Terrified, Hugo Chavez threatens mass slaughter

President Hugo Chavez, terrified, has threatened on national television to unleash a bloody pogrom against his political opponents and anyone who opposes him, meaning over half of the civilian population.

These are his precise words:

“I warn, make no mistake, that the response that I would command would be radical at the hour that these sectors manage to or continue machine gunning guards, sending youths to throw rocks at garrisons, calling for rebellion openly…keep going as you are, and you will see… I come almost from the grave, almost from death (after the coup of 2002) due to weakness and I saw dead persons here in front due to the weakness of a goverbment that I was leading, that will not happen again… If they continue along this path they will force me to make radical decisions.”

For at least the fifth time since the start of 2010, Chavez also called on his political opponents to organize another presidential recall referendum.

Yesterday, President Chavez said the political opposition “…still have the idea of killing me.”

Then he said, “If they start an offensive of hard violence that should obligate us to hard action…something I do not recommend… our response would sweep them away.” If the “oligarchy’s plans to assassinate me are successful, there will be a frightful reaction against the East of Caracas. “If you get desperate, it will be a thousand times worse for you,” Chavez said.

Since the past weekend, different regime thugs including Diosdado Cabello and Jose Vicente Rangel (JVR) have made similar threats of mass slaughter against the middle class of Caracas.

Writing under the pseudonym “Marciano” in the pro-regime tabloid “Vea,” JVR says “estamos llegando al llegadero,” which translated to English means roughly, “we’re coming to a reckoning.”

The situation in Venezuela has become a “question of life and death,” he adds.

Marciano writes, “…the other face of the coin is death. This is what would happen in Venezuela if that opposition rotted by hatred should reach power. It already demonstrated this in the short-lived stage of Chavez’s ouster when the fascist pack launched itself against the chavistas do finish them off. If Chavez were to be toppled, blood would flood the streets of Venezuela’s cities. It is no small thing this chronicler is saying, but lamentably this is what would happen. Let no chavista be fooled and let no one think of peaceful transitions. Life or death.”

Diosdado Cabello, referring to recent popular protests against Chavez at the Venezuelan baseball championship games at Central University’s stadium in Caracas, asked menacingly, “¿What will happen if those who accompany the revolution go to the stadium and start a war? This is what they are provoking.”

A few words in the president’s rant today caught our attention: “…continue machine gunning guards…”

No guards have been machine gunned in the street battles which have erupted countrywide, since RCTV Internacional was shut down on 23 January, between unarmed student protesters and heavily armed National Guard and Metropolitan/National Police thugs.

So, what was Chavez referring to? Or was Chavez exaggerating and lying, as he is wont to do?

Caracas Gringo’s sources within the armed forces report that there was an aborted uprising less than two weeks ago. Reports that at least three generals are under arrest are true. In fact, the number of detained army officers is reported to be much larger than the regime has let on. The sources also say at least that one officer – an army lieutenant colonel – was killed.

Moreover, the abrupt resignation of Vice President/Defense Minister Ramon Carrizalez is believed to be linked to the alleged aborted revolt within the army. It’s not clear what, if any, role Carrizalez might have played in the alleged revolt. But the “correo popular” inside the army reports that Carrizalez believes Cabello is gunning for his head and was trying to set up Carrizalez.

Cabello, Rangel. These are the president’s most dangerous enemies. Rangel, who like the cockroach survives everything, is the link between the old Fourth Republic financial sector bottom-feeders and the Bolivarian Fifth Republic’s rats. Cabello reportedly has more influence in the army than Chavez. Both men recently may have lost hundreds of millions of dollars in wealth when Chavez intervened the Bolibourgeois banks this blog has written about since 3 August 2009 (remember Ricardo Fernandez Barrueco?).

It is odd that Cabello and Rangel – after Chavez – should be uttering the darkest threats of bloodshed, mass slaughter and war against the regime’s political opponents, and against anyone who doesn’t support Chavez, considering that the chief plotters against Chavez are, precisely, Cabello and Rangel.

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13 Responses to Terrified, Hugo Chavez threatens mass slaughter

  1. Hugo Groening says:

    Caracas Gringo says:

    “Reports that at least three generals are under arrest are true. In fact, the number of detained army officers is reported to be much larger than the regime has let on. The sources also say at least that one officer – an army lieutenant colonel – was killed.”

    My question:

    What has been, if any, the role of the alleged cuban officers issue with the armed forces, in this affair?

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  2. revbob22 says:

    To add to Mr. Groening question:

    Are the high ranking officers part of the Godgiven Hair team?

    If not, whose side, if any, are/were they on?

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  3. CuervoBlanco says:

    As long as they kill themselves while trying to eat eachother, I doesnt bother me at all. As far as I am concerned, I would wipe clean all of the armed forces, disband them, erase everything and build them from scratch. Its worthless.

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    • Hugo Groening says:

      I think that there is no other reasonable option. Must prevent militarism -so ingrained in Venezuela’s psyche-, from rearing its ugly face.

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  4. concerned says:

    The only invasion of Venezuela lives in Hugo’s fantasies. There are no neighboring countries will ill wishes for Venezuela, and defense against a superpower is not reasonably possible. Fighter jets, submarines…Why? They are expensive, hard to maintain, and serve no purpose for Venezuela. A surface navy, airforce transport planes and helicopters are more practicle and would serve Venezuela in restricting drug trafficking and national emergencies from natural disasters. Anything else is only feeding the ego of Hugo and a waste of money.

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  5. Knight says:

    A couple of months ago I left a comment regarding Hugo resorting to mass slaughter to maintain his ever diminishing power; it was dismissed by a reply as “not feasible”.

    Well, I don’t have a crystal ball but Hugo has resorted to murder before and he will not hesitate to do it again in a grander scale.

    Is there any doubt in anyone’s mind that this guy is insane?

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    • Hugo Groening says:

      His own people might then resort to getting rid of him. They know that if they obey, they will be liable for any crimes committed under his orders. For this reason, I don’t believe that the army would shoot against the people. For me, at least, the probable scenario would be more the unleashing of his paramilitary forces against his enemies and the creation of an environment of terror. They’re very radical and would certainly be willing to assume the task. They’d play similar roles to Hitler’s SA (Sturm Abteilung), for Chávez regime. Their success, however, would be open to question. Other chavista sectors might then react against him, in an effort to guarantee their own survival and political future, given that Chavez’s model is not viable and the country is in a shambles.

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      • CuervoBlanco says:

        The thing with chavistas is that they are very dangerous wild naimals when threatened. Carapaica, Piedrita and all that paramilitrary scumis top-one priority risk because they do what they want, they are armed and they dont have fear touse their weapons. Sadly there is no feasible way right now to clean them up but they should be, in a future, systematically wiped off the face of Venezuela. Shoot first, ask later.

        When the moment of the dirty job comes,the first dogs that Esteban will unleash would be all that crap.

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  6. vivalargo says:

    We all know (as Caracas Gringo has repeatedly pointed out) that Chavez loves to rattle his sabre, but soon as genuine peril is “in his grill,” so to speak, he runs. But it is natural enough to try to predict the degree of militarization we will likely see as the public sector unravels – that is, in the hopes of retaining power, just how violent will the Chavez government become as the natives start to get restless.

    First, visions of the country sufereing a kind of scorched earth routing by security forces is improbable. Cuba basically melted down forty years ago and yet they continue to grope along in fits and starts. Venezuela can do the same, providing basic services remain on line, even to somewat reduced capacities.

    Second, when we ask: How far will Chavez go, we assume the fealty of all security forces to presidential decress and fiats and calls to arms. A culture of extreme violence is at hand, to be sure, vouchsafed by the countries astronomical murder rate. But will the Army, Navy, Air Force, Policia, La Guardia, et al, all act in concert to squash the populace? That’s seems highly doubtful, to say nothing of requiring a discipline, degree of coordination and centralized planning that is not typically seen here in Venezuela.

    More likely, the leaders of the various security forces will act as quasi war lords, and the country could backslide into feudal chaos.

    But this is all speculation that assumes the counties basic services will continue functioning. But if access to water and electricity both get significalntly rolled back, the question of militarization becomes largely moot because now the principal dynamic shifts from a power struggle to plain, physical survival.

    The energy situatin here in Venezuela is a much more pressing and urgent crisis-in-the-making than most people realize. In fact, the issue of electricity, or the pending lack of it, far outpaces the political arena in terms of its immediate ability to bring the country to its knees.

    If you have any doubts, check in Caracas Gringos archives from a few months back:

    https://caracasgringo.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/a-black-swan-called-guri/

    I have a neighbor who has worked for Cadafe his entire adult life. He could not be clearer about one important point (echoed repeatedly, throughout the country): Concurrent with Chavez taking over the government and bringing crucial national services under his aegis, scheduled matainance in virtually every industry either was largely scaled back or in some cases, was suspended altogether. The real clencher is, according to my engineering friend, that you can skip maintaining things for only so long before you pass a point of no return, meaning the situation can no longer be remedied no matter how much triage is done. Look at the revolving nightmare with the turbines mentioned in CG’s Black Swan article.

    Anyway, people in the known (energy professionals) tell me that much of Venezuel’s energy infrastructure is at the tipping point – from the power grid to the majority of thermo plants to the refineries and on and on. The energy situation here is presently so precarious that it would only take one of the major facilities to tank for the entire power grid to basically go off line.

    More later.

    Juancho

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    • Gringo says:

      In support of your point about lack of maintenance: I know an engineering consultant who makes periodic inspection trips to Venezuela. Years ago he first remarked on the lack of maintenance.

      Of course, the photos of Planta Centro are sufficient evidence of lack of maintenance. A picture is worth a thousand words.

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  7. Roy says:

    OK, let’s play “What if…”

    Suppose that a combination of a wave of popular rebellion aided by apathy and disorganization within the military resulted in forcing Chavez and his comrades to flee the country. What then?

    There is still approximately 20% of the population that believe in Chavez and his “project” and are primed to riot, loot, and burn if he were to be taken down. That is around five million people, for the sake of round numbers. Of that number, we can consider that at least one in five is male, of fighting age, and armed. Many of these are no strangers to violence and can count amongst their numbers the majority of the habitual perpetrators of violent crime in Venezuela. Chavez’s statements regarding the reaction of his followers to his defeat are not idle threats. If they were, he would probably have been taken out in a coup before now.

    It is my guess that the military would require at least two weeks to restore order in the country after a spasm of violence and looting that would make the Caracazo look like a walk in the park. And it may be that even before the military could begin operating effectively, they would need to fight it out amongst each other to determine a new chain of command. That could take a week or more. So, all in all, I would say that the country would have to survive somewhere between two weeks to a month of anarchy and pure hell. At the end of this, it seems unlikely that the industrial infrastructure to produce and export petroleum would have survived intact.

    So, I ask, “Then what?”

    I don’t want to discourage anyone. But, you HAVE to consider the end game.

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    • CuervoBlanco says:

      I dont know, but I personally stocked myself with ammunition, food and personal means of defense and subsistence for me and my family.

      It would be very, very ugly but thats right, the following chaos of “Venezuelan without Esteban” would make, as you said, Caracazo a walk in the park.

      And as m_astera said, maybe those US Troops would find something to do.

      Nowadays, we need to be prepared.

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  8. m_astera says:

    Responding to Roy’s comment, I keep a month’s supply of food and at least a week’s supply of water on hand always.

    If things really turned chaotic I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the 11,000 US troops currently doing nothing on Haiti found something to do.

    Medium and long term, the loss of the oil money might be the best thing that could happen to Venezuela; it would force people to actually do something such as make things and grow food.

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