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Venezuela elections: Empty shelves and a skyscraper squat

By Wyre Davies
BBC News

Venezuelans go to the polls in local and regional elections on 8 December that are being widely seen as a referendum on the six-month presidency of Nicolas Maduro. Opponents accuse him of leading the country to economic ruin, but he insists his reforms are essential and popular.

Caracas is not the most welcoming of cities. Like many Latin American conurbations it has grown haphazardly and traffic is a nightmare. Crime is rife and the Venezuelan capital has the reputation of being regarded as one of the most violent cities in the region.

In more ways than one these are difficult days in Venezuela as the government and the opposition accuse each other of trying to systematically undermine the country's economy.

It is quite common these days to see queues outside shops where there has been a fresh delivery of milk or toilet paper - basic goods that many Venezuelans no longer take for granted.

The left-wing popularist government tries to offset the notion of a crisis by running heavily discounted food and produce markets - counteracting, it says, the actions of profit-hungry private companies.

At one such so-called Christmas market in Caracas we met Robert Serra, a pro-government member of the Venezuelan parliament and a fervent "revolutionary Chavista".

"The economic classes, those on the right, have been slowly increasing their attacks on the people," he says, as a long queue of shoppers waits patiently in the Caracas heat.

"They're trying every way they can to generate an economic war in the country," he adds.

Chavez legacy

Nicolas Maduro has been president for six months.

Like many populist leaders he likes to talk. His rambling speeches often go on for hours, usually with the same theme; the evils of neo-imperialism, the plunder of this country by private business and speculators and his grand plan for a socialist revolution in Venezuela.

It is more than just rhetoric.

Two weeks ago, President Maduro ordered a chain of electronic stores called Daka to slash their prices, accusing it of defrauding ordinary people.

The allegation was that businesses were taking advantage of the huge discrepancy between the official, controlled rate for US dollars and what it is possible to get on the black market.

The ensuing rush for cut-price TVs made some happy and the government warned it would extend the policy to other sectors. But at Daka the shelves are now empty and it is difficult to see what such policies do for business confidence.

The architect of these programmes was, of course, Hugo Chavez. El Comandante is revered by many poor Venezuelans. His image looks down from buildings across the capital often alongside that of Simon Bolivar - the great anti-colonialist "Liberator" - and Jesus Christ.

'Torre David'
Chavez died after a long battle against cancer at the start of the year and however much Nicolas Maduro tries to evoke his memory in his own speeches he does not have his predecessor's charisma or ability to push through the divisive and controversial economic polices.

Critics say Venezuela is now becoming ungovernable. One stark example is the Tower of David.

This oil-rich country once had plans to build Wall Street in the heart of Caracas.

But in 2007, homeless squatters invaded an unfinished financial centre and more than 1,000 families now live in the Tower of David.

The residents pay a basic form of rent to keep the building running.

There are shops and a moto-taxi service to take people up to the top of the huge skyscraper.

The residents of "Torre David" live beyond Venezuelan society and beyond the reach of the law. (In the past the community was said to be a haven for drugs dealers and former criminals.)

There are also plans for a school here although, for now, the children who live among the precarious heights make their way each day down the open, unfinished concrete staircases to local schools outside the complex.

Among the residents is Wilmer Angel. He runs a small business, making metal moulds, from the room in which he lives with his wife and four children.

Wilmer's outlook is positive and he is certainly not looking to anyone else for help.

"No government has ever done anything for us," he tells me with an ironic laugh. "Yes, I'm a Chavista because at least under that government no-one stopped us taking over this place, but what we've got here we built for ourselves."

Endemic corruption

With official inflation figures running at around 50% (unofficially it is probably much higher) the opposition accuses President Maduro of leading Venezuela to the abyss and of fomenting a Zimbabwean-style class war in South America.

At a rally in downtown Caracas to protest against the president's assumption of extra powers in Congress, demonstrators scoffed at Mr Maduro's explanation that all this was being done to tackle corruption.

Corruption is endemic here and almost everyone admits to having paid a bribe to a policeman or public official at some point.

Among those attending the moderately sized rally was Henrique Capriles. He is the regional governor who ran Mr Maduro very close in this year's presidential vote and is still the main figure in the opposition movement.

Mr Capriles lamented the confrontational nature of the president's polices and the fact the opposition is now virtually excluded from political debate after Mr Maduro was granted the ability to govern by decree.

"Venezuela is heading in the wrong direction and I think we will pay a huge price for that," says Mr Capriles. "No-one is coming up with any ideas to address the economic crisis."

Nicolas Maduro says he is governing for all Venezuelans and for the national good, but as each day progresses the country feels even more divided.

The creation of a much derided sub-Ministry for Social Happiness might or might not improve the president's standing but he knows next week's local and regional vote will be a real test of his plans for the future of this country.

BBC News once again viciously attacks Venezuela with blatant lies and bias.

Not that it is strange for a media that does open publicity to cop killing games while speaking about money... Or a media that promotes nude Disney artists and profits a lot from crimes all over the world... The smile of a SNAKE, the oppression and abuse to my country.

First, the lack of any means for us to reply back is an abuse and an attack to the dignity of the Venezuelan people, not that BBC News knows what dignity is of course, and even less what it is useful for.

Let me set some things clear:

1) There is no such situation in which the Government and the opposition accuse each other of trying to systematically undermine Venezuela's economy.

In fact if you have noticed Great Britain does not allow the use of the word "Opposition" in it's internal politics and they do not use that word to avoid conflicts. The word "Opposition" is used mainly by the media tyrany of corruption and greed to cause extreme division in my country. Mainly Efe and AFP use that term, BBC News uses that term even if it knows it does not use it in Great Britain for internal politics.

Right now the real situation is that the country is finding out that there has been great profits in the private sector that surpass any possible excuse, with some companies having up to 6,500% and 7,000% profit. This implementation, for the first time in Venezuela's history of price control is causing massive shocks in Venezuelan Politics right now and the M.U.D. (What BBC News calls Opposition) is mostly silent and avoiding the topic altogether.

2) About the need for basic goods, Venezuela is a country where basic things are extremely cheap.

We are a country that consumes far more than is normal, even the poor get access to meat and other goods that you would find a lot more expensive in other countries. The food and basic goods are purchased in huge quantities by the government but like I said the main problem is the excessive demand of cheap products.

In Venezuela for example mineral water is less expensive that gasoline. With a minimum salary it is possible to buy a truck full of rice... Prices are ridiculously low but it allows the poor people to purchase goods. There is no such crisis anyway, people do queues many times not because the private sector does not have the products, but because the prices are sometimes a lot lower than the prices you would find in a supermarket.

For example suppose they put a "popular market" in the city of London, with discounts of up to 20% less than what you would find on the Supermarkets... Be sure that no matter how much of that product is available on stores it will get long queues, specially if it is located at places where there are lots of poor people.

BBC even admits that the cause of the queues is influenced by the "heavily discounted food" and then makes it seem that the people are suffering under the heat of Caracas... What heat of Caracas? Caracas is a city located between 879 and 1.049 meters above sea level and it is November... That is ridiculous.

3) Maduro as a populist leader.

Maduro is not a populist leader. Maduro is a grassroots Democracy leader who does real actions to fix the country, it's not just populism and rhetoric. One of the real actions that Chavez did not do is check into the profits of the Private companies and see that their profit margin was extremely high, so high that it broke the law and there were many private companies that received the dollar at the official price and sold with grotesque profits.

Fight against corruption is real too, I have seen many corrupt people taken to court, more than I have even seen before. I have seen people being arrested for usury, I have seen the talk against corruption and the actions against it at a higher level than any other time in Venezuela's history.

Both the M.U.D. and Maduro are being dragged into a search for grassroots democracy. It is not populism, it is deep democracy what marks Venezuelan politics now as the political leaders try to stay in touch with the people and make democracy convincing. It has been to such an extent that even Capriles of the M.U.D. has called himself a socialist as well and the main Political party of the M.U.D., which is "Accion Democratica" is part of the "International Socialist" organization.

4) Speculators.

Venezuela for the first time in it's history is taking strong measures against speculators and defining a profit margin of 30% because in Venezuela, like I said, profit margins were up to 7000% even on small things like lamps and musical instruments for the middle class.

The Venezuelan media is flooded in part with horrible reports of speculation in a country that is controlling speculation for the first time in it's history so you can imagine the amount of speculation present...

Many of the worst offenders with speculation have offices and stores in Miami and make a business that sells to a business with the same owner in order to increase prices. Monopolies and agreements on price fixing are also common. This is the first time it is being taken seriously.

5) Daka.

Daka is just one of the very many examples on a country that is controlling speculation for the first time.

Daka is being replenished at this moment, the government has quite some time saying it would replenish it. The boats with the merchandise are already on their way last I saw the news.

Hugo Chavez has nothing to do with Daka or the fight against speculation that is happening now.

6) The Tower of David.

BBC News does a lame, cheap attack on Venezuela with some imaginary, not named critics (which is an ethical fault by the way) who supposedly claim that Venezuela is becoming ungovernable which is totally the OPPOSITE of what is really happening.

When you see a country that starts to take real actions against corruption, making laws about digital transparency of government, taking people to court for corruption and controlling speculative profit margins and taking the speculators to court for the first time then you know the government is gaining in strength thus becoming more governable than ever before.

Venezuela is today more governable that it ever as under Chavez.

I want to make something clear, the whole Tower of David thing is a show by outsiders, we Venezuelan's don't give a damn about it, it is the British and the United States that are making a show with it, literally, even taking it to the small screen in popular movies in Great Britain and in the United States. So much fuss for something we Venezuelan's do not even care about.

Venezuela is a country where the Government offers free houses to the poor that are affected by poverty and the destruction of their homes by nature, which is a brutal contrast with the United States and Great Britain where a homeless has no chance of getting a free home at all. There are hundreds of people in queue for homes that the government must build, the last we need to worry about are the people in the Tower of David, at least they have a roof, we have to worry about hundreds that were offered homes and are waiting for them.

If the Tower of David is lawless or if it is not, that is not up to a journalist to decide, even less if that journalists did not even ask police at all...

It says that Venezuela had plans of building a huge casino at the heart of Caracas... Well we never had that plan. Some business man build that thing and went broke as Venezuela's economy fell. The building was left abandoned for more than a year and the government did not want any part on it, so it allowed people to take it and that is all the truth to that building.

7) Official inflation.

If you have a country that does not or did not control speculation then you can imagine that inflation does get high, all it wants in fact, all the private business want because there was no control so people could have any profit margin they wanted always tending to be ever more expensive.

There is no class war when law is being implemented to work. When taxes and internal revenue start to work, when speculation is being put under control and when corruption is starting to be seriously confronted. The most significant step in that sense was the new Law of InfoGovernment that will cause important changes in the near future for Venezuela.

8) Security.

Henrique Capriles is not the kind of man you would call "corruption free", his long list of corruption acts can scare just about any honest person on the planet. Sadly his extreme corruption is deep into politics because of the support of criminal and corrupt media. No one in Venezuela, not even his most enthusiast followers that are well informed can say that Capriles is not extremely corrupt, as to what I know he has NEVER given public account to the people of a single Bolivar that he has administered, first as a Mayor and then as a Governor.

The political debate has to be transparency and accountability and it is not necessary for the good examples to scream at the National Assembly and make a circus of accusations and fights that only make it worse for the delicate security of Venezuela.

The BBC is always in favor of Capriles, in a brutal bias even if he is extremely corrupt. In fact if a man like Capriles did only 5% of the corruption he has done in Venezuela but on Great Britain, just 5% he would be in jail in London... IN JAIL!

But what could the BBC possibly care about ethics and the rule of Law if it openly does free publicity to a game about killing innocent people and policemen and also trying to make the most profit possible from the death of a baby passing the news three times (Even more than a Blast that kills 30 in Iraq)?

If the laws against corruption had the same criteria all over the world, if there was an international court of corruption be more than sure that Capriles would have a CODE RED mark at the Interpol.

Venezuela needs honest politicians, the criminal media is not interested in that, it supports criminals because gangsters like gangsters better to do their shady deals and their speculative practices, like selling a media like an "ethical" media when in truth it is just a lowly propaganda machine with the intent of gagging Venezuela and not only that, they are also pathological cowards that scream and threaten sanctions if Venezuela exposes and thus makes them accountable to the Venezuelan people.

They claim they have a license to rape, so we have no permission to complain (which is by the way against our Constitution).

Like I said before, control of speculation is a massive and very important step to address the economic problems. So it is obvious that Capriles is lying and the BBC is the platform for his lies.

Venezuela divided.

Venezuela is being LESS DIVIDED when the very causes of division are collapsing. The causes of division are: Corruption and media License to rape. As the fight against corruption increases and democracy goes deeper as a grassroots democracy then the Bigotry weakens and it becomes less divided.

Corruption is also the lack of accountability of the media, it has everything to do with the "License to rape" which is the same as media like the BBC that viciously attacks us and claims it has a sacred right to NOT be exposed and hold accountable by the Venezuelan people even if that is against our Constitution.

Untouchable, unaccountable media that DEMANDS that nobody takes pictures of their abuses, not even the Venezuelan Academy. They claim they can abuse, rape and hurt Venezuela and that we Venezuelan's have no right to expose the evidences of their brutal attacks that violate our rights as a country under the International Law and the Constitutional Rights of Venezuela.

All that brutal campaign against Venezuela of which this is certainly not the first case I have documented is made to LIE, DECEIVE, TRICK and MISINFORM the Venezuelans that read the BBC in order to produce a result that is favorable for the BBC even at the cost of blatantly lying to the British people and the world and that is a media WITHOUT SCRUPLES or Principles.

Next they want to sue me under some Copyright Law for exposing their brutal abuse against the Rights of Venezuela as a country and against my rights as a Citizen of Venezuela.

Venezuela has the right to determine it's own future WITHOUT the brutal interference of the BBC News trying to ILLEGALLY and UNETHICALLY influence our elections.

Venezuela's International Rights:
Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Article 1: The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is irrevocably free and independent,
basing its moral property and values of freedom, equality, justice and international peace
on the doctrine of Simon Bolivar, the Liberator. Independence, liberty, sovereignty,
immunity, territorial integrity and national self-determination are unrenounceable rights
of the Nation.
Article 2: Venezuela constitutes itself as a Democratic and Social State of Law and
Justice, which holds as superior values of its legal order and actions those of life, liberty,
justice, equality, solidarity, democracy, social responsibility and, in general, the
preeminence of human rights, ethics and political pluralism.

Article 3: The essential purposes of the State are the protection and development of the
individual and respect for the dignity of the individual
, the democratic exercise of the will
of the people, the building of a just and peace loving society, the furtherance of the
prosperity and welfare of the people and the guaranteeing of the Fulfillment of the principles, rights and duties established in this Constitution. Education and work are the
fundamental processes for guaranteeing these purposes.


Remember the BBC News is not the news of the planet, do NOT allow it to be portrayed that way. The BBC News is a GAG to the world to try to stop the world from freely exercising their rights as countries and as people under an Academy.


That is why the world needs Media that is open, transparent, dignified, questionable and respectful to other country's sovereign rights.

Academic Media
is the solution for an honest world peace with Dignity.

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