I really should stop doing that. On mornings such as today’s, reading it gives me a knot in my stomach.
Here’s what I woke up to – what all Venezuelans woke up to – today:
- At 3:15 AM, the National Guard and the National Police attacked the student protest campgrounds in Baruta and Chacao. Many were detained.
- Warnings are raised about the quality of Caracas’ drinking water.
- Director of press freedom NGO Un Mundo Sin Mordaza is detained.
- Opposition radio show Plomo Parejo suspended from the air.
- Private school principals in Bolívar state are fired
- El Universal only has paper for a few more weeks.
- Failures in the Amuay Refinery stop gasoline plant.
- Maduro acknowledges 20% of Venezuela’s industries are not working.
- In 2014 there have been fewer dollars disbursed for imports than in the same period in 2013.
- Cheese industry about to go bankrupt due to a lack of packaging material.
- Venezuelan Chamber of Packaging (glass an aluminum for food) says the industry is paralized due to a lack of dollars.
- Steel industry has been on strike for fifteen days.
- $4 billion debt has airlines reconsidering leaving Venezuela altogether. They are contemplating international legal arbitration options.
- Government owes car assembly plants 2.8 billion.
- Electricity rationing in Zulia.
- Chacao businesses are geting their water from water trucks.
- Attempted mutiny in Los Teques leaves several wounded – prisoners and their relatives.
And that’s just a slow news day!
We’ll try and post more specifics on all of these topics. Try … because as soon as we catch up with the day’s events, a new day comes, bringing with it a fresh batch of badness. And so it goes…Caracas Chronicles is 100% reader-supported. Support independent Venezuelan journalism by making a donation.