Maduro has now announced that 3,000 troops will patrol 79 specific danger spots in Venezuela. Surprisingly, only four are in Caracas. Described as a measure to improve the safety of citizens in the country with one of the world’s highest murder rates, some already describe it as an increase in the repression which Maduro has so vehemently advocated. In a country with seething social tension where employment in government is only open to those who voted for Maduro – this is a major setback. If the election system were entirely fair, no one would know how people had voted. Neither would controls outside supermarkets allow people in by virtue of their identity card (cedula) number – but its happening right now. If you didn’t vote for Maduro you are severely disadvantaged. With such a fiercely contested election, it is not clear that voters will take this repression calmly and without reaction. Hunger is the most fearsome motivator of all.
Troops on streets in Venezuela