Saturday, 15 February 2014

Venezuela on the edge

Since a student protest on Thursday ended in violence (from a reportedly small group after the main, peaceful demonstration had dispersed), Venezuela is looking even worse than usual.

On Friday, Twitter users were reportedly having online images blocked by the government, presumably to avoid photo evidence of brutality being transmitted via mobile phones.

My friends at Harry's Place also document the use of Maduro's new thugs, the "collectivos", quoting a local blogger who says they "carry out their savage attacks with steel rods, billy clubs, and using their motorcycle helmets as bludgeons".

It is perhaps the right moment to remind readers, as I have done many times, of the bordering-on-idiotic support which the British labour movement (TUC, Unite and GMB to name but a few) - along with some sections of my own party - affords to the appalling Maduro regime and the Chávez one which preceded it.

When the chips are down, it seems these people will blindly support an authoritarian regime, including a leader who is not just brutal and incompetent but quite possibly insane, against the decent people of Venezuela who might want peaceful change and proper democracy.

One wonders how far Venezuela will have to fall into chaos before they finally admit their mistake. I'm not holding my breath.

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