Reports from Venezuela: Violence on campus
Chavistas love to repeat the tired old canard that the protest movements are “contained,” and “limited” to well-to do areas of Caracas. Just yesterday, the President was boasting in the New York Times that the protests “have received no support in poor and working-class neighborhoods.”
Naky Soto writes about this in her blog. Yesterday, a march was called. It was scheduled to start at the UCV campus (which lies in the western part of town) and from there they intended to take to the streets.
What followed was an orgy of violence that included civilian paratroopers, hundreds of tear-gas canisters, several wounded, and the sexual assault of a student. The march – or what was left of it – never left campus. Look? See? No protests where the real people live!
Naky’s narration is well worth a read, but the money quote in her post comes from the caption to the picture she used:
“The tear-gas canister is a perfect analogy to what Maduro is: thrown by another, leaves everyone out of breath, useless after a short while, an empty shell when it is done speaking.”