Venezuela at the abyss: 500,000 swarm streets of capital to demand recall of president

After months of hyperinflation, and food, water, and medical shortages, the people of Venezuela finally took to the streets to tell their socialist government they’ve had enough.

On Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, an epic surge of half a million people converged on the capital, Caracas, to insist that an election to recall President Nicolas Maduro, the 53-year-old successor to the late Hugo Chavez, take place as planned.

Massive demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 1, 2016

Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul report for the Los Angeles Times that the legions of anti-Maduro protesters, mostly dressed in white, stretched for as far as the eye could see. Estimates put the crowds at 500,000.

The marchers carried posters reading “No more socialism,” “Maduro Out,”  “Venezuela wants a recall,” and banners demanding the release of political prisoners. They said life in Venezuela has become a daily ordeal of standing in endless lines for food, for government services, for medical care. A common sentiment of the demonstrations was frustration — frustration over having water or electricity service cut off, frustration for hyperinflation that destroys the value of their wages. The Venezuelan flag was everywhere — on hats, shirts, skirts, rendered in face paint. Many wore flags as capes. The protesters came from all over Venezuela, including indigenous community representatives from Amazonas state. Some marched bare-chested and in loincloths while carrying spears.

Bordering the streets occupied by the masses of protesters were several cordons of riot police. They used tear gas to disperse some protesters who mounted one of Caracas’ freeways, but otherwise there were no violent incidents or confrontations reported.

Caracas demonstration 9-1-2016

Among the demonstrators were:

  • Nelson Rivas, 35, who was determined that nothing would stop him from demonstrating — not his wheelchair, not the six-mile distance over uneven pavement, not the whiffs of tear gas, not the ominous threats of arrests from Maduro. He said, “I came to demand that the recall election take place according to the constitution. Whatever your point of view, the condition of the country is the worst.”
  • Marching near Rivas was hairdresser Adela Hernandez, 56, who said she had reached her limit of tolerance: “Everything is a disaster. We’re tired of the insecurity, of scarcities, of inflation. We want a peaceful change, according to the constitution, that’s why we want a recall vote. It’s our right.”
  • Agustín Perez, a 30-year-old carpenter who lives in the poor east Caracas barrio El Atlantico who walked five miles to the protest after Maduro closed down the subways close to the protest route to discourage attendance, said: “We want the Venezuela we had 20 years ago, when there was food, security, medicine, when the money you made was enough to buy what you needed. Maduro can’t offer any of that.”
  • Jesús Belisario, a 38-year old laborer who came from San Cristobal in western Tachira state, said: “Recall now. The government can’t stop it. Discontent is very high.”
  • Opposition leaders in the march included Miranda state Gov. Henrique Capriles, national Assemblyman Julio Borges, and Maria Corina Machado, the fierce assemblywoman who was physically attacked on the floor of the national legislature, while the chamber’s president, Diosdado Cabello, stood by smiling.

The demonstration was a forceful repudiation of the leftist politics that are falling out of favor across Latin America. At its peak in 2008, the left held the presidencies of 8 of the 10 most populous countries in South and Central America. But those regimes have lost popularity as steep drops in commodity prices badly damaged their economies and left less money to spend on the poor. Candidates from the right recently won the presidencies of Argentina and Peru, and just this week, Dilma Rousseff was permanently ousted from the presidency in Brazil in an impeachment trial engineered by opponents from the right who now control the government.

But nowhere in Latin America has the rise and fall of the left been as dramatic as in Venezuela, a country that has been on the brink of collapse for the last several months.

Sean Penn and BFF Hugo Chavez

Sean Penn and BFF Hugo Chavez

Venezuela had its own brand of socialism, known as Chauvismo for Hugo Chavez — actor Sean Penn’s best bud, who was elected president in 1998 in a rejection of free-market policies that were encouraged by the United States but failed to deliver on their promise of wider prosperity. Chavez fueled his social programs with revenue from the country’s vast oil supply. But falling oil prices and out-of-control spending threw the economy into turmoil as the leadership turned to more repressive measures to stifle growing discontent.

Maduro, who was vice president under Chavez, took over after the latter died in March 2013 and was narrowly elected to a six-year term the next month. Maduro’s support plummeted as the economy continued to deteriorate to the point that analysts warn that Venezuela is at risk of becoming a failed state.

The opposition had thought winning a majority of seats in the National Assembly in last year’s elections would lead to changes. But the Maduro-controlled Supreme Court has declared 24 laws passed by the body to be illegal.

Still, Maduro has supporters who held a counter-march of tens of thousands on Thursday in a section of Caracas closer to the Miraflores presidential palace. The anti-Maduro forces say the pro-government marchers were paid to be there.

Pro-Maduro counter-rally, 9-1-2016

Pro-Maduro counter-rally, 9-1-2016

On Sept. 14, protests will be convened at all the state capitals to demand that the national electoral council convene the “recall Maduro” vote. While the council has verified that enough signatures were collected earlier this year to initiate the process, it has not set a firm time line for the next phase, which opponents claim is a delaying tactic.

Meanwhile, still no sign of Sean Penn in Venezuela.

The actor-activist was last spotted on August 23, having dinner at Il Piccolino in West Hollywood, Calif. The elegant Mediterranean restaurant’s menu includes steaks, chicken, veal, lamb, artisan duck sausages, seafood pasta, and octopus appetizers.

Penn has lived a privileged life since birth as the son of actor-director Leo Penn. His paternal grandparents were Ashkenazi Jewish emigrants from Lithuania and Russia.

Sean Penn at Il Piccolino restaurant, August 23, 2016

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~Eowyn

19 responses to “Venezuela at the abyss: 500,000 swarm streets of capital to demand recall of president

  1. The Clinton’s sent James Carville to help Hugo get elected. Ever see Carville in an ACORN Hat? Me neither. Carville also helped Ehud Barak win his election ushering the missile attacks.

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  2. If Hillary steals the election, will we see this in America?

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  3. I hope the idea of freedom catches fire across Venezuela, all of Latin America and all across the World—including Palestine, which has been enduring its genocide for 70 years. Hopefully, a President Trump can light that fuse—which the Venezuelan people themselves are trying to light.
    Metaphysically, it seems to me that a certain (small) number of people are waking up. The Ruling Elite and their Master, The Devil, know this, and are getting desperate. The next ten years are critical: A Battle is taking place in the Heavenlies, and it’s coming down here.
    As for Sean Penn, what can be said that hasn’t already been said? Members of his “tribe” are all too eager to insert themselves into any situation they can, and they always do. That’s right, I said it.

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  4. Reblogged this on North Carolina Pockets of Resistance and commented:

    Are we next?

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  5. Reblogged this on The Tactical Hermit and commented:

    A Snapshot of America in a few years.

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  7. this administration, hrc, and TPTB want what venezuela has to be rolled over into the usa; without the protestors.
    the more people roll over and give up their rights and security to govt, the more this “plan” will become a reality.
    socialism was ‘good’ when they got stuff, but when the elite took more than their share and left nothing behind…..that’s when they started yelling
    “No More Socialism”.

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  8. Venezuela was destroyed (as well as Argentina and Ukraine) by another U.S.A.-CIA operation. This is what they do, and yes, it is planned for the U.S.A. Globalist Hitlery Loony Klintoons will be glad to help them turn our country into a third-world hell hole and sell us to the highest bidder. Vote for Trump, as he is our last chance at redemption.

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  9. Zionist propaganda! The Jewish oligarchs are with helding goods as they did in Egypt, when they ousted Mursi, and installed Jew Al-Sisi. Then they immediately flooded the market with cheap goods.
    In Venezuela which has cut it ties to Israhell (unforgivable) they are doing the same, and will succeed to install the Jew Capriles, who will of course re-establish Venezuelas ties to the zionist entity.
    Stupid goyim, we are killing ourselves by re-transmitting the lies of the MEJews!
    https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=prof.+Hugo+de+Garis+on+Me+Jews

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  10. What does the U.S. know about the “free market”? Good Lord, that’s the pot calling the kettle black! 😉

    I remain as unconvinced as ever that demonstrating and marching does a darn thing; wouldn’t it be more productive to put that same effort into creating a “gray market”? I just hope that we here in the U.S. realize that our collective future lies within the individual, not the State…but I’m not holding my breath.

    Informative article; thank you for it.

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    • Absolutely. If you march, it should be to find their vehicles to let the air out of or their exhaust pipes to plug with potatoes,

      “Free market” means whatever TPTB have planned for a zone. As long as there is dependence on them they have power.

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  12. Obama's boyfriend

    This is what happens if the Hildabeast is elected.

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  15. Mary Patricia Wilk

    Everyone who allows themselves to tie into any government’s claim of a false utopia with “free stuff” (nothing is ever free and there’s always a cost at some point) and believing in a their false utopia with redistribution of wealth and other failed policies will end up just like this. Socialism/communism never works in the long run – ever! It can’t sustain itself in any way, will change people into being totally selfish and uncaring of others mainly because you have nothing to give. Plus, this false, idiotic notion that the money will come from the wealthy – well, good luck getting it Did the wealthy Venezuelans or any other communistic country give up theirs? Do you really believe the Clinton’s, Bushes, Rockefeller’s, B. Sanders, et al, will be redistributing their mega wealth? Get a grip on reality already!. They didn’t get rich by being idiots, and does anyone truly believe they’re going to pay for our lives with a redistribution of wealth? How nieve and childish can people be! The Democratic/communist Party is manipulating the liberals into becoming selfish and without a logical, clear thinking thought process. Liberals: Wake up already! Why are you being stubborn and forcing the USA into this situation only to realize when it’s too late that socialism/communism won’t work here either? WAKE UP!

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