“And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: repression works only to strengthen and knit the repressed.”
— John Steinbeck, from The Grapes of Wrath
I woke up this morning with the live transmission of Henrique Caprile’s campaign closure in Caracas. Only the people who have lived in Venezuela for this past 13 years know what it’s been like, having your dignity thrown at your face if your opinions don’t match those of the government; being forced to wear shirts and caps with references towards Chavez (our president), or being fired from your job as a public worker; having the president of your nation say without any restraint in national TV how if you don’t work for the state’s TV channels or newspapers you can’t enter the National Assembly; or not been able to have any official records, because the state withholds it and does not allow that information to be of public knowledge. That, without mentioning the brutal fall of our economy when it comes to non-petroleum-related production, or how in my country more people die daily out violence than people die in large countries on war, or how we have daily electricity cuts, and our problems with the quality of water, and the fact that there is no justice served if it doesn’t have something to do with political interests. I truly believe I live in an up-side-down country, with more ignorance than space and more lack of culture than people. Still, I woke up this morning and put Globovisión and saw how tens of thousands of people were in the streets, accompanying HC in his campaign closure on the country’s capital, Caracas. There has never been so many people in another march, of any kind, of any other year, of any other city in my country. There has never been such huge mass concentration as big as this one period. So I put the quote in bold, because people gets tired of being manhandled and today, as it has been in the last week, my people, my country, is proving that quote true. I have hope that a better path will start this next sunday for my country in our president elections, if Henrique Capriles wins. So let’s hope history proves itself true next October 7th!