How Los Altos Mirandinos Became a Failed State

Following heavy repression, neighborhood groups in San Antonio de los Altos, Los Teques and Carrizal are morphing into a scary kind of opposition-colectivo.

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Repression, looting, robberies, and nights full of tear gas and gunfire have become routine for the Altos Mirandinos, isolating entire communities in their own homes for days on end. As the state collapses, new and unexpected actors are coming forward to fill the void. And they are scary.

The outlying Caracas suburbs known as Los Altos Mirandinos —San Antonio de los Altos, Carrizal and Los Teques— are some 40-50 km. southwest of Caracas.

My parents, who still live in San Antonio, were stuck at home, unable to go out for five full days this week — luckily, they had some stocks of food to tide them over. It just wasn’t possible to get around all the barricades, and even if you could, there are hardly any shops selling anything: everything’s been looted.

Constant clashes have turned the whole area into a kind of ungoverned space, where no municipal or State authority has any kind of control whatsoever. The literature on state failure is clear: this kind of ungoverned space invites irregular groups to step into the void, taking “de facto” control over the area. That’s certainly been our experience back home.

As the state collapses, new and unexpected actors are coming forward to fill the void.

Groups of opposition neighborhood youths started to gel in response to this chaos. They got their start clashing on a daily basis with the security forces. The WhatsAppRoots loves to call them brave, dauntless fighters, and neighbors would help them with food supplies and first aid supplies. But more and more they’re acting like something else: a kind of parallel mob government nobody can control.

 In San Antonio de Los Altos, at least, they’ve started treating the vecinos in ways not so different from the infamous chavista colectivos.

The meeting

I talked to a resident of the O.P.S. buildings on the Avenida Perimetral near the iconic San Antonio roundabout  –the core of the National Guard (GNB) and Resistance clashes. Speaking on condition of anonymity, he told me about a meeting between the youngsters leading the clashes against the GNB and manning the barricades all over the city; and the community. The meeting was requested by the neighbors of the worst affected areas.

The hoods and masks the kids were wearing made it hard to put names to usually familiar faces.

They wanted to talk about the barricades and blockades. They’ve gotten so extreme that people in many urbanizaciones in San Antonio have just not been able to leave their homes. The neighbors asked these youths to lift the barricades to let people restock, and to allow people in need of medical attention to get to their health centers.

The answer was simple: “no.”

The teens and young men in their early twenties showed up to the meeting, faces covered behind hoods and masks, armed with sticks and improvised weapons.

According to another neighbor, they said they would keep the blockades and keep fighting against the GNB until Maduro leaves. But they also said that they don’t recognize the authority of Los Salias mayor, Josy Fernández (Primero Justicia), or even Governor Henrique Capriles’ authority in Miranda state or the leadership of MUD. They’re a law onto themselves.

What’s scary is that San Antonio is not that big a place: we all know each other. But the hoods and masks the kids were wearing made it hard to put names to usually familiar faces. 

Alarmingly, barricades now block off the access to Policlínica El Retiro, one of the few health centers that took care of wounded protesters. It’s the place that tried to save the life of Diego Arellano.

The colectivo attitude

Imagine spending five days shut it at home, without any chance to shop for already scarce food and medicines.

As my old neighbors in Pacheco told me “we did not have enough provisions, so we had to go out on foot several miles to San Antonio’s downtown, but everything was closed.” Suppliers could not come in, so supermarkets, bakeries, and abastos had almost nothing to sell.

The chamos did call sporadic “ceasefires” during the five day siege when bakeries and small stores were allowed to (or rather, ordered to) open. María, another O.P.S. resident told me she was in a bakery in the Perimetral Avenue standing a line to purchase whatever was available when they came.

It was not the GNB or actual government colectivos, but the hooded youngsters from the barricades that came into the bakery, shouting orders to the owners and taking control of the lines and the products being sold.

Like SUNDDE, or CLAPs members, these youngsters took control over the distribution of basic goods in the area, demanding a share for their own benefit “to keep up the fight on the streets.” The thin line between resistance and racketeering seems to be dissolving out there.

I was shocked by María’s testimony, so I kept asking who these kids were.

People describe them as a mixed group of youngsters, ranging from middle class teenagers to the well-known group of San Antonio’s poorer kids who were forced to drop out of high school and get jobs. There’s a persistent sense that there are some infiltrados thrown into the mix, adding fuel to the fire.

The thin line between resistance and racketeering seems to be dissolving out there.

They all have a thing in common, though: they think they have nothing to lose, so they keep their feet on the streets 24/7, manning barricades and refusing the crossing to members of the community, unless they pay up in food, medicines, or gasoline from their tanks (to make petrol bombs.)

Yes they’re victims: of two decades of misgovernment, of social resentment, of hatred, of impunity, of educational collapse, of a lack of political consciousness.

But they’re also perpetrators. They compete to see who’s the most arrecho or who controls the inner-factions in the group, like a Caribbean Lord of the Flies.

They feed from chaos, and chaos is their only plan.

Playing into the government’s hands

Even if the original intentions of these groups were noble, the protest are now as big a problem for neighbors as the repression. They’re the perfect scapegoat. They provide a pretext to attack opposition mayors and governors, even as these groups don’t recognize them as elected officials at all.

They compete to see who’s the most arrecho or who controls the inner-factions in the group, like a Caribbean Lord of the Flies.

Nobody in the opposition wants to talk about it —for obvious reasons. But it’s enormously dangerous, and it could spread. Perhaps Diputados, the same ones marching and choking on tear gas alongside Caraqueños, should be dispatched to their respective districts and exercise some local leadership before things get out of hand. 

MUD ignores the chaos in the Altos Mirandinos at its own risk. Mindless radicalism could overrun them, hampering the legitimate effort for civil disobedience against Maduro’s dictatorship.

60 COMMENTS

  1. This is sensationalism as it best. The situation is severe, yes, but I live in San Antonio and I have to say that this is poor journalism. Do you have any better source than ‘Maria’? Can we use the term failed state so lightly? are there any proofs that the protesters took control of any establishment?

    • Javier grew up in the area and interviewed his parents and several other contacts in the area to collect first hand testimony and confirm accounts.

      I humbly suggest that if you don’t understand why those sources would demand anonymity your grasp of local dynamics is not *that* strong.

      Is there a specific fact that’s wrong? If so we’d be happy to correct it.

    • I spent 25 years living in SAdlA. My family has over 40 years, and so many of the neighbors being affected. As “we all know each other” in town, they asked me to reserve their identities for security reasons, as they were aggressively treated by the encapuchados, from whom they did not even get a single name, or uncovered face.

      I cannot compromise their security, if they feel like they could suffer from retaliation. Period.

      • Encapuchados, que nadie reconoce y que nadie ha podido identificar.

        Como dije antes, la cosa encaja tan bien el la retórica del gamelote loco del hegemoncorp chavista que parecería que todos esos carajos son malandros que andan aprovechando la situación, o chavistas que están haciendo eso para hacer quedar mal las protestas, o malandros a los cuales los chavistas les están pagando para que vayan a joder al lugar.

        Es simplemente estúpido que con la barricada se pretenda dejar atrapada a la gente dentro de la misma, la barricada tiene la misma función que las paredes de la caza: Mantener las amenazas afuera, la gente no le pega soldadura a la puerta de su casa para quedarse encerrado, ni se pone a cobrar peaje a los demás miembros de la familia o se pone a robar, por cierto, por donde vivo hubieron quienes montaron barricadas, y se supo de varios casos donde malandros enconchados en invasiones cercanas montaban barricadas para atracar a la gente, se supo que eran choros porque no se acercaban nunca ni la guardia ni los colectivos a coserlos a tiros como le hacen al resto de la gente.

  2. All of the situation fits so good into the chavista rethoric demonizing barricades and protesters, that I wouldn’t be surprised of it was all orchestrated by chavistas from the lowest caliber.

    The “barricade 101” course says that you leave free pass to the people that inhabit the place you’re blocking, because the barricade is to protect your community from attackers, not to “simply lock people inside and period”

    This smells to red drape on a smoke pot from kilometers away.

  3. They been told repeatedly that blocking your own street only favors the government and put people against you.
    They keep doing it because that’s the only thing they know.
    Well, thanks MUD. You had 18 years to train your own people and now that you finally have them on your side they act like total retards.

  4. This government needs to be ousted. If that means most of us have to put up with inconviencies for a while, so be it. Lord knows we’ve suffered enough years of this miserable and insane shit as it is.

    Man the barricades.

    • Imagine you’re manning the barricade and you get shot. You’re in need of urgent medical attention and they put you on a bike right up to the closest clinic.

      In the way, the bike encounters another barrica, blocking the access to the street where the health center is. You die before you can even get there.

      That has no sense. At all. Barricades are supposed to protect you from the reppressive forces of the dictatorship, not to block the access of the people to their homes (or from them) or to key health centers.

      That’s what happening in the roads leading to Policlinica El Retiro, one of the few clinics in town. The one where they took Diego Arellano.

      But these groups won’t listen to these arguments, and keep blocking the access even to the doctors that work at the Policlinica, and patients in need of treatment.

      You call it “inconviencies”. But in some places this is defined as “war crime”, if we take what the kids manning the barricades say (that we are at “war”).

      Es inhumano chamo.

      • So what’s your solution, classes en Barricade Ethics 101?

        I’ll bet the people complaining today voted overwhelmingly in 1998 for Chavez. They’re reaping what they sowed and we’re all now paying the price for their stupidity.

          • Not directed at anyone in particular, OK? I’m certainly not perfect, but I see various posts kind of digging against other people. If we here on a blog cannot keep calm and civil in the face of tyranny and anarchy – even when many of us are 1,000 miles from living it day-to-day – how can we reasonably expect the barricaderos to have a Council Meeting to Determine National Policy – coats and tries of course.

            Someone did their best shot at a study in Afghanistan a few years ago, talking to four people from four different levels of society there, from MD down to a cook, IIRC. The guy asked about conditions there. I read parts of the translations, and those people – even the doctor, to some clear degree – blamed the aggressive Great Satan for intentionally seeking to destroy everything sacred and worthwhile in the world with a thoroughly evil machination based on hatred of humanity (or something similar). That would include me, and you, btw..

            The guy doing the interviews commented that these people grew up with bombs going off in their front yards, literally. Trained soldiers get shell-shock. A four year old child?

            The young people on the barricades in the altos Mirandinos grew up under “Chavismo”. But still, if we do not judge men by their actions, words being easy to manipulate, then what are we to judge by? Are we to be saints, and leave judgement to God only?

          • And how is this comment helpful? Web sites like this should help educate and inform, if all you have is insults, you’re the mismo musiu.

          • And you are a hopeless fool if you dare to think that morality is present in war. Bruto no, suena duro pero es la realidad, además el articulo en su gran mayoría es amarillista y sensacionalista.

        • When someone is in distress the natural reaction is to try to assist them.
          If an overweight person were to have a heart attack, would you say that they deserve it because they were overweight or would you administer CPR?
          If a woman is being beaten by her husband, do you think it is her fault for marrying him?
          There is no justification for the suffering that has been inflicted on the people and these gangs are adding to that suffering.
          They don’t deserve this because they voted for someone that deceived them.

      • “Imagine you’re manning the barricade and you get shot…

        …But these groups won’t listen to these arguments, and keep blocking the access even to the doctors that work at the Policlinica, and patients in need of treatment. ”

        Those aren’t protesters, those are common malandros, taking advantage from the situation.

    • That’s true in Greece, France, Sweden, California, Hawaii … not to mention Cuba, Nicaragua, Mejico … and many other foreign countries I can roll off the top of my head. Insanity is all a matter of amounts, and of how much one allows others to think for oneself.

  5. The same message that the MUD is trying to stress to the military and the national guard, that their duty is to protect citizens, needs to be stressed to these kids. The fight against the GNB is not a turf battle.
    You never steal from your own people.
    When this is over, the people you are abusing today will still be your neighbors.
    They need to understand that this is everyone’s struggle, either everyone will win or everyone will lose.
    Their actions are harming the very people that they claim to be supporting.

  6. So believing one should be held responsible for one’s actions makes me a moral midget? Fine. Title accepted.

    I told everyone who would ever listen that chavismo’s goal was to seduce the population with the dream of something for nothing allthewhile taking away rights until it was too late to do anything about it. Well guss what?

    Things will improve marginally after this regime falls, but the overiding problem will still exist. Venezuela will still be populated by Venezuelans.

    • MRubio
      The point that I was trying to make is that it doesn’t matter how someone got where they are, it is our purpose to try and help them.
      If a homeless person comes into a soup kitchen, does it matter how they ended up homeless?
      I think not.
      Perhaps you are correct that these people supported Chavez and then supported Maduro, it is still an outrage what is happening to them and millions of others.
      I doubt people would have supported Mao, Lenin or Pol Pot if they had realized what the outcome would be.
      I like to think that when I encounter someone that needs help, rather than it being a burden, that it is possible that God is using me to answer their prayers. That is the spirit that I hold in my heart when I try to be of assistance.
      I have read many of your posts and I believe that you are committed to the cause of the opposition and truly want the suffering to end.
      I can also empathize with your emotions concerning the people that put this regime in place.
      These people have been deceived. The current oppression violates the principals of what the revolution promised, violates the Constitution and violates Venezuelan sovereignty with Cuban hegemony.
      I do not consider you a moral midget in any way. I just chalk your comment up to the frustration you must feel after so many years of watching your country being raped of its wealth and the people denied their rights by the corrupt leadership.

  7. Hm, the Chavez’s clan is making really cute Spanglish blogs now, huh? Thanks for the article mister, fantastic journalism.

    Hope your family got those government food packs.

    • If you’re going to call me “Chavez’s clan” because I raised an autocritic about the consequences that misguided barricades can cause on innocent neighbors, then you’re not being a better person than the ones in the dictatorship we are opposing.

      Because that’s typical chavismo: to shut down autocritics.

      What’s the sense of blocking the access to doctors and patients trying to get to the clinic in town?

      We have to be better than that.

      • Lemme ask, little commie shill, are you here?
        All this propaganda you’re writing came from a credible source?

        “the clinic in town” he says, not seeming to know that there’s another clinic 3km away from the perimetral Av.

        “They aren’t allowing the people to come out” he claims because “Maria” told him, but the stores have all agreed to be open until 2 pm, and traffic is open at least on one lane in every road.

        “Perhaps a leader should come by to put order” he suggests, the same leftist politics calling themselves opposition, but seem to only call for elections under a corrupt system.

        Nice autocritic my man, appropriate sources, fantastic spanglish.

        Next article has to be praising the “peace collectives”, right?

        • The problem with anectodic evidence is this, that collecting the testimony of a handful of residents that are annoyed at the protesters can paint a completely different picture from El Estímulo’s article, which presents the movement as fully supported by the residents of SAdLA.

  8. Spot on criticism on this article and great work!!! Really, it is time for the adults to take over. The kids have heart, but they can often let rhetoric get ahead of reason. The tactic of guarimbas like this are only “chemotherapy for el pueblo” and it can often kill the host before it kills the cancer.

    If they want to be arrecho, they would much better off organizing flash mobs to vandalize and/heckle heckle Chavista big fish or symbolic targets (and then make viral videos). It serves a greater purpose of winning the information war and you are not going to divide people within opposition neighborhoods.

    However, again, the guarimbas,are a strategy of chemotherapy. They will only work if EVERYBODY is in the street. It may come to this moment, but we are not there yet. This government will fall any day now–and everybody might have to come out to the streets for a day or several days–but the timing has to be right. Venezuelans have already suffered enough. Make the Chavistas suffer, not your neighbors.

    Big debt payments are due. The dollar will hit 8000 by July. Be patient. Once inflation doubles in a couple of months, there will be very few Chavistas left and the pueblo will be out in the streets–even in former Chavista neighborhoods. Now is not the time, but it is coming soon. Be patient guarimberos and choose your tactics accordingly.

    Also, the strategy of the guarimbas can work for the gochos arrechos because of geography!!!! Following, we need to see their case as unique. They are self sufficient in food production and have water. No gas right now, but the people can still eat and drink. This strategy will never work in regions not blessed by geography. Please estudiantes!! study a little about geography and military strategy and ponder this thought for a moment. Strategy and tactics must be specific for each locality and you cannot kill the host so that you can kill the cancer.

  9. Pura paja, yo vivo en San Antonio, las quejas y mentiras vienen de los chavistas, nunca se puso barricada en la Clinica El Retiro, esta muy lejos de la zona del conflicto y ademas reciben a los heridos gratis, las barricadas siempre se abren a las emergencias, en la manana puedes bajar a caracas, comprar comida, caminar un poco, ok, los que escriben contra la protesta es por que pierden su comodidad de ia a la panaderia a comprar pan en sus camionetas, 3 fuentes no pueden expresar la verdad de un pueblo, este articulo esta sesgado.

    • Chamo, hubo una señora que se trataba con diálisis en la Policlínica. Durante varios días no pudo pasar por las barricadas, que ni siquiera eran las de la Perimetral, sino que estaban más lejos aún de la represión o no la dejaron pasar. Y lamentablemente falleció. Era una vecina tan opositora como cualquiera en San Antonio, que bastante opositor es de por sí.

      Estas cosas no pueden pasar. Bastante hay ya con la escasez de medicinas, comida y con la persecución asesina de la represión, para que también entre nosotros nos estemos perjudicando.

      Te pongo un ejemplo más personal incluso: mi papá es médico, y vive en la ruta hacia La Mariposa

      Trató que le dieran paso en una barricada entre Potrerito y Pacheco (donde no ha habido represión, y que además está lejos de la Perimetral), para ir a su puesto de trabajo, que como médico le corresponde y no lo dejaron pasar. Qué sentido tiene eso?

      Ah!, que por La Mariposa está el Destacamento 56 de la GNB y pueden subir por ahí a la Redoma? Bien, cuando vengan, trancales el paso a ellos. Pero no a los vecinos.

      • Por casos como ese, es que ve que los que están trancando ahí, no son gente que protesta contra el régimen, si no malandros que hasta pueden haber sido contratados por la dictadura para “hacer quedar mal a los guarimberos”

      • It’s possible to do a dialogue between the two texts:

        EC:

        “Poco a poco los Altos Mirandinos regresan a su actividad normal.”

        You:

        “It just wasn’t possible to get around all the barricades, and even if you could, there are hardly any shops selling anything: everything’s been looted.”

        What would be ‘actividad normal’ in this context, then? To be able to walk around and not find anything?

        “Those were the days my friend
        We thought they’d never end”?

        It’s seems to me to be a big argument about nothing… Sorry.

  10. The looming debt payments (as mentioned by Guacharaca) will be tough for the Chavistas to manage. If they don’t, there is little to sustain them as the walls close in. And they will – as certain as night follows day.

  11. Yo estoy completamente en desacuerdo con que los manifestantes no dejen pasar a los vecinos, y especialmente de que cobren peaje, y buscaría la manera de hacerlos razonar porque me parece un abuso, pero la verdad es que todo eso ocurre (si es que de verdad ocurre, porque no me queda tan claro y en cualquier caso pienso que podrían ser infiltrados) porque no hay Estado ni justicia.
    Por otro lado, quienes quieran hablar de civilidad y de ciudadanía, entonces que luchen para tener una República. Porque defender la bandera de la civilidad, cuando no hay República, ni justicia, es un sin sentido y termina convirtiéndose en pura hipocresía. Nadie es mejor que nadie por hablar de civilidad cuando reina la injusticia alrededor. ¿O es acaso preferible la paz de la dictadura?
    La lucha no se hace para demostrar que somos mejores que los chavistas. La lucha se hace contra la dictadura, porque la dictadura es una mierda (Maduro mamahuevo asesino bruja). Esa idea de que “somos mejores que ellos”, es una estupidez fruto de la arrogancia y de la ignorancia. No somos mejores que nadie y menos que los chavistas, porque que yo sepa, somos prácticamente sus esclavos y nos pueden matar en la calle como perros impunemente. Y si no nos matan con un tiro en la calle, nos matan en el hospital por faltas de medicina.
    Así que sí, es una cagada que se haya llegado a esto, pero la solución es tomar las riendas de la lucha y vencer. Los diputados deberían ir a San Antonio y actuar como líderes. No ponerse en contra de los guarimberos, sino ponerse a su lado, ganarse su confianza, y conducirlos de manera más inteligente hacia la victoria.

  12. This article it’s false. The testimonies that you have been given are either not true or you have created them yourself. I study at the UCV in Venezuela and work in a Law Firm with people from San Antonio and nothing, as the things you boldly declare as facts in this opinion article, has been told by them or through any other social network aside from TV that has been seized by the government. Protesters taking the streets do let people to come in and out if medical help is needed or to resupply markets and such, if they didn’t half of them would already be dead, it has been 50 days since the protest started and even then markets didn’t have many food, without supplies they would have famished away already.
    Protesters have been getting support an increasing in size precisely because people believe in that initiative not because they are forced. People give them from stones to food and armor so they can fight, not because they forced them to these things. Obligando a pagar peaje, semejante estupidez parece “noticia” de Zurda Konducta.

    Even at war Young man and women, me included, have shown composure and reasoning above all expectation against tyrants that deserve to be punished in ways that only the Spanish inquisitors could device. That’s what morality demands, to punish the wicked according to the pain that they have inflicted. But yet we choose not to and abide to ethics, follow the law in the ways we can a fight. Do not confuse sensationalism with journalism, morality with ethics, and above all, do not try to pass this poor excuse of report as something else as the opinion of a person that is in the shores of another country. This is beyond disrespectful, it’s irresponsible.

    Esta es la razón por la cual los testigos referidos en los procedimientos venezolanos están prohibidos.

    • Puede que el testimonio sea cierto, pero lo que no se quiere reconocer es que en realidad los grupos de malandros mandados a joder a la comunidad son parte de otro montaje del gusano2 para alimentar la bolsa de putrefacción inmunda que es la retórica chavista que sataniza las protestas.

      Los montajes chavistas son así de descarados, porque tratan de hacer realidad la paja loca que ellos balbucean como su versión distorsionada de la realidad, y estos “guarimberos malandros que joden la comunidad y la tienen encerrada para que se mueran las viejitas que necesitan atención médica” encaja como llave en cerradura en esa basura que es el hegemoncorp.

    • Conozco una vecina que murió por no poder llegar a la policlinica el retiro a hacerse su dialisis, después de varios dias tratando. Conozco a un medico que no lo dejaron pasar de urgencia, cuando iba a ir a tratar un parto en ese mismo lugar. En otro, no dejaron pasar a mi padre, que es medico. A pesar de mostrar sus credenciales.

      Y eso no puede ser. Una cosa es la tranca para protegerse de la represión, y otra la tranca sin sentido que nos perjudica a nosotros mismos (anarquía).

      • A lo que me refiero es, que la gente que entrevistó Javier pudo ser de los que aborrecen las protestas y son oposición, y magnifican todo como el absurdo ese de que “mataron a la viejita que iba en una ambulancia porque no la dejaron pasar” o que sean de esos que dicen “vayan a protestar a Miraflores y déjennos en paz donde no los tengamos que ver”

        Capaz que la gente a la que entrevistó pues hasta son chavistas.

        Esa hipótesis de que “el régimen NECESITA que haya violencia para JUSTIFICAR la violencia” es una falacia, y ya es hora de que la gente termine de sacársela de la cabeza y enterrarla para siempre, el régimen ya ha demostrado cantidad de veces que NO NECESITA VIOLENCIA para comenzar a atacar, es más, el régimen NO QUIERE UNA RESPUESTA VIOLENTA DE LAS PROTESTAS, LO QUE QUIERE ES QUE LA GENTE CIERRE LA JETA Y SE ESCONDA PARA SIEMPRE EN SUS CASAS A ESPERAR LA MUERTE para que ellos puedan seguir robando a gusto.

        No hay un “plan a largo plazo” en el chavismo, no existe un “plan maestro de titiritero que convertirá esto en la Cuba castrista por 100 años”, el chavismo es “Nosotros vamos a robar lo que nos dé la gana, y si alguien se queja, le vamos a dar coñazos hasta que se calle”

        • Me consta que todos los vecinos con los que tuve la oportunidad de hablar son opositores. Y eso no cambia el argumento de fondo. Una cosa es la tranca para protegerse de la represion (resistencia) y otra la tranca que acaba de citar Quico en el artículo, que es anarquía, y nos perjudica a nosotros mismos.

      • Uds. no leen…

        Ni la lluvia ni la niebla, que caen en la mañana del viernes 18 de mayo sobre la ciudad, limpian las calles. Las protestas han suspendido parcialmente la actividad comercial en San Antonio. Muchas panaderías, abastos, talleres mecánicos, restaurantes y farmacias abren hasta las dos de la tarde por un toque de queda impuesto por los manifestantes. Aunque unos comerciantes acatan la medida por solidaridad.
        Los cajeros automáticos están abarrotados por la escasez de efectivo. Los mototaxitas prefieren los billetes al momento de hacer viajes. Son los únicos medios de transporte para los habitantes. La gasolina también es escasa: de cuatro estaciones visitadas, solo una presta servicio. El desplazamiento se dificulta ante las gigantescas barricadas levantadas en zonas como El Picacho, La Rosaleda y la calle que conecta con La Morita. Como en la guerra, la “resistencia” se vale de todo para sembrar obstáculos que parecen infranqueables: troncos, colchones, capós de automóviles, postes, restos de televisores, cauchos y alcantarillas —todo arde en la noche cuando son impactadas por las molotov. Los postes sirven para amarrar cables metálicos que cruzan las calles.

        La gente sin efectivo debe caminar kilómetros si quiere llegar a su destino. “Los conductores son parados por puntos de control por enmascarados”, denuncian los vecinos. Las colas también se registran en la mañana con familiares de los muchachos heridos en los enfrentamientos. Cinco días de conflicto agravan la escasez de comida en la zona. Carlos vive en el pueblo de San Antonio y comenta que las hortalizas, su único sustento de proteínas ante su incapacidad para costear un kilo de carne, no se consiguen en las calles. “Esto es una locura. Todo está cerrado y hay que aprovechar las mañanas para salir a conseguir lo que hay”, se lamenta.

    • Dudo que eso fuera lo que él quiso que pasara, a poco que ni que fuera uno de esos chavistas enloquecidos por hegemoncorp.

  13. Mi cuñado salió y entró de Colinas de. Carrizal tres veces durante la última semana con una emergencia médica. Lo dejaron pasar sin problemas. Artículos como este comprometen seriamente la credibilidad de CC

    • Los casos que pude conocer, no tuvieron la fortuna de que los dejaran pasar la semana pasada. Mi padre, uno de ellos, a pesar de mostrar su credencial de médico, por lo que no pudo cumplir su labor. Pero mi punto no es enfocarnos en un solo caso, sino en que de todas estas experiencias, se logre canalizar la protesta en algo que sea más efectivo contra la dictadura. Gracias por comentar.

  14. Well well, just watched the bald guy on Cayendo y Corriendo read a letter about San Antonio that could have been authored by Javier.

    Mission Accomplished.

    • Los puedo llamar “esbirros represores energúmenos filibusteros castrocomunistas”, si prefieres. Pero ese no es el punto tratado acá. El argumento es que es necesario evitar que la protesta se deslegitime, por actos como estos. Porque si llega a haber infiltrados ahi (que seguro los hay), esta clase de cosas que sucedieron es oro para la dictadura. Y eso no nos beneficia.

  15. Can we just agree that regardless of how one views what’s happening in San Antonio, the government is losing control and in the end, that’s what needs to happen?

    Or is anyone here still clinging to the hope that Maduro, Padrino, Godgiven et al will simply hand over the keys to the country one day?

  16. El chavismo está disfrutando de su venganza contra la gente de SAdlA, se llevaron camiones cargados de gente presa a los que seguramente van a torturar durante los próximos días.

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