"Impunity until when?"
A supporter of late Venezuelan prosecutor Danilo Anderson cries
while holding a poster which reads "Impunity until when."
Andrew Selsky, for Associated Press yesterday:
Mass demonstrations that paralysed the capital are no more. A once-troubled economy is again robust and shoppers crowd malls in marked contrast with two years ago when stores were padlocked during a national strike aimed at toppling President Hugo Chavez. But underneath the veneer of normalcy in this oil-rich country is deep frustration felt by Chavez's opponents after three efforts to unseat him failed: a coup, the national strike and a referendum.
We can appreciate how frustrated they must feel, watching this rough-hewn man of indigenous and African heritage only grow in stature and appeal as he turns the "country's oil wealth into food, health and education programs for the majority poor." Last month, only two of Venezuela's 23 governorships were won by his opponents. Chavez is expected to strengthen his parliamentary standing in congressional elections next July, and he is well positioned to be re-elected president the following year. Clearly, something needs to be done to stop this monster. And the assassination last Friday of prosecutor Danilo Anderson, who was preparing a case against nearly 400 supporters of the 2002 coup, could mark its beginning.
Oscar Heck implicates US policy, specifically that represented by the Ministry of Love-like "National Endowment for Democracy," in Anderson's death:
The NED has recently been financing what they call “pro-democracy” “organizations” in Venezuela to the tune of millions of dollars. Most, if not all of these organizations are anti-Chavez, as recently implied by the NED’s president himself. Many of the members of these “organizations” have been the overt leaders of the rabid (and often criminal and violent) anti-Chavez movements in the last three years ... or they have been directly involved in publicly discrediting Chavez with lies and false accusations, manipulation of information and outright disinformation.
These Venezuelans, the ones who have been backed by the NED and other supposed pro-democracy NGOs such as USAID, have been publicly involved in everything from promoting civil unrest, to calling for the death of Chavez ... to being present at the April 2002 coup against Chavez ... and signing coupster Pedro Carmona’s dictatorial decree dissolving the elected National Assembly, the reform laws and the constitution.
The NED is well aware of this ... especially since much of the incriminating evidence was publicly televised by the criminals themselves. “Organizations” such as Sumate, the CTV and Fedecamaras are amongst these.
Note: There are many more “anti-Chavez” Venezuelan “organizations” which have received funding from the NED and USAID and whose members were also involved in sabotaging the Chavez government and the country. This is part of the investigation which the Prosecutor’s office is involved in.
Information Minister Andres Izarra suggested Venezuelan exiles residing in Florida may have been responsible, saying "the government of the United States must explain how these terrorist groups who operate in Florida make such statements through the mass media with demonstrated impunity."
Addressing the nation, President Chavez said "They are going to have to finish us all off. We are many Danilo Andersons... Whoever they are and wherever they be hidden like rats, they will not defeat Danilo Anderson. That is to say, to us."
One such Danilo Anderson is attorney Eva Golinger, who writes:
As a colleague of Daniel and a fellow fighter against injustice, I deplore the brutal assassination of this brave lawyer, who was only doing his job, not caving into the immense pressure around him. This action against Daniel represents the barbarity of those who wish to inject us with fear and want to prevent the advances of the Bolivarian process and our struggle for justice. They are the ones who fear us. Tthey fear our courage and our relentless search for the truth.
As the attorney leading the investigation of the CIA and the US Government involvement in the coup and in the ongoing destabilization campaign in Venezuela, I will continue with the strength of Danilo in my investigations and my work.I will not be intimidated and they won’t stop me with showings of brutality.
Assassination is a tool of fascism. Read John Judge's address of the same title to understand the method behind the not-so random acts of violence against men and women who sought a better world.
It's November 22 again.
Impunity until when?