MUTATIS MUTANDIS, Reflections on “The Exit Strategy”

By Alonso Moleiro

El blog de Pedro Mogna – 03 de Mayo, 2014

The most important thing on the history of the differences amongst the opposition is that these, analyzed calmly, are much more shape than substance. There is, in any aspect of the opposition, no irreconcilability.

There are procedural differences on all sides of what needs to be done at this time; the assessment on the days of street protests in recent months and on dialogue as a useful tool against Chavism.

In regards to its merits, despite the drama going around, consensus in the Unidad Democrática party look pretty settled. There is absolute clarity in its foundation: regardless of disparities in criteria, the unity as its highest value is an untouchable asset. MUD’s programmatic environment factors have many common elements.

There are sharp agreements surrounding the goal of activating a constitutional mechanism, with an electoral expression, that would allow a way out of political crisis. Reassemble institutional relations with Chavism, under an authentic map of constitutional legality, remains a common target.

More important, the political and personal relations between the leaders of the opposition, accepting that there are disputes and legitimate ambitions, is fluid and absolutely correct. Understanding that this is not a club of friends, disagreements are normal on a platform like this one, however, what matters is that nothing is broken within the MUD.

The truth is, while some weep in chains of prayer asking the saints for unity within the opposition, no one seems to notice that if the worst comes to the worst, MUD always ends up fulfilling their job as witnessed on the San Cristóbal and San Diego elections.

When I speak about MUD, I do so under the consideration that there are factors beyond its Executive Secretariat, which are a forgotten matter. The image of the MUD is closely linked, for obvious reasons to Ramon Guillermo Aveledo. The truth is that Aveledo exerts as spokersperson, mediates internal disputes and has a fundamental political responsibility, which has successfully been met. It is obvious however, that this alliance includes other factors, also different to Henry Ramos, Acción Democrática and Omar Barboza from Un Nuevo Tiempo.

Leopoldo López, Maria Corina Machado, Antonio Ledezma, Voluntad Popular, Alianza Bravo Pueblo, and others, are seen at the time in a precise manner, presumably as radicals but they are also part of the MUD. They attend weekly meetings, they have business meetings at a parliamentary level and send their representatives to participate and comment on decisions to be taken in the upcoming political commitments of La Unidad.

There was a gross difference in the opposition at the time of evaluating and giving continuity to the initiative La Salida: the motto “umbrella” under which Voluntad Popular, López, Ledezma and Machado called the country to the streets along with innumerable and spontaneous sectors of the student movement. The founding ceremony was on February 12 at Plaza Venezuela.

The most conservative sector of MUD resented that this call was not consulted and criticized putting out a motto in the form of a promise, which in any case, would not materialize.

López and others were admonished for having placed Alternativa Democrática in a kind of anticipated deadlock. Little, if anything they argued, was what could have been done in such an isolated and sterile time as January 2014 was. Nothing more but the amount of dead and wounded.

If we rid ourselves of pettiness and personal ratings, we can keep all the fundamental assets of this trance. La Salida gave the opposition an urgent commitment with the streets, which kept them breathing. In September last year, with a nation in a coma, the MUD had no ties with the street. Today, the opposition owns it.

The calling was echoed and shocked the whole country: suddenly it was no longer necessary to watch television to be informed. Murals came about, popular expressions, irreverent art, the creation of real opposition and really talking about the issues of our tragedy, the Cadivi fraud, the corruption of high government, discos in prisons, kidnappings, torture and repression. Things began to be said without thinking much about the vote.

In my view, La Salida stripped-out the debate on the terrible national drama of Election demeanors that continue to distort our perception of reality. MUD politicians seem to forget that, although the solution to the problem with Chavism has to be electoral, the problems of the people are not. There is a daily juggle in regards to Chavist fraud that was not being done; it has been too cheap for Chavism to destroy Venezuela with its nonsense. The feeling of abandonment and the very deep levels of impairment were very large. The Citizens’ Assembly returned, today, without media, unlike before, there is full awareness of what is happening. Mothers give flowers to the National Guards and flyers are handed out to people on the line to purchase milk.

Maduro asks for time, calls for peace, apologizes, and asks for reflection. This is clearly revealed on the polls, which today for the first time in 11 years, smile at the opposition.

The conflict escalated internationally, and now, throughout the world there is a clear concern for Venezuela. We felt forgotten in Latin America and now it’s the complete opposite.

Who can ignore the political significance of international pronouncements, the stars of world cinema, the presence of Brazil, Colombia and Unasur, in this problem? Personally, I would not give one of Jared Leto or Marc Anthony’s remarks about Venezuela’s tragedy in exchange for 500 Chavist quotes by Dominica’s President.

Thanks to this crisis, which was necessary, the leadership of MUD is sitting at a table with the Government. Arguments are blowing in their favor, claiming dialogue in front of the apostolic nuncio, telling the truth to their faces on national television and exploring for articulated solutions. Beyond the guarimba anecdotes. I do not like guarimbas either.

Today Leopoldo López is in jail. The strategy he put in the street, however, leaves an open road for continuity. If there is no street, there will be no change. That is why it is assumed that “we live in an autocracy.” It is our labor to row harder.  The crisis is not a cosmetic problem and one cannot cultivate popular discontent by doing origami. Over the years, La Salida, I would argue, could be shielded in a certain well-deserved pioneer appeal.

Politically steering these human rivers bringing us closer to an election coast, to any type of inquiry, being already an unquestionable majority, next year seems to be the call. New situations will arise. There are batters waiting for their turn.

Everyone at MUD has been necessary. By the means of responsibility and patriotism much has been accomplished on all fronts. Those often incongruent looking agendas are, at the end, quite complementary.

Today, in jail, away from his child and wife, criticized often in a light and reckless way, as if what has happened doesn’t involve a terrible personal drama, I want to give my recognition to Leopoldo López.

Yes. I do believe since February 12 we are a new country.

What’s more, I prefer to live in the present situation of conflict than in the realm of the “Pax Romana” that Nicolas Maduro posed to the country on December 2013.


Source: Moleiro, Alonso. “Mutatis mutandis Reflections on “The Exit Strategy”. El blog de Pedro Mogna. 03 de Mayo, 2014.

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