Last week, General Angel Vivas Perdomo, went to the Venezuelan Supreme
Court and introduced an injunction against the use of the slogan
“Patria, Socialismo o Muerte” (Fatherland, Socialism or Death) within
the military. Venezuelan forts and facilities now have this slogan on
their fronts and soldiers are being forced to say this out loud daily.
The General’s arguments go from the fact that this is a violation of
the Venezuelan Constitution, which says the military is a professional
institution and is not political to the fact that the voters in
December rejected Chavez’ proposal to turn Venezuela into a “socialist”
Vivas should certainly be commended for doing this, he is a braver than
most of his colleagues that mumble “Patria, Socialismo o Muerte” even
if they don’t like him. Vivas Perdomo is actually an active General,
beven if he has not official job function.
Vivas Perdomo has been in the doghouse since 2007, when he became
Director General of Engineering of the Venezuelan Army and decided to
open an investigation of the man that preceded him in the position.
Someone did not like Vivas’ independence and he was soon removed from
his position and never assigned a job since then.
Vivas Perdomo will retire on July 5th. 2008 and while Chavez has never
refused to give any General a pension, that is precisely what Vivas
Perdomo was risking by his daring to go to the Supreme Court.