Venezuela - the beat goes on
An ex-general of Venezuela interviewed on CNN said his country is being taken over by Cuban military. It made me wonder.
Later I read this rather interesting comment,
"Where is the outcry of the free world about the invasion of Cuban troops in Venezuelan soil? The silence or omission of the press about this..." by Susana Font-Fontenot, NYT (2/25)
This petroleum-rich neighbor would certainly be a feather in Cuba's cap, assuming they could keep a string of Ma-burros in the presidency there, and an army of street toughs as their dupes.
As for the protests and police overreaction, it seems to have had a simple beginning:
"The crisis started on Feb. 4, when a group of student activists in the Andean city of San Cristóbal took to the streets to protest the crime wave ravaging their campus. The Police Department’s failure to respond to the sexual assault of a first-year student sent students out en masse to demand that the state protect them. The government’s response was a brutal police crackdown, not against the rape suspect, but against the student protesters."
It wasn't just riot police overreacting.
"The government has also mobilized its sprawling propaganda apparatus — newspapers and radio stations, half a dozen TV stations, hundreds of websites — in a concerted campaign of vilification to demonize the protest leaders as a shadowy fascist cabal in cahoots with American imperialists."
Protesting students chant:
“No way! No way!
I’m not going to take
The Cuban-style dictatorship
You’re shoving in my face.”
reported by Francisco Toro, 2/24 NYTimes, (his website: Caracas Chronicles)