‘El Pueblo’ Gets to Miraflores in Anger, Demanding Water

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Photo: Osmary Hernández

Last night, protesters gathered for an impromptu demonstration in front of the Miraflores Palace. From the unconstitutional presidential elections scheduled on May 20, to an all-consuming humanitarian crisis, there’s many reasons to be outraged, but they were there demanding one simple thing: water.

After going over nine days dry (one of the demonstrators claims it’s three months), residents of La Pastora, San José and Altagracia, couldn’t call them wealthy neighborhoods a few blocks from the presidential palace, showed up with pots, pans and empty containers asking if their neighbor Nicolás could spare some water.

The National Guard tried to handle the situation by promising water trucks, but protestors wouldn’t have it, chanting “tap water, tap water, tap water!” and the classic “It will fall! It will fall! This government will fall!”

While this was going on, journalist Dayana Krays was briefly detained by the National Guard, who had her deleting all the footage she gathered during the night.

News soon spilled over social media, with politicians and media figures chipping to support the protest. In some, a hypocritical gesture, seeing how their words and actions led to relax the momentum gained last year:

Everyone agrees, however, that after several months of relative calm following almost half a year of intense demonstrations leaving dozens of casualties, a relatively small number of tired neighbors reaching where no protest reached before is quite surprising.

The National Guard did send water trucks, and the group dissipated as quickly as it grew.

For some, it was a sign of submission from people too selfish or overwhelmed with their problems to think on the long run. To others, this shows a pussyfooted opposition, long out of options (and credibility), no longer necessary to lead and cross lines impossible to cross. Many within the government are surely concerned.

Because seeing protestors chanting outside the gates of the presidential palace makes you wonder if there’s a fire that no water truck can quell.

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58 COMMENTS

  1. Far from being a fire, this was a tepid response after years of gross abuse by a handful of mostly women protesters chanting for running water, but placated by the (usually empty) promise of cistern truckfuls delivered (one time, if at all) to their neighborhood–Bravo Pueblo, indeed….

    • Remember one of the iconic answers chabizmo has for the protests:

      “Candelita que se prenda candelita que apagaremos a COÑAZOS” which translates as “Spark that ignites, spark that we’ll BEAT THE SHIT outta it”

      shiabizmo goes to extreme lenghts to stop people from finding out that there are others that are protesting because with the current animosity they know that might escalate into a risky situation for them.

      Besides, madroga is a squealing coward.

    • And when the crumbs are over, they’ll protest again, only that the probability of receiving crumbs will be lower, and the chances that will rise will be of receiving BULLETS.

      • Meh

        By my calculations, the Bolivar has only sunk 112,000,000% in value since Chavismo (1999)… once it hits 125,000,000%… then things become inexcusable!

        • Riiiight. Until it hits 500,000,000% … Maybe there will be another MUD roundtable of useless squabbling.

          I don’t plan to hold my breath.

        • Again, you dodge the point of what I posted.

          The crumbs will run out, because the regime’s money is running out, and because the regime’s cronies are a bunch of bachaqueros lambucios marginales muertos de hambre that prefer to bury or torch the food rather than allowing anybody else to have it.

          And once the crumbs run out, the people will protest again, they could get a lesser amount of crumbs, but at one point, they’ll receive bullets, because those are cheaper than food and water.

          NOTHING chabizmo has done is product of “incompetence”, they’ve done ALL OF IT ON PURPOSE, they want to CRUSH the people with poverty to force them to stop protesting, the regime will do ANYTHING to stop people from protesting, and bribing them with a couple of water buckets is the beginning.

          And when the incentives and bribes are gone, the only thing the regime will have will be bullets, and it’s a fact that bullets kill the love for the revolution faster than being left out of the guisadera.

          • I’m not dodging anything. Some stuff I comment on, some stuff I don’t. (Perhaps my attempt at sarcasm doesn’t translate well to the written word)

            I don’t necessarily disagree with your opinions (or anyone else on this forum). I actually agree with your opinion on this subject.

            I’m not here to troll.

  2. Big deal.. a few people, very few hit the streets asking for water. And quickly went away, scared of the police thugs. Gran vaina. Kleptozuela is weird. Many are hungry, but they don’t protest en masse about THAT, plus many other crucial issues like inflation, crime, corruption, healthcare disaster.. The “bravo pueblo” zombies are used to all that by now. And they’ve been getting used to living without basic services like water, electricity, sewage, garbage collection.. By the size of these laughable protests it’s easy to see Cubazuela looks ore and more like Cuba very year. Except in Cuba basic services work better. Even the economy or healthcare are better, and they suck. Cuban Zombie-People got used to it, just like Kleptozuelan Zombie-People are getting used to it.

    4 gatos en frente de Miraflores: Big Deal..

    The Complete Cubanization of Kleptozuela is almost done.

    • “The Complete Cubanization of Kleptozuela is almost done.”

      And you, Poeta Asshole, seem to rejoice in that Cubanization. It’s so easy to criticize from your comfy first-world perch, I’d like to see you in Venezuela doing what you preach instead of constantly spewing such bullshit from behind a keyboard.

      Ven y métete en la candela en vez de hablar tanta paja, güevón!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEncuc4B4WE

      • But he’s not in VZ. Neither are most of us here.

        That doesn’t give you the right to censor our views.

        Seriously, who the fuck do you think you are to criticize someone who simply expresses the opinion that people who want to be free, have to fight to be free? History shows this is the only way this can happen.

        Yet you, clueless asshole, keep reverting back to the same stupid argument. Calling him and others “armchair generals.”

        You are seriously a shmuck to the third degree.

        • Ira! You surprise me! You are doing the same thing you accuse him of: censoring views. Did you have a bad lunch?? Spat with The Wife??

          There’s positive and there’s negative. Right and wrong. Optimism and pessimism. What to do about it is the big question, isn’t it? I think “Fed up with …” was saying to “Poeta”: get off the negative “Dismal Acceptism”, because that is not an “acceptable alternative”. If “Poeta” had been talking about doing something about it all, then I don’t think there would have been the “armchair general” thing which is what you object to, but apparently “Fed up with …” is IN Venezuela, so if anyone has a logic to calling someone an armchair general, wouldn’t that be him? (I’m coming to arrest you at 2am for voicing a dissent, Ira!)

          Did I get this all wrong?

        • Ira. Get a grip. Nobody is censoring you, or any of the other angry old right wing extremist American guys with Venezuelan spouses who have congregated here over the past year or so, apparently to be vigilant for comments about the Trump administration and to commiserate over the supposed mentality of Venezuelans.

          Nor has anyone censored your fascist poet friend who writes the same word salad here, over and over, over and over, every day.

          You are confusing censorship with something much more benign: a comment you don’t like.

      • Another lobotomized woossie with absolutely nothing to say about the specific topic at hand. Much like Robertica there. Pathetic retards..

        • We gringos used to get a kick out of telling our U.S. friends that in Caracas we go down to the river every morning to draw water. And we’d talk about the oil wells we own, and plans to buy a stone pathway down to the river, and thick rope nets to keep the crocodiles away from the clothes-washing areas. The girls thought we were amazingly tough.

      • I have to concur. As a mostly silent reader here, I have to say that poetas rants have close to zero added value, are extremely lopsided , and do not take into account hanlons razor regarding the venezuelan regime : “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity”. I could live with that, but I fear that this style deters more down-to-earth posters contributing here. I highly value MRubio and other on-the-ground fellows who contribute here, but they have become much too few.

        • Poeta is a bore. His copy paste technique and incessant off topic comments are not worth reading. Ira can actually be funny at times. Senator Rubio stuff is definitely worth reading. Bill Bass is always good. Canucklehead has interesting things to say. Most all of the contributors here post intelligently. But Poeta is like a weird troll. He just a hack who regurgitates the same thing over and over…

          • I actually live in Venezeula. I hope poeta is dead wrong and eventually Gloria Bravo Pueblo will wake up, but it is still yet to happen. They all got their thumb up their asses.

            Until that time, the poeta is right on and these c&*ts need to have their noses perpetually rubbed in it because this is a mess they have created for themselves: hence–kleptozuela.

            So yes, I get tired of Poetas rants because it really sucks living here and eventually I want to see good honest people win over evil (or just well corrupt c*&ts). And, YES, Poeta dismisses the existence of a descent population of good, honest, hard working people here.
            However, till this shit falls, Poeta is right and you just have to put up with his rants.

            Venezuela sucks until we can actually live up to being Gloria Bravo Pueblo. Now it is just que lastima puebo chimbo…

  3. I get a sense that everyone is trying to judge if and when the big meltdown will come, a “Venezuelan Spring” or a ‘toma de Miraflores’.

    Venezuela is certainly a tinderbox, so any spark is dangerous and will be stamped out brutally by the dictatorship. Moreover, a Ceaușescu moment may not be out of the question. Even die hard Chavistas realize that Maduro is a bad deal, read Aporrea if you have doubts of this.

    • The forum? The hack contributors?

      The sense I get from Aporrea is that they think that Maduro has merely failed the revolution (as you mentioned), but given the right candidate, Chavismo can and will deliver the goods. Do you get that feeling, or do you get a sense that the faithful feel something that we don’t?

      I can’t find a single contributor who thinks that Marxism is a failed paradigm.

      • They don’t like Maduro & Co., but still trust their crappy ideology and most would never vote for the opposition …. just because.

      • Charlie is right. They are true believers in Communism. Maduro is a heretic.

        The point is that they want out of Maduro but not of Communism.

        • Renacualo67 – The maybe you hit on The Plan for the next ten years, to reform socialism, keep the Clap bags etc., and move through a socialist transition period as China, Vietnam, and now maybe even Cuba are doing. Maybe an overnight transition to “Chile” is too high a bar for Venezuela. The important thing is of course to keep the goal of a free-market capitalism (private property rights) in view. E.g. Would El Pueblo stage a protest if Sidor is privatized? (I think I got the name of the formerly French steel foundry right.)

        • @renacuajo67

          Exactly why the US shouldn’t intervene militarily. El Pueblo needs to learn a tough lesson, and that lesson will not be learned if someone saves their bacon. Like a dog that has just shit on the carpet, their nose needs to be rubbed in it.

          “Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other” Benjamin Franklin

    • A march on Miraflores is out of the question. There will be no Venezuelan Spring. The chance for that was 2017. This has to be strategic. Cut food off from Caracas. It is the only way to end this quickly. Right now vegetable trucks have to arrive with an armed escort to Caracas. F&^k it, truck drivers go to Valencia. Go to Pto la Cruz. Anywhere but Caracas!!! Also destroy the highways going to Caracas– a few guys hidden in the bushes with pick axes at night can do that. Say F^&k Caracas!!! This is the only way make the people from the barrio come down from the hills and end this once and for all.

  4. Maduro wants every Venezuelan to Vote on May 20th.
    as well they should
    at Miraflores.
    Overwhelm the bastard
    Vote with your feet

    • Nicolasno will win with about 8 Million votes. Half of it courtesy of TibiBitch and dead Chinese voters with new cedulas, plus a Jorge Rodriguez’s satanic final touch on the Fraudmatic Smarmatic wicked machines.

      The other 4 Million are actually our “bravo-pueblo” REAL votes for Masburro, again: 4 Million Enchufados, leeches, on the Regime’s payroll. Afraid to lose their guisos and clapcrap. Corrupt, like most Kleptozuelans left, from the average zombie, corrupt populace.

      = 8 Million votes to celebrate 6 more years of success and delight with Chavismo.

      • Poeta,
        I did NOT mean vote on a BALLOT, but vote with ones FEET.
        Spelling it out…. Marching to Miraflores en masse and “overwhelm the bastards”

        Maduro, is going to have all is military and collectivos out “monitoring the free” vote on May 20th at the precincts.
        One would guess, most state employees have the day off to “vote in the sham”.
        The Metro and Transportation system should be all gassed up to facillate his wet dream.
        and Maduro and his Junta will be preparing their “coronation” activities practicing their Salsa moves.
        The opposition, the people have an opportunity to “Counter Attack” if only someone can find some weakness.
        My suggestion is one, though I admit it is a long shot.

  5. I am starting to believe that Maduro et al will go the complete dictatorship path as the Miami Herald is reporting. The Chavistas will abolish elections as you know them and adopt the indirect election method employed in Cuba where there are no opposition political parties. The issue is whether the Chavistas can pay and feed the soldiers.

    • The expanding, enormous Drug Trade pays for the essential 1300 “Generals”. (plus a little cash from PDVSA’s carcass). The soldiers can starve.

    • I agree, but Venezuela isn’t Cuba. It has a large, porous border, and Venezuela is surrounded by “unfriendlies”. Uncle Sam knows a thing or two about financing “contras” and putting the squeeze on economically. Even Ortega was brought to heel.

      The Chavists need oil revenue to placete their hungry voters. The wheels are coming off the economic wagon.

    • “Maduro et al will go the complete dictatorship path as the Miami Herald is reporting”

      Dude, it’s been a FULL THROTTLE dictatorship since 2002 when the standard chabizta response to any protest was to rain gunfire on the people.

  6. The heat is getting closer, protests before Miraflores , never happened before , means their unpopularity is reaching new heights , add to that all those people without water in the metropolitan area , those without water in places like Merida and Valencia , those millions of Maracuchos without electricity , without A/C ,the hyperinflation devastating every ones capacity to feed themselves , the scarcity of medicines and medical instrumentalia , the CLAP bags that last a long time before they arrive if they arrive at all or which arrive with missing staples , for some even the cost of clap bags is now beyond their reach , the chinese no longer willing to extend the period for thie billions of due loan payments , the Vennybonds and Pdvsa bonds creditors organizing themselves to start acting in a few weeks, the latam countries meeting in OAS next monday, the plunging oil production, the arbitral order to pay Conoco 2 billion US$ ………, the massive exodus of people even from the army or Pdvsa seeking refug abroad ….there has been no time in Venezuelas history when things were worse , not under the most brutal and inept of our dictators ………, and this is happening now , wait a bit longer as things become even more critical , because this isnt the end of peoples anger , there much much more to come ……..!! No one can predict when , but its certainly becoming more likely by the day

    • Getting close to Miraflores is no big deal, as long as you’re willing to risk getting mugged and killed by “regular” criminals.

      And I’m dying to see photos of the shithole that the Sabana Grande turned into. We’re simply not getting enough good photos that show the situation.

    • Bill Bass,

      I agree that the situation is arriving a juncture in which something must change. The most likely timing for that is right after the “election”.

      What we do not know is what comes next.

    • Jots, please let me help, because I enjoy Bill’s comments. Just copy and paste his comments into any text app you please. Then insert all the line returns that you like. Create paragraphs at your will. Pretty cool, eh?

  7. “Neighbors managed to do something the opposition has never done: protesting in Miraflores”

    That headline could be assuming that “the opposition”, meaning in this case the “official opposition” (aka MUD) HAD ANY INTENTION OF PROTESTING or ANY INTENTION OF OUSTING THE DICTATORSHIP.

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