Conversation with Glauber González from the East
Black Chronicles are a series of interviews conducted to different anarchists currently living in Venezuela, narrating all the struggles that they face living in one of the few socialist regimes of the 21st century. These interviews deal with the everyday lives of men and women and highlight the precarious situations to which they have been subjected.
In this edition we interview Glauber González, our libertarian colleague from the east and musician of the musical project “think and react”. He will be explaining to us how it is being a father in the current state of Venezuela.
An anarchist musician in Venezuela…How is it being a libertarian in one of the few socialist regimes of the 21st century?
I know that you are a father… How do you deal with the economic scarcity of raising a child in Venezuela?
It is extremely difficult because even if you have enough money for diapers, medicine or milk you still won’t be able to obtain them; and if you somehow manage to buy these items they will cost you 10 times the amount of what they usually cost.
Do you normally queue or engage in ‘bachaqueo’ (Black markets)? On which side of the spectrum are you on?
Sometimes I queue, sometimes I collaborate with bachaqueo and other times I look for other solutions to my problems. I am against the government because it is so depressing, frustrating and sickening what it has single-handedly done to all Venezuelans. The government has screwed us psychologically and economically.
Do you have access to clean water in your house?
I have lived in many places and where I currently live sometimes the water is murky, dirty or smells strange.
Do you constantly have power cuts? How do you do to prevent food from rotting?
I do experience lots of power cuts. I also don’t buy too much food to avoid decomposition.
Have you ever thought of emigrating?
Yes, but unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to do so.
Have you ever been a victim of criminal gangs? Have any lynchings happened where you live?
Yes, we were on the road and they broke our rubber wheels and stole everything from our car. In regards to lynching, if people have the chance of punishing thieves then they will do so, I have already seen 2 cases.
How is the attitude of the police or National Guards in your area?
Other than feeling completely disgusted by those puppets most of them also engage in bachaqueo and abuse the weakest people.
How do you deal with boredom? Locked up in your house, with no money living in a socialist state that doesn’t represent you?
I enjoy the boredom with my daughter.
Do you think that people are ignoring this situation?
No, I don’t think so. As I said to you before, this government has psychologically affected all Venezuelans.
We have become conformists, we only get angry or display passion when we are queuing. Discontentment exists but we need other actions to express this feeling.
What should the attitude of anarchists in Venezuela be in this moment?
Everyone should aim for direct and organized action.
To end this brief interview, would you like to add anything?
Thank you for taking me into account for the interview even though I am currently in standby with “think and react”. I hope that I get to see you again in other anarchist meetings and that we sing new songs that make us think and react.
Translated by Pietro Casati (firstname.lastname@example.org)