Well reasoned recap of current events. It’s refreshing to read an account that appears to be from a more distant perspective, i.e. not inundated with so much emotion.
National protests were called in Venezuela on 12 Feburary under the hashtag #LaSalida meaning “the exit”. This hashtag was not a strategy, it was a call for mobilisation. They are two very different things and explain why the student protests are not a manifestation of opposition desire to overthrow the government nor are they a calculated plan for regime change, despite some efforts to push this absurd rhetoric. They are palpable signs of mass discontent.
The protests began mainly in opposition dominated, middle-class areas i.e. Altamira, San Cristobal and Valencia. They have since engulfed more Chavista areas such as Catia and Antimano. This changes the dynamics of the protests since it is a tangible sign of discontent from bases that would have been otherwise considered non-engaged and opposed to the student protests.
There is no longer a need for speculation on violence that is occurring. There is hard
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