Somehow, today’s anniversary makes me feel terribly, terribly old. My stab at commemoration is running on the IHT’s Latitude Blog:
An independent truth commission promised soon after the events of that April was never convened, and no serious investigation was ever started. Instead, the Chavista propaganda machine crammed the events of that weekend into a Bay of Pigs template that has little to do with the historical record and everything to do with the propaganda needs of the regime.
The April Crisis was pressed into service as a kind of Myth of Origin for the Bolivarian Revolution’s radicalization: a tale of C.I.A. conspiracy, shadowy agents and provocateur sharpshooters planted by the opposition to fire on its own supporters.