War in Venezuela January 23

I do not know whether all of you are aware of what is really happening in
Venezuela. For your information, many dissident army officers opposed to the
Chavez regime are weary about this upcoming Thursday, January 23rd.

The regime is secretly calling on all poverty-stricken inhabitants of
Caracas who live in the mountains that surround the valley that carries the
same name to “come down of the hills” to protest on January 23rd, sack
stores and businesses, burn the homes of the city’s middle class, and kill.

The FAN (Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales, or the National Armed Forces) have been
given instructions not to act to prevent the riots. That means that
regardless of who gets killed, or whose homes get burned, the FAN will act
only as by-standers. Consequently, they will be called in “to restore
order”. This political tactic will allow the Chavez regime to impose a state
of emergency, giving the president supreme powers. As a result, he will have
no further obstacles in bringing his long awaited communist revolution to an
ultimate start.

The following are the steps that so far have been, and otherwise will be
taken on Thursday to launch a civil war environment in the capital:

1. Senior members of the regime’s revolutionary group (possibly the brains
behind the government’s revolutionary tactics) have already been given
refuge in the hotels adjacent to the presidential palace, all expenses paid,
to plan the details pertinent to the horrific actions anticipated for
January 23rd and the following transitional days.
2. According to the government, all civil servants have the obligation to
take part in the January 23rd protests.
3. The state-owned television station (Canal 8) has aired programs with
clues asking the likely participants of the protests to bring weapons with
them. There have been such slogans as “there’s fire… the 23rd”. (One of
the poorest neighborhoods–or ghettos–in Caracas carries the name of “23 de
Enero”. Dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez was deposed from power on January
23rd, 1958, and the neighborhood’s name honors that date.)
4. As well, dissident army officers speak of the involvement of the FARC (a
Colombian leftist guerrilla group) and Chavez’ Bolivarian Circles (a group
of paramilitaries that protect the president’s life) in the creation of
chaos and fear during the protests.

Protesters will thus:
1. Take over, or destroy, all means of communication in Caracas, the heart
of Venezuela’s political life.
2. Engage in arbitrary riots, sack homes and businesses.
3. Assassinate reporters and journalists in their homes, and other citizens
in the streets.

This will result in the following:
1. Confusion, uncertainty and stress to the population.
2. Most citizens will stay in their homes, fearing death; which means they
will have been stripped of their freedom of movement, speech, and so on.

The regime’s purpose:
Chavez will authorize the involvement of the National Armed Forces in
matters of civil unrest to restore order. Having pronounced a state of
emergency, and with the state’s political power shared between the president
and army loyalists, Venezuela will become a dictatorship. Many
democracy-loving citizens will lose their lives. And if a communist regime
follows, what millions of people have worked so hard for will be lost to a
group of terrorists. I call them that because they cannot deliver their
thoughts peacefully, that is, with words. They use fear and death to make
their point.

As a Venezuelan citizen, I authorize the international community to take
action. As our de-facto world government, I authorize the United Nations to
prevent that Venezuela become a communist dictatorship, but not because I do
not believe in communism (although I definitely oppose it) but because it
will have been imposed on a population illegally. I take complete and
immediate responsibility for this authorization.

Please, if you have five minutes today, pray for the Venezuelan people.

Philipp Raecke Baro
Political Science

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