Chavismo Holds Rally To Remember The “Caracazo”

February 27, 2013


Today Chavismo held a rally to remember the “Caracazo” as a “Patriotic Rebellion”. Even Chavez’ daughter Rosa Virginia took part of the strange festivity. They were the usual cries against the right and the oligarchy by the Government that after 14 years has not compensated the victims from that and the following days. The curious thing is that most of those that led the repression that day, are an intrinsic part of the Government today, while the only organization that has persistently defended the rights of those that died that day, Cofavic, is not even recognized and even despised by the Chávez Government.It is another perverse and macabre twist of history by Chavismo, their plot to upstage democracy and take over power absorbs history at its convenience, manipulating, making it its own and part of some fake feat that never took place. It is all as empty and vacuus as fourteen years of this weird revolution, whether you call it Chavismo, XXIst. Century Socialism or Bolivarianism. It’s a manipulative shell of cribbed ideas, none solid.None original. All empty.

The Government wants to turn that day into some sort of pre-revolutionary epic, but the truth and the reality say otherwise. Perhaps nobody like José Ignacio Cabrujas to tell us about it:

On February 27, Venezuela experienced an ethical collapse that left many people stunned, it was an explosion of which nothing profound has been written about, it warrants an analysis, it is an explosion resulting in looting, but it is not revolutionary looting , there are no slogans, it is a dramatic plundering, people attacked stores amidst delirious joy, there was no tragedy when the process began. I have kept the image of a cheerful Caraqueño carrying half a cow on his shoulder, but it was not an emaciated guy looking for bread, it was a Venezuelan “funny man”, that smiley face carrying half a cow  corresponds to a very particular ethic, if the President is a crook, I am too, if the state lies, I do too, if power in Venezuela is composed of an upper echelon of bullies, what law prevents me from entering the butcher shop and taking half a cow? Is it being sneaky? No, it’s drama, it’s a great human conflict, it is a grand ceremony. That game day that ends with a monstrous outcome, cruel, the laughter ends in blood, it is the most Venezuelan day that I have lived, it had never been interpreted as much by our history for  what is happening to us, it is the day we were sublime and perverse, much like we were for a good part of our history. Our historical icons have always announced that dilemma.”
Perhaps the paragraph above was prescient of Cabrujas, it also describes quite well Chavez’ revolution…

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  31. Bobby Says:

    How much is being made of student unrest? In my eyes, the back-and-forth between Chavismo and the students could grow into a big problem for the government. Is it just me?

    • Noel Says:

      It seems to be the only authentic grassroots movement, running great risks, and attacking Chavismo where it hurts: repeatedly lying about Chavez condition and demanding an end to Cuban debasement of Venezuelan sovereignty.

  32. moses Says:

    Good evening,

    Some memories from that date:

    The 1989 Caracazo also happened in towns and cities outside Caracas. I saw looting in the Tuy Valley (Charallave) in Tuesday 28-Feb, at least two persons were pushing supermarket carts in a highway, filled with groceries (near the current train station of Charallave Sur…)

    One detail I remember was that gas prices were raised in the weekend, before may people had been payed (payday for many was on Tuesday 28-Feb) so many people were cash strapped on Monday 27-Feb

    Were I worked we had to take gas out of the forklift truck to share between 3 -4 cars to get back to Caracas, at the company they also gave us some cash (automatic tellers were scarce on those days, people relied on cashing checks at the bank…)

    I remember seen one policemen shooting at some kids that were looting with shotguns with blank cartridges; I know they were blank because they would have blown my cars windshield since the kids were between the policeman and my car..

    I think the worst part happened after the curfew were in effect the days after, starting a 600 pm; many people were killed for not respecting it. I lived in El Marques at that time, and I remember hearing gunshots from Petare (2 kms. aprox.)

    A friend told me that people living in Av. Lecuna, near were the CNE is today, looted the stores located at street level were they lived (the stores that they had bought for many years) and when the police started searching apartment by apartment for the looted merchandise, most people threw it down the garbage ducts…


    • Kepler Says:

      The thing is: how come we don’t know in 2013 how many people were killed? Venezuela, unlike Colombia or Peru, has a much higher concentration of its population along the coast and in the rather small area of the Andes. So: the killings took place not in the middle of the jungle but in the main cities: mostly Greater Caracas, La Guaira, a bit Valencia, Barquisimeto, etc.

      People have relatives. Most people even back then had cédulas de identidad. Why aren’ there thousands of missing people?
      How is it possible we know more about the Battle of Marathon from 490 B.C. than about the Caracazo?

      We might know more about the Great Fire of Rome.

      The culprits were a lot of people close to Chavismo.

    • m_astera Says:

      We will know, and those who did it will pay the price. Right now they know their lives are at risk, as they should be. But we will know. Can they escape with their money is maybe a better question. The money was all they were in it for from the start. The oil money. That they stole from the people. That is it, beginning to end. The main thief seems to be dead. Fuck him and may he rot in hell. All lies, all liars.
      [Miguel, you may discard this comment, just being honest]
      Michael A

  33. concerned Says:

    OT…Almost time to let the cat out of the bag. Maduro comments that chavez is now fighting for his life, receiving chemo, life is slipping away. Almost time to thaw out the corpse.

    Propaganda machines are in overdrive. Moncada’s sock puppet version on CNN almost makes me want to retire in vz. Even CNN editor stated that Moncada was solely responsible for that line of shit.

    Getting harder to hide the fact that he is dead. Family is not playing the part and chavismo is not smart enough to continue with the coverup. Delaying is not helping maduro as he losing more credibility by the day. Only hope now is cuban / cne controlled election where maduro will win by a convincing yet not surprising any more 54%.

  34. Gordo Says:

    My prediction:

    If Maduro wins, Chavismo loses. There is nothing they can do to turn the economy around unless they abandon their revolution.

    If opposition wins and it can restore rule of law, property rights, and personal security against robbery and kidnapping…. if that can be done quickly enough, there will be an explosion of economic growth, jobs, and wealth.

    Look at real estate prices in Columbia right now!

  35. m_astera Says:

    Who is running the show? The senile Castro brothers in Cuba?

  36. Kepler Says:

    Just a suggestion: what if what Chavistas want now is to gain time to take out their money and delete traces before calling for elections?

    • Mick Says:

      I would bet the government shredders have been going 24/7.

      And good luck finding all the gold that was moved back.

  37. D Says:
    “Chavez battling for his life” says Maduro. No mention as yet from the Venezuelan media.

  38. moctavio Says:

    Based on Maduro’s speech yesterday, he has no clue.

  39. Mike Says:

    The threatening rhetoric in Maduro’s and Cabello’s speeches was up a few notches, but the main purpose of justifying the Caracazo was just to prepare people for the Caracazo II, to happen soon once the food shortages and higher prices reach critical panic mass.
    At the same time there is clearly fear in the Chavismo leadership ranks as they do not know how to handle the “disappeared” Chavez situation. They know of course that they will stay in power as long as El Pueblo buys their lies, yet they also know that this cannot go on forever and that it will be worse the longer they delay their “come to Jesus” meeting.
    Caracazo II will make look Caracazo I like child’s play.

    • island canuck Says:

      The rumours were flying yesterday & last night.

      There is a report from ABC Esp:
      Chávez con nuevo tumor lo llevan a La Orchila

      Chavez has a new lung tumour & they have taken him to the small island La Orchila.

      A friend of my wife’s sent a text last night that a militar had confirmed to her that Ch is dead & that she should stock up on food.

      Many people on Twitter reporting that he is not in the military hosp[ital.

      Others insisting that he never was returned to Venezuela in the first place.

      On top of all this the report that he was effectively brain dead the end of December.

      Who knows what the truth is!

      I have a feeling that the explosion is coming.The pueblo is getting very nervous even those that believe the lies coming from the government.

    • moctavio Says:

      Mike: Trying to understand what is going on, I reached the same conclusion yesterday, these guys have no clue as to what to do and are fumbling along. I do hope they win the election and deal with what is coming. They deserve it. Hope they keep Giordani too at this point.

      • Kolya Says:

        Do you see as a possible scenario that Chavismo rigs the election so they lose by a small margin? They must realize that the situation is getting out of hand.

        • Boludo Tejano Says:

          The scenario is possible. There is a good possibility that the winner of the next election will be in charge when the economic S#$% hits the proverbial fan. Voters tend to blame the incumbent for economic disasters occurring on the incumbent’s watch. But I know as much about Venezuela as Giordani does about running an economy. Which is to say, not very much.

        • Kepler Says:

          That’s why someone else here said our slogan should be this:
          “vota Maduro. Que se jodan”

  40. Kepler Says:

    Of course that was true.

    Those guys were the ones who always infiltrated the protests organised
    at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. The vast majority of UCVistas
    didn’t want any violence and were not particularly lefty (but for their bloody rectors and big honchos in the socio pop departments)
    but there were always a group of pseudo-students like the Jauas of this world, who were there exclusively for rioting. And some of them actively participated in moving people to riot and they were crucial in the Caracazo.

    The people from the PCV and then a lot of splitter groups have had a long tradition of sabotage and sabotage training. Some of them actually were sent to the Soviet Union even in the late eighties to learn that.

    Allow me to put this I wrote a long time ago, from the KGB archives:

    That Lenin who went to the Soviet Union was the nephew of the PCV’s head Jesús Faría.
    Lenin Moreno Faría’s id is 2881675. He lives in Maracaibo now and was born 7 August 1942
    The old Jesús Faría, a KGBfriend, died some years ago. There was an event at the National Assembly to conmemorate his work.
    Imagine we had an event commemorating the work of a guy working for the CIA.
    I think (but I am NOT sure) this honcho
    is his son or a close relative. At least he is yet another Jesús Faría originally from the PCV.
    This one gives basketballs to poor people and tells them “I give you this basketball in the name of the revolution” (no shit, this is something Rory Carrol commented). Spalding must be thrilled.

    This Jesús Faría junior studied in a German Hochschule I had never heard of in Konstanz (West Germany)…I wonder if with Fundayacucho or with some dollars from his commie familia.

    It’s funny that when Soto came to the National Assembly he talked referring to people such as María Corina Machado “ahora estamos aquí perseguidos y perseguidores”.

    In reality next to him was Cordero Lara, one of the military shooting at guerrilla friends of Soto…qué bolas!

    María Corina Machado was 15 when Cordero Lara was bombing Soto’s pals but María Corina is the culprit.

    Capriles or someone else well known in Venezuela should be talking about this, don’t let Chavistas make up history

  41. liz Says:

    Just an image:
    If half of what the link says is true…. Wow.
    I understand that she was apprehended and the police found home made pasamontañas at her place.
    Prohibido olvidar!

    • Julio Says:

      Liz, old Disip gossip had Vanessa Davis sleeping with HCF in the early days of his presidency. Yes the Caracazo was organized… the leftist groups of the day back then where Bandera Roja, etc., etc.

  42. Kepler Says:

    The people in power today are those who create the violence…strangely from both sides. People like the military were the ones doing most of the shooting from the state’s part. On the rioters people like Eekhout (although she was a minor fish back then) from the extreme left. And now they both unite to accuse others of those crimes.

    What I find sad is how little our “leaders” have said about this. Why hasn’t Capriles or a López explained to the people what really happened?

    As someone else here mentioned, the figure of dead is just a couple of hundreds. The Chavez government has talked about several thousand people.
    Well: where are the relatives of those people? What are the names?
    Why doesn’t anyone but an obscure NGO with little power demand in a very public arena for the truth?

    The worst of the 4th Republic were people like Chacín and Cordero and Bernal…all three now big honchos who declare themselves “revolutionaries”

    These criminals are rewriting history and we (but for some NGO and bloggers) are letting them do it

  43. Joe Says:

    Looters in my town (outside Caracas) went against the Chinese shopkeepers, killing some. Was it because they were escaping Communism in their country? Or was it because they were easy to identify as a group by their facial features? This had to have been planned beforehand: collective action of this type is not spontaneous. I never knew who really was behind the Caracazo. Perhaps the people celebrating today?


  44. Julio Says:

    El Caracazo was successfully co-opted by the regime a long time ago for their disinformation and propaganda purposes. MBR200 founder Felipe Antonio Acosta Carlez led the killing. He was shot and killed chasing someone into a house. Martial law in Venezuela then and now means you will get shot.

    I remember events unfolding because police where on strike leaving many sectors without protection, CAP was out of country, and the leftist groups of the day incited the barrios.

  45. Ronaldo Says:

    The victims have not been compensated and the perpetrators have not been punished. Neither will get what is deserved.

    The 1968 riots in the U.S. following Martin Luther Kings assassination had looting and crime that was also somehow justified by hatred of others.

    Does anyone have a “good” estimate of the number of deaths in the Caracazo?

  46. m_astera Says:

    Not long ago, a couple of weeks, I was riding in my friend’s taxi when we went by a jeweler’s shop in Porlamar, and I mentioned that the jeweler was an honorable man. I had done business with him in the past and he had paid me as he could afford to. Bit by bit, but it was all paid honestly. My friend the taxi driver remarked that being honorable (honrado) was a rare thing in Venezuela. What’s with that?

    I have friends whose successful restaurant was ruined by looting by employees, who ended up without a job because they chose to steal meat from the cooler.

    Where is honor? Has it never been valued? If not, to what past circumstances do we owe this lack of honor?

    • firepigette Says:

      M Astera, we see a lack of honor everywhere, not just in Venezuela however it seems more common in Venezuela than in some other places.Why? I doubt anyone knows for sure, but to keep it simple I would say that it comes from the fact that most people there consider the ” vivo” to be intelligent.The second reason I see coming into play is a lack of distinction many make between your property and mine.Maybe a leftover from tribal consciousness?For almost 40 years I had to make sure my purse was under my supervision at all times…..Here I forget where my purse is.

    • ErneX Says:

      Overall lack of values, education. I know lots of stories about the same thing (store employees looting like there’s no tomorrow).

      And if one employee didn’t want to participate in the generalized looting they would insult you, like “tu si eres pendejo, aprovecha”. This is one of the reason I left the country over 10 years ago, I can’t live in a society like that.

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