The saddest part is that there is 1 assassination per day, average.
Any protest day may yield up to a couple of hundred arrests.
The crimes are clearly linked to the repression forces who use weapons that are not allowed for such crowd control, such as round large spheres that cannot be qualified as bullets but that are not anymore buckshots/pellets.
Increasingly bullet death and injuries are reported. But those are coming from an increased participation of the paramilitary colectivos of chavismo, as this harrowing video from Tachira today (or yesterday?) clearly shows.
San Cristobal @danielduquenal @JoJakubowicz @alekboyd @MariaCorinaYA @Karmenarteaga pic.twitter.com/5yp5MsUTmK— bogrup (@bogrup) May 16, 2017
And speaking of Tachira, just like in 2014 that state has become a hot focal point for protest against the regime as its governor is truly despised by the populace.
Torture is now widely reported. And it seems that it is for the sake of it, for terror purpose since the kids arrested cannot possibly have much information to offer under torture. We learned today that they have fed some kids with pasta and excrement "sauce".
One major difference with previous bouts of protest under chavismo is that this time around the protest level in the provinces is almost overtaking the one from Caracas, when not higher like in Tachira. Tear gas has been freely dispensed in at least half a dozen of cities, and even smaller cities are seeing now increasing protests, even chavista strongholds like in Guarico state.
Repression has gotten more and more violent as days pass. Breakpoint in the escalade of terror where reached in Caracas on April 19 and then May 3. Valencia break point was even worse as the governor promoted massive looting in order to blame the opposition for it. Unfortunately looting got out of hand and he had to call the army fast.
Speaking of looting. Food is becoming scarcer. One reason is the constant interruption in traffic through protests. Another one is that the regime is so bent on over repressing the opposition that it neglects other security aspects. Looting of food trucks are on the increase. Now caravans are organized with several trucks hiring armed escort vehicles. But I digress.
Yet, in spite of all the harsher repression people seem undaunted. Protests show indeed less attendance but frequency increases and determination is obvious. Certainly people need breaks but overall attendance remain high, or rather incredibly high considering that it has been a month and a half!
The video below I took yesterday at the plantón which intention was to blockade some major highways of Venezuela. In certain areas people died but at least in Plaza Altamira nothing regrettable happened. As you watch the video consider that it was at the end of a day long activity, so the crowd you see is quite something. Outside of Maidan I cannot think of recent examples of such determination.
So there you have, an increasingly degraded situation. No positive hopes for the time being.
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