There is an organization called the Comite de Familiares de las Victimas de las Guarimbas [Committee of Family Members of Barricade Victims] that is comprised of approximately 60 relatives of people who were killed in near guarimbas earlier this year. While the etymological root of the word is complicated, guarimba essentially means “street barricade”, like the ones that popped up around the country earlier this year. At least a dozen people died at or near guarimbas during the protests earlier this year.
Today, the group called on the United Nations to bring awareness to their plight and to “not become partial” in the investigation of the year’s violence. Desire Cabrera, a member of the organization, said that they hope the United Nations will “listen to the victims” of the protests.
The organization presented a documented to the offices of the United Nations Development Office in Caracas, in which it decried the slow pace at which 185 human rights complaints are being investigated, as well as the arbitrary arrests of opposition political leaders.
Cabrera also said that the group was planning to present the embassies of the United States and Spain with similar documents in the next few days.
Evans: “Chavismo without Maduro” Movement Grows
Nicmer Evans, a political scientist and member of the Marea Socialista party, said today that there is a growing movement within chavismo: one that sees its future separate from that of Nicolas Maduro.
While Evans originally made the comments at an event on November 27, he re-iterated them today, saying:
We’re coming from a strong and necessary style of leadership, coming off the collapse of the fourth republic due to corruption and political stagnation. But, it was also an oft-criticized leadership. Now, we’re facing a crisis of leadership with a forced polarizatio, and the emergence of alternative forces: chavismo without madurismo, and an opposition that is not anti-chavista.
Evans also said that the worst mistake of the past 15 years was that the Chavez government attempted to build a new political reality atop old structures. In other words, by not addressing the underlying structural problems plaguing Venezuela, the PSUV has actually served to safeguard them and perpetuate them.
Most recently, Evans was in the news after he and several other outspoken chavistas were excluded from PSUV elections last month, supposedly as a response to Evans’ public criticisms of Maduro.