On the afternoon of July 1st, Rufo Chacon, a 16-year-old Venezuelan boy, was participating in a protest against Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship. He ended up blind after policemen fired rubber bullets that hit both his eyes. Rufo Chacon and his mother, Adriana Parada, were part of a movement protesting against the shortages of basic goods such as cooking gas and food in the state of Tachira.
Franklin Camargo | Venezuela
There is a multitude of reasons to take an interest in the Venezuelan crisis and to advocate for freedom in that country. There are plenty of reasons, but in my case, my main motivation lies in experience — for having been expelled from medical school and persecuted by the Maduro regime after I resisted the communist indoctrination at my university. At only 21 years old, I’ve already had a political career in one of the most hostile social environments in the Western Hemisphere.
All my life, except for the last three months that I’ve experienced the American market-driven economy, I’ve lived in the most unfortunate country for a free and individualistic soul to be in. This nefarious doctrine called Revolutionary Socialism has always had devastating consequences, beginning with the collapse of the economy. It eventually reaches into the very spirit of man. The more socialist a nation is, the greater the catastrophe it is capable of achieving.
On Tuesday, May 14th Amnesty International requested the International Criminal Court to investigate Venezuela’s government for causing a series of “crimes against humanity”.
During a report presented in Mexico, Erika Guevara, a Director for the Americas at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International reported about several human rights violations caused by the use of force by Maduro’s Government.
Ramon Rangel, a Venezuelan Air Force General, has asked military officers to “rise up”. In a YouTube video uploaded over the weekend, Rangel expressed his concerns of Venezuela permanently becoming a communist dictatorship controlled by Maduro’s allies in Cuba.
“We have to find a way to get rid of the fear, to go out into the streets, to protest, and to seek a military union to change this political system.”
In Venezuela, self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó is failing to ignite a military revolution. As a result, 25 Venezuelan soldiers who side with him fled. They now seek asylum in the Brazilian Embassy in Caracas. Knowing that their lives are at risk for defecting, they had few options. After all, betraying Maduro can carry a life sentence.