Master Article: Venezuela and socialism – Death and destruction [6/13/17]

“Inside Venezuela: The Socialist Haven on the Brink of Total Collapse”

“Armed police stand on almost every street corner. Every physical space is dedicated to promoting the success of the late Hugo Chávez’s socialist revolution and Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime. The opposition undermines official government propaganda with its own…

Nearly every day, anti-government marches take place across Venezuela, nearly all of which attract violence. So far, as many as 84 protesters have been killed since daily protests began in late March, as police use water cannons, rubber bullets, and smoke bombs to control the situation…

…As I enter a government-run supermarket, security guards check my pockets to see what I am carrying. They find my camera. “No photos here,” they say…

…Venezuelan state hospital, although this time armed guards asked me to put the camera away…

Everything about Venezuela suggests this is a nation on the brink of collapse. Whether it is the ongoing violence, the extreme poverty, or the enormous piles of garbage in the street, nothing is working as it should be…”

“Venezuela protesters set fire to Supreme Court building as crisis deepens”

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