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What if Chavez Frias attacked an embassy in downtown Washington D.C.? by Oscar Heck commentarist Oscar Heck writes: Imagine the following headline in major USA newspapers:


In 1998, the “Asociacion Civil Primero Justicia” (First Justice Civil Association) received $58,800 from the US government’s National Endowment for Democracy (NED) for a “legal education television program entitled ‘Justice for All’ which will inform Venezuelan citizens on available mechanisms for access to the Justice system. The half-hour program will be broadcast at least once a week on the state television network, VTV. The program will be hosted by Supreme Court Justice Alirio Abreu Burelli, who will demonstrate and discuss the institutions, procedures and alternative methods available for resolving disputes in the Venezuelan justice system.”

(Note: At about that time, VTV, Venezuela’s government-run television station was controlled by the previous government (before Chavez), which was controlled by Venezuela’s elite – the same self-labeled “educated” and “civilized” elite that had been dragging Venezuela into economic disaster for years.)

Today, Primero Justicia is an anti-Chavez political party in Venezuela, whose leader is Julio Borges.

According to a (Spanish) document found on the internet, Primero Justicia was founded by several law students in the late 1990s, of which Julio Borges became director general. One of the people who was involved in the Primero Justicia project was Alirio Abreu Burelli.

On May 25, 2005, the Jamaican Observer published an AP report entitled, Opposition leader to bid for Venezuela’s 2006 presidential vote.” Among other things, it states: “Opposition leader Julio Borges, an attorney and outspoken critic of President Hugo Chavez, announced yesterday that he would run against the leftist leader in next year’s presidential election – Borges, founder of the First Justice opposition party, said he would soon begin a nationwide campaign to drum up support for his candidacy and vowed to defeat Chavez in the election – First Justice steadily gained in popularity in Venezuela’s main cities since its founding in 1999, but its influence in rural states and towns is limited – Borges, the only opposition leader to announce a bid for the presidency, is viewed as a strong contender –”

Strong contender?

According to Venezuela’s National Assembly (NA) website, there are 165 seats at the National Assembly (AN), of which Primero Justicia has only five (or 3%) … to put things into perspective, there are 25 political parties represented in the AN (including two independents):

Pro-Chavez seats = 86/165 (52%)

Anti-Chavez seats = 79/165 (48%)

In order of number of seats held, here is the list of NA representation:

69: MVR (Chavez’ party)
23: AD (anti-Chavez, one of Venezuela’s “traditional” parties):
11: MAS (anti-Chavez socialist party)
9: PPT/Podemos/Abre Brecha (pro-Chavez)7: Proyecto Venezuela (anti-Chavez)
6: COPEI (anti-Chavez, one of Venezuela’s “traditional” parties)
5: Primero Justicia (anti-Chavez)
4: Convergencia (anti-Chavez)
4: UNT (anti-Chavez)
3: Indígenas (pro-Chavez)
3: Oire/Arpa/Soberanía Falconiana (pro-Chavez)
3: Causa R (anti-Chavez)
2: Polo Democrático / Solidarudad / OFM / Transparencia (anti-Chavez)
2: Construyendo País (anti-Chavez)
2: Independents (anti-Chavez)1: UPV (pro-Chavez)
1: Puama (pro-Chavez)

(Important note: Although I label the above parties pro-Chavez or anti-Chavez, it is not necessarily the case. The labels are intended to denote the general tendencies of each party.)

So, why is it that Primero Justicia is getting so much attention from abroad if:

Primero Justicia was financed by the USA?

Primero Justicia has only 5 of 165 seats at the National Assembly?

Primero Justicia has not “steadily gained in popularity” as the AP report states (otherwise they would have more than 5 seats at the National Assembly after close to six years of existence)?

Primero Justicia is/was directly linked to Carpiles Radonsky, Baruta’s mayor (wealthy eastern Caracas municipality) who actively and openly participated in and supported the sabotage of the Venezuelan economy in 2002-2003?According to an article at SpinWatch, “The day after Chavez was removed from power on April 12, Lopez and Baruta Mayor Henrique Capriles Radonski – placed Chavez’ Interior & Justice Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin under arrest.”

In early 2003, I personally witnessed Radonski (on television) threaten that he would shut off the water supply to the barrios (shantytowns) in eastern Caracas if Chavez didn’t resign. Radonski was also arrested, jailed and interrogated for his implication in several criminal acts, including a violent attack against the Cuban Embassy in Caracas.

It just doesn’t add up.

Why would a political party such as Primero Justicia, which has links to people like Radonski and which has very few seats at the National Assembly get media attention abroad?

Is it because Primero Justicia was paid by the US government?

Is this why they are being “reported” as “popular” when they in fact are not?

(Oh, yes, I almost forgot, they do operate a small bingo and recreation hall in one of eastern Caracas’ large barrios and their representatives walk around in yellow T-shirts handing out pamphlets, trying to convince people that Radonski has the best interest of the citizenry at heart. Humph! Yeah, let’s cut off the water supply again!)

Like Sumate (and like other anti-Chavez Venezuelan organizations), Primero Justicia will certainly say that the money they received from the US government (through the NED) went to promote “democracy and justice” in Venezuela – and that they applied for the NED grant previous to Chavez being elected – and that it was not used to plan or to promote violent anti-democratic actions against Venezuela’s upcoming democratically-elected government or against the people living in the barrios.

Of course not!

At the time however, I am quite sure that Primero Justicia … as well as most opposition leaders … were well aware that Chavez would win the upcoming elections with a strong majority.

I don’t know Julio Borges, but I did see him on television a few times (he does receive television coverage in Venezuela — from the anti-Chavez media outlets). Maybe he does have honorable intentions – but I have to wonder if people who accept money (bribes, in my view) from the US government (US taxpayers!) can have honorable intentions.

It is obvious to me that the only way one will be given money from the NED, from USAID or from other Washington-based bribe-givers, is if one “speaks their language” and if one fully supports (or pretends to support) the US government’s foreign policies – foreign policies which are obviously and overtly anti-Venezuelan and anti-democratic.

Therefore, as I see it, Primero Justicia, Sumate, Fedecamaras, the CTV and most other Venezuelan organizations (and people) who received money from the US government could possibly be called traitors and back-stabbers.


Sumate is the NED-financed Venezuelan organization which organized the recall referendum against Chavez for the opposition. It promoted the dissolution of the Venezuelan government, the National Assembly and the constitution. It actively disinformed the Venezuelan people on the true number of signatures/votes … and its leader(s) are being summoned for their alleged involvement in the April 2002 coup against Chavez. 

Fedecamaras is Venezuela’s traditional Chamber of Commerce. It also received NED funding and its leaders actively participated in the April 2002 coup against Chavez and in the subsequent sabotage of the country. Its former president is in hiding in Miami, and the one previous to him is exiled in Colombia after having taken on the role of president of Venezuela during the April 2002 coup against Chavez. 

The CTV is Venezuela’s traditional union central and also received substantial NED financing. Its leaders also participated in the April 2002 coup against Chavez and led the sabotage of the country in 2002-2003. Its president was in hiding and is now under arrest, pending trial – and potential jail time – for his criminal acts against the country.

Now … imagine if the Venezuelan government, with Venezuelan taxpayers’ money decided to finance a USA political party which has direct links to a USA town mayor who threatens (on television) to shut off the water supply unless Bush resigns?

What if that same Mayor had been involved in attacks on an embassy in downtown Washington D.C.?

What if that same Mayor went on television and prompted and encouraged the people of Washington to block streets and to shut down their businesses until Bush resigns?

If Primero Justicia received money from the NED in 1998, I suspect that the application for the grant must have been deposited prior to 1998, perhaps in 1997. Chavez had not yet been elected at that time – but was well on his way to being elected – something that I believe the US government wasn’t very happy about at the time (and still isn’t).

If Primero Justicia had no intention of using US money “against” Venezuela’s democratically-elected government (Chavez’), was Primero Justicia planning to use this money for honorable reasons – or was it a facade to pay themselves salaries (did the TV show ever air?) – or was it that the US government was seeking Venezuelan allies (traitors) who could be bribed into siding with the US government in preparation for future actions against Chavez?

This is only speculation – but isn’t it coincidental that a Venezuelan “civil association” started by law students (mostly from the wealthy 20%) received money from the US government and that now, the same association is an overtly anti-Chavez political party which is coincidentally getting media exposure abroad even though it only represents 3% of the electorate?

Two weeks ago, Chavez spoke of something very important.

At the present time, the pro-Chavez government representation at the AN is 52%. As I understand it, even though there is a substantial percentage of not pro-government representation (48%), some government-sponsored laws and programs have been voted-in with more than a 52% “yes” vote.

However, as Chavez mentioned, what if the US-financed and US-encouraged Venezuelan opposition at the AN decided to try to bring the NA to a standstill, what strategy would they use?

The idea would be to try to stall any and all government-sponsored bills at the AN. How might they do this? It is quite conceivable that they could achieve this by bribing some of the pro-Chavez representatives at the AN to vote against any government-sponsored bills. If they achieve this, it could bring the AN and Venezuela to a standstill, making it very difficult for the Chavez government to continue the implementation of their agenda for social reforms in Venezuela.

How much money would it take to bribe a AN member?

Does the US government, perhaps through the NED or USAID have enough money for such a purpose?

Does the Venezuelan anti-Chavez elite have enough money?

Over the years, the NED has consistently financed the Venezuelan opposition in their efforts to destabilize the Chavez government, attempting to re-open the doors for the pro-US-foreign-policy elite to continue to plunder Venezuela at the expense of the poorer 80% majority.

Are Julio Borges and Primero Justicia part of the strategy to disrupt Venezuela’s progress again (as happened in 2002-2003)?

If the Venezuela opposition manages to stall the AN, it will give the Venezuelan opposition enough time to begin a full-fledged worldwide media campaign to promote the idea that the Chavez government is ineffective and inefficient, unable to convince the NA to pass laws or programs which Venezuelans need. They would have several months in which to activate their verbal sabotage of the Venezuelan government – the time it would take the Venezuelan courts to rule a “back to work order” for all AN members.

If such tactics were to be put in place by the Venezuelan opposition, it would bring about chaos and could potentially bring back the likes of former Venezuelan governments – governments which basically operated under presidential decrees – where freedom of the press did not exist – where military and police repression was the order of the day – where pro-government death squads would terrify people into submission.

It is important that people realize that it is quite probable and realistic to think that some (or perhaps many) of the Venezuelan opposition political parties are being backed by politics and policies from abroad, more specifically, the US government, which is intent on spreading their criminal “free-trade” system throughout Latin America with the help of local traitors.

Why do you think the Chavez government is buying military equipment, machinery, electronic equipment, etc., from countries other than the USA?

The answer is simple.

The less dependent Venezuela is on USA manufactured goods, the less likely Venezuela will be affected by potential future USA-led embargoes. When the “timing is right,” the US government, with the preparatory work done by its US-bribed Venezuelan insiders, can call an embargo, for example, on military equipment sold to Venezuela. Venezuela would then be at the mercy of the USA, unable to buy US-made ammunition or spare parts – leaving Venezuela virtually defenseless.

The same goes for telecommunications … many countries are dependent on USA-controlled telecommunications technology and satellites.

Within a short period of time, Venezuela will have its own non-USA controlled satellite, again, making Venezuela less dependent on the whims of the war-mongering, impudent and world-ravaging US government and its media cronies.

Chavez is leading the example…

Oscar Heck

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