The tragic and the absurd

June 30, 2005

There are two news that I fail to understand. I am reading
then again and again in El Universal, El Nacional and Tal Cual and I cannot
believe this is happening.

First, there is the
killing, three days ago, of three engineering
The kids were coming from a Physics exam and were giving a lift to
a friend. Some members of the DIM (Direction of Military Intelligence) were
apparently doing a special operation to find the assassins of one of their
members. One of the DIM policemen had his face covered and carried a very large
gun. The kids, thinking that they were going to be robbed accelerated the car
and the masked guy and the other members of the operation ( a total of 26
policemen) went after them ending up beating and killing three male students and injuring three
girls. The kids were unarmed. What
revolts me, besides the absurdity of the killing, is the matter of fact
explanation given by the authorities. The excuse is that there was confusion
and that the masked policeman should not have worn a mask. It was a mistake. A
mistake!? A MISTAKE!? Even if the kids had been trained killers, what gives the
police the right to shut first? Where are the human rights established in the
Venezuelan Constitution? What type of democracy is one in which unarmed kids
are savagely beaten and killed by members of the Military Police?

Jose Vicente Rangel,
declared that he considered that the government
performance in this matter has been excellent, because it has been very quick
in taking the necessary measures to find and charge those responsible for the
massacre. That, Jose Vicente, is the
least you can do. Shame on you! How dare
you brag about the efficiency of your government! You should be ashamed to be
leading a government for which that type of “police operatives” is candidly
accepted. And yes, I want to see in six months how efficient were you after

Which leads me to the second absurd news about an unsolved
crime that took place more than six months ago: the killing of Danilo Anderson.
At that time, the government also bragged about its efficiency. They were so
sure of themselves that even killed a “suspect” Antonio Lopez Castillo, a few
days after Anderson’s death and
found all types of weapons in the house of his parents. At the time, Interior
minister Jesse Chacon declared that they were pretty close to close the first
phase of the

Yesterday, Fiscal Isaias Rodriguez declared that the
Anderson killing was really a
“trial” to kill Hugo Chavez. That was really intended was the famous
“magnicidio” (once again!). According to
Rodriguez the plan was “ to kill the President of the Republic, but first, they
had to try with other important figures”. It seems that the list started with
Danilo Anderson, then the President of the TSJ, followed by the Minister of
Defense and finally Isaias Rodriguez himself, right before Chavez!

That is what I call an “intelligent plot”. Someone wants to
kill the President and the way to go is to “practice” first with the killing of
important political figures. First the means: Danilo Anderson was killed by a
bomb installed under the seat of his car. That, of course, is the best way to
program the killing of a paranoid president: just put the bomb under the seat
of his limousine! Piece of cake. Second the “practice” killing list: important
political figures are killed one after the other and what the President and the
people around him would order? To LOOSEN Presidential Security, of course!

Come on Isaias! Do you really believe that Venezuelans are
so dupe that they are going to buy that story?

Jorge Arena.


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