Two weeks ago, Venezuelan student Rufo Chacon’s life permanently changed for the worse. For the offense of peaceful protest, cops fired 52 rubber bullets in his face, leaving him permanently blind. Now, the 16-year-old-boy faces a life of challenges as he tries to adapt to his new life as a blind man in Venezuela. The boy was part of a protest demanding basic goods and cooking gas, which are in shortages. The Venezuelan movement for better conditions soon turned into a bloodbath when police officers started firing rubber bullets. Several other people were also injured, including Chacon’s sister.
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 Maduro’s socialistic “paradise” it seems that the working class is struggling so much that it’s now resorting to selling hair to make quick cash. Yes, you heard that right! Venezuelan women are now shaving almost all their hair to make ends meet by selling their own hair samples. Many women claim that this is necessary due to the water shortages and the ever-increasing cost of essentials. As sad as this may sound, maintaining well-kept long hair in Venezuela is a luxury that only the privileged classes can afford.
By Daniel Szewc | Poland
With the confirmation that the Venezuelan police force, under the control of Nicolás Maduro, has started shooting at protesters, the situation in Venezuela has only gotten tenser. This is all happening in the midst of the POTUS, Donald Trump, recognizing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president, albeit an interim one. Not only are Maduro’s interests even more at stake now, but the People’s Republic of China’s are also facing a conflict in the region.
The nations of Brazil, Paraguay, Canada, and Colombia have all, within 24 hours, recognized Juan Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela. This lack of balance of recognition in contrast to power may be the cause of the escalation of violence in the streets of Caracas.
According to Bloomberg, the Chinese government has agreed to extend Nicolás Maduro’s credit line by $5 billion USD. This given sword, as usual in the Eastern dragon’s case, has two edges: Venezuela is obliged to sell China it’s most valuable resource, oil, at a very cheap price. A huge manufacturing economy, China relies on oil for its production of goods, without which their fast-growing economy would fall into ruins.
If the American government decides to intervene in favor of it’s preferred side of Venezuela’s political scene, then a proxy war between China, which majorly invested in Maduro’s army, and the USA is extremely likely to occur. China will be anything but reluctant to give up its neo-colonial acquisition.
Even though this conflict is unlikely to spread outside of North and South America, the ensuing famine and mass migration is sure to destabilize the whole region, as well as possibly hit the United States.
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