Venezuela Will "Purge" All State Workers Who Sign Maduro Recall Petition

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Last week we reported that in addition to confiscating the guns of Venezuela's famished population, president Maduro had a warning for would-be coup plotters (perhaps sensing that a coup is imminent): "Did you see what happened in Turkey?" said Maduro, in a televised public event on Thursday evening. "Erdogan will seem like a nursing baby compared to what the Bolivarian revolution will do if the right wing steps over the line with a coup."

He didn't stop here: as Bloomberg reported last week, in a replay of one of the ugliest chapters in the two-decade rule of the socialist party in Venezuela, a top government official said Thursday that a list of those who signed a petition seeking to recall President Nicolas Maduro will be handed over to government ministries and state-run companies. The tactic is clearly an attempt to intimidate government workers into staying away from the recall petition, and thus to keep Maduro in power.

“In a revolution, revolutionaries must be in charge of state institutions, not political opponents,” Diosdado Cabello, a top official in the ruling Socialist Party and a lawmaker, said at a rally. “This is not a violation of the right to work.”

Cabello has made similar threats earlier this year, but Thursday’s comments brought back memories of the so-called “Tascon List” which was used by the government under then President Hugo Chavez to fire state workers and bar others from everything from jobs to loans for having signed a petition for a recall referendum in 2004 that Chavez eventually survived. The list was compiled by then lawmaker Luis Tascon and electronic versions of the list circulated throughout Venezuela even being sold by sidewalk vendors. Some Venezuelans even attempted to pay officials to be removed from the list.

There was some hope that despite the threats, Maduro would not actually follow up on his tacit threat, however overnight, Venezuela confirmed that it would remove state employees who signed a petition to recall President Nicolas Maduro as the opposition seeks to remove him amid an unprecedented economic and social crisis. In the first confirmation by a cabinet member, Information Minister Luis Jose Marcano said the government is free to name as well as remove high-level bureaucrats it has appointed.

Whoever has a position that is freely appointed and removable, those referred to yesterday by the PSUV on President Maduro’s instructions, evidently cannot be allowed to attack the Bolivarian revolution,” Marcano said in an interview on the Globovision network, referring to the ruling party. “A lot of these people end up sabotaging the revolution.”

Jorge Rodriguez, a national leader of the ruling PSUV and mayor of Caracas’s Libertador municipality, on Monday warned that high-ranking appointees in five ministries had 48 hours before being re-assigned to a new position after lawmaker Diosdado Cabello first made the threat earlier this month.

Maduro has not commented publicly on the matter.

The opposition demanded the Public Prosecutor and Human Rights Ombudsman investigate “these violations to the labor law,” opposition leader Jesus “Chuo” Torrealba said on the opposition coalition’s Twitter account. Considering that Venezuela is now a quasi dictatorial joint venture run between Maduro and the military (recall that the army is now in charge of the country's food supply system), we don't anticipate the opposition's effort to seek a fair challenge to the Maduro threat will meet with much success.

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Dubaibanker's picture

That's a tough one, biatch! ;)

When it happens to a neighbour, then it's a recession.

When it happens to you, then it's a depression! :)

froze25's picture

No money for food for the people but plenty of money for the "capitalist Pig Banksters", they have been making good on their debt obligations.

Ancona's picture

How long before this dog knot catches a bullet?

eatthebanksters's picture

Socialism >> Corrupt Dictatorship >>Tyranny >> Destruction >>Death

wee-weed up's picture

The purges will continue until morale improves.

Jim Sampson's picture

Purging is so hot right now!

THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION's picture
THE SOLUTION IS DEBT FREE MONEY CREATION (not verified) Dubaibanker Aug 24, 2016 1:14 PM

I FIND IT REMARKABLE THAT ZEROHEDGE USERS CONDEMN MADURO FOR "SOCIALISM" (AKA TRYING TO REDISTRIBUTE SOME NATIVE OIL WEALTH TOWARDS HIS CRONIES AND SOME HUNGRY CHILDREN WHILST CLEARLY THE TARGET OF A CIA ECONOMIC DESTABILISATION COUP ATTEMPT) WHILST REMAINING BLIND TO THE FACT THAT THE MOST "SOCIALIST" COUNTRY ON EARTH IS THE USA ITSELF!!!

WAS I DREAMING WHEN THE US GOVERNMENT CONDUCTED THE LARGEST ACT OF SOCIALISM IN HUMAN HISTORY IN 2008/9 BY USING TAXPAYER FUNDS AND BOND PROMISES TO SHOVEL LITERALLY TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO US PRIVATE BANKS?

DO ZEROHEDGE US CITIZENS HAVE NO MEMORY?

OR IS IT ONLY "SOCIALISM" WHEN POOR PEOPLE GET MONEY? HMMM... GUESS SOCIALISM FOR BANKERS GETS A PASS AT ZEROHEDGE...

Haus-Targaryen's picture

It appears you have no memory, as most people on here would have preferred the banks getting nothing and world's financial system collapsing some 10 years ago now. 

Just realize that the correlation between world population and debt is 1:1.  What causes what is up for debate.  I guess we'll see what happens to African population when the continent no longer gets hundreds of billions of USD in food aide every year after this shit storm turns south.

froze25's picture

Many people around the world will be hunger if the SHTF and the US isn't pumping in aid, after that people will riot, people will die and then people will farm again and balance will return. If you not prepared yet, you should get started.

Haus-Targaryen's picture

Exactly.  

Out of every continent on the planet, I think Africa is going to get fucked the worst in what is coming.  

The continent has to import something like 45% of the food it consumes, and a good chunk of that is charity.  Then add on top of it, that the only reason why food production in increasing in Africa at the moment is "do-gooders" donating cash to drill wells where humans really shouldn't be living, much less farming.

All the while, birth rate is some 450% greater than the US, which has the highest birth rate in the entire western world. 

I tell you, when the free shit gets cut off to that part of the world you are going to see some truly apocalyptic shit. 

RockySpears's picture

Perhaps not.

  We know that Africans can just up-sticks and move North, the journey seems only to take a couple of weeks if you have a vehicle, just over 14 months if you walk 20miles a day from South Africa to Berlin.  Breaking Africa will most certainly break Europe.

1.1 BILLION Africans!

  How long before the US see South Americans on their doorstep?

400 MILLION South Americans

One part of the World will not break, without the rest follow,

 

RS

Kagemusho's picture

Thomas Malthus warned us over 200 years ago that human populations would act no differently than animals do: when there's sufficient food, more people are born. When not, they die of starvation.

The 'Green Revolution' that increased agricultural yields by using petrochemical-based fertilizers and insecticides allowed for the doubling of world population in a generation. Because of this, short-sightedly, Malthus has been relegated to being a supposedly incorrect footnote. The petrochemical aspect is never addressed by Malthus's detractors.

But the reality, as always, bites in the most sensitive spot.

Recall what happened in 2011 with oil prices spiking. That led to food prices rising, in areas where most people live on the equivalent of 2-3 dollars a day. The Arab Spring was fomented by high food prices.

Now imagine oil prices rising again - and staying up -  due to an economic collapse in the Western economies. Food prices in the Third World will skyrocket...as will the numbers of hungry and destitute 'migrants'. And they are already demonstrating their lack of concern over trashing the Developed World that made it possible for them to live in both their former residences and where they are now.. They 'shit in their own nest' at home, so why not more so in the West that is foolish enough to let them in?

Before and during such a mass migration, you can bet there will be war. Thomas Malthus will have the last laugh.

American Psycho's picture

Please share whatever it is you are smoking.  Helping some hungry children.... hahahaha

pazmaker's picture

I think you are missing the point...most ZH don't look at as either or but rather as BOTH!   One little error in your theory Maduro is not helpign the poor, he is helping himself and his family and close friends.  It's cronyism and corruption and it is wrong regardless if it happens in the USA or Venezuela.  It is wrong regardless of wether the money i funnled to corporate welfare or if the money is stolen for you and your crony friends.

 

Both systems suck!

LawsofPhysics's picture

Already happens in China. They simply know better than to talk about it...

Madcow's picture

Liberals incorrectly assume that all problems can be solved simply by eliminating those who see the problems

Ghost of Porky's picture

You, sir, are just peddling fiction.

 

Prepare for your IRS audit.

silverer's picture

Well, hire the whole population by government decree, at no pay of course. Then call the US democrats for advice on the next 15 steps you need to take.

wisehiney's picture

Maybe a good idea to sign it.

Let the mob thats afixin to kill that mutha,

Know  that you are on their side.

TeamDepends's picture

Commies, you can't live with 'em....

AllTimeWhys's picture

Help! It's the thought police!

Salsa Verde's picture

Thou shalt not think outside of the prescribed narrative:  The Reaper will see you now.

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

First he eliminated the bread shortage by banning lines at bakeries, and now he's going to eliminate internal opposition by banning/purging government workers who want to throw him out (and we all know what "ban/purge" means in this context, just ask Joseph Stalin).

Socialism: if it makes us look bad, ban/purge it!

E.F. Mutton's picture

Dear People of Venezuela: "Ceausescu"

That is all

GunnerySgtHartman's picture

That's EXACTLY what they need to do!

BritBob's picture

Nicolas Maduro has been an avid supporter Falklands claim even speaking in CELAC on behalf of Argentina. https://www.academia.edu/17799157/Falklands_-_Some_Relevant_International_Law

 

Bad decison - lame duck lame duck...

Gothic Optimism's picture

The goal of Socialism is communism, the goal of communism is Maduro

CaptainMoonlight's picture

Why has no one assassinated this guy yet? YAWN 

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Aug 24, 2016 1:20 PM

Media blackout in the west, they want their own venezuela

Mass_hysteria's picture
Mass_hysteria (not verified) Aug 24, 2016 1:20 PM

Media blackout in the west, they want their own venezuela

Heavenlysunshine's picture

Remember, a long time ago, Belafonte's Matilda ran off to Venezuela with all his money,

just to screw him.    She lost it all.    History  rhymes.

slightlyskeptical's picture

Work against the wishes of your boss and keep your job? There are not many places in the world where this is tolerated.

the.ghost.of.22wmr's picture
the.ghost.of.22wmr (not verified) Aug 24, 2016 1:24 PM

First they came for the petition-signatories but I was not a petition-signatory, so I did not speak up.

Jdhank's picture

Just like all good Libs/fascists/Commies, now that he's enacted rounding up all the guns from his citizens and purging complainers from his government, executions are next.

Maduro, "All freedoms are hereby cancelled until you understand my true brilliance (omnipotence?) and rightful place as Supreme Leader" (for life).

That's what they do.

Obama and Bonnie & Clyde Clinton are taking notes.

oddy's picture

What are they going to do, take away their toilet paper? And why do the Marxists always run out of stuff to wipe their asses with, first?

pazmaker's picture

Silly Oddy!  They took away their toilet paper last year!

One-Eyed-Thong's picture
One-Eyed-Thong (not verified) Aug 24, 2016 1:51 PM

AND LET THAT BE A LESSON TO THE LOT OF YOU !

NO ONE REPATRIATES THEIR GOLD !!

NO ONE !!!!

luna_man's picture

 

 

Beat that tough-guy (Maduro), to the punch and stay home...Probably not getting paid on a regular basis anyway!

 

how you like me now, tough-guy!

south40_dreams's picture

So is this guy hitler or a socialist warrior? Both you say?

KickIce's picture

Wow, just look how quickly socialism turns into fascism when you fail to toe the company line.

Take notes America, because we are an economic crisis from the same happening here.

Heavenlysunshine's picture

When the wall came down, the West-Germans helped their eastern cousins.

Who will help Venezuela escape from their marxist nightmare  ?

 

ParticularlyStupidHumanoid's picture

Just your typical Democrat here. Hypocrite and thief always. Liar and thief.