What the hell is going on in Venezuela?
Venezuelan here. Mind you I was on today’s protest on the anti-government side, this means I’m biased. You may not know, but Venezuela is spiraling into debt. With Chavez death and the rule of President Nicolás Maduro, we had two bid devaluations. The Dollar went from 4,30 Bs (Bolivares "Fuertes") to 11,36 approx. on one year. We can’t find basic food elements like milk, flour, cooking oil, and even toilet paper on our marts and markets, this scarcity is beyond patience. Insecurity is rampant. We are now one of the most violent countries on the world. We had even one of our Miss Venezuela killed, it wasn’t because she was famous, not because she had money, it wasn’t a hitman. She died with same modus operandi every Venezuelan gets killed. The government is secretly working with a lot of "collectives" (mafias, armed groups, violent gangs) as means of intimidation and is turning a blind eye to violence. Here is a video of the police and government enforcers shooting and kicking people: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrpihh6mewQ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsjIb62_PoM Here are some videos of these armed collectives shooting protesters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mb97ZcOd8g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3DS2uxihGk you can see one protester shot death and the police not doing anything. Police brutality against protesters (not today, not in Caracas but in Mérida) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15xj1Tf3sU0Armed collectives shooting and robbing. These are the Tupamaros, considered a legal political party:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hC_K3oPeQ0A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNULcdQ6a0I#t=20You won’t find this on the news except on CNN. Our TV media is buyed by the goverment. It was funny and infuriating watching TV today and finding soup operas an bullshit shows while everybody was marching and the tension was boiling. –migvello