SOS Venezuela: Godspeed and Chévere!


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Dear Venezuelan Opposition,

It is easy for me to sit here safely, some 4000 kilometers away, and urge you to keep up that momentum, to stay in the streets and maintain pressure on the government, but I believe that’s what must be done, and that you are showing you have the mettle to win this struggle.

I suppose, given the current state of the world, this was bound to happen, wasn’t it? I’m referring to the social upheaval you are presently facing; huge daily protests, sometimes merely inconvenient, often violent and on several sad occasions tragic. When I write that it was bound to happen I do so because I believe everyone has their breaking point, that moment when something just goes click and they decide they’ve had enough – the proverbial last straw. We have seen this with change in the Middle-East and can witness it live in Kiev at the present moment. It would appear there were numerous clicks over the past two weeks in Venezuela, enough to bring you out in great numbers to apply pressure and invoke change.

As a result of these clicks you have evidently decided that you are thoroughly fed up with the de facto dictatorship that has been in effect since the 1998 election of the late Hugo Chavez, and which continues to cause you misery under Chavez’ hand-picked successor Nicholas Maduro.

It is not surprising that there should be significant opposition to the present regime, but what is a bit perplexing is why it has taken you so long to protest, your patience has been saintly. Your country is a modern one that has a vast reserve of oil, indeed is a member of OPEC. The potential wealth that could be derived from Venezuela’s natural resources, including tourism, is incalculable. But the continued bellicose approach to governing of your president – jawing at the ‘evil’ United States and cozying up with the Castros in Cuba, and repressing basic freedoms – has taken its toll on you. (If I’m to be honest I’ve benefited from the repressions that you have been fighting; my better half immigrated to Canada so she could live in a free society. Your loss is my, and Canada’s, gain.)

The shortages of basic products are nothing short of unacceptable; from the national staple corn flour to sanitary products such as toilet paper, to the rampant crime and the highest rate of inflation in the world and possibly unparalleled levels of corruption. Having come to the end of your tether you have taken to the streets in peaceful protest of these conditions only to be met with resistance from heavily armed and trained soldiers.  But you must continue to do so now that the momentum has grown. Even with the proliferation of communications technology the world is sometimes slow to focus its attention on situations that need to be exposed.

It is easy for me to sit here safely, some 4000 kilometers away, and urge you to keep up that momentum, to stay in the streets and maintain pressure on the government, but I believe that’s what must be done, and that you are showing you have the mettle to win this struggle.

Godspeed Venezuela. Chévere!

Querida oposición venezolana,

Es muy fácil para mí sentarme aquí en la seguridad de mi casa y país, a unos 4000 kilómetros, y pedirles que mantengan este momento, que sigan en las calles y que sigan presionando al gobierno, ya que siento que es lo que se tiene que hacer, y que ustedes están demostrando que tienen el temple para ganar esta pelea.

Dado a la situación actual en que se encuentra el mundo, supongo que esto tendría que pasar, o ¿no? Me refiero a la situación de enfrentamientos sociales que están sucediendo en estos momentos, grandes protestas diarias, a veces un poco intempestivas, otras violentas y en otras ocasiones trágicas. Cuando escribí que esto tenía que pasar lo hice porque creo que todo el mundo tiene su límite, ese momento cuando algo sólo hace clic y un hasta aquí, como dice el dicho, ¨la última gota¨. Hemos visto estos cambios en el Oriente Medio y en el presente estamos siendo testigos de lo ocurrido en Kiev. Pareciera que ha habido numerosos clics en las últimas dos semanas en Venezuela, lo suficiente como para salir masivamente, presionar y pedir el cambio.

Como resultado de estos clics, ustedes que ya están hasta la coronilla con la dictadura de facto que comenzó en 1998 con la elección del fallecido presidente Hugo Chávez y que continúa provocándoles sufrimientos con su sucesor, primero escogido a dedo, y luego en elecciones, Nicolás Maduro.

No es de sorprenderse que hay una vasta mayoría opositora al actual régimen, pero sí me deja un poco perplejo el por qué les ha tomado tanto tiempo protestar, su paciencia ha sido de santos. Tienen un país moderno con una gran reserva petrolera, de hecho son miembros de la OPEP. La riqueza que se ha podido obtener de los recursos naturales que posee Venezuela, incluyendo el turismo debería ser incalculable. Aunque el punto de vista bélico para gobernar de su presidente, acusando constantemente al ¨demonio¨ de los Estados Unidos, manteniendo cómodos a los Castros de Cuba y reprimiendo las libertades básicas se están cobrando su precio. (Si soy sincero, yo me he beneficiado de estas represiones de las cuales ustedes ahora están luchando, ya que mi media naranja emigró a Canadá para poder vivir en una sociedad libre. Ustedes perdieron y Canadá y yo ganamos.)

Es inaceptable la escasez de los productos básicos, desde el producto nacional que es la harina pan, a los productos de higiene personal como el papel toilette, los niveles en que ha llegado el crimen y el alto índice inflacionario, uno de los mayores del mundo y los incomparables niveles de corrupción. Al no poder aguantar más y habiendo llegado al límite, pues decidieron tomar las calles con protestas pacíficas para sólo encontrarse con la resistencia de la Guardia Nacional armada. Deben continuar ya que el ¨momentum¨ está en pleno apogeo. Aunque la tecnología comunicacional ha proliferado, muchas veces el mundo es lento para centrar la atención en situaciones que necesitan ser destacadas.

Es muy fácil para mí sentarme aquí en la seguridad de mi casa y país, a unos 4000 kilómetros, y pedirles que mantengan este momento, que sigan en las calles y que sigan presionando al gobierno, ya que siento que es lo que se tiene que hacer, y que ustedes están demostrando que tienen el temple para ganar esta pelea.

¡Suerte Venezuela. Chévere!

MeDCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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2 thoughts on “SOS Venezuela: Godspeed and Chévere!

  1. Thank you DC for your words, making some noise overseas about what’s happening in our troubled country. Know something? Like you, I don’t understand why it took so long for us to make a stand, I usually manage two theories, the first one relates to what was our way of living, peaceful, “Confortable”, so we did nothing when in every other country they would have thrown down the government for less… . The second one is that people in our country lacks of education on history and politics, so we didn’t see it coming, when I warned my family and friends many years ago they usually told me…”No…that will never happen here…” . Now we’re facing important challenges, mostly economical and social, and our government is paralyzed by the fear of being overthrown, concentrating on repress opposition at any cost, meanwhile we’re running to a technical default in our credit system, and our non-oil production and exports are in historically low levels. Much to say in this note, thank you again for your articles, I’ll be following your writings, until they shut down the internet….
    Best Regards
    Victor Rossetti
    @RossettiFX

    • Thank you Victor for your insightful comment. My fiancée is from Caracas and still has family there so I am closely watching the situation in Venezuela. Such a rich country to be in this terrible situation. Hopefully change will come at last and the great potential of your country will be realized. Take good care.

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