9/22/2017

We are Catalans

Translated from a Wasap thats going around:

We are the other Catalans: those who when we go to demonstrations behave as civilized people, who never put any flag on the balcony, we are quiet, tolerant, hardworking, peaceful, discreet and friends of our friends; we want to have health, love and work, like everyone else; we believe in family and personal effort and not in donation and subsidy to get things; we love peace and freedom. We abhor corruption, violence, abuse of power, manipulation and lies.


We are bilingual without complexes; we do zapping without problems for all the options and the film that we saw yesterday we no longer remember in which language we heard it (Catalan or Spanish).

We like sports and we also encourage Nadal, Ferrer, Lorenzo, Alonso, Barça, Spanish and the National Team, and it does not matter if the goal is scored by a Catalan or a Manchego when we compete for the European Cup or the World Cup. And out of respect we do not whistle the hymn of Spain or any other.

We are fed up with "procès" and politics in general with so much lies. We vote for the least bad or discarded candidates.

We hate those who foment phobias between territories, whatever their color, from here or elsewhere, to win four votes, keep the armchair and keep taking shares from everyone's account.

We do not believe that independence is the solution to all our problems: we are not so naive; we consider that confrontational politics and its leaders are precisely part of the problem.

Why is everything so uptight? Should not they all have to work to get us out of this crisis, to stop stories and not to confront each other? I think that many think so, but we are not seen or heard: we are the Others. And although they know that,  they are ignoring us for not thinking like them.

After the failure of the October 1 referendum there will be new regional elections. Inform everyone that we are part of the Others, tell your acquaintances, tell the undecided ones, those who think that this is not their concern, that depending on our vote in the future regional elections, Catalonia's fate hangs on the balance, that vote will decide if it remains the fiefdom of a few who base their discourse on hatred of the other peoples of Spain, the extremists who are indoctrinating our children in schools and spreading propaganda and lies in the autonomous TV channels and other means which they purchased with our tax money. Let us demand that the constitutionalists be above the interests of their parties and stop using public funds to peddle their hatred and supremacism. 

We will demonstrate to those who lead the process that we are Catalans and Spaniards. Let's show them that we have not believed the vile lie that "Espanya ens steals" when the only ones who have been robbing us are they, the ruling Mafia which steals our resources, our money, our pride and our dignity. We will tell them and the world that it is enough of signs of hatred, intransigencies and threats of sanctions for those who do not collaborate or think like them. We will stop this adventure that has only brought us and bring more economic and intellectual poverty and more crisis despite the promise of paradise.

Because we love Catalunya, because we love Spain, because we want to remain European, viva Catalunya!

8/13/2017

Beatriz arrived in Chile

Beatriz, a Venezuelan lawyer, and her son reached Chile yesterday at 4:30 am, made it through Chilean immigration ok. She was robbed by Venezuelan border guards on her way out, but she managed to get away with $1000 she had put in a very secret place (I had told her she was likely to be robbed, to keep a believable amount of money in her purse, and hide everything else). 

She says the  border guards were very happy to see she had USA dollars they could steal, and since she kept quiet they didn't search her bag thoroughly, so she managed to arrive in Chile with her diplomas, birth certificates, reference letters, and other documents which will help her get a visa. Chile is being very kind with Venezuelan refugees, so there's a huge flow by road and air. 

Beatriz says it's very cold in Santiago, so she was going to buy two air mattresses and two blankets. She has friends who took her in, but they don't have the furniture or beds for her to use. I suggested she also buy warm clothing, and go to the market, buy vegetables and chicken to make soup, because she has to keep herself and her son warm. Getting sick at this point in time would be a serious blow because she's there on a tourist visa, and has no right to public health care services.  

Based on the number of Venezuelans who went to the opposition sponsored consultation on July 16th, there are 2 million Venezuelans abroad, and roughly 50 thousand per month are leaving. This exodus doesn't seem to get much coverage.  

7/15/2017

Beating and arrest of autistic man in Venezuela

This video shows Maduro's national police (PNB), beating an autistic man in Lecherias, Venezuela. The man's name is Gianni Scovino, he's badly hurt, under arrest. If I get additional information I'll write updates below. If you don't like violence, don't watch it.


Update: Scovino is still under arrest, I have confirmation the video is real, it is included in articles in several reputable newspapers.

6/29/2017

What's going on in Venezuela today?

Protests and deaths continue, nations complain, say "if Maduro violates the law" and look the other way. I get the impression Venezuelans are about to get dumped into the same trash bin as Cubans have been. The refugee flow is already being blocked, and other nations are starting to treat Venezuelans who flee regime abuses, hunger and misery, as if they were lepers.

 Maduro has already violated the constitution numerous times. Regime abuses range from murder to taking civilians to military tribunals, to kidnapping and torture. They deny food to regime opponents, have the police enter homes, abuse the people inside, and rob them. 

Maduro follows advice and gets lots
 of help from the Castro Mafia 

In legal terms, it is said "Maduro broke the constitutional thread". This has been declared by the National Assembly, the State Prosecutor Luisa Ortega, and numerous international bodies. 

Anybody with a lick of common sense knows Maduro and his top kingpins are guilty of crimes against humanity and deserve to be fed to a wood chipper. Two days ago Maduro stated what he could not get by votes he would get by waging war. Given that he is backed by less than 20 % of the population, this speech amounted to his personal declaration of war against the Venezuelan people.

I believe he's heading for a cliff, trying to hold an illegal "election" to select members of a constitutional assembly which he set up defining the rules and objectives, while violating the existing 1999 constitution. 

Today marks 90 days of continuous nation wide protests

Once he gets his spurious assembly seated the breach will be undeniable, and this will give other nations the ability to declare they do not recognize Maduro, to freeze all Venezuelan regime bank accounts, close the borders, and confiscate all oil exports. The legal authority will be given by the National Assembly, if they are brave and willing to risk Maduro's wrath. 

The world should also note that Maduro is bring advised and guided by the Castro dictatorship, which has a keen interest in having Venezuela ruled by a dictator like Maduro. In other words, the Castro cancer is actively spreading, and it will continue to do so until it is destroyed. 

But I have serious doubts anything will be done by other nations. They won't even bother to tell their populations the truth about what's going on. And they'll continue to issue visas and allow dictatorship bigwigs to open bank accounts with stolen money and cash they get from the cocaine trade. It's nauseating.