Issue 4

August 2017

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Issue 4: August 2017

Letters from Venezuela – activists in the revolution

On the August 6 ‘coup’ attempt

There are a few interesting things [to note] … starting with the fact that the language and the speech used by this soldier is exactly the same as the speech of the opposition. This is important because he says that they are a group "defending" and looking "to re-establish" democracy in the country but democracy hasn't been broken. When using the same speech of the opposition and saying things like "Maduro is a dictator" and that we live in a dictatorship that tells us the interest these people serve.

Another important thing is that Valencia is not the capital city of Venezuela and a "military rebellion" would have to be carried out in various military bases for it to be actually successful. This was not the case with this attack, that personally I would not call it a coup attempt (although some here have called it that) but rather an attack on one military base. And the actual group of men that attacked the military base were not all soldiers, there were some civilians and one of these civilians is a paramilitary person. The soldier that we can see on the video posted on the website you shared, has a bad military record and had been sanctioned in military trials for his participation in terrorist acts in 2014. He has also been charged with conspiracy inside the military. So this guy is not an ordinary soldier. All the other men who participated also have criminal records. 

The men who were caught, in their first confessions have said they were hired to do this, so it is not a real rebellion. We know there are people inside the armed forces in Venezuela who are not supporters of the Bolivarian Revolution or of the government, but these people are not the majority and they don't seem to have the capacity to actually carry out a full military rebellion. Let's also remember that it was the armed forces who played a big part in rescuing Chávez in the 2002 coup and not supporting the opposition. So we can actually say that the armed forces here are as they have been, the majority of soldiers Chavistas and/or not on the side of causing an independent rebellion against the government.  

Another important thing I have noticed recently is that the opposition has had a plan to make their "struggle" have purpose for people, using words like "freedom", "liberty" "democracy", etc. This means that since the only ideological base that the opposition has is fascism, capitalism and patriarchy, which are things that most people don't agree with as they are simply inhumane, the opposition has the need to steal the speech and try to imitate the actions carried out by real patriots such as Chávez. 

They want to confuse people because it is only through confusion that they can hope to gain a small amount of followers. In this attempt to confuse people, we see signs and repetition of special events or speeches that have the characteristics of important historical and political events in Venezuela's history. For example the coup attempt carried out by the military rebellion of the Movimiento Revolucionario 200 which Chávez created with other soldiers in many parts of the country and that in 1992, tried to make a change in the situation of the country. So they want to portray another Chávez figure, making it seem like a "regular" soldier or many "regular" soldiers have decided to rebel in an organized way. This is, of course, a very big lie but it is not innocent either as the truth is that the opposition is losing more and more followers and more and more power as the days go by. The opposition can only hope to revive that violent spirit in the few followers they have by orchestrating actions with all these specific characteristics that actually do have a special meaning in the minds of Venezuelans. And since their own followers have lost all hope and credibility in the opposition leadership, they can't be the ones who carry out these actions, because people know who they are and won't believe anything they say. So they use other figures, like military people or young terrorists dressed as "peaceful" protestors, to do their dirty work. 

 

*The author is a political studies major at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela and a member of the Sex and Gender Revolutionary Diversity Alliance. 

Editorial Board


Ramani Silva

Sonny Melencio

Ric Reyes

Ed Tadem

Luke Espiritu

Merck Maguddayao

Walden Bello

Kat Leuch

Ellecer 'Budit' Carlos

Aaron Pedrosa

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