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‘Poor’ Skeptical Of Venezuela Student Protestors

From a suddenly skeptical about student protests Associated Press:

Venezuelan student protesters seek to woo poor

Venezuelan student protesters’ bid to woo poor meets skepticism, bullying

By Frank Bajak | March 20, 2014

PETARE, Venezuela (AP) — The two students venture into one of Latin America’s biggest slums for the first time, feeling scared and somewhat awkward. Their mission: to broaden support for their anti-government protest movement in the low-income barrios whose working poor the late President Hugo Chavez championed.

Note how the AP takes it as an article of faith that Chavez was ‘championing’ the poor. And never mind the results of his policies, which has been devastating to the poor, as well as everyone else.

"Our families didn’t want us to come up here," says Fernando Viscuna, a 21-year-old international commerce [sic] major at the Instituto Universitario de Nuevas Profesiones. "But if you want a better country, it’s got to be done."

The AP actually seems to be trying to discredit the students with this article. They are implying the students are rich, and aren’t in real solidarity with the poor. They aren’t really ‘down for the struggle.’

All of which is pretty shocking. Since everywhere else students are always the unquestioned champions of the poor and the unquestioned darlings of the news media. But, apparently, not when they go up against a media-approved socialist dictatorship like Venezuela.

He and Jhony Pulido, a curly-haired 22-year-old economics student [sic] at Andres Bello University, are earnest foot soldiers in an incipient bridge-building effort by students whose five-week-old protest movement has badly convulsed the country and triggered a firm government crackdown.

You see, it’s the students who have ‘triggered a firm government crackdown.’

The students have no illusions. If anything is to change, they need allies in the very districts that Chavez converted into bulwarks of support by investing tens of billions of dollars in oil income in generous social welfare programs.

Really? Then why are these poor people still so poor? Why is it they can’t even buy toilet paper or any other basic necessity? Why is inflation 57%?

In two hours of knocking on doors and canvassing shop owners in the hilltop barrio of El Morro, accompanied by a local auto mechanics teacher allied with the opposition, the students get a polite but mostly cool reception.

Most people barely engage them. Some, like 79-year-old retired plumber Valentin Castillo, openly dismiss them. "You’re killing a lot of people, torching cars. You’re against us, against everyone," Castillo says, raising his voice…

"What are they looking for with this fight?" Castillo demands, doubting Viscuna’s claim not to endorse violence or seek the overthrow of President Nicolas Maduro…

Have you ever read an AP article where the ‘violence’ and even the motives of a student protest were questioned? Especially by the very people they are supposedly trying to help?

"It’s the only way around the government media blackout," [the auto mechanics teacher who accompanies the students, Jorge Idrogo] says. State-run media portray student protesters as violent troublemakers bent on destroying the gains of 15 years of socialist-inspired advances.

And the AP would almost seem to agree.

Student leader Alfredo Graffe of Simon Bolivar University said the movement has held more than a dozen informational meetings in working-class districts since late February, but says it is only safe for students to visit by daylight.

In the lower middle-class district of Caricuao in Caracas’ mostly pro-government west, colectivos [sic] have broken up all five student-organized protests since mid-February. In other parts of the proletarian west, students have dared not even try…

We do love it that Venezuela’s dictatorship thugs are called ‘colectivos.’

But Venezuela’s poor are, on the whole, more worried about losing the pensions, subsidies, education and basic health services gained under Chavez if the opposition were to come to power.

That’s what University of Georgia sociology graduate student [sic] Rebecca Hanson says people tell her in the sprawling working-class district of Catia in Caracas’ west, where she has been living on-and-off since 2009. "I think people are widely interpreting the protests as seeking to get Maduro out of office and nothing else."

Note that an American sociology student is siding with the government.

On top of that, the students have not clearly articulated an agenda, says Luis Vicente Leon, director of the Venezuelan Datanalisis polling firm. And they’re divided among moderates and radicals just like the main opposition parties.

"I’d say the majority are moderates, but they’ve been tainted by the radical battle at the barricades, and get blamed for it," says Leon. In all, at least 27 people have been killed in the unrest, by government count…

Again, when is this brought up when the students are demonstrating for socialism?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, March 20th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “‘Poor’ Skeptical Of Venezuela Student Protestors”

  1. Stupid is painful. It’s more stupid and more painful when Socialists (Democrats) get involved) ..

    • Rusty Shackleford

      The great thing about humanity is that it plods on for centuries, unchanged, uncaring. Except for a few times when strange but utter brilliance flashes briefly and alters the course of human events. And then, stupidity returns and runs on eternally.

  2. canary

    Iran is supporting President Nicolas Maduro just as they did Chavez so it’s probably going to get bloody.


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