Get out of the way / Quítate del medio

That November morning in 1992, Caraqueños woke up to the roaring sounds of military planes. An attempt of coup d’etat was underway.

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A military plane flies over Caracas skies

Second  attempt of coup d’etat, Caracas, November 27 (1992)

(English text follows below) Qué tamaño de delirio se adueñó de un grupo de jóvenes militares venezolanos hace ventitrés años! Con qué soberana cachaza sobrevolaron sus aviones de guerra sobre mi apartamento en Caracas, esa mañana de Noviembre! Qué liderazgo oblícuo estaba detrás de esas acciones? Las excusas: una debilitada democracia y un país aquejado de dificultades económicas… Pero eran sólo excusas. En el fondo, la motivación principal de los líderes del intento de golpe de estado, aquella mañana de Noviembre, era la misma motivación de los políticos de la vieja generación: el deseo desmesurado de poder y el acceso a los beneficios que de ello se deriva. Como decía aquella vieja canción de la Fania:  Quítate tu p’a ponerme yo ! *

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What sort of delusion took over the minds of those Venezuelan air force pilots back in 1992! What a shameless action: to fly their war planes over my apartment building and those of other thousands of peaceful Caraqueños, that November morning! What sort of distorted leadership was behind such actions! Yes, the weakened Venezuelan democracy and the country’s economic difficulties were the perfect excuses…. But they were only excuses. When you come to think of it, the only motivation of those in charge of the coup was the same drive of the old politicians: to grab power and gain access to the benefits derived from that power. As that old Fania All Star’s song goes… Quítate tu, p’a ponerme yo ! (loosly translated as: “get out of the way, so I can get in there!”) *

Author: Constantino

A Chemical Engineer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. He has worked for the oil refining industry in threes countries under different capacities. With photography and writing as hobbies, he has traveled the world (and has still to settle somewhere). Loves movies, Latin Jazz, black coffee and red wine... Kampai!

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