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2004: the year Venezuela’s democracy died

By Aleksander Boyd

London 22.12.04 | Many words have been uttered by Fidelito –a.k.a. Hugo Chavez- however his deeds have taken Venezuela off the democratic path. It is pointless to argue that a revived opposition, able to beat the neofascist dictator, will emerge in the coming years for one simple reason: Fidelito doesn’t play democratically but rather dictatorially. At that game no one in the opposition can outdo him. A referendum for congressmen is on the way, and we can be as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow that they will indeed be recalled. 2005 will also bring fresh elections for Congressmen which, under the sage tutelage of Jorge Rodriguez at the helm of the National Electoral Council, shall provide Fidelito with an absolute majority in the National Assembly.

With the judiciary, the legislative, the army, PDVSA, the Central Bank and 20 out of the 23 governorships of the country under the absolute control of Hugo Chavez, he is poised to eradicate political opposition and dissent in any of its forms. The new Gag Law will take good care of the media; equally the new Penal Code will do so with NGOs, politicos, regular citizens and anyone crazed enough to manifest antipathy for the current regime.

The time for subterraneous political movements in Venezuela has arrived, and such sad and awkward situation can only be attributed to the megalomanic deliriums of one man.

2004 will be remembered by many as the year when Venezuelan democracy died at the hands of a failed and mentally unstable coupster.



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