Bloodthirsty Mob Rule in Venezuela

Monday, April 2nd, 2007 4:59 pm by Neal

(Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)

Practically every week, Venezuelan madman Hugo Chavez screws up something else in his insane crusade toward Marxism. This time a bunch of Chavez-sanctioned anarchists/communists vandalized the buildings of Venezuela’s oldest private TV station, RCTV, which must cease broadcasting at the end of May thanks to Chavez’ “people’s revolution.” Is this violence and destruction of private property an example of more extreme things to come? Stay tuned.

Here’s some background information:

Chavez, stripped of all legal pretences, decided earlier this year that the broadcasting license of RCTV, Venezuela’s oldest TV channel, was to be ended without further ado. RCTV is yet to be informed by the prosecution about the reasons that prompted this decision, which was taken not by a tribunal dealing with the case or any member of the judiciary but by Hugo Chavez. As there is no open case, RCTV has been unable to defend itself in Chavez’s kangaroo courts.

Here’s coverage of the vandalism, complete with pictures and explanations of the graffiti, “Chavista Mobs Howl For RCTV Private Media Expropriation”

RCTV is under fire. The big television station, which has been broadcasting under license in Venezuela for 54 years, sort of the equivalent of FoxNews or CBS, officially loses its right to broadcast at the end of today [Correction: RCTV closes on May 31, not March 31]. But that wasn’t all that happened.

Like furies, red tshirted Chavista mobs gathered and bayed liked wolves in the days leading up to this end of an era, graffiting and spray-painting the TV station with words like ‘expropriacion’ along with filthy slogans that if you know Spanish, you can see the equivalent of ‘f word’ among, racism charges, campesino movement slogans, anti-Vatican slogans (the Vatican actually defended this TV station, which is run by a devout Catholic) and ‘RCTV out’ slogans. They also left plenty of garbage and mess, including what looks like a dead dog – a mob symbol if there ever was one, behind.

This is how Venezuela is being ruled right now – not just by arbitrary “legal” rulings based on what Chavez likes, but by the added calling card of the Chavista mob, spray painting its vile messages in its ‘revolutionary’ fervor to get the point across that this isn’t about law or the public interest anymore, this is about bloodthirsty mob rule.

The injury added to insult against RCTV shows that not only is the law against the existence of the dissident TV station, it’s also against enforcing even civic laws against the integrity of the property itself. Think about how you would feel for your personal safety in the wake of these attacks. These thugs would have thrown a bomb or set a fire if they could but the government wants to steal the equipment for its own ‘public broadcast’ service, which will fall into the hands of this rapcious graffiti mob. This is violence, from top to bottom, with the state making common cause with the criminal elements to make Venezuela a holy hell for anyone who produces anything of value.

God help Venezuela.

Photo galleries covering the graffiti and the subsequent cleanup.

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