The real meaning of the protests in Venezuela – Commentary

Commentary: The real meaning of the protests in Venezuela
Published on March 21, 2014 – Caribbean News Now
By Jose GomezIt is obvious to keen observers that a coup d’état is being attempted in Venezuela,The tactics are inspired by the “Gene Sharp” protocol. Sharp is a former US military officer, now professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts and author of an essay entitled ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’. The essay provides a political framework as a method to undermine the stability of an established government that is regarded as ‘not friendly’ to the United States.

Jose Gomez is Venezuela’s ambassador to Barbados

The book, translated into more than 30 languages, describes methods to overthrow governments, divided into three major phases: protest, non-cooperation and intervention. It is these methods that are being employed by the opposition in Venezuela following the outcome of the presidential election of April 14, 2013, in which they were defeated by Nicolas Maduro. The methods are:

Softening: the development of media priming and agenda setting in national and international public opinion focused on actual or potential deficits; thrust of conflict and promotion of discontent”. The media is overwhelmingly in the hands of the opposition.  

De-legitimization: manipulation of antic-communist or anti-populist prejudices, encouragement of advertising campaigns for press freedom, human rights and civil liberties”. This has now entered an intense phase in Venezuela but is also being spread to international media.

Warming Streets: building street mobilization, development of a platform of struggle that globalizes political and social demands; generalization of all types of protests”. This aspect, funded in part by external forces, including clandestine operations of US agencies, is fully documented in US communications revealed by Wiki-leaks.

Combination of various forms of struggle: organizing marches and attacks on emblematic institutions, development of psychological warfare operations and armed actions to justify repressive measures and create a climate of lawlessness events, promotion of international isolation and economic siege”. These efforts are well underway.  [Read more]

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