"It's Madness" - Massive Anti-Government Protests In Venezuela Worsen, Patterns Emerge

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As protests against Venezuela’s “democratic socialist” government roll into their third month, Dr. Henrique Montbrun, who oversees the triage post in the municipality of Baruta, says the violence in the country has reached unprecedented levels. “It’s madness,” he says.

As more people take to the streets to demand their freedom back in a nation where tyranny took a firm hold shortly after the election of self-proclaimed socialist, Nicolaus Maduro, the country descended into complete government control, and the only people with money, are now those in the government.  Socialism is fair that way; as no system more equally distributes poverty, except maybe communism. But a pattern is now emerging in the battle for basic human rights and minimal freedoms.

The clashes between the demonstrators and security forces are entering their third month, and even doctors say that they can no longer predict the type of violence to prepare for, but they can predict that there will be increasing numbers of injuries and death.

The only pattern emerging is one of even more violence.

Dr. Montbrun says that the injuries sustained at the beginning of protests were largely superficial, usually buckshot wounds. More recently, however, as protesters have gone up against an increasingly desperate government, protestors have been treated for 5cm-deep holes caused by metal marbles shot at close range.

“Violence doesn’t surprise me but the level of hatred security forces are showing towards average citizens and the use of non-conventional weapons like loading tear gas canisters with nails and marbles does take me aback,” Dr. Montbrun says.

According to the public defender’s office, 67 people (including minors, students, passersby, and national guards) have died during or as a result of the protests. On Wednesday, an 18-year-old died of an explosive-related wound to the chest and a national guard was murdered causing a rash of even more anti-government protests. And yet, despite the escalation of violence, protesters remain in the streets trying to demand their freedom.

“I am not afraid,” says Rosmery Indare, 19, who arrived barely conscious at the triage post. “They threw several gas bombs and we all ran. I tried to go into a nearby mall but most shops had closed and I was cornered.”


Rosmery described how two national guards clubbed her in the legs and knees while threatening to jail her. “They’re not going to stop me from marching,” she says.


I haven’t had a chance to enjoy my country because they stole it from us but this time, I am sure, we will recover [it].” –The Guardian

As the Venezuelan government continues to starve its own people through regulations and kill for protesting their own starvation, the resolves of those living under the oppression of socialism seem to continue to harden. Venezuela destroyed their own economy with socialist policies, which are carryovers from Hugo Chavez’s reign of terror. With inflation rising by 800% in 2016 while the economy shrank by 18.6% over the same period, according to the central bank, crime has soared with over 28,479 homicides in 2016.  That leaves Venezuela with one of the highest murder rates in the world, and the worst economy. Finding food or medicine has become nearly impossible, except for the very few who can afford black market prices and the risk of death.

Unfortunately, it looks as though Venezuela’s situation will worsen before it improves.

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Lost in translation's picture

US Marines to secure all remaining viable oil fields in 3... 2... 1...

The ink is already dry on "Operation Beautiful Babies," because no child of God should ever be exposed to this horror.

Blue Balls's picture

And only now do the poor in Venezuela understand socialism sucks.  Thye loved it when they got free shit.

HowdyDoody's picture

The pattern has been there all the time - just another CIA-managed regime change operation to replace the independent Venezuelan government with one that licks US corporate ass.

Alt RightGirl's picture

It takes two to tango.

CIA plot wouldn't have worked without the socialist-liberals prone to corruption and dreams of grandeur.

Soon to a state close to you

Liberals Want to Make The Rest of The Country Just Like California

Art Van Delay's picture

Something tells me they won't learn even after this.

They'll still try socialism but next time with another bus driver.


open calender's picture

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Haus-Targaryen's picture

I feel sorry for the young people who became politically aware since 98 and I feel bad for those who have fought Socialism ever since they can remember.

I hope no pity for those who voted for Socialism.  Let them starve. 

Azannoth's picture

Exactly, Socialism needs to die a Natural death.. a very slow agonizingly painful, dreadfuly horrible, morbidly gruesome death!

False_Profit's picture

Venezuela is the hot battleground the globalists have fomented, and that they would have been simultaneously feeding in the US of A had their puppet Hillary successfully stolen the election...

"We must destroy it to make it better" -"Jim Bob" W Bush

scaffold's picture

"it takes two to tango"

And you should realize that Maduro is just an agent. It so obvious. Now he and CIA play the classic drama "socialism is bad”. And have fun.
But stupid, corrupted government created by CIA masters is always the same regardless of labels. They ruin the country and people. The only difference is the show.
We have little show if CIA's puppets are good rooted and work for their masters. But occasionally we have big shows when sometimes emerge someone who desire to overthrow these invisible patrons from CIA. So we had Hugo Chavez.
He was eliminated, but it is not enough. Now all the people must know how it ends, when someone decide to give up of protection of wise guys from CIA.

Haitian Snackout's picture

Ya for sure. The controlled opposition concept is a bit hard for people to get their mind around, even for those who know there is a rabbit hole. Chavez's background reads like a how to manual of spook markers. Not to say it is in any way unusual. Door #4 anyone? In the words of another famous agent; you can't fool all the people all the time.

Hyjinx's picture

How exactly is nationalizing (aka seizing) corporate-funded oil fields and equipment "licks US corporate ass?"

DetectiveStern's picture

Where did this socialism equals free shit start. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" meaning if you dont give shit you don't get shit. There's no free lunch with socialism. There is only free shit in govt kleptocracy masquerading as socalism. Not that I'm a fan of socialism mind because it usually devolves to kleptocracy.

Suleyman's picture

> to each according to his need


That's your free shit.


Sick Underbelly's picture

Indeed.  In these modern times, "Government" can only give to you what it has already stolen.  A whole book could be written on that one concept.

A long time ago in the US, it used to be, "Government" can only do as much as you allow it to...a subtle, yet very different reaality.

Buck Johnson's picture

Exactly, and now they are paying for it big time.



divingengineer's picture

Remember the free flatscreen TVs?
They weren't complaining then.

kochevnik's picture

Actually socialism works.  It worked well for Khazarian Jews in the Pale of Settlement.  But sometimes a goy would claim to be a Jew, only to gain free privledges.  So the requirements to be a Jew became strict.  Then the Khazarians weaponized it as a tool to destroy the goyum from within, as they had made the Vatican eat itself alive with the Inquisition

lew1024's picture

No question socialism sucks.

No question, Venezuela opposition is a CIA operation.  It is an oil-producer, after all :



saldulilem's picture

Coming soon to neighborhoods near you ...

Lost in translation's picture

Hopefully CA.

Because if ever a US state deserved to be burned to the ground, it's CA.

equity_momo's picture

Confessions of an Economic Hitman  - John Perkins originally published 2004.


Drawing on interviews with other EHMs, jackals, CIA operatives, reporters, businessmen, and activists, Perkins reveals the secret history of events that have created the current American Empire, including:

  • How the defeats in Vietnam and Iraq have benefited big business
  • The role of Israel as Fortress America in the Middle East
  • Tragic repercussions of the IMF's Asian Economic Collapse
  • The current Latin American revolution and its lessons for democracy
  • U.S. blunders in Tibet, Congo, Lebanon, and Venezuela


Im no fan of socialism but this isnt "all down to socialist policies"


Sick Underbelly's picture

You read the book?   If so, are you recommending we read it?   What % is disinformation, do you think?

Aussiekiwi's picture

Im not seeing much coverage of this very important event on MSM, I wonder why? you would think it would be almost 24x7.

land_of_the_few's picture

Probably isn't going the way they are hoping. Like Syria didn't.

Sick Underbelly's picture

Because, fighting with words and "he said, she said" is so much more important, newsworthy, MANLY and ENTERs the masses into the TAINMENT than showing a graphic and stark reality we all could face in the near future.

No no...can't have the masses thinking about starving and having to fight entrenched "government".  Heaven forbid the masses start thinking about how they will survive and/or whether they really want things to get that bad.  Much worse, even more people prepping, training and hardening themselves with practice would really be too, too much.

kellys_eye's picture

Yet socialists still vote for this kind of lifestyle...... morons.

BitchezGonnaBitch's picture

Marc, you really haven't a clue, do you... You'll keep blaming the situation on "oppression of socialism" like it means anything. Venezuela is in the shape it is today not because Maduro hunts his citizens for sport, it is because there are outside forces wanting to wring the nation dry of their vast natural resources working hand in hand with disenfranchised robber barons who used to run the country. Maduro govt is being professionally undermined from outside by the likes of NED, and there are scores of merc protesters who routinely incite the violence, all bought and paid for from the inside by the oligarchs who are desperate to push their way back to the trough. The country is being destabilised on purpose.

But Marc is too stupid to see past labels like "socialist" and "left". Tomorrow he'll harp on about "banksters" without even realising how badly he contradicts himself. Sad, really.

beijing expat's picture

Well, it does look like one of those fake revolutions. Notice the refusal of the protesters to negotiate in good faith?

land_of_the_few's picture

Yup, just like in Syria and Ukraine.

fattail's picture

Negotiate for what exactly.  Food?  Hungry people don't negotiate for food.  They find it take it and eat it. 

There are many problems in Venezuela, but after three days without food, there is only one.

ZIRPY's picture

So explain how those "outside forces" stopped Chavez and Maduro from maintaining their oil eqpt, even when oil was in the $70 and above range?


How did those "outside forces" make Chavez and Maduro implement price controls?


How did those "outside forces" make Chavez and Maduro confiscate inventory?


Dont get defensive, just explain how the outside forces made Chavez and Maduro make these decisions.

Hyjinx's picture

Sometimes, just sometimes shit happens in this world that doesn't require your nutty conspiracy theories.  Socialism and thug socialist dictatorships are bad.  It really is that simple.

johnjkiii's picture

Can you name one Socialist government that has not created more poverty while ruining its economy? Russia, as bad as the Czar was, also was the largest exporter of wheat in the world. It only took Lenin a few years to reverse that so that the contry was starved of wheat. China became a basket case under Mao, England's economy was a joke in the 70's, Chavez & Maduro have managed the world's largest oil reserves to the point where Venezuela's energy industry has been destroyed. If you don't understand history or economics keep your stupidity to yourself.

Suleyman's picture

Two differences: Everything is not yet stolen. And there is a long history of property rights.


mc225's picture

wasn't abby martin threatened by the opposition?

foxenburg's picture

It is more than coincidence that the USA pressured Saudi to over-pump oil to depress prices which would badly hit single-export economies like Iran, Russie and Venezuela....all considered enemy. 

Great Deceivah's picture

Yes, and it didn't work, did it?

Did the drop in oil price turn Russia, Iran into Venezuela? 


divingengineer's picture

Yeah, it must be that Soros again.
Free shit for everyone couldn't possibly break the bank.

Great Deceivah's picture

Yawn, the socialists keep on repeating the same crap.. the Maduro Government is not doing very well because of the economic sanctions, CIA opposition, oil prices etc...

Funny that Iran and Russia are also facing economic sanctions from the US and similar if not worse opposition from the (((Deep State))) and yet, they are doing fine.. UNLIKE Venezuela.... probably because they are not socialist countries!!!

When are libtards finally going to admit that third world socialism DOESN'T WORK.. 

Socialism sort of works in SMALL and homogenous countries like Scandinavia, but not in low IQ countries full of nigger monkeys like Venezuela.. 

RockySpears's picture

"metal marbles"

  Are these not ball-bearings?  Is this sort of language meant to soften what is happening?

Since when does "buck shot" only create "superficial wounds?  

The stuff I use would be like having nine .38s shot at you all at once.




Erek's picture

You have to consider that english is not the first language in most parts of the world.

Sick Underbelly's picture

You do know there is a "style guide" that the American newspapers use?   You find the subject you're wanting to discuss, and it tells you the "appropriate" words to use.

I'm guessing there are similar style guides in Venezuela.  Being under "socialist" control, I'm thinking the word choice is deliberate.

As I've said here before, when translating from one language to English, a whole bunch can be changed/interpreted/lost in translation/skewed/mis-applied.

pparalegal's picture

Tell Maduro he is doing it all wrong. Free stuff for all Bernie Sanders is available for consultation on how to do it right.

OCnStiggs's picture

The USA in 2020 if the Progressives are allowed to continue their push for violence...

2banana's picture

The National Guard in Venezuela sound like thugs...


Why don't they protest NOT on their drill weekends or summer 2 week annual training?



shitmanbonkers's picture

There is a pattern alright and that is called "CIA" and "Mossad". They managed to fry Chavez by radiation (and 4 other Latin American Presidents too that havn't died from it yet).


Socialism could work just fine, like it did in Yugoslavia before the US IMF:ed it.



Setarcos's picture

Agreed.  No Western reports carry the fact that economic war is being waged on Venezuela ... just as with any country trying to maintain sovereignty.  It is simple minded to blame socialism, which has had considerable success around the World, e.g. China and Libya, also Venezuela until oil price manipulation and CIA destabilization.

If a country is trying to pursue a different path, socialist or not, it will be attacked, one way or another ... of course you'll never read this in the MSM, nor this article.

2banana's picture

economic war is being waged on Venezuela???

This is a country that has more oil reserves than Saudi Arabia and yet has gasoline shortages.

This is country that has a net exporter of food and now its people starve.


“If you put our federal government
in charge of the Sahara Desert,
in 5 years there would be a shortage of sand."

- Milton Friedman