Women who support the government of Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro took to the streets on Saturday, February 22, to demand an end to the violence that has been sweeping the country as protests continue.
Alright, Globalvoices, since you decided to make yourself an echo of the Venezuelan government’s cardboard-thick propaganda and its many rallies for Peace, Happiness, and All Good Things, let’s remember that these marches are in support, and for the maintenance, of a regime with a colorful history with women. Of which, I want to take an opportunity to educate you in reverse chronological order. With pictures, because clearly you like those.
This was yesterday, in La Isabelica. Gotta hand it to chavismo: they don’t let men have a monopoly on sadism and violence towards women. The fun is for both genders.
Remember when Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado was pucnhed in the face? That was on May 2nd, 2013
Remember when Carabobo Governor for chavismo, Acosta Carles, slut-shamed women by telling them that dressing provocatively causes rape? August, 2007
Maritza Ron is shot and killed by pro-government irregulars for protesting against the government after the Referendum. August 16th, 2004.
Elinor Montes gets thrown to the ground. February 27th, 2004.
Elba de Diamante is thrown to the ground by a national guard in January 17th, 2003.
The point I’m trying to make is:
Do you realize that these rallies are not only hypocritical, in supporting the government system that systematically practices all of the above, but purposefully so? That they are made to clean its face. To appear progressive when it is not. Their spontaneity is dubious, and even if it were, its purpose remains the same. Hence their emphasis on the words peace and justice — chavismo is desperately trying to re-appropriate them, specially after several days of having their mask fall off.
As long as there are media that spread the propaganda of chavismo, there will be Venezuelans who lived this, who have been through this, and remember the truth to humble you for your audacity to support these people.
Did you notice the picture of this “march for peace” where one of the women holds a sign that says “There’s no victory without fighting”? (Sin lucha no hay victoria.)