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CARACAS.- Operation “Iron Hand” against corruption is already underway and its first victims are Chavistas. Two mayors, two deputies and a prosecutor are the first detainees of the latest plan ordered by Nicolás Maduro to fight against the evils that afflict the Bolivarian revolution: three of those arrested are accused of drug trafficking and two of gasoline smuggling.

The Bolivarian National Police arrested the mayor last week Keyrineth Fernández, one of the indigenous leaders of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), with six panels of cocaine, about seven kilos. Along with Fernández, two deputies were arrested: a ‘promise’ from the ruling youth and another parliamentarian belonging to the ranks of the collaborationist ‘opposition’.

Keyrineth Fernández, the mayor of the Jesús María Semprúm municipality who was arrested
Keyrineth Fernández, the mayor of the Jesús María Semprúm municipality who was arrestedtwitter

The mayor of the Jesús María Semprún municipality, south of Lake Maracaibo and near the border with Colombia, belongs to the Wayú indigenous ethnic group. A “daughter of Chávez”, as she defines herself on her social networks. “Chavez is undefeated here, here we follow his golden generation, assuming with great courage because we are not afraid of that oligarchy, we have learned a lot! We have to thank you (Nicolás Maduro) for the example you have given us, as well as our brother Vice President of the party, Diosdado Cabello”, Keyrineth Fernández spoke at a recent political act of the PSUV, headed by the “president of the people”.

Leaders of the Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV) in the Jesús María Semprún municipality had spent weeks denouncing the repeated abuse of power by the mayor, who even used paramilitaries to intimidate voters with a clean shot during the election day of 21-N, in addition to committing “multiple electoral crimes.” The complaints made to the PSUV were never heard.

The mayor led a drug trafficking network, now dismantled, of which Taína González is also a part, deputy for Zulia, and Luis Viloria Chirinos, deputy for Táchira, both border states. The most striking thing is that Viloria already appeared in November among the detainees of another drug raid, but inexplicably remained free. As reported by the Chavista media themselves, the deputy fell in the raid carried out by the Bolivarian National Guard against a group that was transporting 336 panels of cocaine (368 kilos) from Táchira to the port of La Guaira.

Taína González worked as commissioner of religious affairs in the PSUV Youth and in her day achieved a certain popularity in the Chavista bases by becoming a the youngest deputy of the Constituent Assembly. Viloria, on the other hand, was a member of one of the false “opposition” parties that collaborate with Chavismo, even revolutionary media assure that he served as an advisor to Luis Parra, leader of the “scorpions” who came to preside over the National Assembly intervened by chavism. These deputies left the ranks of the Democratic Unity to form a bench at the service of the Colombian tycoon Alex Saab, the main financial operator of the revolution and alleged figurehead of Maduro, who remains in a Florida prison awaiting trial.

The second operation by the authorities has dismantled another network, this time linked to gasoline smuggling, one of the main businesses in the country today, where fuel is rationed. TO Carlos Vidal, Chavista mayor of the Independencia municipality in Anzoátegui state (northeast Venezuela), and the superior prosecutor of Bolívar, Manuel Gil da Silva, they are accused of being the leaders of a “dangerous network of organized crime” dedicated to the diversion, smuggling and illegal sale of fuel.

“Traitor to the trust of the people and unworthy of his investiture,” Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) pointed out to the detained mayor. Gas stations, where bribes are rampant, are under the control of the military.

Operation “Iron Hand” is part of the strategy that the “people’s president” has launched after the regional elections in November to consolidate his candidacy for the 2024 presidential elections and thus remain in charge of the country until 2030. An offensive in which the cult of personality of the revolutionary boss has been committed and which has its own cartoons: “Supermustache and his Iron Fist”.

As if the anti-corruption operation was led by the “iron” superhero, despite the fact that Maduro has presided over Venezuela for the last eight years. According to the updated ranking of Transparency International, Venezuela ranks fourth as the country with the most corruption on the planet, only surpassed by Syria, Somalia and South Sudan.

“Any deviation from the correct revolutionary line must be condemned, repudiated by the militants of the PSUV. We are going to a thorough review, whoever commits criminal acts, whatever their name is, will bear the full weight of the law, ”Cabello warned after the arrests.

“What cynicism is this cheekiness,” opposition leader Andrés Velásquez replied. “He knows that the PSUV and the regime are rotten: corruption, mafias, drug trafficking, smuggling, environmental crime, crimes against humanity, murders, torture, political prisoners…”, clinched the leader of La Causa R.

“This internal war within the PSUV is tough. I want to believe that the democratic forces are taking note and collecting information to know clearly what are the opposing fractions and be able to take advantage of it”, interpreted the analyst Walter Molina.

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