Venezuela about to go down the tubes...a lesson for Corbyn and the Labour Party perhaps?

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The BBC and false news.

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Guaidó pictured on aid truck
Paraguayan President Abdo Benítez has posted footage showing Juan Guaidó on a truck with humanitarian aid.
Mr Guaidó earlier said (see our 15:50 entry) that the aid was on its way to Venezuela in a peaceful manner.
The self-declared president was speaking at the Colombia-Venezuela border.
 
Question - What is keeping the military and police loyal to Maudro? are they being paid in hard currency US$ or do they have 'special' shops where they can use local funny money to buy food and other goodies? The Generals will be fine, they can flee to their villas and estates, in Cuba, Mexico and Bolivia, with their gold bars, but the middle ranking and junior Officers's and some SNCO's could find themselves on the wrong side and finish up being cashiered?
 
Question - What is keeping the military and police loyal to Maudro? are they being paid in hard currency US$ or do they have 'special' shops where they can use local funny money to buy food and other goodies? The Generals will be fine, they can flee to their villas and estates, in Cuba, Mexico and Bolivia, with their gold bars, but the middle ranking and junior Officers's and some SNCO's could find themselves on the wrong side and finish up being cashiered? put in front of a firing squad on live television
A potentially more likely outcome.
 

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Question - What is keeping the military and police loyal to Maudro? are they being paid in hard currency US$ or do they have 'special' shops where they can use local funny money to buy food and other goodies?
I've seen reports that this is close to being the case. Maduro's officials control the distribution and allocation of food and other essentials. These are used as bribes/blackmail to keep people on-side. If you don't play ball then you and your family suddenly find that there is no food or medicine to be bought.
 

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The violence is increasing.

Venezuela humanitarian aid met with teargas and gunfire on borders | Reuters

Rubber bullets, tear gas and live ammunition being used by the Venezuelan security forces. The indigenous community where yesterday's two death occurred have taken 35 National Guardsmen hostage in response. I feel for both sides there, the National Guardsmen are probably terrified and the indigenous villagers are understandably angry.

Aid is getting to the border but the security forces are still resisting having it brought across where they notice it.

The problem for Maduro is that he is using the government's supplies as a way to control his security forces.

Venezuela military controls food as nation goes hungry

That means that incoming foreign aid would threaten his hold over both voters and the military, rendering his food card system far less effective as a way to control the population.
 
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Indeed. I'm hoping that the whole thing suddenly bursts like a nasty boil, with a rush of support for letting the aid through overwhelming the few who continue to resist.

Unfortunately, it is likely to become a nasty civil war before Maduro finally stand down or runs away. I'm sure he could find a country to house him. The alternative might well be an upside-down view from a lamp-post.
 
Indeed. I'm hoping that the whole thing suddenly bursts like a nasty boil, with a rush of support for letting the aid through overwhelming the few who continue to resist.

Unfortunately, it is likely to become a nasty civil war before Maduro finally stand down or runs away. I'm sure he could find a country to house him. The alternative might well be an upside-down view from a lamp-post.
This could be Britain about 2 years after Corbyn is elected. A frightening prospect.
 

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An aid convoy of five trucks tried crossing the bridge but was somewhat thwarted.

Venezuelan soldiers set fire to aid convoys as troops fire tear gas at protesters on Colombia border

The report says that two lorries were burnt, possibly by tear gas grenades, and two stolen by the security forces at the checkpoint. The fifth turned around and went back to the Columbia side of the bridge.

Hopefully the burnt lorries were set on fire by accident as it really doesn't reflect well on the troops if it was deliberate. The stolen lorries? Well, it is possible they will be searched and the contents then distributed amongst the unit and their families, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the aid will end up on the black market.
 
An aid convoy of five trucks tried crossing the bridge but was somewhat thwarted.

Venezuelan soldiers set fire to aid convoys as troops fire tear gas at protesters on Colombia border

The report says that two lorries were burnt, possibly by tear gas grenades, and two stolen by the security forces at the checkpoint. The fifth turned around and went back to the Columbia side of the bridge.

Hopefully the burnt lorries were set on fire by accident as it really doesn't reflect well on the troops if it was deliberate. The stolen lorries? Well, it is possible they will be searched and the contents then distributed amongst the unit and their families, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the aid will end up on the black market.
I have a black book but it is filling up rapidly.
 

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Juan Guaidó has said that he considers 'all options open' for getting aid to Venezuela.

Venezuela's Guaido says 'all options open' after Maduro blocks aid | Reuters

With Maduro still adamantly claiming, against all evidence, that Venezuela is not in crisis and does not need aid, the security forces met yesterday's aid convoys with violence.

It is reported that 60 members of the security forces defected to the side of the anti-Maduro protestors, but very significantly, there are also reports that black-clad masked men on motorbikes rode up to the crowds and fired on them with shotguns and pistols.

I'm sure that I'm not the only one to wonder if these particularly cold-blooded and murderous men in black balaclavas were from an organisation other than the Venezuelan National Guard. What are the Wagner Group up to these days?
 

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For contrast (i.e. for a contrast with the free press), here's a report by RT on the defection of the three members of the security forces yesterday.

Horrifying VIDEOS show RAMMING at Simon Bolivar bridge in Venezuela

They have a very different emphasis, wishing to show how reckless the 'coup-mongerers' were in 'hijacking two armoured vehicles' and ramming the barricade. The tone of the report is that they were wrong in not taking care not to hurt the crowd or demonstrators.

I find this an interesting angle given the officially sanctioned firing of rubber bullets, tear gas and live rounds at those same demonstrators. It is wrong to risk injury to others by driving recklessly, but right to shoot and gas them, apparently.

RT also uses the term 'humanitarian aid' rather than humanitarian aid, the suggestion clearly being that it is not, in fact, humanitarian or aid. As two trucks were hijacked yesterday and driven off by the government forces, you'd think that by now Maduro's officials would have inspected the contents and would be broadcasting to the world if the trucks were loaded with anything but aid.

Perhaps gathering boxes of weapons to exchange for the boxes of food and medicine takes longer than they expected?
 

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Maduro, following the usual dictator paranoid meltdown pattern, has expelled the German Ambassador and detained two foreign journalists.

Venezuela expels German ambassador for 'meddling,' arrests U.S. journalist | Reuters

The ambassador had committed the crime of being one a number of foreign diplomats welcoming Juan Guaidó into Caracas, something that Maduro evidently couldn't see the funny side of. That puts Venezuela and Maduro in particular in a highly tricky position with regards the other EU countries as they are likely to be sympathetic to Germany

On an international scale, expelling ambassadors is rarely viewed favourably and is generally the trigger for a diplomatic spat.
 

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Following the old joke about will the last Socialist please turn out the lights..
The lights have gone out in Venezuela.

Venezuela: huge power outage leaves much of country in the dark
Members of Nicolás Maduro’s crisis-stricken government claimed opposition wreckers had targeted the plant, which is also known as Guri.
“The black out has been caused by sabotage at Guri,”


Nothing to do with us, it was down to the big boys who broke our toy and ran away.
 
Ops normal then. Hysterical govt shill out here screaming sabotage when Koeberg went T/U. Turns out it was nothing but bog standard wuckfittery.
 

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