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Reflections on the political situation of Venezuela
The current political situation in Venezuela is controversially covered in social and official media. Youtube videos are circulating, showing pictures of violent oppression by the military against students demonstrating peacefully in the streets. CNN and other western broadcast stations replicated the news based on the social media information in their own national news channels. President Maduro, among others, condemned CNN for broadcasting these pictures, because he claims they are from anterior events showing situations of the Arab Spring, Chile and Europe and thus manipulating the picture of the situation of Venezuela. This is confirmed by several NGOs, such as the non-profit media center Global Research (see additional links). !
A complete opposite story has been told by South American channels such as TeleSur showing peaceful manifestations by Venezuelans in favour of their government condemning the violent acts by the minority opposition. !
Also there is quite an uncertainty about the claims of those demonstrating students. While the media puts a lot of focus on the claimed repression of the government against the students little is said about their demands. Media coverage mentions high inflation, a lack of basic products, a totalitarian regime and media censorship being the problem at hand. Other sources, however, contradict these claims. !
Political activist MatĂas Bosch, from the Dominican Republic Republic, reflects on these controversies with 10 questions. !
The political activist Matías Bosch of the Dominican Republic reflects with ten questions about the current happening in Venezuela: !
1. Why is it said that the Venezuela suffers from food shortages, that justifies destruction and incendiarism if it is one of the four Latin American countries with the least hunger rates in 2012 (corresponding FAO and OMS data) being at a lower rate than 5% and one of the countries with the highest obesity rates amongst children and adolescents? Logically thinking, why aren’t there graver riots in the neighbouring country Colombia, in which 12.6% of the population suffers from hunger, which is almost three times as much as in Venezuela? !
2. Why, if the reasons for the destruction, incendiarism and demonstrations lies in the scarcity of basic products, do we observe actions of political type and not crowding and looting in shops and department stores, which is the norm and to be expected in cases of general lack of basic products, as it happened for instance in the Dominican Republic in 1984? !
3. Why this much violence because of a supposed austerity or lack of access to food if The Economist published this week that the scarcity only effected 28% of the products? Why do the same analysts not expect a same reaction in the Dominican Republic, a country in which the “Latinobarómetro” detected that around 70% of the population doesn’t have enough money to buy food for the month? !
4. Why is the epicenter of the protests against scarcity in the “Plaza Altamira” in the midst of the residential area of the wealthy class and inhabitants with white skin and not, as it would seem logical, in poorer neighborhoods with populations of mixed races, since Venezuela is the country with the most proportion of afrodescendants in South America after Brazil? !
5. Why does the UNESCO recognize Venezuela as the fifth country with the most university matriculation in the world, having grown in more than 800% and where the university education is around 75% facilitated by public institutions while there are “students” marching against “torture” and “food”? !
6. Why, if the students of the university education in Venezuela already outgrew the number 2 million 600 thousands (which is around nine times the number of the Dominican Republic) the manifestations which we observe are in form of a few or dozens or overall 100 people? Why is it that if the norm or the ordinary is that students or trade unions protest for public goods and services and more democratic and egalitarian laws, the students which demonstrate in Venezuela are doing it for toilet paper, defending the private propriety of media enterprises and of trade? Why isn’t there any name known of a student organization or federation, no proposal of demands, nor names of their most important leaders or members of their board, while the names of the associated and former leaders of the parties involved in the activities of the intended coup in 2002 and 2013 are known? !
7. Why and who produces the false images of torture, assassination and harassment, which are older than the confused facts of the 12 of February 2014, manipulating photos of Chile, Europe and Syria, to make them appear in the social media as to medias like the CNN as if they occurred in Venezuela? Which democratic and civil leadership has made itself guilty of something similar in the universal history? !
8. Why, if the “bolivarianos” and their alliances have won the elections in 2012 and 2013, including the recent municipal elections of December when they obtained 55% of the votes and 76% of the council ministers it is being talked of the incumbent party being in a minority? Why would they propose as a solution to the exit of the “crisis” their own renunciation, which is breaking with all terms and legal procedures established by them in the constitution of their own bolivarian leadership? Why is a lack of dialog being invoked if only two months ago a historic encounter happened between the national executives and all of the recently elected mayors, including incumbent and oppositional party members, and thus including the participation of all the parties and positions? With whom one has to talk or who leads the “crisis”? !
9. Why is the principle and practically sole spokesman of the supposed pacific manifestations which supposedly where sparked by the inefficiency of the government Leopoldo López, a person who doesn’t count with any representation save his miniscule party and who’s most prominent demand for months is to “scara los que gobiernan” (change the government)? !
Why don’t they use their governorship, mayors and chairs in the national and state assembly to propose a pacific and political course of action and why don’t they canalize by means of the enormous medial effect the claim of “corruption”, “fraude”, “totalitarianism”, “hunger” and “repression” with incontestable and irrefutable proof – not by means of tweets nor capsules of Youtube – like the opposition did in Trujillo, Balaguer, pinochet or Videla? !
10. And why is it that in the Dominican Republic the voices who talk about “crisis” and “chaos” in Venezuela have such big a platform without giving themselves no opportunity for peace and tranquility to listen to the Government and a bloc of parties who in a year and a half have won three elections and who incarnate the heritage who according to the President of the Republic, Danilo Medina, has been with our country “el sinónimo de la solidaridad” (the synonym of solidarity)? !
(Source: 26/02/14. TeleSur: http://www.telesurtv.net/articulos/2014/02/24/ unas-preguntas-sobre-venezuela-4583.html) !
Additional links: http://www.globalresearch.ca/these-photos-being-shared-fromvenezuela-are-fake/5370091 http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/10360 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/18/venezuelaprotests-us-support-regime-change-mistake http://www.telesurtv.net/articulos/2014/02/27/puntos-claves-para-la-pazen-venezuela-respeto-no-violencia-y-soberania-2458.html !
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