Excerpts of column "Runrunes" (Rumors) released on May 17
On the desk of Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck El Aissami lies a script ready to continue charging the opposition with terrorist acts to make a stir. They seek to replicate something similar to the events of Atocha station in Spain
HOT MEETING. The meeting was held at the Vice-President Office, convened by Elías Jaua to discuss the issue of violence, insecurity and jails. Ministers, vice-ministers and officials dealt with the action to be taken. Jaua asked Defense Minister Henry Rangel Silva how was it that so many ammunitions of Cavim (Venezuelan Military Industry) had been found inside jails. The military officer fired back: "So, close Cavim." The environment heated up for a while. I learned nothing else.
THE COUNCIL. While Venezuela s President Hugo Chávez appointed (ex Vice-President) José Vicente Rangel to join the group, I learned that the two other members handpicked by the president were former Ombudsman Germán Mundaraín and Vice-Admiral Carlos R. Giacoppini, who was his aide-de-camp and fiduciary officer. Rangel nominated (Venezuelan Ambassador to the Organization of American States Roy) Chaderton and (pro-government author and historian Luis) Britto García because they are supposed to have friends everywhere, particularly overseas. (Congress Speaker) Diosdado Cabello, who was expected to represent the National Assembly, was let aside, placing instead Earle Herrera. Incidentally, the congressman for the ruling party almost apologized to his colleagues for his appointment. "If Chávez wishes it, I will be there."
THE RED MIRROR. On the desk of Minister of the Interior and Justice Tareck El Aissami lies a script ready to continue charging the opposition with terrorist acts to make a stir. They seek to replicate something similar to the events of Atocha station in Spain.
Translated by Conchita Delgado
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."