Communique from the Venezuelan Resistance / Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo

26 02 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

OFFICIAL COMMUNIQUE NUMBER 1 FROM THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL RESISTANCE

Resolution concerning the position of Venezuelan citizens who continue street protests against the Castro-Communist regime that operates illegally in Venezuela.

WHEREAS:

The noble people of Venezuela, sick of the treason by the militaristic cabal and Castro-Communism agents who control power, went out February 2, 2014 in the state of Tachira to protest against insecurity, inflation, scarcity and plundering of Venezuelan resources and were repressed and attacked by the repressive forces of the regime, causing dozens of injuries and several detentions.

WHEREAS:

The national discontent, in the face of the oppressive economic crisis unleashed by the Castro-Communist Agent Nicolas Maduro Moros, after the devaluation of the currency, permitting the monthly plundering of a billion dollars in order to maintain and reconstruct the economy of the island of Cuba, attacking and destroying Venezuelan enterprises, subjecting the people to outrageous shortages that keep them demoralized and frustrated in long lines in order to obtain basic products, caused the rest of the country and some 50 cities to join a national protest today converted into a RESISTANCE.

WHEREAS:

The military, Diosdado Cabello, which occupies the presidency of the National Assembly and the engineer Rafael Ramirez, in the presidency of the PDVSA, are co-authors of the nation’s economic damage, after being the executive arms of each measure that directly benefits them and their corrupt groups embedded in the exchange control authorities.

WHEREAS

The protests that have had a peaceful character and that have been attacked cruelly by armed groups of mercenaries and assassins in the pay of the regime, gathered in the so-called social collectives, identified as Tupamaros, La Piedrita, Carapaicas, and another 92 groups with an average of 100 to 120 members each, have caused hundreds of injuries, damage to private property and residences throughout the country, student deaths, which demonstrates a Terrorist and Assassin State with the purpose of generating fear and chaos in the civil population that today heroically RESISTS in the streets the crimes against humanity to which they have been subjected.

WHEREAS:

Already ten Venezuelan citizens, students, have been assassinated in the streets of Venezuela in the middle of civil and peaceful protests.  Crimes committed by the regime’s mercenaries, calling themselves “collectives” or the Bolivarian National Guard, bodies that act together and are what sustain the criminal and traitorous cabal clinging to power.

WHEREAS:

There are hundreds of complaints of unlawful arrests, outside the legal order, warrantless searches, torture of detainees, students subjected to reporting regimes, the illegal incarceration of the citizen Leopoldo Lopez, national leader of the Popular Will party, attacks on political parties and persecution.

WHEREAS:

Amid the regime’s desperation it has sought to develop with the political agents of the opposition, gathered in the Board of Democratic Unity, who call for deposing the civil street protests, offering A DIALOGUE as the only exit from the massive social, economic and political crisis that Venezuela is living through and that said political agents have failed in those efforts.

WHEREAS:

The regime has implemented a ferocious censorship and media manipulation in order to prevent Venezuelan citizens from being up to date on the reality of events, subjecting dailies to newsprint shortages, purchasing through intermediaries audio-visual means of communication, radio and written, using Conatel as a censor entity and repressor of radio broadcasts in almost the whole country in order to try to hide from the world the crimes they are committing.

RESOLVED:

FIRST:

We decide to maintain, intensify and redouble the efforts of the protest action, now become NATIONAL RESISTANCE, until the following objectives are reached:

a) We demand that the members of the armed collectives and those loyal to Castro-Communism be disarmed, investigated and incarcerated and that the para-military action of these groups, which has cost lives, be stopped.

b) We demand that citizens Jose Gregoiro Vielma Mora and Francisco Ameliach, both governors from the states of Tachira and Carabobo, respectively, be subject to immediate investigation for being the masterminds and around whom revolve the action orders of the collective mercenaries who kill students in cold blood.

c) The RESISTANCE in the streets will continue in protest, the petition for SURRENDER AND JAIL for the citizens mentioned in point (b) of the First Resolution.

d) We demand at stop to the regime’s attack on all the productive enterprises established in the country, in all areas. The primary sector, manufacturing and commerce, so that the lines of production may be re-established and to avoid the famine that Venezuela has entered.

e) We demand the criminal and independent investigation of citizen Diosdado Cabello who has been at the front of the military operations of the Bolivarian National Guard against the noble people of Venezuela, committing crimes against humanity, registered and documented, carried out by officials of said repressive body.

f) We demand the removal of all the high command of the Bolivarian National Guard, chiefs of the various detachments, to submit them all to investigation as being suspected of committing war crimes against the people of Venezuela.

g) We demand the removal and criminal investigation of citizen Rafael Ramirez, president of PDVSA, primarily responsible for the economic debacle that lives on in the country, who is at the head of the regime’s economic decisions by being the vice-president of the economic area of the PSUV, singled out as promoting and being part of the corruption in Cadivi, the shipment of oil tankers without any record to criminal regimes like that of Syria, producing inflation and poverty in Venezuela.

h) We demand the irrefutable and non-negotiable surrender of citizen Nicolas Maduro Moros from position as president of the Republic, who must submit himself to investigation and first of all demonstrate his authentic Venezuelan nationality, clarifying to the country with reliable proofs all the events related to the physical disappearance of Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez who held the presidency in order to clear the legality of his ascendance to power being Vice President in the administration of the deceased President.  To be investigated in relation to Cuba and the rest of the Latin countries that receive oil perks from Venezuela in order to buy political consciousness and votes in the Organization of American States (OAS). To be investigated for his participation in orders centered on the mercenary collectives to massacre Venezuelan citizens.

i) We demand the FULL LIBERTY of all fellow students and civilians detained in the protests and the investigation of each case of torture, raid or persecution and to establish responsibility and criminal punishments for each soldier implicated.

j) We demand full freedom for all citizens considered political prisoners for years, including the leader of the Popular Will and the end of the persecution of the rest of the leaders of that party.

k) We demand the dismissal of the entire board of directors of Conatel and their prosecution for violating Human Rights in accessing the information of every citizen, after the repressive censorship that it has imposed on the people in the last two weeks.

l) We demand the mass surrender of the High Military Command, generals traitorous to the people of Venezuela, repressors and assassins, suspected of being narco-traffickers, submitted by the foreign military and civil forces of occupation from Cuba.

m) We demand the immediate expulsion from Venezuela of all the Cuban Castro-Communist agents present in the operations against civil, political and economic liberties of Venezuela.

SECOND:

We demand the creation of an Independent National Commission for Criminal Investigation, legally binding, with protection so that it may carry out the investigations that they manage to take before national and international justice according to each case of those responsible for the destruction of Venezuela and the crimes against humanity.

THIRD:

We declare that the Democratic Unity Board (MUD) is not representative of the NATIONAL RESISTANCE, we hold political support in that instance, nevertheless all the protest and resistance operations do not depend on any policy of MUD, by which none is authorized by the demonstrations in the streets to establish dialogues or negotiations with the regime in the name of the RESISTANCE. Any kind of decision that MUD wants to express before the regime must be framed with these points:  a through m of the Number One Resolution of this communique.

FOURTH:

We reaffirm that the RESISTANCE will not cede before any kind of negotiation that involves the traitorous members of the country maintaining their positions in power and establishing negotiating tables to investigate and establish penalties. The people of Venezuela remember that this tactic was applied in the 2002-2003 crisis, manipulated by José Vicente Rangel, when he established the Negotiating Table, not allowing the so-called “truth commission” to investigate the events of April 2002, rather they used it to unjustly imprison scapegoats, political prisoners today.

FIFTH:

We urge all civilians, doctors, teachers, professors, public employees, workers, employees, independent civilian, grassroots residents, middle class and wealthy to  maintain RESISTANCE IN THE STREETS WITH PEACEFUL PROTEST METHODS AND THAT ARE THAT ARE PART OF THE OPERATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO RESIST THE CRIMINAL SCHEME OF THE CASTRO-COMMUNIST REGIME WHOSE FACE IN VENEZUELA IS NICOLAS MADURO MOROS.

In the streets of Venezuela, on the 23rd of February 2014

 Translated by mlk

24 February 2014

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26 02 2014
Omar Fundora

Venezuela: De la polarización a la violencia

Javier Ciurlizza, El Colombiano | 21 Feb 2014

Las muertes ocurridas y la ola de represión emprendida contra la oposición por parte de las fuerzas de seguridad y cuerpos paramilitares en Venezuela representa un punto de quiebre, incluso para la convulsa historia venezolana. De la polarización política hemos pasado, en una semana, a la violencia política.

Los llamados al diálogo se multiplican, pero parecen caer en oídos sordos. Un minoritario sector de la oposición le apostó a la radicalización y a la provocación, repitiendo estrategias fallidas en el 2002. Un mayoritario sector del gobierno y de la coalición que sustenta a Nicolás Maduro le apostó a la represión asimismo provocadora. La violencia en Venezuela ha reemplazado las preocupaciones de la gente sobre la ausencia de alimentos y la aguda crisis económica.

Pero lo que empezó como una confrontación violenta entre dos extremos se ha vuelto una clara violencia de un solo lado. El 19 de febrero, fueron los colectivos, tupamaros, guardia nacional y diversos cuerpos policiales los que la emprendieron contra los habitantes de los barrios en donde la oposición es más escuchada y presente. El estado de terror que ello implicó no tiene justificación, como tampoco la muerte de un tiro en la cabeza de manifestantes, la detención de más 130 estudiantes y las torturas a las que se les habría sometido, de acuerdo a organizaciones de derechos humanos.

¿Quién está detrás de la violencia? Para responder esta pregunta debemos revisar la historia reciente de Venezuela. Las elecciones que condujeron al poder a Nicolás Maduro fueron impugnadas por la oposición y reflejaron la estrategia de que el “ganador se lleva todo”. La estrategia pacífica de Capriles, aún cuando fundamentalmente correcta, fue cuestionada desde dentro de la oposición por ineficaz. El propio Maduro apareció perdiendo posiciones y poder dentro del gobierno. Incluso los cambios militares parecían estar controlados por otros, y notoriamente por Diosdado Cabello, presidente de la Asamblea Nacional y del PSUV.

Adicionalmente, desde hace varios años el gobierno controla absolutamente todas las instancias clave del sector público, incluyendo a la Corte Suprema, la Fiscalía General y la Defensoría del Pueblo. Además, se ha encargado de ir recortando la libertad de expresión, proceso que ha incluido sanciones contra medios opositores y persecución individual contra periodistas. Ha usado también intermediarios para adquirir el control de la línea editorial de algunos medios.

En este escenario, el opositor venezolano oscilaba entre la rabia y la depresión. Las voces deLeopoldo López y la de María Corina Machado empezaron a sonar más atractivas que la de un moderado Henrique Capriles. La calle apareció como la única opción posible y la confrontación fue inevitable.

Sin embargo, escalar la confrontación solo beneficia en el corto plazo al gobierno, que asume el papel de víctima de un complot de los sectores ricos y de los Estados Unidos.

¿Qué se puede hacer? Lamentablemente Venezuela carece de las instituciones y mecanismos que puedan solventar esta aguda crisis. Es tiempo de que la comunidad internacional reaccione, en especial los países latinoamericanos, que se han acostumbrado a mirar a otro lado cuando se trata de temas venezolanos. El colapso de Venezuela será un grave golpe contra la democracia y la paz en todo el continente. Los países latinoamericanos, como Colombia, deben dejar en claro que no tolerarán más violaciones de los derechos humanos ni más violencia. Además, deben propiciar un debate profundo en la OEA, el CELAC o en UNASUR sobre los enormes costos que estas actitudes violentas entrañan para la región.

26 02 2014
Omar Fundora

The NATIONAL RESISTANCE demanding Regime Change in Venezuela is running the risk of being treated as terrorists if MUD decides to talk to Maduro’s government and they are not invited to seat at the table. A peaceful solution can be achieved with policy reforms that do not require Regime Change and meet some of the People’s demands. Oil prices have reached bottom and a flooring of $100/barrel has been agreed to by the oligarchy of petroleum producing nations- OPEC. This allows for economic stability not only for Venezuela, but, for all the PetroCaribe countries. Oil demand in the World is on a rebound and the austerity measures that Venezuela has had to implement because of the drop of oil prices from $145/ barrel to $100/barrel has reached bottom. PetroCaribe countries may have to pay hire prices for crude, but, not to the point of creating a depression in countries dependent on Venezuela’s crude. Maduro was elected to office. The RESISTANCE should respect the mandate from the People and join the political process in the next elections. I don’t believe that the RESISTANCE will find too many Latin American countries supporting their cause because the RESISTANCE action threatens their interest.

26 02 2014
Omar Fundora

Maduro’s peace conference offer:

Venezuela’s Maduro Proposes “Peace Conference” to Resolve Opposition Protests PDF Print E-mail

Written by Ewan Robertson
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 12:04

Source: Venezuela Analysis

Mérida, 24th February 2014 (Venezuelanalysis.com) – Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has called for a “National Peace Conference” as a means of resolving the on-going violent opposition protests in Venezuela. The opposition has made a set of “demands” for dialogue to begin.

Protests began two weeks ago after opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called supporters onto the streets to force the “exit” of President Nicolas Maduro. Lopez is currently in custody and being investigated for inciting violent acts.

Some opposition marches have been peaceful, and have incorporated complaints over shortages, inflation and high crime. Meanwhile, an extremist sector of the opposition has engaged in a strategy of street blockades and nightly riots in an attempt to undermine the government.

Last Saturday during a large “march for peace” in Caracas, Maduro suggested that a “National Peace Conference” incorporating “all the social and political sectors of the country” could create the dialogue necessary to resolve the situation.

“It will be a conference for peace. We’ve got to neutralise these violent groups,” he said. The Venezuelan president suggested this conference could be held over several meetings with representatives from different social sectors such as workers, students, and artists and intellectuals.

The government blames far-right groups within the opposition for the violence in the country, and points to the killing of several civilians on street barricades, rioting, and attacks on government infrastructure as evidence of this. President Maduro argues that these actions are part of a “coup attempt” being orchestrated by the conservative opposition.

The opposition rejects the allegation, and says the government and radical chavistas are responsible for repressing “peaceful” protests and causing the deaths of several pro-opposition students.

On Saturday Maduro welcomed the decision of opposition leader Henrique Capriles to attend a meeting with him and the country’s state governors in the Federal Government Council today. However Capriles, who is governor of Miranda state, said this morning he was still not sure if he would attend.

On Saturday the president also said he was open to “dialogue” with the United States, who he accuses of supporting the opposition’s protests. Maduro stated that he was willing to designate an ambassador to Washington, “So that the U.S. hears the truth about Venezuela and respects our people”. On 16 February Maduro expelled three U.S. consular officials from Venezuela for alleged “conspiracy” with the opposition.

However Maduro also told supporters that, “If due to the circumstances of fascist violence [the opposition] take power, I authorise you to go onto the streets and defend the nation, to rescue every millimetre of the homeland”.

Opposition stance

Henrique Capriles made a list of opposition “demands” to the government during a large opposition march in Caracas on Saturday. One of these was that all “students and youths” allegedly arrested during recent protests and violence be released, along with Leopoldo Lopez and Ivan Simonovis, a police captain convicted for his role in the killings during the April 2002 coup. Simonovis maintains his innocence.

A second demand was “the ceasing of persecution, repression, and so that exiles can return to the country,” and the “disarmament of paramilitaries” that the opposition blames for the violence.

The Venezuelan government denies charges of repression, saying it is maintaining public order against riots and street barricades, while investigating any reported cases of abuses by officials. President Maduro has also publicly warned chavistas not to engage in violent acts.

Capriles on Saturday also made calls to violent opposition sectors to halt their actions, saying that they “make it easy for the government”. “What do you achieve closing yourselves in within your own street? It’s in the government’s interest that the protests are in Altamira [a wealthy area of Caracas] and not Catia [a working class area of Caracas]”.

He exhorted the opposition to have “the same agenda”, and turn the protests into “the greatest social movement in Venezuela”. The opposition leader also made a series of criticisms of Nicolas Maduro, saying that he had an “empty discourse” and telling opposition students not to let Maduro “mess them around”.

Telesur interview

On Sunday President Nicolas Maduro gave an interview to television network Telesur, where he gave his impression of the situation in Venezuela.

“It’s not another conspiracy plan or another day of street barricades, it’s a developing state coup, decided in the circles of power in the United States, conjured with the business elites of Venezuela, and directed and driven in the streets by a sector of the Venezuelan extreme right-wing,” he argued.

According to Maduro the alleged plan to remove the government from power was born before Hugo Chavez died in March last year, and was intensified with an “economic war” and “electricity sabotage”.

The president also referred to Henrique Capriles’ refusal to recognise Maduro’s narrow victory in the April 2013 presidential election, and the eleven pro-government civilians who were then killed after Capriles called on supporters to “drain their rage”.

In his interview Maduro said a national and international media campaign by the opposition was currently being used to “annul” the state’s constitutional right to maintain public order and defend citizens under attack from violent groups.

He also said there are groups in Colombia financing the far-right’s activities in Venezuela in order to create a “civil war” and provoke “U.S. intervention”. Maduro has previously accused former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe of involvement in the alleged plot.

Maduro cited a recent poll by private Venezuelan firm International Consulting Services (ICS), which found that 81% of Venezuelans consider that the protests in Venezuela “have been violent”. The poll was taken last week, with a sample of 1,400.

Also yesterday, pro-government journalist Jose Vicente Rangel revealed the results of another recent poll on attitudes to mechanisms for political change at Venezuela’s current juncture.

According to the poll, undertaken by private consultancy firm Hinterlaces with a sample of 1,400, only 29% of Venezuelans feel that the government should be forced from office through street actions.

Meanwhile 29% feel a recall referendum on Maduro’s presidency should be organised in 2016, and 42% feel that Maduro should be allowed to serve out his full mandate uninterrupted, until 2019.

As such, Vicente Rangel highlighted that 71% of the country feels that Venezuela’s political future should be decided through the constitutional electoral process, and that only 29% support the government’s forced “exit” through street actions. “The vote is [part of] Venezuelan culture and the majority support stability and hope over chaos and uncertainty,” he argued.

Barricades and protests continue

The positioning of Venezuela’s political leaders occurred over a backdrop of ongoing protests and violent street blockades in some parts of Venezuela. Opposition protesters continue to meet in the up-market Chacao area of eastern Caracas.

A total of 13 people have so far been killed in connection with the violence, according to a report by the Attorney General, Luisa Ortega Diaz, today. One of the most recent victims was student Geraldine Moreno, who was reportedly shot in the head with a pellet by a National Guardsman during a protest in Carabobo state. The scientific police investigation body (CICPC) are investigating the incident.

Ortega Diaz also reported that a total of 579 people have been arrested since the protests and barricades began, of which 529 have been released on bail conditions within 24 hours of their arrest. Of the other 50, 45 have been held for longer periods to be charged, and 5 were released after it was determined they had nothing to do with the clashes, she said.

Further, Maduro claimed today that thirty people with respiratory conditions have been killed as a result of opposition street barricades and the smoke created by the burning rubbish, tires and uprooted trees with which they are built.

A few cities, including parts of the capital Caracas, are currently affected by street barricades, which reduce the circulation of traffic and the normal functioning of urban zones. Several violent deaths have also occurred on the barricades.

In Merida city security forces and pro-government citizens have cleared many barricades, but barricaders have set them up again elsewhere. Barricaders have attacked National Guard forces trying to clear away the barricades with rocks and Molotovs.

2 03 2014
Omar Fundora

The Venezuelan Socialist Model, after 15 years of working towards it, is in a real crisis. The drop in crude prices combined with the reduction in U.S. purchases from Venezuela plus the Global Crisis created the external economic woes in the country. The Chavistas have been very busy with the help of Cubans, providing social programs to the poor in Venezuela and setting up political and security services to make sure the transition to a Socialist Model of governance is not threaten. The insecurity, shortages and inflation are directly correlated to the Global Markets and insurrection in the country. The insurrection in the country is fueled by an economy in crisis and special interest from within and outside the country. It is not clear to me what would happen if a reconciliation between MUD and Chavistas is reached and people stop protesting and go back about their business. There is no question that a great number of people have benefited from the social programs initiated by Hugo Chavez with the help of the Cubans. There is no question that the cost of these programs did not cause the economic problems in the country. These economic problems have been magnified by crime and paralysis that has occurred because of the opposition.

Venezuelans do not have to choose between totalitarianism and democracy. Chavistas cannot hold the country together without bipartisanship with the Right. This will prevent a totalitarian government in Venezuela-neither side in this tug of war for the destiny of Venezuela has a super majority popular support (60% support) at present. Chavez commanded a super majority constituency, with good reason. The Rich in Venezuela prior to Chavez was responsible for an inequality in the country that made it necessary for a shift to the Left.

In Venezuela or any other country in the World today, the key is sustainability, Free Market economies are a thing of the past, they are not sustainable and even in the U.S. where this neoliberal model of governance has experienced the most success, there is need for change. The Leftist government experiment with the Marx and Engel Model have not being able to prosper because of their Centralization and top down political process. But, just like a neoliberal country can be transition to a society that truly practice conservation, keep inequality at a minimum and engage in restoration of our ecosystems and civilization; a Leftist country can transition to the same type of governance only from a different route. Venezuela strategy to peace is for the Socialist Model of the Chavistas to “soft land” into a sustainable society for its people that is not a so called “Free Market Society” and instead is a Directed Capitalistic society with a Socialist Democratic government where bipartisanship and non-bias law making for the Common Good of the People is the essence of the political process.

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