There’s a documentary you should watch, if you have the bandwidth. It’s titled, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised. It’s about an attempt to overthrow Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. The parallels to Edsa Dos and Edsa Tres are striking -and the differences, even more so.
Chavez, a former army officer, wins the presidency in an election as a populist. He announces that the state-owned oil company, dominated by the wealthy mestizos, will be under new management. The head of the confederation of business owners and a leader of a labor union associated with the wealthy go to Washington to complain; the Bush administration views Chavez as a dangerous pro-Castro radical. Chavez can rely only on the state-owned TV station while the rest of the TV media is in private hands.
The opposition calls for people power; media rallies to the call; senior military officers ask Chavez to step down. Rallies against the government and counter-rallies take place. Both sides confront each other at the gates of the presidential palace. Shots are fired -not by the army, vainly trying to serve as a buffer between the two sides- and people die. There are snipers. But from which camp? The private media deliberately distorts reality and says the firing was done by Chavez supporters. Things escalate.
Tanks surround the palace. Military officers arrive to demand Chavez’s resignation. He refuses. They threaten to bomb the palace. He decides to place himself under the custody of the rebels -but refuses to resign. He is taken away. The rest of the documentary details the startling return to power of Chavez 48 hours later.