Testimonies of the Barricades. Merida, Venezuela

Publicado: 5 marzo, 2014 en Comunidad, Noticias de Revolución
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Tamara Pearson, periodista de Venezuelanalysis.com hizo una recopilacion de testimonios en Ingles sobre la situación que viven algunas comunidades de la ciudad de Mérida durante estos dìas de guarimbas.

Les dejo el resumen de mi relato:

Guarimba en el sector Bicentenario de Los Curos. Cierran vía que comunica con otros pueblos del estado

Guarimba en el sector Bicentenario de Los Curos. Cierran vía que comunica con otros pueblos del estado

Juan Rondon, Los Curos, Merida, 25 February,  In Merida what we’ve been seeing are people (some of them students), who close up the entrances to residential areas, obliging thousands of people, the elderly, children, and adults to stay locked up under the fear of being labelled Chavistas or infiltrators of the so called castro-communist regime. It’s really sad to talk with some of the people whose only justification for accepting the barricade on their homes is “well they reduced the CADIVI amount” or “don’t you have to queue up?” “doesn’t the crime affect you?”. It reminds me of around five years ago, a student who justified her hatred for Chavez because he didn’t let her see her favourite soapie because of the long national broadcasts.

Yesterday when I got to Merida after a few days break from the craziness, when I tried to enter the sector where I was born and grew up and was educated, I found some 20 people burning rubbish, tires, and sticking up barbed wire from post to post. What really got to me was that we’re talking about Los Curos, where the majority- both Chavistas and opposition, depend on motorbikes to get around, as public transport is really bad.  It also got to me that those who were setting up the bonfires weren’t students, you could tell by their accent (they wore balaclavas). They used the typical language of criminals, of the criminal gangs.  Apart from blocking the road they also took over the water tank which supplies the community, and from there they yelled out insults and threats to women who dared to walk past in order to get home. They yelled out things like “Pick up that chick, take her [home] she looks hot!!” They were charging a toll to pass, and trading fuel for the right to pass. They damaged the valves of the water tank, leaving a community of 20,000 people without drinking water for 16 hours”.

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  1. eduardo albarado dice:

    people’s behavior is funny… yes.. its funny, because, whereas, some people are closing streets, burning things…. and yelling when garbage truck is trying to clean street, defended by police… Venezuela depends more and more rom oil rent… hey dear, if you were walking through a tupamaro group or officialist motor bike meeting? you ear stuff like honey and milk… there in no better behavior in those groups… Keep in mind that I can’t accept this sitiuation… I only remind you that people in groups is crazy and allowed being consumed by their passions, whereas politicians… still stealing…

    So, I think that your point is not related to political inclination of people… is about, how people justified their acts or “express” support to their ideas… for example…. a tupamaro or radical officialist using violence or intimidation is a better venezuelan or chavista than those of oposition in this kind of situation? in both parties are people acting wrong…. only that they are poor in comparation with some particular people in high charges in government who are getting richer.Hey what about the PDVAL some years ago… when they said: were just few tons of food missed…. that was a good excuse for you? better than something about CADIVI?

    Anyway…. i’m agree with you about the consecuence of caos in cities and that radical behavior is unproductive….

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