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DolarToday published a video on YouTube on Friday that shows Maduro and Barinas governor Adan Chavez having an awkward exchange with a critic while at a PSUV event. The event was broadcast on VTV.

In the video below, a smiling woman complains to Maduro that despite repeated requests for assistance from both the national and state governments, her community suffers from lack of roads. The woman’s tone and wide smile appears to confuse Maduro at first, but he quickly realizes that the woman is complaining and shoots back at her.

Below, the video in questions along with my translation:

Maduro: How’s your communal council?

Woman: It’s really ready!

Maduro: Where are you from?

Woman: I’m from [Maporal?], Pedraza — the road is really bad up there, President —

Maduro: Really?

Woman: — this governor [tapping Adan Chavez on the shoulder] nos tiene bien botados [literally, “has really thrown us out”; meaning, “has really forgotten about us”]. Same with our mayor! The mayor has also forgotten about us. Look, you promised you would fix the road. But you left us waiting! A bridge —

Maduro: Well, let’s get it paved. How many communal councils have you been to?

Woman: Look, we’ve got a registered commune already.

Maduro: How many communal councils —

Woman: Four communal councils.

Maduro: Are they together? Organized?

Woman: Yes, totally.

Maduro: And what have you done for the road?

Woman: Well, if we don’t have money, how can we —

Maduro: But do you have a project?

Woman: Yes, of course.

Maduro: Where is the popular power, then?

Woman: Well, we’re getting organized —

Maduro: The popular power has to be the government directly. Directly. You have to present a project and fix this yourselves. Hacer de tripas corazon [literally, “make hearts out of tripe”; meaning, “make do”] so that this country will work.

Woman: Of course. That’s true, Mr. President.

Maduro: You have to do it. Understand? A single human being —

Maduro Set to Speak Before UNHRC

Maduro will speak before the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday, November 12 after the body agreed to meet to listen to Maduro “as a measure of courtesy”.

The Venezuelan government asked the body to allow Maduro to speak to its members in a letter last week, in which it claimed that Maduro wanted to talk about the human rights situation in the country.

People’s Defender Detained, Again

People’s Defender Tarek William Saab was detained while on a trip overseas for a second time in as many months, this time in Panama. On October 2, Saab was briefly detained by Mexican authorities in Mexico city.

Speaking to a state-owned channel, Saab said yesterday that the detentions are happening even though Interpol does not have “any alert over me”, and speculated as to the reason for the detentions:

… an aggression by the government of the United States, which is using Interpol for this kind of harassment against political figures who are against their government.

Saab said that the Venezuelan ambassador in Panama has already filed a formal complaint at the United States consulate in the country.

Magdaleno: Gov’t Needs “Grotesque Fraud” to Win on Dec. 6

Political scientist John Magdaleno spoke at a panel on Saturday organized by a group called Espacio Abierto on the upcoming December 6 parliamentary elections. Pointing to the ~28% lead the opposition has over the PSUV, Magdaleno said that Venezuela is facing a “serious governability crisis” that has resulted in the dire economic situation the country finds itself in:

We’re 29 day away from the parliamentary elections with an economy that is in recession since last year. Officially, there has been a 4% contraction. The IMF puts that figure at 10%; for Sintesis Financiera, it’s 9%, for Ecoanalitica it’s 8%. I won’t cite any more, because the majority of firms have estimates ranging between 8-10%.

For Magdaleno, the macroeconomic condition’s translation into long lines at supermarkets and widespread scarcity will manifest itself in an opposition victory on December 6. Such is the discontent with the government that it has very limited options for victory:

To reduce a 28% gap you’ll need something thick, something grotesque. You’ll need a great fraud.


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