After a month of Maduro’s new economic measures, what’s life like on the formerly crowded streets of Caracas? Lots of closed shops, and not a lot of hope.
This school year, 15% of schools may shut down: between 400 and 500 preschools, elementary schools and high schools won’t be able to open in September. The new economic measures put a noose around the neck of parents and representatives, teachers and students alike.
Politicians called for a general strike against the reconversion and the measures announced last Friday. Around 60% of citizens complied, most cities in Venezuela partially shut down. The thing is: What now? Was it enough? What comes next?
Caraqueños were nervous because of what would happen on Monday. What Nicolás Maduro said during a mandatory broadcast on Friday was just the panic cherry on top of the fear flavored ice cream.
We took to the streets in order to take a closer look at the motor vehicle census 2018. We didn’t see long lines; but desinformation, political proselytism, confusion and fear of losing the little we have left.
“Hell on Earth” is how Maracaibo residents describe the city undergoing a terrible electricity crisis, unthinkable in any other modern nation. And you know what the government will do about it: absolutely nothing.
José Ibarra’s last paycheck was five million bolivars, less than two dollars. He spends one million only in transport. He hasn’t bought a new pair of shoes in three years and when he tweeted a photo of his worn out shoes, Venezuelans stepped up to help.
On June 25, nurses unions started a strike to demand wage raises like the ones given to the military, with a 2,400% adjustment on average. Since then, the entire health sector has joined the strike.
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