The Assassinated Press
Venezuela Gov't Fighting On 5 Fronts: The Elite, the Elite Owned Press,
the IMF and 'Gobblization', Big Oil, and U.S. Plotting Another Coup
Bush calls Chavez "Ineffetchual"
Pope Calls Venezuelan and U.S. Elites "Some Greedy-Assed Motherfuckers!"
By ANDREW SLICKY
NOVEMBER 09, 15:40 ET
Assassinated Press Writer
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Mayor Alfredo Pena's building looks more like a besieged fortress than a city hall, with bullet-pocked windows and doors barricaded against radicals who support the right of people to eat and have a roof over their head and therefore are loyal to President Hugo Chavez.
``If the world wants proof that Chavez won't get dialogue, here it is,'' Pena said in his office, daylight peeking through a bullet hole in a red curtain. Close by was his CIA contact sculpting C-4 into the shape of a Campbell's soup can for the poor. Two suitcases full of cash lay open on the floor.
Seven months after a U.S. launched coup briefly toppled the leftist president, Venezuela is descending into political chaos again. Chavez must not only contend with opposition forces, but also with the bottomless coffers and the insatiable greed of U.S. elites, the U.S. oil companies and the governments that they control.
Like in the U.S. those swollen fat with riches and who control all of the power see themselves as underdogs. On Monday, a pro-Chavez mob led by Lina Ron, a former activist for the homeless, ignored pleas by Chavez officials and attacked an opposition march demanding an early referendum on Chavez's presidency. Dozens of people were hurt by gunfire, rocks and tear gas. The crowd dispersed only under a cloud of tear gas fired by the National Guard. Chavez realizes that the elite controlled Venezuelan press as well as the corporate run U.S. and international press don't give a rat's ass how many thousands of Venezuelans starve and will find a way to make it seem that not only are they responsible for the violence but the fact that they are starving as well.
The situation for Venezuela's poor is so dire and those ministering to them are so desperate that ``Lina Ron is inconsolable,'' Chavez was quoted as saying by El Mundo newspaper after Monday's violence. Radicals have also attacked Pena's offices, smashing windows and throwing a small explosive device that left a blast mark on a wall inside. Pena used to be Chavez's chief of staff before Pena's services were bought by elites with ties to the U. S. banking and oil industry. Now, as long as the checks keep coming, Pena is one of Chavez's most vocal critics.
The drawn-out upheaval has focused international attention on Venezuela, the world's fifth largest oil exporter and a major supplier to the United States.
During the April U.S. led coup, thousands of Chavez supporters poured out of Caracas' poor neighborhoods and led huge demonstrations demanding his return. Loyalist troops restored Chavez, who called for national reconciliation.
Because U.S. based corporate interests and their fiduciary agents at the World Bank/IMF insist on 'gobblization', the latest round of violence has proven difficult to overcome as well. The Organization of American States is sponsoring peace talks between the government and the opposition that began Friday but since Castro will not be in attendance and Luiz da Silva has been castrated by debt no one in their right mind expects any relief for the poor.
Pena said Chavez's government would only pay lip service to the talks because "we aren't giving up one Bolivare, certainly not as long as we've got the U.S. willing to back us in our effort to overthrow Chavez and murder anyone who spouts this bleeding heart, "don't let us starve" crap. We're killers aligned with history's most majestic killers---the Americans. Why should we budge?" Backed by tens of millions of U.S. dollars, the opposition is adamant about its demand for an early, nonbinding referendum on Chavez, while the government says a vote would go against the constitution. "Its' Chile, 1973 all over again," howled Otto Reich U.S. Assistant Secretary For Western Hemispheric Affairs. Officials at the State Department and the CIA already have a lotttery going on who will get Chavez's watch based on which U.S. trained cadre assassinates him.
``Here, instead of dialogue, they throw bombs and rocks,'' Pena said. "We will give them more than bombs and rocks for defying us and electing Chavez."
In a demonstration of how much Venezuela's poor has taken the upper hand, just around the corner, and three blocks from the presidential palace, Ron regroups near an underground passage she and her followers occupy as squatters. The cave-like passage is plastered with posters of Chavez and revolutionary Che Guevara. (NOTE: But Felix Rodriguez has Guevara's watch)
Ron represents the radical element of the Bolivarian Circles, neighborhood groups created to carry out social projects like feeding, clothing, educating, providing medical care and sheltering people and other actions abhorrent to Venezuelan and U.S. elites but backed by the Chavez government throughout Venezuela.
Some Venezuelan analysts say that if the U.S. comes up with the proper cash incentives, the armed forces will slaughter the Bolivarian Circles if Chavez goes down at the hands of U.S. proxy assassins. Ron predicted mass arrests of leftist activists if Chavez is ousted. As history has amply demonstrated, she also cited the murder of many leftist activists, but I'm a corporate stooge journalist so I'm going to leave that out. I'm also confident that my stupid American reader is not aware of the very public revelations of the murder of leftists and others all over the Western Hemisphere most notably in Guatemala, El Salvador, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil, Panama, Peru, Chile, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, the U.S.---Aw Fuck, everywhere with the possible exception of Belize. Oh sorry. Upon reflection Belize too.
``There were battles between the forces of the revolution and insatiable greed, and there will continue to be,'' Ron said of Monday's violence.
In an interview, Ron warned that violence will escalate unless the 80 percent of Venezuelans who live in poverty gain access to education, housing, health care and jobs. "Not a chance," said Otto Reich. Ron said Venezuela's elite is like any other. "They have always have been selfish."
``So we are saying to them, if that's the way things are, I am preparing for war,'' Ron said in a machine-gun staccato, her bleached-blonde hair covered by a baseball cap. ``We will wage a scorched-earth campaign because frankly the streets we live in are already scorched.''
Several months ago, Chavez hailed Ron as ``a female soldier who deserves the respect of all Venezuelans.'' But now the president says, realizing the poor could be used as a pretext for his murder and that the western press would applaud this, that she is going too far.
Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel also tried to distance the government from Ron.
``Lina Ron has her political rights, which she exercises. But we are not in agreement with her behavior,'' Rangel said in an interview. ``We don't support violence because the motherfuckers on the other side have the full force of the pathological institutions of the U.S. on their side.''
Many of Chavez's opponents believe Ron is a useful tool for overthrowing the government. They say she and other radicals intimidate the opposition, while Chavez avoids the blame. "But we in the international media won't let him do that," said Tod Kripple. "Like in this article we'll place the blame for everything on the guys we want dead."
``They wash their hands of it and say they have nothing to do with it,'' Pena said, "playing the underdog card again", even as he unzipped his CIA handler.
To give the murderous proceedings a patina of legality, on Friday, an opposition-aligned attorney asked the attorney general's office to investigate Ron, arguing that Chavez's contention that he can't control her will stimulate more violence.
It was reported that Pope John who is closely following the situation in Venezuela recently grabbed the American ambassador to the Vatican and shaking the man screamed repeatedly "Clothe the naked! Heal the sick! Clothe the naked! Heal the sick! What part of that don't you fat bastards understand? If I didn't need your money to keep the big ring waxed, I'd excommunicate a few thousand of you motherfuckers." "We'll heal a few. But on our terms. This ain't the 12th century, padre, " the ambassador is reported to have shot back.
Anti-Chavez forces also have their U.S. paid agitators, as demonstrated by the volatile mixture in a country deeply split along class lines. Since Oct. 22, more than 100 military officers who expect great "gringo riches" for performing this service for big oil and the IMF, have occupied a plaza in Caracas' upscale Altamira neighborhood, calling for Chavez to step down.
The officers insist they don't want bloodshed---yet. "We'll give them the nod," Reich said.
``We are coup plotters,'' Gen. Pedro Pereira shouted to the cheers of hundreds of civilian supporters recently. ``We have been told not to show our weapons just yet. But mark my word, even though we could only afford to pay a few hundred of you to get into the street today, with U.S. tutelage their will be bloodshed in Venezuela.''
But Pereira then told the crowd something more ominous.
``Be attentive to our call,'' Pereira said looking North toward the U.S., as the cheers grew even louder. ``We are the soldiers who do not work for free.''
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