LAS VEGAS (Oct 25, 2018) — Congresswoman María Corina Machado was violently attacked yesterday evening in Upata, state of Bolívar while touring the country for the I Am Venezuela Alliance (Alianza Soy Venezuela). While her team was setting up for the event, they were brutally attacked with knives and blunt objects by a pro-regime paramilitary gang. Machado emerged from the incident alright, but parts of her her were sheared off and she suffered a number of cuts and bruises before supporters pulled the attackers off of her. She and several injured team members were taken to a nearby city for medical care.
In the attack Machado’s crew was also robbed, and the gang members rode away with much of their equipment. This was no incident of petty criminal violence, which runs rampant in the poor country with an ever-spiraling Soviet-style socialist economy. This was political violence aimed at the undisputed leader of an opposition movement that’s 7 million strong. Machado is also one of the few elected officials to have ever told off Hugo Chavez to his face. Machado has been attacked on several occasions before, but this incident was the most violent.
Today the US embassy and the French ambassador in Venezuela denounced the attack against Machado. The prolific scholar Murray Rothbard wrote, “Libertarianism holds that the only proper role of violence is to defend person and property against violence, that any use of violence that goes beyond such just defense is itself aggressive, unjust, and criminal.” The behavior of the Maduro regime, which strategically rotates its deployment of force between the police, the army, and colectivos (paramilitary political gangs), certainly fits the bill of criminal behavior. The libertarian and National Youth Coordinator for Vente Venezuela, María Oropeza, commented, “After all this, who will still consider dialogues? These criminals can’t even reason.”
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Machado is an ex-Congresswoman of Venezuela’s National Assembly, which still meets in protest even though Nicolas Maduro dissolved it in 2017 and replaced it with a rubber stamp Constituent Assembly. This week the Constituent Assembly dissolved all dissident political parties including Vente Venezuela, Machado’s party. Between Maduro’s highly contested reelection, the new constitution that grants broad powers to the president, the rubber stamp parliament, and the dissolution of the dissident political parties, Venezuela is now a communist country. That being said, the National Assembly continues to exist somewhere between being a symbol of protest and being Venezuela’s shadow parliament. Soy Venezuela is actively working to end the dictatorship of Nicolas Maduro and the United Socialist Party.
This paramilitary gang attack on the leader of Soy Venezuela came only days after the president of the Cuban Libertarian Party was violently attacked in Havana by thugs working for State Security. What the dictatorships ruling Cuba and Venezuela have in common (other than a love for Marxist theory) is a readiness and willingness to use violence to suppress all opponents and all forms of criticism. This is why Cuba’s libertarians are proud to stand in solidarity with Venezuela’s libertarians in defense of human rights and for the advancement of human freedom.