Chávez: "Communes frighten the opposition"
His comments came in response to strong criticism against the incorporation of the so-called communes to set up the Communal State
"Communes are an issue that frightens opposition leaders and oligarchs," said on Thursday Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, adding that dissenters are spooked by the idea of communes as if they saw a terrifying specter or a bogeyman.
His comments came in response to strong criticism against the incorporation of the so-called communes to set up the Communal State.
In his view, the opposition discredits and underestimates this type of social organization because of "ignorance or wickedness (...) They say all kind of stuff; they are trying to instill fear into citizens. The bourgeois and oligarchs' efforts are focused on that," Chávez said.
The Venezuelan president also explained that a commune is all but a production unit and warned that their incorporation will not be stopped. "There is legislation and further laws will be enacted across the country."
As late as Tuesday, February 25, there was some visible response from Gabriela Ramírez's office. Representatives of the Office of the Ombudswoman would visit independent human rights watch groups to find what happened in connection with repression of protests. That day, they visited NGO Provea. The next day, they met with the attorneys of NGO Venezuelan Criminal Forum. They pursued specific data because -they argued- no claims of human rights violations of demonstrators had been filed with the Office of the Ombudswoman.