Liberty in the Socialism of the XXI Century

Armored cars in El Marques, Caracas. 

Armored cars in El Marques, Caracas. 

In the middle of the chaos that is happening in the country, art once again brings us an answer. Like the famous musical “Evita” says in one of its songs: “There is evil ever around, fundamental system of government.”

The night of February 19th was a tense and nervous one for most Venezuelans. A little before midnight, the social networks agitated by the news that the populous gangs of armed paramilitary men were roaming the city, shooting against protests and even at buildings where people were banging pots (A native way of protesting). The situation got worse: The armed forces were also part of the violent crackdown.

The city looked like a battlefield. There were dead people, injured people, detained people and destroyed vehicles. Many protesters received shelter in the buildings’ apartments, although in some cases the antidemocratic soldiers and “tuparamo” paramilitary stormed into the apartments and took the demonstrators away by force. In the western state of Tachira the Internet was eliminated by the government and later that state and the capital were militarized with armored cars. Many citizens ran to their windows to insult the soldiers and even throw Molotov cocktails at them. A rain of videos poured into Twitter.

Had the government established a curfew? Was there a war? No. Those were the “democratic” and “peaceful” measures by the dictator Nicolás Maduro. Venezuela is no longer the democratic country it used to be fifteen years ago. Venezuela now shows its true totalitarian and oppressive face to the world. It’s a country where abusive and murderous soldiers stepping on people instead of defending them. Soldiers that fight for Machiavellian Cuban and Venezuelan satraps. Soldiers that think they have the right to torture, beat or kill only because they have a rifle. Soldiers who turn a blind eye to the shouting of mothers crying for their dead sons. Soldiers who even raped detained students with rifles. These armed forces are not only puppets of the parasitic Cuba, but they are also the lively image of the sadist oppression that my country is living.

In Venezuela, oppression goes beyond these barbarians. The liberty of expression that the socialism of the XXI century has provided to us is very clear: the same Fidel provided in Cuba and Stalin in Russia. Like many of you know, in Venezuela the TV channels are irresponsible puppets of the government that silent the reality of the nation. International channels that dared to say the truth, like in the case of NTN24 and El Tiempo, were taken out of the air by the loving government of Maduro. Now, setting apart social networks, the last free audiovisual media that we have is CNN En Español. But our sweet leader threatened to wipe CNN like he did with the other ones.

Janiot leaving the country. 

Janiot leaving the country. 

Today, the journalists of the mentioned channel lost their credentials for reporting in Venezuela and so they were expelled. The journalist Patricia Janiot abandoned the country this morning. The journalist reported that she was going to conduct an interview with Maduro, but the coward leader took their credentials before this was possible. The Colombian journalist reported that they were accused of drug trafficking in the airport and they were detained. Her shoes were inspected because a “drug” was seen in the x-ray machines although, ironically, the “wise” soldiers didn’t note that she had a bottle of water: something that is prohibited while travelling. The fraud was right in front of their noses, but despite that her team was detained and their phones were searched. In addition, they were followed everywhere until they left. Janiot and her producer where even accused of a lesbian relationship by the soldiers.

The president calls us fascists for asking for liberty. But we’re not fascists. We’re people that suffer for the land that bore us; a land that is now chained. CNN will probably disappear from our TV soon… The few liberties in Venezuela, severed and mutilated, are in a train that goes quickly toward a mountain to die.

VIDEOS OF THE EVENTS OF FEBRUARY 19th: