Posted on | February 16, 2014 | 22 Comments
In Hugo Chavez, the peasants at least had a demagogic “hero” they believed in. Chavez’s successor lacks that dictatorial charisma, and people are starting to notice that socialism sucks:
Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, the target of a police manhunt for allegedly inciting violence that left three dead at anti-government protests, said Sunday that he will surrender himself after one more demonstration.
Lopez said in a video that he didn’t fear arrest but accused authorities of trying to violate his constitutional right to protest against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. . . .
Rioters burned trash and threw stones at police in the city’s Plaza Altamira. In return, authorities used water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds numbering more than 1,000.
There is growing anger here at soaring inflation — which is up to 56.3% over the past 12 months — and a murder rate that, according to local NGOs, is one of the world’s highest.
“The government is taking us into the slaughterhouse,” said Valentina Ortiz, 33, a pediatrician in Plaza Altamira. “We’ll just be able to get food and water soon.”
Like Ortiz, other protesters vowed to rally until things change.
“It doesn’t matter how long it takes, a week, a month. We’ll be here every single day,” said Jose Pérez, 34. “We are at war.”
Socialism: People keep on trying it, and it keeps on failing.
For all you young commies out there, READ THIS: http://t.co/NWGDG8Zy6b
— mjselker (@mjselker) February 17, 2014