Colombian cable news network NTN24 gives you a good sense of what today’s march was like in Caracas.

March days have their own rhythm, their own regularities, their own normality. The day ends with two dead, many tear gassed, news blacked out, and a regime that looks every bit as hopeless but also every bit as strong as it did this morning.

It was, in other words, a normal march.

And that’s the worst of it: this sense that the oceans of tear gas, the routine sadism and the occasional murder are our new normal. That everything we saw today is part and parcel of the system, more than it’s a challenge to the system.

Too dour? You tell me.

To leave off, the image today will be remembered for:

 

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