Do you know what is happening in Venezuela? This is what is happening. This is what has been happening during a week. The students have been protesting in a pacific way against the repressive and tyrant government that we have since 1999 (yes, 15 years living like this) and what is the police and the army doing? Beating them, shooting them and recently some students were condemned to jail for 13 YEARS!! For what crime? For claiming justice and democracy. Please, share this post, the world needs to know.
Yo, Tumblr Leftists, anyone please explain what is going on here?
Hahaha this is the same bullshit they roll out every single time. The dictatorship they are talking about is one that has won election after election in conditions that are internationally recognised by the UN and NGOs in multiple countries.
On these specific protests, they are really small demos led by right wing youth and students who are supporting the opposition who, if you remember their attempted coup in 2002, are pro-dictatorship.
The protesters have intimidated journalists, including holding one up at gun point. They have burnt and destroyed medical clinics and they shot a community leader from the slums dead in the street. The political forces we see here are right-wing and anti-democracy.
Okay. Whats going on with the supposed media black out then? Theres another tumblr post floating about saying that Venezuela is gonna get cut off from the internet, and that Maduro is saying everything is okay while the police are firing on people and beating shit up.
I’m not pro-opposition, nor am I playing devils advocate, I just would like a bit more information. Maduro, much like Chavez, wasn’t that great with the whole freedom of media thing. The opposition are certainly dictators, i’m not denying that, its just certain lack of freedoms are questionable here, and I would really appreciate you giving your opinion.
Well, I can safely say that the media blackout is pretty much bullshit. All, and I mean all, of the privately owned media in Venezuela is against the government, and most of it is still privately owned.
Fuck, the leader of the opposition, Capriles, comes from a family of media Moghuls. Like, there is plenty of anti-government press in Venezuela.
And on the topic of freedom of press, under the Chavez and Maduro government, more independent media stations, not controlled by corporations, have opened up than ever before.
In short, y’all should read VenezuelaAnalysis.com, it has pretty awesome and politically clear reporting from the streets.
What are you talking about? Do you even live in Venezuela? Have you been here? The police and the army are killing the students! I went to the march in my city yesterday and thousands of people were there protesting in a pacific way. Three students were shot dead in Caracas. In tachira people are still protesting and today I’m going out again even though I can get killed. Its easy to say all that crap when you live in Australia, but why don’t you come here and see it by yourself? And if you think that we are “small groups of people” is because you haven’t seen the protests of yesterday and because you are obviously believing all the socialist shit that you find on internet
If three students were shot dead, then why is El Nacional, the pro-opposition paper that supported Capriles’ bid only saying there have been two total deaths, one of which was a community leader from Barrio 23 de Enero, you know, Juan “Juancho” Montoya, shot dead by the opposition.
I know a woman, who as an independent journalist in Merida, was held at gunpoint by opposition “freedom fighters” for reporting the news about the conflict, who then proceeded to hold up an entire bus of ordinary people at gunpoint.
So yeah, on one hand I can take the shots from you, and believe that some enormous struggle for freedom has opened up in Venezuela (and wishes to replace the democratically elected government, yes, even the US and the UN say so, with the same forces that instigated an undemocratic coup in 2002). Or I can take the shots from the hundreds of independent activists and journalists on the ground who say that these are reactionary demonstrations.
The last time the opposition protested, medical clinics were burnt to the ground by so called “peaceful protesters”.
But in the end, it doesn’t bother me. The Bolivarian Revolution, which has given more power to the poor people of Venezuela than ever before, which has reduced poverty rates by 70%, which has created over 100000 neighbourhood councils which organise people once excluded from the democratic process, will triumph.
Just to let you know “el nacional” was bought by the government, just the same case as globovision. The clinics that you are talking about were burnt down by the tupamaros and the government blamed the opposition (like they always do) for it. If you want to know what is really happening, come here and see it by yourself.
Now you are just lying.
Like, El Nacional isn’t owned by the government. Like, it just isn’t. A brief browse of google can tell you that. In fact, the current owner founded Movimiento 2D and strongly supports the opposition movement.
The protests in Venezuela is much more complicated than socialists vs. ‘the opposition’. The protesters are not all reactionaries, anti-leftists and opposition forces as you would have us believe.
This is my biggest problem with leftist and (especially) socialist blogs. They rather accept the word of a leftist political leader and shun an entire protest/movement/resistance than look at the situation critically. And liberals like theradioactivebitch like to spew sensationalist bullshit for some notes.
Lets take a look on how Maduro is handling the protests. The following quote was made by Maduro this week:
“Quien quiera protestar o marchar en cualquier lugar del país debe tener permiso y si no es así, serán detenidos.”
Translation: “Whoever protest or march anywhere in the country must have permission and if not, they will be detained.”
This quote is in response to Venezuelans protesting the government for the past two weeks over corruption, widespread violence and especially the severe food shortage.
And instead of immediately fixing the problem, Maduro is detaining protesters and blaming the food shortage on the opposition. He recently created a government council that would inspect private companies to ensure they are not deliberately slowing distribution or decreasing production.
Maduro’s police forces are also using live ammunition (bullets) against protesters. This is a video from yesterdays protest showing uniformed officers shooting at protesters. (Follow the link in the video for the article.)
The opposition on the other hand is almost certainly supported by the U.S. and may be funded by them as well.
This is why I encourage critical thinking. Both sides are corrupted and neither should be fully trusted. Everything they say and do should be taken with a grain of salt.
To be clear, I don’t support the opposition, nor do I support the Maduro government. But I do support the people who are legitimately protesting against violence, corruption and food insecurity.