of those problems, the government has two options: either it resolves the problems and changes its failed model, or it has to get out,” Capriles concluded.

Translation mine. (Thanks to Anthony for the link!)

So we can see that the little shit has quite the chutzpah. He’s a twice-failed presidential candidate, and a perennially failed governor of the state of Miranda, where he can’t even seem to get the garbage picked up. Yet he has the nerve to complain that Maduro has plunged the nation into a crisis, which is in fact the total doing of the same opposition that wants to do away with all the elected leaders and, for 48 hours in 2002, managed to do not only that, but also scrapped all democratic and constitutional processes and institutions. While the military high command were leading the putsch, Majunche & Co. assaulted the Cuban embassy and beat up the minister of justice, Ramón Rodríguez Chacín. And yet, here he is, claiming he and his gangs of thuggies won’t stray from the constitutional and democratic path. And that “only militaries launch coups”. Really, Majunche?

And, even more hilariously ironic: He has the nerve to liken Michelle Bachelet — a democratically elected, left-wing president, who was forced into exile by the fascist Pinochet dictatorship, and whose own father died of torture at the hands of the same — of being “like Pinochet”. And for what? For not supporting Majunche’s putsch against a democratically elected, leftist president.

Oh yeah, and it’s especially rich that he claims the OAS — an institution that has been doing the oppos’ bidding since the day Chavecito took office — is “conquered” by the Chavistas. And that the governments of the region — who protested the right-wing putsch in Paraguay by locking it out of Unasur and Mercosur — are “defending the economic interests” of fascists…

That muffled thud you just heard was my irony meter, imploding yet again. Have you any idea how many of those I’ve gone through in the last year alone?

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