The so called colectivos have all the support from the military and the police to keep this city of Western Venezuela from rebelling against the regime.
In Barquisimeto, one of the cities most affected by the collapse of the power network, demonstrations against the dictatorship are mercilessly punished. Now, those who fall in the hands of FAES or the National Guard can be jailed inside containers, with no fresh air or sunlight.
Siderúrgica del Turbio S.A., a steel processing company in Barquisimeto, is one of the 1,000 companies nationalized in 20 years of chavismo. Currently, none of its plants are operational. This is one of the stories behind unemployment, the talent drain and the shortages that destroyed Venezuelan economy.
In Barquisimeto, the four envoyées sent by UN Human Rights High Commissioner were only taken to places the regime can control, while patients, doctors and journalists were harassed to stop them from telling the truth to the visitors.
Members of the foundations Mano Amiga por la Vida (Mavid) and Conciencia por la Vida are being fiercely persecuted and harassed by the security forces of the Maduro regime. Their crime: receiving medicines and milk formulas for HIV patients.
Virgilio Jiménez was detained during a demonstration, in November 2017. On February 5th, he died in jail due to an infection he would've recovered from if he hadn't been severely malnourished. He’s the 12th Venezuelan inmate to die in such circumstances in 2019, and in the same state: Lara.
The Merida firefighters from the donkey mockery aren’t the only ones on trial. Firemen in Apure and Lara were also brought to justice for showing what their working conditions are like.
This time, hyperinflation and the economic crisis strike Larense parents and students. It’s just too expensive to send properly attired and equipped children to school, so teachers found a way.
The economic measures recently imposed by Maduro caused uncertainty and fear among shop owners in Barquisimeto. They have no capacity to pay the new minimum wage and unemployment and shutdowns might become the new normal.
As the healthcare crisis worsens, several reports have come to light regarding the death of 16 children in a Barquisimeto hospital. The deaths are attributed to bacteria serratia marcescens and the negligence of authorities who would rather silence the victims than help prevent more cases.
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