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Political prosecution in Venezuela: More proof of the use of the Tascon Fascist list

By Miguel Octavio | The Devil's Excrement

23.11.05 | I still remember when I first started talking about the Tascon list and how it was being used to violate the most basic rights of Venezuelans, that pro-Chavez readers of this blog began questioning whether this was true or not, while people I knew well were being denied jobs, their ability to deal with the Government or even basic services like getting a passport or an ID number for the basic fact that they signed the petition to recall President Hugo Chavez, a right in the Venezuelan Constitution, put in by Chavez himslef. In time, the evidence mounted, case after case of the use of list became public, of how it was being used throughout the Government to deny the rights of people.

Then the ultimate proof came out: First it was the memo in which Chavez asked the President of the Electoral Board to hand over the petition database directly to Tascon, for which the Presidency provided Xerox machines and personnel to copy the thousands of pages containing the names of those that signed. Then, in his verbosity, the chief blabbermouth of Venezuela told Deputy Tascon in his Sunday radio program that it was time to put away or “bury” the list. Those same readers never said anything and most of them have continued to support this Government despite this clear evidence of fascism, absence of rule of law and abuse of the rights of people that went right to the top.

Today, Cronica de Mexico revealed a conversation between Rocio San Miguel, the former legal council to the National Council for Borders and her former boss Feijoo Colomine, the Executive Secretary of that Council. The Council is directly dependent from the Vice Presidency of the Republic. San Miguel was not only fired from her job at the council, but also from her teaching job at the School of Air Wars for signing the petition to call for a referendum to recall Higo Chavez. Moreover, her husband, an Air Force Colonel, has had no assignment and has been at home ever since his wife made her accusations public.

San Miguel tried to go through the Courts but because the judicial system is controlled by the Government, her case has gone nowhere. She is now planning to go to the Interamerican System for the Protection of Human Rights. Today, San Miguel revealed the same taped conversation she had try to use in her case in which the Secretary General of the council, recriminates her for signing the petition and tells her directly that the decision to get rid of the people was made by Vice-President Jose Vicente Rangel directly. In any country where decency prevails the Vice-President would resign in the face of such an accusation of repression, abuse of power, human rights violation and plain fascist behavior. In a country with the rule of law, he would be indicted. In the Venezuela of the revolution, this will not even be considered by these heartless crooks without scruples. For those that do not speak Spanish, here are some excerpts from the conversation between San Miguel (SM) and her boss Feijoo (F):

SM: This makes me very sad. In some fashion Thais and I will move forward, but I don’t understand why they meddle with Magally and with Guerra (Others fired), for only signing…how can you collaborate with this?

F: Well, I am not going to argue, because...the alternative is that I resign, see? And I am not going to do that

SM: But are you conscious that an abuse is being committed??? Your Government has claimed thousands of times about any citizen having the rights to exercise what they put in the Constitution. And why that retaliation? I understand if you are a Minister, you are fired, but we have technical jobs, I don’t go around making political statement's of any sort.

F: There are decisions that are being made, they make them, and I did not like it… I do not agree… But the Government has made a decision.

SM: To kick out all its employees that signed.

F: Well, at least Jose Vicente (the VP) made the decision in our case… The VP signed it.

There you have it, evidence of fascist behavior right at the top once again. Anyone care to defend it? How much are people willing to support and collaborate with this type of behavior?

That is why this post is going in the category: Tascon Fascist list. And it is a long list of fascism and abuses by this silly “revolution”!

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