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The Oxford Dictionary states that hate crimes are those “motivated by hatred or intolerance of one social group over another based on race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality and political position.” About the latter is the one that we refer to in Venezuela when we observe the acts of violence focused on chavismo.

Episodes that since 2002 have been expressed in different ways, but since 2013 have gained special relevance with the call to “unload the arrechera” by Henrique Capriles Radonski, and the subsequent call “La Salida” by Leopoldo López in 2014. Both called Which ended with 8 and 43 dead respectively, including several Chavistas.

Context of incitement to hatred and violence

As it is known, these two calls mentioned above unleashed the hatred inoculated for years in the followers of the opposition against everything that smelled of chavismo. From Comprehensive Diagnostic Centers to primary schools known as Simoncitos were destroyed because they are associated with the policies carried out by Hugo Chavez. Both contexts, in addition, produced that in 2013 the assassination of chavistas by opponents occurred when they celebrated the triumph of Nicholas Maduro. In 2014 this was repeated again through selective assassinations against leaders and middle cadres.
In the middle of the calls, also, they set fire to the headquarters of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and besieged organizations identified with Chavismo. From the Tupamaros to the groups were demonized to the point of legitimizing the placing of guayas at the height of the head in the streets of Venezuela, with the aim of “neutralizing” them during the guarimbas of 2014. Initiative that meant death by beheading Several people, without any type of media or opposition spokesperson condemning this type of violence.

Today in 2017, history repeats itself in exactly the same way with the destruction of public institutions (food centers, maternal children, ambulances, ministries, among others). In addition to obvious calls for the extermination of chavistas under the demonization made again on the collectives.

Murders and assaults: similarities and similarities

Among the most obvious hate crimes is the murder of Almelina Castillo because of a head injury caused by the release of a bottle of frozen water from a building in Candelaria, Caracas. Case more than demonstrative for being an object thrown by opponents of a group of chavistas who walked through the parish, a day after the sociologist Tulio Hernandez called to launch materos to “neutralize” members of the civic-military Zamora plan.

Another of the hate crimes resulting from these unfortunate days is the murder of the young Brayan Principal, outside the urbanization Alí Primera of Barquisimeto, Lara. Its context, together with its alleged perpetrators, also show a clear class trait because it lost its life when its urbanization of the Great Mission Housing Venezuela was besieged by antichavistas neighbors of upper middle class, displeased with that these constructions were constructed near Its urbanizations during the government of Hugo Chavez.

However, these two cases were not the only ones since the recent ambush to a Chavista mobilization in Mérida ended with two deaths from firearms. Again, as in the guarimba, it is said that these two executions were carried out by snipers located in buildings of upper middle class of the city merida, according to the version spread by the governor of the state, Alexis Ramirez.

Lamentable facts that also coincide with the political assassination of the trade unionist Esmin Ramírez and the communal leader Jaqueline Ortega Delgado. Both selective murders that occur in this context of protests recall similar cases such as the executions of Eliécer Otaiza and Deputy Robert Serra in 2014. All directed in recent years against low, middle and high cadres of moral reference and mobilization for Chavismo.

The objective of these hate crimes is political: to frighten and demobilize the power of Chavismo that has its center in the poor neighborhoods and peripheries of the country, precisely where these political referents have been attacked.

Terror and neighbors against neighbors

These outbursts of violence by anti-Chavez, coupled with executions that appear properly planned as the one in Mérida, are part of the same strategy. Whose most immediate antecedent is reflected in the statements of the former Disip Alejandro Vetancourt, recently arrested for planning acts of terrorism against civilians and troops of the FANB.

According to their own statements, the actions were aimed at confronting the population. “Neighbors against neighbors because Venezuela and the Venezuelans work that way.”

Little strange, because a central component of the Non-Conventional Wars, now applied against Venezuela, aims to mobilize the intervention strategy against a country, based on conflicts based on religious, ethnic, national and political divisions. In this way it is possible for the citizens themselves to assume the tercierized task of destroying the state and the political and social consensus of the country, at the cost of even going against their own countrymen.

The psychological campaigns to demonize and dehumanize Chavez’s followers are seen precisely from the perspective of what Yugoslavia, Ukraine and Syria have suffered, among other countries. All societies that ended up yielding to fragmentation and fratricide under cover of sectarian, national and ethnic conflicts, which allowed the emergence of real armed structures, such as those of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, and the Azov Battalion in Ukraine, to cite Some obvious cases.

In Venezuela, this strategy is expressed in this type of outbreak of violence, minority in the country, but with great capacity of damage in lives and material goods.

Without opposition or media spokesmen, they condemn this type of violence to extremes such as that of Deputy Freddy Guevara, who considers the deaths as irreparable losses that are part of his “struggle against the dictatorship.” Pure and hard necropolítica.

Equally demonstrative is that no important means visibilice these crimes of hatred against chavistas. So much silence and omission rather certifies its frontal support. Unlike when it occurs on the other side of the sidewalk, which is still reprehensible, it is propagated and magnified to the extreme.

And this does not escape the class factors that are expressed in the midst of the conflict: the attacks against a Chavista are not sold as well as those received by an individual with a middle-class aesthetic and social profile, endorsed by media audiences Of the great hypercapitalist cities. There where fascism and its propaganda devices assess the value of a life according to social extraction, skin color, degree of education and occupation.

In this sense, it is not surprising that the owners of these media, like many supporters of opposition, consider Chavismo as a disease or people who are below them, their European abolengos, businesses and businesses to inherit, consumer preferences, University degrees and trips abroad, therefore perfectly sacrificable for their interests.

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In his latest analysis of the Venezuelan political conflict, the owner of the market intelligence and decision-making firm Datanálisis, Luis Vicente León, referred to the scenarios that in his opinion are being drawn as events progress and confrontation Stimulated by the leadership of the Venezuelan opposition.

With the title “What can happen now?”, The owner of the polling firm comments that the political upheaval will intensify and that the international community (understood as the US State Department and its regional allies) “will be attentive and active on What happens in Venezuela, which increases the cost of repression, with the risks of current or potential sanctions. “

Leon in turn affirms that an alternative government “would be in serious problems of economic and political stability” product of the confrontation generated to force that political change, suggesting that it would not be by the political and constitutional route.

Likewise, the Venezuelan opposition, according to the analyst, lacks strong bargaining power to drive back Chávez and a valid interlocutor who internally takes on the political costs of sitting down with the national government to seek alternatives to the current political conflict.

In this sense, Luis Vicente Leon warns of a dangerous scenario, an alternative route that MUD could seek to continue its path of internal conflict and siege against Venezuelan institutions. According to Leon, not to achieve a political change in the immediate (accusing the State of maintaining public order of its impossibility) could lead the country to “the formation of paramilitary groups and guerrillas that become part of the daily life of the Country, but with the government maintaining power. “

They would probably link the agenda of the political coup to the use of a budding paramilitary apparatus

In this sense, Luis Vicente León warns that anti-Chavism could apply this route to the inability to force a change of government by the fast track.

However, this hypothetical scenario is also marking its own antecedents and traits of reality.

The vandalism in El Valle last week (part of those involved according to the authorities were requested for crimes of homicide and robbery), the guarimbas in San Martin a couple of days ago and the murders of officials of the government of Mérida, a worker of Cantv in Barinitas and a young man in El Tocuyo (Minister Reverol reported on the seizure of heavy weapons and people linked to irregularities in the Merida entity), could be revealing the link between paramilitary cells in the process of activation (camouflaged as “common hampa “), Especially in areas close to Colombia and some peripheral corridors in the north of the country, and the demonstrations called by the MUD.

In addition to the allegation of “El Jeferson” (Richard Blanco’s escort), he revealed that the plan for the April 19 march consisted in hiring paramilitary groups, posing them as “chavista groups,” and then generating violence And deaths in the demonstration blame the Venezuelan government (as happened with the lamentable murder of Paola Ramírez, at the hands of a militant of the opposition party Vente Venezuela), within the framework of an aggressive international campaign (captained by the US State Department) To link the State with crimes against humanity and practices of State terrorism.

A similar file which incidentally in the recent past has worked very well to advance its direct and indirect interventions against sovereign countries such as Libya and Syria.

Elements that hand in hand with the scenario projected by Luis Vicente Leon would probably link the agenda of the political coup to the use of a fledgling paramilitary apparatus, with the purpose of elevating the political confrontation against the security forces of the State and Chavismo to a Degree of violence and chaos.