I assume some of you already have read this article from last month.
Last night in several parts of the capital city of Caracas, people hit the streets protesting President Maduro’s re-election that many have called illegitimate. It seems there are legitimate questions about his party pulling some California-style voting fraud and the Assembly (a collection of elected and useless politicians) rejected the results which Maduro promptly ignored and swore again as President.
This are some clips of the front page of El Nacional newspaper this morning:
GNB is the National Guard and PNB is the National Police which comprise half of the repression against the protests last night. The other four identified with the yellow check marks were the “Colectivos”, the armed pro-government goons that are in some cases (like last night) more violent than the police or National Guard. In one location, they murdered a woman who was just standing at the front of her house. In other places, they waved guns, shot at houses and businesses and just operated like advancing and unopposed Mongols.
The Colectivos for the most part are bullies with guns who know are unopposed. Even the few times they were arrested a decade ago, they were promptly released by orders from higher up, so they know they will not face a court of law ever. They are predators without a natural enemy in a fenced preserve full of cute little bunnies to hunt at their pleasure.
Future Somalia in the Caribbean is lost. They are being slowly pared away and they still refuse to step up and do what they need to survive. There are guns in Venezuela but it takes some cojones to get them, but testicular fortitude has been sorely lacking down there for a long time.
They made their bed and they are being raped in it.