In Venezuela, the Disloyal Opposition Never Rests in their Coup Attempts

By: Lázaro Fariñas


2014-03-04 | 15:01:07 EST

Venezuela’s extreme right-wing never learns. They refuse to accept the facts of the ballot boxes, nor those of the democracy they like to talk about so much. Ever since the day that Hugo Chavez won the presidential in 1999, the bourgeoisie has tried to topple those who rose to power through clean and transparent elections. That is how they succeeded to overthrow the government on April 12, 2002. They seized power through a coup d’état, but they had to give it back due to popular pressure. The people, who had freely elected Hugo Chavez, took to the streets to support their leader. The fascists had no option but to flee and the new president Pedro Carmona —who is better known as “Peter the Brief”— barely had the time to sit on the presidential chair when he was arrested.

They tried then to paralyze the country by means of an oil block out, and have taken to the streets hundreds of times trying to create chaos. They have done their utmost to paralyze Venezuela and they have failed time and time again. One must wonder why these people keep trying to lead their Homeland to unrest, chaos and un-governability, if they have failed every time. The only possible answer is that by using that strategy over and over they hope the Army will decide to take over the Government Palace and overthrow the legitimately chosen President. Will they have success some day?

When Maduro beat Capriles in the last elections, the bourgeoisie started a campaign to slander the newly-elected President. They did not want to accept their defeat at the ballot boxes and accused the Government of cheating in the elections. Cheating? The Government that cheats at the elections does not win by a narrow margin; they create an overwhelming difference so there are no questions about the results.

The Government of the Bolivarian Revolution won by a relatively small difference, but they won nonetheless, and in the so-called representative democracy, one vote counts to make the difference in the outcome of an election. But those of the Venezuelan extreme right-wing do not want to accept the rules of the game they claim to uphold. Since the first presidential election won by Hugo Chavez until now, Venezuela has had more elections than any other country in the world, and in every election, except one, the Bolivarians have emerged victorious. The last one took place two months ago, when they won with an ample difference in the municipal elections.

The bourgeoisie is a minority, but as they have a fascist mindset they think of themselves as superior to the rest. The poor, according to them, have no right to rule, they only have the right to obey. They [the right-wing] are the enlightened, the chosen ones, that’s why they are the rich, the exploiters, the ones that set the guidelines. There was a time in my life when I got to know them very well; I know first-hand how they think. How can the people living in the upscale neighborhoods of Caracas – such as Prado del Este, Las Mercedes, Altamira, the Country Club, etc. — accept that those from the ranches or the streams are the ones ruling and making the decisions now? That’s inacceptable for them, and that is basically what is happening in Venezuela since the day Hugo Chavez took over the presidency. Those who were down are now on top and they have been benevolent: they did not crush those who were there before them; instead they have let them enjoy their privileges; and their wealth.

In Venezuela, during the Bolivarian Revolution, there has been no spirit of revenge from the poor. The rich have remained rich, they have continued travelling to Miami and Europe and they still have their large sums of money abroad. Even those who took part in the coup d’état that took Chavez out of power for 24 hours, remained free on the streets when they should have been sent to jail. Henrique Capriles, the right-wing candidate defeated by Maduro at the elections, had an active participation in the coup d’état in 2002.  

The only mistake of the Bolivarian Government is that they have been too soft with their enemies. The loyal opposition is the one that accepts the rules and waits patiently for its moment to win while respecting the laws established. That opposition is not only acceptable, it is also admirable. But the current opposition can’t come to terms with its new role, the one that wants to impose their opinion over the people’s will, is not only reprehensible, it should not be respected either and should be repressed with all the force of the law. The Venezuelan opposition is neither loyal nor respectful, let alone democratic.

 *Cuban journalist based in Miami

Translated by ESTI

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