Yeah. Nothing new here. According to William Neuman, Andean region correspondent for the NYT, what is going on in Venenozuela is a predictable Latin American emotional spat in which the main issue is merely a lack of civility.
And– also to be expected — this “news” piece tries to create the illusion of objectivity by giving 50% of the attention to Maduro and 50% to the students.
So, you see, it’s just like any other family spat among those highly irrational and overly emotional Lateen-ohs. Maduro has his points, taken at face value, the students have theirs, which require questioning.
Not one word about Cuban involvement in this violent crackdown, not one word about the dominant role Castrogonia plays in Venenozuela.
Worst of all, not much on the deaths, the snipers, the wanton cruelty, the torture, or the obvious fact that this series of events is as significant as the popular uprisings in Ukraine, or those that were dubbed “The Arab Spring”.
This is what America’s self-appointed thinking class will believe about the Venezuelan crisis — if they even bother to read this piece on those trashy people of colour south of the border.
In Venezuela, Conciliatory Talk but Combative Tactics
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
CARACAS, Venezuela — Acting on the orders of President Nicolás Maduro, riot police officers and soldiers this week blocked a march of thousands of student protesters, doused them with pepper spray, blasted them with water cannons and bombarded them with tear gas.
A few hours later, Mr. Maduro invited the student protest leaders to sit down to peace talks, promising to listen and chat “with respect and affection.”
After more than a month of protests and bloody unrest, Mr. Maduro has tried to blunt the greatest political challenge to his young presidency in two distinct ways: He has projected an image of openness and inclusion, while simultaneously cracking down.
Mr. Maduro has repeatedly called for dialogue, even holding a series of televised meetings that he calls peace conferences. But with only a handful of his opponents attending the conferences, and with security forces striking out at demonstrators around the country, some of his opponents say that Mr. Maduro’s kinder face is likely intended only to deflect international criticism, which has come most strongly from the United States. They say his police tactics aim to provoke the demonstrators.
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