And for the most part, the world yawns…
The apartheid Castro dictatorship has been doing this for decades in Cuba and virtually no one has held them accountable. Therefore, why should the Castros fear any repercussions for their violent repression when they do the same in Venezuela?
Venezuela National Guard Raids Student Protest Camps
Venezuelan National Guard troops raided four tented protest camps in eastern Caracas this morning as the country’s economic crisis deepened and support for President Nicolas Maduro tumbled.
National Guard troops arrested 243 students who had been sleeping in the camps for the past month, Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said on state television. The raids triggered a fresh wave of roadblocks as well as demonstrations and one police officer was killed.
“There were paid mercenaries among the protesters we captured in the camps of violence and death,” Maduro said on state television. “Some are mercenaries paid to do evil, others are fools. Can it be called a protest when they throw a Molotov at a worker?”
The move comes one day after the government said it would start rationing water in Caracas and electricity in western Zulia state, adding to shortages of everything from toilet paper to flour. Three months of protests against the declining standard of living have cost at least 42 lives. The government is attempting to distract attention from the economic crisis, said Jose Vicente Carrasquero, a political science professor at the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas.
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