I try not to write about political content here in my blog. But as Venezuelan and a person that left ALL behind (family, friends, memories) to pursue something better, and as a person that ( as many thousands compatriots) was saddened and angry about how socially and politically rotten my dear country is, I will do it this one time.
I am not happy that Chavez had died, in fact I am a little bit surprised that such a public figured – as ex-president Chavez was – is dead. I must confess I was never his fan, or followed his political “ideology”, but I must say that he was definitely someone that changed – for better or worse – the way Venezuelans see and do politics, and he was definitely meant to be our president in order to open our eyes (with all the things he did and didn’t do) a realise that we were, we are and we’ll be responsible for our country’s destiny.
He was the consequence of Venezuela’s political history, of decades of corruption, embezzlement, and lack of administration that lead to poverty. “Poverty?” you might be asking. “Poverty in a country so rich and resourceful?” you night be thinking. Yes! Venezuela became – and still is – a poor rich country. The oil is both a blessing a course, at least for us. In 14 years of Chavez government we had the largest oil income that we ever had in the history of Venezuela, and that’s a very sad news because nothing was done with it. NOTHING. The more oil revenues we got, the poorer the people, the more dangerous our streets and neighbourhoods, the more inflation we got, the more weaker our currency became and the more difficult was to live. Not that things weren’t bad before Chavez took office, they were pretty bad, but instead of improve Venezuelans social standards, education and security, he worsened them.
Chavez was a humble man when he showed us his face the very first time he ran for office in 1998, and when he was elected in 1999 he still had that humility and modesty about him, and that was what – back then – people liked the most. But as the saying goes “power corrupts”, and so he became this despotic and power thirst figure, who left Venezuelan divided, in deep debt and with an incredible institutional, political and social crisis.
Hugo Chavez is dead, but he is no hero. He promised to end the corruption, but then we had figures like Antonini, Pdval, the Iranian with the check, among others. He also lied to us when he said that “if there is someone that tells me that doesn’t want me, I will leave”, but he didn’t left, he refused to do it by changing the constitution in his favour; never in the favour of the people. He died, but he is no hero because he didn’t do anything to fight crime (just in 2012 it was 21.692 violent murders, meaning 73 murders per 100 thousand).
Thanks to his pride and arrogance (believing to be vital and irrevocable) he destroyed the national productive system – importing milk and meat when we used to produced them – scraped the once successful basic industries in the region of Guayana, becoming political parties full of corruption, inefficiency and opportunism. Instead of creating new jobs (that most Venezuelans need), he expropriated properties and hundreds of companies, leaving people jobless and those companies totally broken and useless. He militarised my country and politicised the Armed Forces, that swore to defend him and his regime no matter what, leaving the people unprotected.
I am sad for have left my country, my roots and many things that I loved because of Hugo Chavez. I not happy for his dead, but I am honestly not sad that he is gone. He did so much damage to my beloved country, all the debt, all the blood, all the injustice, all the division.
I wonder whether he will rest in peace… I wonder…