Just a quick note today since I’m trying to get back into my normal posting schedule of 1-2 times a week! Today I am working on posts about Brazil and Chile!
Today is a is a day full of protests. The economic crisis, high prices for food and basic necessities, the blocking of Capriles from government office, and the brief takeover of the legislative branch of the government have brought about massive protests today. The largest protests are in Caracas, but they are happening all over Valencia too.
My friends and I have the day off of work and we are too tired to do anything fun like go to the beach like some people. Instead, we were going to go out to brunch here in Valencia. We decided to go to a restaurant that we could get to without crossing any of the major streets in town.
We got 3/4ths of the way there, only to have streets blocked off by riot police. We tried to go around them and found people walking through the streets with Venezuelan flags draped over their shoulders. Everyone from gray-haired ladies to young kids were wearing Venezuelan hats, flags, or shirts representing their nation.
People love their country and they are ready for a change. The fact that Maduro has armed 40,000 civilian militia members has some people scared but from all accounts, that has not stopped them from protesting today even after one teen was shot dead. I don’t think, “A gun for every militiaman!” is the answer and I hope that the protests in Valencia are more peaceful than those in Caracas.
*Please excuse the poor quality pics today as all of them were taken while I was sitting in the back seat of a moving vehicle and were then reformatted to a small enough size so my excrutiatingly slow internet would be able to upload them.