The Story of the Last Week, in a Single Tweet

It isn't that the State Security forces are moving in with tear gas to disperse rowdy, even violent protests. It's that they're tear gassing people protesting in total calm, causing a confrontation that wouldn't take place otherwise.

Take 20 seconds to watch the video in this tweet. It shows a calm, colected Henrique Capriles walking down the street when suddenly, for no apparent reason, a tear gas canister is shot straight at his group.

That’s the dynamic at work in this week’s protests in Caracas. It really is perverse.

And, if you need a bonus, here’s a second tweet:

Extra bonus?

Tear gas from helicopters:

Oh, and inside hospitals, to boot.