EspañolA recent video made by General Ángel Vivas, a well-known opposition figure in Venezuela, eliminates any hope that one might still have about democracy returning to Venezuela. Instead, it reveals the profound authoritarian tendencies that have become embedded in our national psyche.
In the video, Vivas calls for citizens to take arms to defend themselves against the “Castro-Communist” invasion suffocating the Venezuelan state. The general fails to take into account the dangers of beginning a civil war in Venezuela, still less the vicious precedent that would be set by a “civil-military” coup.
His proposal is a direct attack on the diversity of political opinion and freedom of Venezuelans. To hear him, it may as well have been Hugo Chávez speaking.
For Vivas, the proof that the Cuban dictatorship has taken complete control over Venezuela is the resolution taken on January 27 that permits the armed forces to use firearms and lethal force against demonstrations.
But what is the general’s solution? “Everyone that has a weapon had better prepare to use it, exercising their right to self-defense, not only for themselves but for their country.” Words like these make me wonder whether Vivas is on the government’s payroll. For what could be better proof of the regime’s long-standing claims of “attacks from the far right” against the government? Vivas’s speech plays right into their hands.