by Carlos Alberto Montaner
Nicolás Maduro will not release Leopoldo López, despite the evident injustice. What’s more, it suits Maduro that Leopoldo be innocent. As Father Lenin taught, the key to obedience is fear, insecurity. It is the ominous certitude that the State can unleash its force whenever the political police decides, without the need for a prior violation of the law. What’s important is not the legality, that contemptible bourgeois minutia, but the revolution.
But there is much more.
Nicolás Maduro affirms that Deputy María Corina Machado is an assassin bent on killing him. The Attorney General, Mrs. Luisa Ortega Díaz, head of the star chamber that in Venezuela is known as the Judiciary, accused three opposition democrats of being her accomplices: former ambassador Diego Arria, the former director of PDVSA Pedro Burelli, and attorney Ricardo Koesling.