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Why there will be war in Venezuela

The people of Venezuela don’t want Maduro as president. In fact, the opposition has been a majority since 2002, but the regime has stolen the elections to hold on to power. In the parliamentary elections on Dec 6, 2015, the opposition won an absolute majority but only because the military threatened a coup d’état if the regime stole more votes than required to hold on to just under one third of the seats.

However, since then the executive has made it abundantly clear that it has no intention of respecting the parliament or the laws it passes, and has ordered the supreme court to strip the parliament of its powers. At the same time the regime continues its blatant violations of human rights, amounting to prima facie crimes against humanity, for instance the butchering on 28 persons in a mining town and the parading of the chopped up corpses in town to saw fear. Witnesses say that this was done by the governor’s police force.

Non-violent struggle could have been effective but it is failing in Venezuela for lack of resources. It is impossible to rally enough people because of lack of basic resources for communication, such as paper and ink for flyers. The rallying cries only reach a small minority, and most of them stay away out of fear. Social media have been stifled too, by a law making it illegal forwarding the messages from the non-violent resistance.

After a decade of harsh punishment for any dissent, the fear is deeply engrained. The punishment is a matter of life or death. Just yesterday an acquaintance died 5 days after running out of medicine. The regime is withholding medicines and urgent medical care from dissidents. This amounts to a genocide of political opponents. A Holodomor by starvation is also being executed, but with less success: The regime has tried to ration the food like Staling did in Ukraine in the winter of 1932, but Venezuela is a tropical country with harvests year-round in less than two months from sowing, so it’s hard to starve its people to death.

One of the reasons why Gene Sharp developed the non-violent method as an alternative was because it would be cheaper and more feasible, lacking access to weapons. However, in Venezuela the regime has managed to all but eliminate the availability of resources for non-violent struggle, while at the same time inundating the country with weapons. It has the world’s highest murder rate, and most of it is by handguns. The slum is full of weapons. They have told me it’s easier to buy military explosives in the slum than it is to buy food!

This combination of utter despair, and the armed struggle being relatively more feasible in relation to non-violent struggle, means that the balance has shifted. The non-violent struggle in 2014 was beat down by hard military force. The Venezuelan people had to make a strategic retreat in order to arm themselves. Unless the regime sees the fiery script in the sky and dramatically changes strategy, war is probably coming to a South American country near you pretty soon.

El régimen de Maduro solo tiene 10% de respaldo

El estudio Assessment of Voter Intent Using Three Different Polling Methods in Venezuela October 2015: Evidence for Fear Bias in Traditional Polls and Media Bias in Online Polls concluye que el respaldo actual para el partido oficialista en Venezuela es de tan solo 10% ±5%. El estudio se basa en tres encuestas paralelas, o mejor dicho, las mismas preguntas por tres métodos distintos para poder medir y corregir por sesgo. La evaluación de las respuestas revela:

    • Encuestas tradicionales (los que vez en los medios) tienen un sesgo, conocido como “factor miedo”, y por eso subestiman el respaldo por la oposición mucho
    • Encuestas en Facebook tienen un sesgo que se puede llamar “factor medio”, y por eso subestiman el respaldo por el oficialismo algo
    • El respaldo real por el PSUV en las parlamentarias es de 10% ±5%
Graph of intention of vote
El respaldo al PSUV es 10% ±5% dejando 90% ±5% para la oposición


Las encuestas de opinión en Venezuela no son fiables, y tampoco lo son los resultados de las elecciones. Se ha argumentado que existe un “factor miedo” en las encuestas tradicionales. Por otro lado, ahora es fácil de realizar encuestas en Facebook, pero las respuestas en línea son muy diferentes tanto de las encuestas como de los comicios. Este estudio se realizó para evaluar la precisión de los diferentes métodos de encuesta, y para estimar el verdadero respaldo para el régimen. Para evaluar los factores que influyen en la respuesta, se hizo una serie de preguntas sobre diferentes temas en la puerta de domicilio, en la calle, y en Facebook. En cada caso se les aseguró el anonimato, pero el análisis sugiere que los encuestados desconfían del encuestador en diversos grados, dependiendo de método de encuesta. Un análisis de la correlación entre el uso de los medios de comunicación y las respuestas revela una correlación en ciertos temas que sesga los resultados de Facebook. Encuestas tradicionales suelen subestimar severamente el apoyo a la oposición, y las encuestas de Facebook suelen subestimar el apoyo al régimen. Sobre la base de este estudio, se estima que el verdadero apoyo al régimen en un 10% ± 5%.

Quiero enfatizar que los que participaron en ejecutar la encuesta dentro de Venezuela, violando las leyes de la dictadura, son héroes de la democracia. No puedo mencionar sus nombres porque pueden ir presos o peor, pero un día su Patria les agradecerá, Dios con ellos.

El manuscrito ha sido enviado a un periódico cientifico internacional con “peer review”. Como su evaluación no termina antes de las elecciones, y el resultado puede ser de interés público, respetando las normas el manuscrito como presentado ha sido “self-archived” en la página personal del autor. 

Venezuela becomes totalitarian

On the south shore of the Caribbean Sea a totalitarian communist state is new being consolidated. On August 19th, Venezuela’s dictator Nicolás Maduro introduced a State of Emergency in five municipalities on the border to Colombia, and closed the border. He also started expelling Colombians from all over the country. Six paragraphs of the constitution were suspended. Apart from the usual four (the inviolability of the home, the right to private communications, the right to freely move about and to leave and enter the country, and the right to peacefully assemble) two more were suspended: The prohibition against using firearms and chemical weapons against peaceful protesters, and the right to do business.

Estado de excepcion Tachira

On the night of September 7th, this was extended to three municipalities in the northern end of Zulia state. The following day the regime (using a combination of twitter bots, hired staff and supporters who are being systematically brainwashed in workshops) launched the hashtag #CierreTotalDeLaFrontera (total closure of the border). The next day (today) they launched #NuevaFronteraDePaz (new border of peace), suggesting that peace will be achieved by closing the border.


They conveniently forgot that the violence of the past largely was caused by the regime allowing several Colombian terrorist groups to have their bases on Venezuelan soil (FARC in Zulia state, ELN in Apure state). Furthermore, the smuggling that they want to stop, was carried out with the permission of the armed forces, who charge a fee for each load. In other cases it was the military themselves who did the smuggling over the border, closing it down for a few hours to have the zone for themselves.

Dictator Maduro is implementing the same policies in Venezuela that Stalin did in the Soviet Union, and which led to the Holodomor.
Nicolas Maduro is implementing the same policies in Venezuela that Joseph Stalin did in the Soviet Union, and which led to the Holodomor, genocide by starvation.

While this is going on at the border, the regime is also cracking down on the private vendors who have been buying at government stores at regulated prices, and resold it at free market prices. These so-called bachaqueros have been sharply attacked by the dictatorship, accusing them of causing the shortage of regulated products, an accusation that the average Venezuelan does not buy into.

Eighty "bachaqueros" were arrested in Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui, the other day for "speculation" and their merchandize was seized.
Eighty “bachaqueros” were arrested in Puerto La Cruz, Anzoategui, the other day for “speculation” and their merchandize was seized.

It seems that all except the communists themselves consider the shortage to be caused by the following government policies: The regime confiscating and closing farms so that the domestic production decreased to a trickle; the regime confiscating food production companies and running them in a very inefficient way; the inflation and the unsustainable exchange rate and lack of hard currency, which has meant that farmers and producers are unable to import necessary spare parts and raw materials, thus further decreasing production; and the regulated prices which means that the producers are unable to charge enough to cover the cost of production, thus further decreasing output. All the actions the regime is taking to “solve” this problem are related to distribution (prohibiting transporting food, prohibiting the stockpiling of food, rationing sales, price control), while none is aimed at increasing production of food, or enabling the importation of more food by improving the trade balance.

Venezuela is a narco-oil-state that has been heavily armed by Russia and China, and is backed up by the security services of Cuba and Iran. The leadership has become outlandishly rich by systematically skimming the oil revenues, and by engaging in drug trafficking using the military and other state resources. Just one example, one of Hugo Chávez’s daughters allegedly has a fortune of $4 billion dollars, with a B.

The development of Venezuela under Nicolas Maduro resembles quite a bit the development of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. After a few years under the 1920’s when Stalin allowed “bachaqueros”, they were cracked down on in the early 1930’s. Just like in Venezuela today, people were prohibited from storing food, from transporting food, from traveling, and from doing private enterprise. In the Soviet Union this policy led to the Holodomor with around 10 million dead. In Venezuela the food shortage has been present for years but is gradually deteriorating. The new policies, which allegedly are introduced to solve the problem, instead run the risk of creating a holodomor in Venezuela, if nothing is done to stop this madness.

Krigsrisk i Västindien

Sedan det Amerikanska Inbördeskriget har kontrollen över Västindien ansetts vara grunden för landets säkerhet. För första gången sedan Kubakrisen är nu den grunden hotad. Ryssland och Kina har utrustat Venezuela med toppmodern krigsmateriel. Diktaturen, som har lämnat alla hänsyn till mänskliga rättigheter bakom sig och som inte har råd att förse folket med mat, håller just på att ta emot en leverans av krigsmateriel från Kina värd 500 miljoner dollar (4,2 miljarder kronor). Det rör sig om militära lastbilar samt amfibiestridsfordon typ VN-18 (exportbeteckning; ZBD-2000 i inhemsk version). Dessa är banddrivna på land, vattenjetdrivna i vatten, med topphastighet 65 km/h på land och antingen 25 eller 45 km/h över vatten. Räckvidd 500 km på land. Tre mans besättning, transporterar 8 soldater, har en 30 mm stabiliserad automatkanon, en 7,62 mm kulspruta, samt två missiler mot stridsvagnar. Venezuela har redan fyra landsättningsfartyg för stridsvagnar, vilka kan släppa av dessa stridsfordon ute till sjöss på internationellt vatten varifrån de kan simma själva till kusten. Fordonen är avsedda för Venezuelas marinkårsdivision, vilken nu får operativ förmåga för en överraskningsinvasion med pansar.

Venezuela har en pågående gränskonflikt med sitt östra grannland Guyana sedan det landet blev självständigt från Storbritannien år 1966. Kravet går tillbaka över 200 år, då England erövrade de holländska kolonierna och flyttade gränsen västerut in på det som tidigare var spanska kolonier. Gränsen mellan de spanska och holländska kolonierna var lagd till floden Esequibo sedan århundraden, men England ville flytta den till Orinocos mynning. En medling för att fastställa gränsen hölls 1899, men direkt efteråt framkom uppgifter som fick Venezuela att anse att det inte gått rätt till, varför de 1966, vid Guyanas självständighet, vägrade erkänna gränsen från medlingen. Sedan dess har ärendet legat hos FN, dock utan att mycket har hänt.

Med förvärvet av de ovan nämnda amfibiefordonen har Venezuela för första gången fått tillgång till materiel som skulle möjliggöra ett blixtkrig och att besätta det omtvistade området inom loppet av timmar. Maduro slåss för att hålla sig kvar vid makten, men en sådan aktion skulle förmodligen mötas positivt av en majoritet av befolkningen. Det skulle kunna rädda hans regim kvar vid makten, och etablera något som liknar Nordkorea i Sydamerika, under förutsättning av att operationen lyckas.

Eftersom Guyana har ett mycket svagt försvar, inget pansar, inget flygvapen, ingen flotta värd namnet, så finns det all anledning att tro att operationen skulle kunna lyckas. Då är istället frågan om omvärlden kommer att acceptera ockupationen som ett faktum, likt den accepterat Rysslands annektering av Krim och delar av Georgien, eller Kinas annektering av en del av Spratley Islands. Vem skulle ingripa på Guyanas sida? Och vem skulle komma till Venezuelas hjälp?

På Guyanas sida står främst Storbritannien och samväldet. På Venezuelas sida står Ryssland, Kina och Iran. Ett krig där skulle kunna tända ett världskrig.

Min slutsats är att det enda bra alternativet är att förstärka Guyanas försvar så mycket att det aldrig kommer något anfall.

För mera diskussion hänvisas till denna video på engelska.


MIERCOLES 1 DE JULIO 2015 – Operación Libertad Venezuela fue creado como una red de resistencia anónima el 9 de febrero del 2011, por 10 personas representando diferentes sectores y grupos ya en existencia. Nuestras voceras son María Conchita Alonso y Ana Díaz. Durante estos años OLV ha llegado a crear enlaces con casi todos los grupos en la lucha. La misión es unir a los venezolanos en una estrategia viable para salir de la dictadura castrocomunista. Con el pasar del tiempo hemos crecido progresivamente, en casi cada estado contamos con varios administradores, entre ellos hay activistas, otros que son coordinadores y también aquellos que hacen el trabajo de publicar constantemente durante todo el día. Asimismo contamos con admins que se encuentran fuera del país, buscando siempre difundir en todos los países y en todos los idiomas lo que ocurre y además dar a conocer el mensaje de la resistencia. Desde los inicios contamos con la ayuda y apoyo del Dr. Ulf Erlingsson como asesor estratégico y rechazamos categóricamente todos los rumores que han sido difundidos en su contra. Es muy importante que todos conozcan que la meta de OLV ha sido y seguirá siendo derrocar la dictadura, expulsar a los invasores extranjeros, y restablecer la soberanía y la democracia en Venezuela. Dentro de este orden de ideas, es importante mencionar que OLV ha asumido una posición clara en contra de la Dictadura, considerando que en Venezuela se vive una Dictadura electoral que se ha logrado mantener a través del fraude electoral, el abuso de poder y otras continuas violaciones a la Constitución de la República; con el objetivo de exponer la Dictadura electoral a nivel nacional e internacional se ha considerado el uso de la Consigna “Exigimos Elecciones Auténticas”, ya que elecciones auténticas representan el último paso para lograr la democracia en nuestro país. Es importante aclarar que OLV no acepta ni avala elecciones mientras existan Presos Políticos, censura en los medios, el poder concentrado en uno solo, usurpación del cargo de Presidente, criminalización de la protesta ciudadana, invasión del régimen castrocomunista y demás violaciones a la Constitución de la República y a los derechos humanos, cometidos por este Régimen desde 1999. Olv se mantiene en la lucha por la Libertad de Venezuela hasta lograr la meta.

El final del Socialismo del Siglo XXI

Venezuela es hoy gobernada (aunque algunos dicen no gobernada) por una alianza de un títere de Cuba comunista (el presidente, Nicolás Maduro), y de un capo de la droga (el presidente de la Asamblea, Diosdado Cabello). Los EEUU sabe que el Sr. Cabello es el narco quizás más importante en el mundo, y van a ir tras él con todo el peso de la Ley. Cabello a su vez sabe que Maduro es incompetente, y que su régimen está condenado al fracaso. Venezuela carece por completo de una base económica, aparte de la exportación de petróleo, y los precios del petróleo no se van a recuperar en el corto plazo. ¿Cuáles son las opciones de Cabello? Aparte de pasar el resto de su vida en la cárcel, solo tiene dos opciones, tomar el poder o solicitar asilo.

En ajedrez, el final se refiere a la tercera etapa del juego, después de la apertura y el medio juego, en la cual quedan pocas piezas sobre el tablero y el desenlace es inminente. (Wikipedia)

Según información divulgada ha estado recientemente en Brasil y Haití. En Brasil se reunió supuestamente con la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, y en Haití con Thomas Shannon, Consejero del Secretario de Estado de los EEUU. Estos viajes no son típicos para alguien que esté planeando un golpe de Estado; más bien, parecen los movimientos de alguien que planea una salida negociada. Esa salida podría ser entregar a Maduro a los EEUU, a cambio de una jubilación tranquila en Brasil.

Thomas Shannon, el presidente de Haití Michell Martelli, canciller venezolana Delcy Rodríguez, y Diosdado Cabello, en Haití
Thomas Shannon, el presidente de Haití Michell Martelli, canciller venezolana Delcy Rodríguez, y Diosdado Cabello, en Haití

Sin embargo, rumores dicen que nunca fue a Brasil, que fueron fotos manipuladas difundidas para esconder el viaje a Haití. También dice que de hecho estaba negociando darle una estocada a Maduro con un gobierno de transición y la protección de sí mismo. Sin embargo, esto no se lo puede ofrecer el gobierno de Estados Unidos, ya que el sistema judicial en los EEUU no obedece a la rama ejecutiva, y él está investigado por tráfico de drogas. Mi sospecha es que mientras que Cabello buscaba un acuerdo, Shannon se aprovechó de la oportunidad para pasar unos mensajes a Cabello, de qué no puedo saber pero si hubiera sido yo, me aprovecharía de la oportunidad de dejarle saber algo sobre las pruebas contundentes que tienen contra él en la investigación de narcotráfico.

Is Cabello negotiating with USA to stab Maduro in his back? Is Maduro through Castro negotiating with USA to stab Cabello in HIS back?
¿Cabello está negociando con EEUU a espaldas de Maduro? ¿Maduro a través de Castro está negociando con EEUU a espaldas de Cabello?

Al mismo tiempo, el acercamiento entre Cuba y EEUU debe ser visto por Cabello como un posible intento de dejar a Maduro traicionar a él. Mientras el régimen era sostenible los aliados se mantuvieron, pero cuando se acerca el final todas las apuestas desaparecen. ¿Traicionará uno al otro, o los dos se hundirán con el mismo barco?

Diosdado Cabello’s End Game

Update 2015-06-15: Rumors say that the photos from Brazil were fake, that he didn’t go to that country, only to Haiti, and that he indeed was negotiating stabbing Maduro in his back, with a transitional government and protection for himself. Which obviously the U.S. government cannot give, since the judicial system in the U.S. does not obey the executive branch, and he is investigated for drug trafficking.

Venezuela is today governed (or some say not) by an un-holy alliance of a puppet of communist Cuba (the president, Nicolás Maduro), and of a drug king-pin (the speaker of the parliament, Diosdado Cabello). The U.S. knows that Mr. Cabello is the perhaps most important narco in the world today, and they will be going after him with all they’ve got. Cabello in turn knows that Maduro is incompetent, and that his regime is doomed to fail. Venezuela completely lacks an economical foundation apart from exporting petroleum, and the oil prices are not going to recover any time soon. So what are Cabello’s options? Short of spending the rest of his life in prison, he only has two, take power or seek asylum.

He has recently been traveling to Brazil and Haiti. In Brasil he met with President Dilma Rousseff, and in Haiti with Thomas Shannon, Counselor of the Secretary of State of the USA. These trips don’t sound like those made by someone planning a coup d’État; rather, they seem like the moves of someone planning a negotiated exit. That exit might be to hand over Maduro to the U.S., in return for a peaceful retirement in Brazil. Only time will tell.

Thomas Shannon, President of Haiti Michell Martelli, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez, and Diosdado Cabello
Thomas Shannon, President of Haiti Michell Martelli, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez, and Diosdado Cabello

At the same time the rapprochement between Cuba and USA must be seen by Cabello as a possible intent to have Maduro stab him in his back. As long as the regime was sustainable the un-holy alliance held up, but when it comes time for it to end, all bets are off. Will one betray the other, or will both go down together with the ship?

Is Cabello negotiating with USA to stab Maduro in his back? Is Maduro through Castro negotiating with USA to stab Cabello in HIS back?
Is Cabello negotiating with USA to stab Maduro in his back? Or is Maduro through Castro negotiating with USA to stab Cabello in his back? (The photo has been edited by the author.)

Virgen Mary appears to the hunger-strikers at the UN

The night between Wednesday and Thursday this week, between 2 and 3 AM, the Venezuelans in hunger strike in front of the UN building in New York, saw and photographed an appearance of Virgin Mary as “Divina Pastora“. Their demands are for liberty and democracy in Venezuela, the release of all political prisoners; the end of torture, repression, and censorship; free and genuine elections, and all other rights that are guaranteed by the UN declaration of Human Rights. Here is the picture that the photographer sent me, published here for the first time:

Foto © Eduardo Bavaresco, 2015
The HT of the hunger-strike is #HambreXLibertad, hunger for freedom. Photo © Eduardo Bavaresco, 2015

On Thursday the original hunger-striker, mayor of San Cristobal, Daniel Ceballos, ended his hunger strike when the regime agreed to release 11 students held as political prisoners. The non-violent resistance movement is still waiting for the names of those released.

Operación Libertad Venezuela

Operación Libertad Venezuela fue creado como una red de resistencia anónima el 9 de febrero del 2011, por 10 personas representando diferentes sectores y grupos ya en existencia. La meta es derrocar a la dictadura, asegurar que el poder queda en manos responsables, expulsar a los invasores extranjeros, y restablecer la soberanía y la democracia.

Durante estos años OLV ha llegado a crear enlaces con casi todos los grupos principales en la lucha. La misión es unir a los venezolanos en una estrategia viable para salir de la dictadura castrocomunista. Eso pasa por destruir sistemáticamente los pilares de soporte de la dictadura. Durante los acontecimientos en el país del 14 de abril del 2013, con su cobertura en tiempo real de las elecciones, OLV tomó un papel muy importante difundiendo y dando a conocer la realidad del país a un gran número de Venezolanos, siendo ese día uno de los días con mayor alcance entre los usuarios. Consideramos un logro el haber obligado a Capriles a no reconocer los resultados. Eso tenía como efecto que el pueblo saliera a la calle a reclamar su victoria. Cuando el régimen respondió con fuerza letal su carácter de dictadura fue revelado; y cuando Capriles desconvocó la marcha a CNE, la conchupancia de la oposición también fue desenmascarada. Desde ese evento el proceso político en Venezuela fue cambiado por siempre con mucha participación y trabajo de la red de OLV. Durante el resto de 2013 y entrando en 2014, se coordinaron y se hicieron varias protestas siendo las primeras organizadas y coordinadas desde OLV y después muchos siguieron y seguimos, haciendo uso de la estratégica lucha no-violenta.

La red de OLV ha crecido progresivamente, en cada estado se cuenta con varios admin, entre ellos hay activistas, otros que son coordinadores y también aquellos que hacen el trabajo de publicar constantemente durante todo el día. Asimismo se cuenta con admin que se encuentran fuera del país, buscando siempre difundir en todos los países y en todos los idiomas lo que ocurre y además dar a conocer el mensaje de la resistencia.

OLV cuenta con dos voceras, María Conchita Alonso y Ana Mercedes Diaz.

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El símbolo de OLV

The Venezuelan resistance movement

The other day Reuters wrote an article called “Venezuelan ‘Resistance’ Movement Struggles to Bruise Maduro” (in Spanish here). Since they quoted me at the end I would like to clarify that their description of the resistance movement does not agree with how I see it. This is what they quoted me as saying:

Ulf Erlingsson, a Swede and former aid worker, helped found the [Operación Libertad Venezuela (‘Operation Freedom Venezuela‘)] web site four years ago after becoming convinced Venezuela was a nefarious influence.
“This is a criminal regime run by a foreign power, Cuba,” he told Reuters. “So there is nothing illegal in fighting them.”

The problem with this is that I all the time am talking about nonviolent action, as it has been described by Dr. Gene Sharp (@GeneSharpaei) of the Albert Einstein Institution, while Reuters in their text describe only a minority part of the resistance, the so-called ‘guarimberos’, those who block streets as a form of protest.

When we created Operación Libertad Venezuela (OLV) as a project for liberation of Venezuela from Cuba, the term “resistance” was chosen since it aptly reflects the fact that it is a foreign invasion (albeit implemented through deceit, blackmail, corruption, and assassinations, not through military might).

The nonviolent strategy of struggle was chosen since it was deemed the most likely to yield the desired victory. The strategy is based on undermining the power of the enemy, not confronting him openly. The resistance has won significant victories in these four years, by converting several views which used to be dismissed as “conspiracy theories” into generally accepted “truths”, thus defeating the state propaganda lie:

1. The revelation that Cuba is in a position of control over Venezuela effectively occupying the nation

2. The destruction of the propaganda lie that there is no election fraud in Venezuela

3. The revelation that Venezuela is an electoral dictatorship (i.e., the opposition yields to the fraud rather than fight to claim their victories)

All these are victories by the resistance. The first one in the list was won through a street occupation outside the Cuban embassy in Caracas, after Chávez had died in Cuba but the regime still insisted that he was alive, and forged his name on laws. The occupation forced the regime to stage the “return” of Chávez, and the continued pressure forced them to admit that Chávez was dead, and to hold elections on April 14, 2013.

Through the live election coverage by OLV on April 14th, organized by Ana Diaz (former number two in the Venezuelan election authority CNE, and spokesperson for OLV), the resistance was able to expose the election fraud (point 2 in the list above) and force the opposition candidate Henrique Capriles to not admit defeat (he had admitted defeat in the previous election where there also was fraud). This caused the people to take to the streets en masse, which the regime met with violence.

After 2 days Capriles told people to go home, and that he would fight the battle in court, where he duly lost and with that, let the whole thing run out in the sand.

When the resistance (which is comprised of many groups and individuals, all fighting for the same objective) convened a global day of demanding the truth on June 2, 2013, the opposition coalition MUD surreptitiously sabotaged the action, even though it was made to defend the victory of their candidate.

When a day of protests was convened inside Venezuela September 14 on the 5-month day of the election, called “Día de Furia” (Day of Fury, a name I proposed since it hints to the inevitability of justice), the MUD again sabotaged by sending out SMS messages to all their activists prohibiting them from either participating or forwarding the information about the protest. Albeit this time several persons forwarded the message to OLV, and OLV’s other spokesperson, singer and actress Maria Conchita Alonso, denounced this action proof in hand on a live TV show in Miami, the Bayly show. Myself I confronted a Venezuelan political consultant who said, when I kept insisting on an answer, that “of course they would do that”.

The Venezuelan opposition is clearly playing hand in hand with the dictatorship, which is why the resistance is the only possible road to liberation of the country. Not all in the opposition coalition are on the bandwagon, though; those who are presently in jail are most certainly not. It is not clear to me why those who disagree with the way MUD is run don’t leave MUD and set up camp separately. A friend of mine, political consultant Eric Ekvall (RIP) even suggested to Maria Corina Machado that she ought to leave MUD, but she has not done so. I know what her reply was but I am presuming it was said in confidence so I won’t repeat it, let me just say that I believe she has the best intentions and is effectively part of that broad informal coalition that I consider the “resistance”. And in my personal opinion so are her fellow politicians in MUD Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, both political prisoners at present.

So to sum up, the “resistance” in Venezuela to me is a broad coalition and includes millions of people, but only a tiny minority are openly exposing their participation. This is for self-preservation; the punishment from the state for being a dissenter is very severe. It would take a separate article just to start writing about that, let me just say that the majority of those in the visible core of the resistance have been victims of oppression for over a decade. Also, in the course of writing the Reuters article a number of the resistance members were murdered, but their families later denied that they were in the resistance, because they were threatened to be murdered they too if they said as much (in fact, one of them was murdered shortly before a planned interview with the Reuters reporter for the purpose of this article). The situation in Venezuela is very hard, and the Reuters article does not describe this reality in an unbiased way. Media who operate inside Venezuela (like Reuters) seem to have a very hard time to free themselves from the influence of the regime propaganda, unfortunately.