The situation in Venezuela keeps getting worse, and the world doesn’t know.
Those protesting do not represent Venezuela’s vast working class majority that struggled to overcome the oppressive exclusion they were subjected to during administrations before Chavez. The youth taking to the streets today in Caracas and other cities throughout the country, hiding their faces behind masks and balaclavas, destroying public buildings, vehicles, burning garbage, violently blocking transit and throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at security forces are being driven by extremist right-wing interests from Venezuela’s wealthiest sector. Led by hardline neoconservatives, Leopoldo Lopez, Henrique Capriles and Maria Corina Machado – who come from three of the wealthiest families in Venezuela, the 1% of the 1% – the protesters seek not to revindicate their basic fundamental rights, or gain access to free healthcare or education, all of which are guaranteed by the state, thanks to Chavez, but rather are attempting to spiral the country into a state of ungovernability that would justify an international intervention leading to regime change.
They failed the last time. Make sure they fail again.
My friend is pretty unfortunate how much information you’re overlooking, let me tell you from my view of point, in which i face too these problems, because I’m living here.
The protests are still going, people from all ages are protesting due to the poor lifestyle that’s being promoted in this country.
We can’t go out without the fear of being killed in the streets, just a few weeks someone got shot in the forehead a few minutes from walking here in my house, the dead body laid there for hours, my mom passed by the dead body coincidentally.
I myself have been victim of insecurity countless times, out of them I have been physically assaulted 3 times, in 1 I got mugged from my bag which had nothing of value, they shoved me against a wall with a knife in my stomach. I know people that have been kidnapped. Everyone I know has been assaulted at least more than 3 times not in their lifetime, but in a year.
We can’t go just at night in most parts because that’s considered suicide here. And I love walking out at night, sadly that’s not something you’re supposed to be doing unless you want a few bullets inside your body.
We have one of the highest murder rates in the entire world, currently sitting at 3rd and rising. And it’s thanks to the death of Monica Spears that people started reclaiming their security, Monica was a beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss Venezuela 2004 and also represented Venezuela at Miss Universe 2005, who got shot several times in her car with her husband and their 5 year old daughter. The only survivor was the 5 year old with a few bullet injuries.
What-not, with the scarce amount of basic food and other basic needs such as oil, flour, water, toilet paper, and a pretty big lists of products that are almost extinct.
Everyday when I walk to my institute, I look at the supermarket chain near my home, and there’s always an absurd long line to get in, even when it hasn’t opened, lines stretches sometimes to other blocks. I myself have been in those lines just to get a bag of cooking oil, we get marked by numbers like animals, so no one cuts in. There’s videos of people beating each other up to grab a bag of flour, an old man had an asthma attack while in line to buy a few things and no one helped him because the line was ridiculously long and they were afraid to wait another 3+ hours to get basic foods.
My dad is struggling to get money thanks to companies leaving the dust, I admire strongly the man and he works hard to still provide me and my brother with food, he currently works a taxi driver, which gives way more money than any minimum wage job and most professional jobs.
So why do these people protest? or an even better question, why don’t more people protest?
A large part of our humble population lives off Chavez’s legacy, most of them are too afraid to demand a better lifestyle, they’re so afraid that if another political side that’s not chavist were to being in power, they’d take the little they have.
But things are getting worst, there are no signs of recovery but instead we’re having a backwards pace, every day life gets more expensive, more people are getting poor and it’s touching rock bottom these last 7 months since the protests began (and are still happening in various parts of the country).
IF YOU NEED MORE RESOURCES AND WANT TO KNOW HOW BAD IN DEEP SHIT WE’RE IN AND EXPOSE THE HUGE AMOUNT OF VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, CORRUPTION, INDOCTRINATION, I’D RECOMMEND TO LOOK INTO THIS POST. MAKE SURE TO READ IT. THIS NEEDS TO GO INTO THE SURFACE.