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How sleazy is the Venezuelan opposition? VERY.

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    http://www.sabinabecker.com/2013/02/how-sleazy-is-the-venezuelan-opposition-very.html How sleazy is the Venezuelan opposition?
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      How sleazy is the Venezuelan opposition?
      20, 2013 — Sabina Becker

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      *“No to the Cirque du Soleil — we are bigger clowns!”*

      And if you thought THAT was funny, get a load of the latest shenanigans
      from MariCori:


      Gee, what a load of unconvincing play-acting. Why, then, is she making so
      much money doing

      *A far-right deputy of the Venezuelan national assembly, and leading figure
      in the coup d’état of April 11, 2002, María Corina Machado, pays 130,000
      bolivars a month to Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut (USA), for
      the education of her children, according to Marío Silva, the host of VTV’s
      La Hojilla program.*

      The host called on the assembly to investigate Machado, since a
      parliamentarian doesn’t earn so much money per month.

      “This is serious enough for the National Assembly to investigate. Why does
      Ms. María Corina spend 130,000 bolivars a month on her children’s education
      at Yale?” said Silva, telephone in hand. “Why doesn’t she tell the country
      where the hell she gets 130,000 bolivars a month? That’s the problem,”
      Silva pointed out.

      Silva called Machado “shameless” for speaking of the return of President
      Chávez as a “virtual” return.

      He added that there is a plan, led from abroad, to disqualify President
      Chávez, but assured that “it will cost them dearly.”

      *It is worth pointing out that María Corina Machado was received by US
      president George W. Bush, on May 31, 2005, for a supposed business meeting,
      which in fact gives evidence of the ties between the Venezuelan right and
      the US government.*

      Translation mine.

      Remember how, years ago, the WaHoPo did a really fawning
      MariCori, depicting her as a brave single mother battling all by her widdle
      wonesome against the big, red machine of that evil, evil dictator, Chávez?
      Well, her battling consists mainly of whining on camera to a very soft,
      solicitous interviewer (who, like MariCori, makes way too much money doing
      way too little actual *work*). And considering that the opposition media
      (read: corporate, lamestream, sold-out, FUX Snooze of the South) spend all
      THEIR time whining about how Venezuela is turning into a Cuban hellhole of
      censorship, while their signals remain suspiciously on the air, and their
      presses keep on rolling unimpeded, well…I’d say they deserve each other.
      And they all deserve to be investigated by the National Assembly for
      corruption, because they all get a LOT of *dinero* from

      And speaking of corruptos under

      *Venezuelan authorities announced on Saturday that they will reopen the
      case against opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez in which he is accused of
      diversion of public resources.*

      Lopez, one of the founders of the center-right party Primero Justicia and
      current head of opposition party Voluntad Popular, is accused of having
      received a check for more than BsF. 60,000 (US$ 9,500) from the state oil
      company PDVSA in 1998 when his mother was head of public relations in the

      Government supporters have long seen the case as an example of the type of
      corruption that characterized the Fourth Republic, the political system
      that preceded the Chavez government, in which it is often claimed that
      state resources tended to circulate only among the elite.

      Lopez was prevented from running for public office in 2005 under an
      anti-corruption law due to this same accusation, and he and other leaders
      of Primero Justicia have admitted receiving the money, but claim it was

      Julio Borges, currently the head of Primero Justicia, has long maintained
      that the check was received by the organization in 1998 as part of a
      humanitarian project being carried out in Venezuelan schools and

      *According to Borges, Primero Justicia at the time was not a political
      party, but rather an NGO that received money from different sources such as
      the World Bank and the European Union.*

      “Humanitarian project”? “NGO”? They really ARE a shameless bunch. That
      so-called party has been a political putschist mafia all along. The only
      people ever to see any of that cash were the self-same greedy grubbers who
      took it. ILLEGALLY, of course. Which is why Pretty Boy Leo is under

      And then there are these
      who just make me cry laughing:

      *Twenty-five opposition students who had been protesting in front of the
      Cuban embassy wrapped in symbolic chains for four days, ended their protest
      on Monday after President Hugo Chavez returned to the country from Havana.
      They claimed he returned because of their protest.*

      Central University of Venezuela student Emily Vera told El Carabobeno that
      she appreciated the National Guard and national police protection their
      protest had received. However other private Venezuelan media reported some
      violence on Thursday and seven students briefly detained.

      Also, in an incident on Monday, an older man who criticised the protest was
      verbally abused, part of his pacemaker broken, and he was removed from the
      site of the protest by protesters. The incident was caught on video, and it
      went viral on the internet. The man responded to the protesters saying, “Is
      this your idea of democracy?”

      The key aggressor, later identified from the video as Antonio Peralta, is a
      student at the University of the Andes (ULA), and a member of a group known
      as the “20″. The group regularly organise tire burning road blockades in
      Merida in order to disrupt city life or demand early vacations.

      Another student protestor, Vilca Fernandez, told press the “student
      movement” had shown it was “on the right path” and the “Cuban regime” had
      been defeated because their “intervention [in Venezuela] will no longer be

      “In five days we brought the Cuban government to its knees,” he said. In
      2011 Fernandez, also an ULA student, sewed his mouth up with two stitches
      as part of a hunger strike to protest what he referred to as the
      “dictatorship” of Chavez and claimed that student protests were

      *“We tell the Cubans to go home, we have enough Venezuelans here that are
      able to govern,” said another protestor, Gabriel Velasquez.*

      *Snurk.* Yeah. *Right.* And how much did Uncle Sam pay you to spout that
      crap, kiddies?
      (I don’t expect a straight answer to this one anytime soon.)

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