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The Psychoanalytic Society of Caracas (Sociedad Psicoanalítica de Caracas) rejects the Totalitarian Ways of the Current Venezuelan Regime.

Published in “Tal Cual” - a newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela Translation by Daniel Benveniste, PhD.

This week, in the final stretch leading up to July 16th (the date of a citizen sponsored plebiscite on the government of President Maduro), the Caracas Psychoanalytic Society issued a resounding statement declaring its position on the Venezuelan situation, and condemning, from the outset, "all forms of intolerance and violence that have been occurring in our country."
This very brief document with an excellent synthesis of the situation, expresses the tensions caused by so many months of repression, violence and death, and raises a humanist call "to values ​​such as respect for the other, respect for otherness, the individuality of each person, and the celebration of difference as the most intimate expression of a human being."

This group of psychoanalysts opposes the totalitarian discourse, which prevails in the ruling governing party, "crushing those they think of as different or inferior and seeking the extinction of that which is most precious in human beings - their subjective condition." They criticized the government for “Penalizing Dissidence" with propagandistic government support of pseudo-scientific forums such as the recent “peace laboratories” in which political dissent was described as a “pathology in the area of ​​mental health" – an idea which can only be imagined as indoctrination financed by the MINCI (Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación y la Información – The Ministry of Popular Power for Communication and Information).

The statement of the psychoanalytic group stressed that human rights "must be guaranteed by the state in order to protect ALL citizens of the country, regardless of beliefs or ideologies." Rights today are violated in all aspects, in relation to health, food, freedom of expression, justice and the possibility of leading a full life." All this, they add, has caused a profound deterioration in the physical and psychological health of the population, and has impeded the possibility of growth in the areas of economic, social, and labor development for Venezuelans.
It is important to note that the Psychoanalytic Society of Caracas is part of the International Psychoanalytical Association Trust, an entity that enhances the global meaning of its actions. It is also affiliated with FEPAL (Federación Psicoanalítica de America Latina), its closest Latin American institution.
"We reiterate our repudiation of manipulation through theoretical discourses, emptied of symbolic contents, and the use of force to extinguish the voice of every person that expresses dissent. We call on those who have the responsibility to lead the country and all citizens, to promote tolerance, respect, the coexistence of democratic citizenship and the restitution of the Law as guarantor of the psychic survival of the Nation. "

The full text of the communiqué can be consulted on the twitter link under the domain @spdcaracas of the Psychoanalytic Society of Caracas, whose president is the psychiatrist, Dr. Luisa Elena Álvarez Delgado.

From Twitter @SPdCaracas

ORIGINAL ARTICLE IN SPANISH

La Sociedad Psicoanalítica de Caracas rechazó las formas totalitarias del régimen venezolano actual.

Esta semana, justo en la recta final del 16-J, la Sociedad Psicoanalítica de Caracas hizo público un rotundo comunicado donde fijó posición sobre la situación venezolana, y condenó, de entrada, “todas las formas de intolerancia y violencia que vienen ocurriendo en nuestro país.”

Dicho documento, brevísimo y con una excelente capacidad de síntesis, refleja la crispación que producen tantos meses de represión, violencia y muerte, planteado un llamado humanista “a valores como el respeto del otro, al respeto de la alteridad y la singularidad de cada individuo, y a la celebración de la diferencia como expresión de lo más íntimo del ser humano.”

Este grupo de psicoanalistas también adversa el discurso totalitario, imperante desde el oficialismo, “que aplasta a quienes considera diferentes, inferiores, y procura la extinción de lo más preciado del ser humano, su condición subjetiva.” (Critican lo que llaman “penalización de la disidencia” que toma cuerpo con apoyos propagandísticos del gobierno generados desde foros pseudo-científicos como los recientes “laboratorios de paz”. Dicha disidencia intenta ser abordada allí como una “patología en el área de la salud mental”, un exabrupto sólo imaginado desde los adoctrinamientos sectarios que financia el MINCI, Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Comunicación y la Información).

El comunicado subraya que los derechos humanos “deben estar garantizados por el estado en función de proteger a TODOS los ciudadanos del país, más allá de creencias o ideologías”, unos derechos hoy violentados en todos los aspectos, la salud, alimentación, expresión, justicia y posibilidad de llevar una vida plena. “Todo esto, agregan, ha causado un profundo deterioro en la salud física y psicológica de la población, y ha ocasionado la imposibilidad del crecimiento de los venezolanos en las áreas económica, social, laboral, etc.”
Es importante señalar que la Sociedad Psicoanalítica de Caracas forma parte de la International Psychoanalytical Association Trust, una entidad que potencia el significado mundial de sus actuaciones, así como la FEPAL, su instancia latinoamericana más próxima.

“Reiteramos nuestro repudio a que –a través de la manipulación de discursos teóricos, vaciados de contenidos simbólicos- y del uso de la fuerza, se intente apagar la voz de cada sujeto que exprese su disidencia. Exhortamos a quienes tienen la responsabilidad de conducir al país, y a todos los ciudadanos, a promover la tolerancia, el respeto, la convivencia ciudadana democrática y la restitución de la Ley como garante de la supervivencia psíquica de la Nación.”

El texto íntegro del comunicado puede consultarse en el enlace de twitter existente https://twitter.com/spdcaracas de la Sociedad Psicoanalítica de Caracas, cuya presidenta es la psiquiatra Luisa Elena Álvarez Delgado.

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