Peaceful Protesters are now political prisoners as Chavez’ dictatorship criminalizes protest

August 29, 2009


There is no hiding the fact that last Saturday’s march in rejection of the new Education Bill has unsettled the regime’s nerves. In the span of one week, the regime has jailed 12 peaceful protesters, including tonight the jailing of the “Prefecto” of the Metropolitan District (The highest civil authority below the Mayor), as the Government continues searching for Oscar Perez, one of the organizers of last Saturday’s march, who will be charged for nothing more than…organizing it.

And while the only person charged in the attack of the Cadena Capriles reporters is at large, released on his own recognizance, al of these people are being sent to jail, including Prefect Richard Blanco, being sent to the Yare jail, the same one where Hugo Chavez was sent to after his 1992 bloody coup attempt.

And this is now state policy as clearly oulined and defined by the ineffable and fascist Prosecutor Luisa Ortega, who threatened to jail those “citizens that march for any motive”, altering peace with the only purpose of destabilizing the Government. Truly remarkable fascist logic by the person in charge of defending the country’s laws.

In fact, as if this was not enough Ortega suggested that marching and protesting may even be considered civil rebellion, which carries a penalty from 12 to 24 years.

Of course, when a peaceful opposition march is attacked by Chavistas hiding at a school (on a Saturday?) in San Cristobal, nothing happens. This does not create panic or fear. I imagine in the Prosecutor’s fascist mind, the marchers deserve the treatment. It’s the new “Double Way” of XXIst Century Facism in Venezuela.

And as if this was not enough, even passive criticism of the Government is now being persecuted, as in the case of the medical doctor who dared suggest that four people had died from swine flu at her hospital and may be charged with “providing false information…which may cause panic or anxiety in the population”. (She is not the first one to question Venezuela’s numbers on swine flu which are considered to be statistically quite low)

This is all aimed at intimidation: Organize a march, you may be sent to jail, speak against the Government, you may be sent to jail, write criticizing the Government, I may be sent to jail.

It’s a new phase, the criminalization of protest and dissent, a continuation of the dictatorial and fascist ways that the robolution has been implementing more and more as its popularity drops and the economy coems apart at the seams.


11 Responses to “Peaceful Protesters are now political prisoners as Chavez’ dictatorship criminalizes protest”

  1. Roberto Says:

    Both, M_Astera.

    Funny that the ppm is not on the packaging, it was required before. ANd you are correct, iodine for papera and flouride for the teeth. At least, that was the reasoning way back when.

    That said, it was always a pain to print those values as we used very small fonts for them.

  2. m_astera Says:

    Thanks, Roberto, but are you talking about iodine or fluoride, or both? I mean, has fluoride been added to the salt since the early 70s, or only Iodine? Iodine prevents papera. Fluoride is supposed to make your teeth stronger, but causes papera because it replaces iodine in the thyroid.

    I looked at a bag of salt tonight. It said “con yodo y flluoro”. No ppm.

  3. Roberto Says:

    If I recall correctly, this was done in the late 60’s/early 70’s by the government in order to avoid papera. I remember this, becasue we had to recycle a huge amount of plastic bags to comply with the new regs.

    You can drive by Sal Bahia in Barcelona to observe the process, it takes place in slurry ponds on their property. Testing is done by the manufacturer.

    The ppm of both iodine and flouride should appear on the bag itself, by law.

    I know we did print that on the bags we made for Sal Bahia, not sure if this continues to be so, as I no longer am in charge of production (and have not been for the last 10 years)

  4. m_astera Says:


    I don’t know about the water, though here on Margarita I have seen it come out of the tap with a yellowish tinge, chemical yellow not dirty yellow. I figured someone dumped a bit too much sodium fluoride in that batch of water. That was at the roadside public faucet in La Rinconada.

    For sure they go around to the schools and paint it on the children’s teeth regularly.

    I do know that every package of table salt in every store says con fluoro y iodo, with fluoride and iodide.

    Interesting thing about fluorine, it is in the same halogen family as iodine, but more active, so it blocks iodine absorption, leading to thyroid disease, overweight, and sluggishness mentally and physically. That is probably why papera, (goiter in English) is so prevalent here. Even though people eat lots of seafood containing iodine, and there is iodine in the salt, the body can’t absorb it because the fluoride blocks it out.

    Don’t know that testing for ppm in the salt would tell you much. Probably would depend on who was running the fluoride tap that day.

    It’s a nasty poison and powerful drug though. The anti-depressants like Prozac, Paxil, and Zooloft are fluoride based. Guess that’s OK if you want to be tranquilized, but when it’s in the salt you have no choice. I’m not sure that drugging your baby with fluoride is a good idea, long term, either.

    I’d just like to know if they started putting it in the salt since 2000 because that seems like such a typically cynical move to tranquilize and dumb down the people.

  5. GWEH Says:

    Astera, Venezuelans are getting flouride through tap water, table salt and toothpaste? Who flouridates the salt? Someone should get samples tested for ppm!

  6. m_astera Says:

    An interesting thing is, she will do nothing. She will not put herself in the slightest bit of danger, any more than Bluto will. They are talkers and that is all they are.

    I’m thinking of a line in 100 Years of Solitude: Never give an order if you don’t know for sure it will be followed. That’s the danger for these ones. The first time, or maybe the second time they give an order and it is ignored, they are toast.

    Off topic, but maybe someone can help me out: Anyone know what year they started putting fluoride in all of the table salt in Venezuela? The Nazis first used it to pacify people in the labor camps, then Stalin took the idea and used it in the gulags. Both put it in the water. Venezuela is the only country I have heard of or seen with fluoride in the salt, so you cannot get away from it even if you drink bottled, filtered, or reverse osmosis water. You cannot buy toothpaste without fluoride either, and they paint it on the children’s teeth in school, but those could be avoided. In the salt, everyone gets fluoridated.

    I see this countrywide passivity, and it seems different than the early 2000s, like everyone has been dumbed down a little and tranquilized, which is exactly the result of mild fluoride poisoning. I’m wondering if someone gave the idea to the gov’t.

    Anyone know when it started?

  7. Bois Says:

    Geha – I like your attitude.

    Don’t back down.

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  9. geha714 Says:

    Our answer is simple: Bring it on, bitch. We’re waiting!

    “Arrugar” is not an option now.

  10. Roger Says:

    From this it would seem that the march last week was a huge success! Si? Moreover the government has decided that peaceful protest of their actions is against the Law. Well, both the OAS and the UN say that peaceful protest is not only lawful but a basic Human Right. I don’t know what the next move will be but I can tell you that the first side to get violent and un-democratic l looses. Think of it as a Bullfight…. Ole!

  11. bruni Says:

    Luisa Ortega de Torquemada ataca de nuevo.

    The capacity of that woman to twist the interpretation of the law, her lack of any democratic principles and her willingness to be the motor of the repressive machine of Chavez does not cease to amaze me.

    What worries me the most is that even if by any miracle Chavez is defeated in 2012, that woman stays until 2014.

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