Astroturf image of the week

In his latest bid to sow conflict in order to direct attention away from the country’s real problems while eroding other non-Chávez power bases, Chávez is going after the Catholic Church. Allegedly, El Pueblo is behind him:

Far be it from me to stick up for the Catholic Church for any reason, but if those signs were really drawn by the people holding them, then I’m a child-diddling archbishop.

Check out the script on that “es.” Elegant!

Of course, civil society organizations staging demonstrations hand out pre-drawn placards all the time. I believe such a practice is less common among sitting governments, with the possible historical exception of the PRI, which is maybe not the first thing an aspiring democrat would want to be compared to.

The most disappointing part is that, were those signs actually drawn up by El Pueblo, they would be way more entertaining.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted July 13, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Are you suggesting that poor people aren’t capable of drawing on paper with markers? I’m so sick of this mixture of misinformed criticism with anti-working class hate that is so prevalent in the discussion about Venezuela’s people’s movement. This is a particularly disappointing post from an otherwise classy news source.

    • Peter Krupa
      Posted July 14, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

      Please, Chance, don’t be so naive. The Venezuelan government has been staging its own protests for years, just like PdVSA has spent millions – billions? – on PSUV political campaigns, including those of Chávez himself. Anyway, I promised myself I would stop arguing with people over these publicly available facts some time ago. If you’d like to learn more, please read this 370-page report on Venezuela and Democracy that the OAS’s IACHR released last year:

      http://www.cidh.org/countryrep/Venezuela2009eng/VE09.TOC.eng.htm

  2. Posted September 4, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    On a lighter note, I really enjoyed the second pic from Solo en Venezuela.

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  1. [...] 4.) And then the hate bloggers started rolling out their usual mixture of lies and anti-working class rhetoric, accusing Chávez of going after the Catholic church and insinuating that the above Chávez supporters must be holding signs pre-made by the government, because they are obviously too poor to know how to create such nice signs themselves.  Seriously. [...]

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