I didn't take this picture, nor do I know who did so I can't credit the photographer As indicated by u/Spartan2470 below, the picture was taken by Cristian Hernandez of Agencia EFE, but I think its one of the pictures that best represent the disparity of Venezuelan reality at the time.
I no longer live in Venezuela, but I did for about 20 years; I was out there for the protests from 2007 started by the ban of RCTV (Oposition news channel) from transmiting in open signal to the day I left in 2012. While I lived through many crazy things, the people who are out there now fighting for this have courage beyond what is imaginable, the 2012 Venezuela was a joke compared to the 2017 Venezuela.
I hope the deaths of the 4 people till now are for something, I hope this generation of protesters can achieve what we weren't able to.
Never could understand soldiers who are against their own people.
is a much higher resolution version of this.
According to here (and Google Translate):
CAR232. CARACAS (VENEZUELA), 04/24/2017 - A group of demonstrators walks alongside a road while members of the police guard during a protest against the Venezuelan government today, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, in Caracas, . Hundreds of opponents in different parts of Caracas today clashed with security forces to stay on the streets protesting, despite the use of tear gas by police forces to disperse and block the passage of the marches. EFE / CRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
Well, the chain of command is against their own people. The individual soldiers and police are generally just like everyone else, trying to put food on the table for their families. If they quit their jobs, there will be repercussions and it's likely their family will starve. So they do what they have to.
This is what happens when a government stops fearing its people entirely. Or caring about them at all. When you're at that point, protest will do no good. It's time for revolution.
I do still have family in Venezuela. It's quite sad we resort sending boxes of food and general supplies every so often due to them simply not being able to find basic things. I myself haven't been in a couple of years.
That's part of it.....but I think it's even more immediate. If you quit, they kill you right then and there. Even if you sneak away....if your family won't survive the next day.
This is a really great picture. Maybe another redditor will find out who took the pic so he/she can get their recognition when this is all over.
Do you still have family in Venezuela?
It can only happen at the top. You complain, you get fucked by the guy above you invariably. However if a top guy does it, it's called a military coup and that's how dictators get taken down. However 99% of the time the new leaders are as bad if not worse. Military can take power but they can't govern for shit.
That's complete bullshit. This is headline news across the entire world right now. Just because some unnamed redditor said his unnamed teacher at an unnamed school didn't bring it up for discussion in some unnamed class it doesn't make it evidence of a massive corporate media-government censorship conspiracy to keep the docile sheeple in line.
Put your fucking bong down kid and join the real world.
Look at that. Thousands of results. Most of these in the last 24 hours. BBC, CNN, Reuters, Associated Press, Al Jazeera, The Indian Express, US News & World Report, New York Times, Daily Mail, Latin American Herald Tribune, The freaking Hindu, NPR, teleSUR, etc. etc.
It just annoys me to no end when young adults (you can't be older than 21) adopt this hyper-cynical, jaded view of the world when it's clearly just a pretense, a front they put up to excuse their naivete and complete ignorance of current events and international affairs.
"The WTO's dispute settlement body? No, I don't know what that is... but who gives a shit?... the US corporations control the world anyway so they make the laws. Don't fool yourself bro. You're such a gullible sheep..."
Ugh, go educate yourself. And that DOESN'T mean just brush up on your Animal Farm and 1984 quotes.
A PSA for anyone who considers the 2nd Amendment of the US constitution to be unimportant.
Citizens should never use force against law enforcement officers. But the fact that we can changes the game in ways unimaginable.
I mean if someone pointed a gun at your family, then told you to execute some prisoners or else your family would die, you'd have a hard decision too.
Not everything is so black-and-white, and remember it's really easy to make judgments of people from a cushy chair behind a computer screen.
If you quit, they kill you right then and there.
military can't quit. thats called going AWOL.
What really makes me furious is that there is literally no media coverage here in (Middle - ) Europe. I had one of the weekly news presentations in class today and no one, not even the teacher, knew about what is going on there...
Yeah that part kills me.
I have friends that move from there and they used to send things like clothes and certain drugs that were hard to find to now sending toilet paper, tooth paste and deodorant instead.
Something about the cops having untucked shirts is really unsettling
Um, that's easy for you to say when machine-gun-carrying soldiers aren't beating you up, firing tear gas into a crowd where you're standing, and pro-government gangs are shooting protestors.
You are the epitome of American ignorance and bigotry.
No, you would say that, and did.
The problem then is getting them all to step up at the same time. Otherwise somebody will still be there behind a gun or a tank or a joystick for the government.
I think what most people are criticizing is the fact that its not on MSM unless you're looking for it. We are bombed with a non-stop cycle of the same 4 news stories per day and then things like this get a 2 minute slot somewhere.
Its also very hard to know exactly what's going on there, there is so much information and so much confusion, some media seems to be getting pictures without issue, some others are turning up beat up. I really don't hold enough information to give an educated answer about that.
Not everyone is opposed to the government and when the poverty level is so high sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to take care of yourself or your family.
It isn't black and white as to why either side is doing what they are doing.
It is not communist. You can call a cat a dog, but it does not make it a dog.
Same goes for China and Cuba.
Police are part of government.
The part that kills me is that there's literally no need for any of it. The government could fix it all in a matter of months if they just let go of the stupid currency controls.