Theories about [Robert] Serra's brutal killing abound, though there is considerable agreement the crime was anything but random. Preliminary evidence seems to hint that the killers had prior knowledge of his home, and the 2012 murder of one of his bodyguards reinforces perceptions that the legislator had powerful enemies.
The government's working theory -- at least the one they air in public -- places blame squarely upon the opposition by way of a tangled (and somewhat baffling) conspiratorial web allegedly involving a cabal of rightwing millionaires in Miami, former Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, some rightwing paramilitary groups, and other assorted "fascists." Official statements from government officials hint at the possibility of a renewed government crackdown on such ideological enemies in response.
Serra's influential position and tight security have led others to believe the assassination must have been an inside job. The government has become more factionalized since the death of Hugo Chávez last year. Various ideological strains and interests have clashed beneath the party's surface, and speculation abounds that Serra was killed as part of some internecine vendetta. This latter view seemed reinforced somewhat on Tuesday by the arrest of six suspects, including four Serra employees and two local police officers. Meanwhile ex-President Uribe, remains at large.The business of the Venezuelan people is deadly business.