The Autumn of the Patriarch - Venezuela


In March of last year, the Caribbean warlord and president of Venezuela Hugo Chavez, died after a long battle with cancer. The death of the socialist leader shocked every sector of the Venezuelan population after fifteen years of a chaotic socialist revolution.

The next month, the dubious National Electoral Council declared his chosen successor - former subway driver and chancellor – Nicolas Maduro, president. The opposition accused the results as fraudulent and the country plunged into a tense terror. Maduro was declared president despite everything and continued to guide the socialist revolution.

Almost a year after, the twelfth of February of this year, a stampede of terrified students are running sweating. The National Guard and gangs of armed motorcyclists lash out against them. Stones, birdshots and shootings fly through the air. A student drops dead in a pool of blood. The social networks are flooded by images and videos of the murder. A young man runs to assist in the mob surrounding the dead body. Later, he dies in the same way. Meanwhile, the national television turns a blind eye. The former opposition channels, now censured and denying reality, transmit Flipper and some soap operas.

The Venezuelan people canalize their frustration watching the events in some international Colombian channels (NTN24 and El Tiempo) but suddenly and with no excuse these are taken out of the air by request of the state. An informative blackout starts to develop.

The chaos and the violence continue in the street. Flipper and health shows on the television. Hours before, a pacific student’s demonstration for Venezuela convened by opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was unfolding in Venezuela Square in the capital of the country. This one was due to the shortages of food, electricity, water and lack of security in the nation.


Further one, almost as a routine, it was suppressed with tear-gas and birdshots. Even so, the protest continued and the most feared happened. Gangs of violent and armed paramilitary motorcyclists attacked the protests.

Sixty-six injured and three dead. Twitter exclaims it shouting. The television shows Flipper.

The country suffers. The protests continue today. The government of Maduro, totalitarian and Orwellian, arrested opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez today (Who was accompanied by a gigantic demonstration) with false charges while the murderers of the students are free. Democracy continues dying.

The media and the government act like if we were living in paradise. But this is quite the opposite. Living here is not easy or pleasant. Living in a country where you don’t take out the phone in the streets for fear of being shot. Where you don’t go to dine outside for fear of being kidnapped. Where you roam the city in search of basic products like toilet paper or powder. Where you can spend days without water in your shower or where there are nation-wide blackouts. Where you can’t find the medicines you need. A country where corruption has created an elite of multimillionaire thieves. A country where 25,000 persons were killed by crime in 2013 and many thousands more kidnapped or mugged. Even worse, were less than 10% of these crimes were punished. And the most frustrating: We are a nation rich in soil, minerals, people and most of all oil.


I ask you, Mr. President: How could the country with the biggest oil reserves in the world are like this now? They don’t give us an answer. Just murdered students by a dictatorship, political persecution and a group of irresponsible and mediocre channels that silence the truth.

And thus like that we will continue with the Chavismo. Thus like that the violence, the shortages and the Totalitarianism will continue in a bloody country where liberty of expression does not exists anymore. Thanks hypocrite media, your sadism has taught us to never believe in you again.

Being a social communicator in Venezuela has become a shame. It has become being a coward. And the biggest title they deserve: it has become being an oppressor.