Venezuela’s dictatorship uses masked armed civilians to do the dirty work. Colectivos control food sales and now they’re the main repressive body against anti-regime protests, much harder to prosecute by the justice system and apparently without limits of any kind.
After more than 80 hours without power, groups of people at the normally dangerous Venezuelan capital city began to protest and some incidents of looting took place. Security forces managed to avoid the violence from spiraling, and just then the power came back.
Rescate Venezuela was the NGO that started the engines for the entry of the humanitarian aid. This Sunday, February 17th, the humanitarian camps exercise officially began. This is the chronicle of one of them in Macarao, Caracas.
Operación Sapeo is what the government gives a huge effort to get shantytown residents to snitch out neighbors who join anti-Maduro protests. It’s working.
On the day of his “inauguration” the streets around the TSJ weren’t even half full. Caracas traffic didn’t collapse because of hundreds of buses, like we saw during chavismo’s golden years. Some people were honest about being there for the free food, others weren’t sure about questions of legitimacy.
Venezuela has always had a "port economy," with most consumption goods coming from abroad. What happens when there's no money for imports? A very bleak holiday season, that's what happens.
Remember how awkward it was if your dad taught chemistry to your entire class? Well, because of poor salaries, transport fares and poor training, parents or neighbors acting as teachers is now a really common sight in schools all over the country.
For kids in Venezuela’s hard-scrabble areas, it used to be the dream: get noticed by a pro scout and leave the barrio behind for the Big Leagues. But try as they might to hang on to the dream, the crisis is wringing the hope out of a new generation of peloteros.
Every day, dozens of children and teenagers roam freely on the streets of Chacao municipality. They form gangs, beg for food or something to sell, steal what they can from shops and rob people. The government, of course, denies this happens so they won’t have to fix it.
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