… for some time (background here, here, and here). Here’s an update on continued, increasingly desperate, protests.

The nation’s young people are tired of enduring one of the world’s highest inflation rates, highest murder rates, scarcity of basic staples like toilet paper, and the near certainty that things are going to get worse before they get better. A few days ago, the Associated Press reported on Venezuelans camping on the sidewalk to get information about emigrating to Ireland.

… This week, the streets of Caracas, Maracaibo, and the rest of Venezuela’s largest cities saw large protests that ended in violence. Three people were shot dead, with dozens more wounded. Many eyewitnesses lay the blame for the violence on government-sponsored armed motorcycle gangs, similar to the ones used to suppress pro-democracy protests in Iran in 2009.

… They see a dark future ahead, one in which Venezuela’s slow slide into a Cuban-style autocracy accelerates and is finally realized in its entirety.

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One Response to “This blog has covered university protests in Venezuela…”

  1. charlie Says:

    UD, I would be very careful in publishing anything re: Venezuela if it comes from a U.S. source. Time and again, they’ve been caught flat out lying regarding the Chavez regime, and what his government did/didn’t do. That last line, that the nation is in a “slow slide into a Cuban-style autocracy…’ is pure bullshit, that nation’s media is mostly controlled by private interests, most of the nation’s business is privately owned, and little has been done to change any of that.

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