Throwing his people under the bus

This morning, dozens of families who lost their homes last December took to the streets to protest.

According to press reports, the group was complaining they have been living in a flooded, rat-infested basement for weeks. I guess there wasn’t enough room for them at the Presidential Palace refuge.

So, in the best Venezuelan spirit, they decided nothing better than to try and block traffic on one of Caracas’ main suburban highways.

The problem came when a bus ran four of them over. This graphic, disturbing Globovision video captures when it all happened. I warn you – it’s pretty disturbing.

When your only hope to get a home is to block a highway and demand the President’s attention, well, your institutions have hit rock bottom.

And the President who vowed to give his life for those affected by the flood waters? Well, let’s just say he was busy.

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