Venezuela

Climate change protest is in its infancy in Venezuela, one of the worlds top oil producers with the largest proven reserves of any nation. Nevertheless, it is the country in the America’s that has the highest number of children dying of starvation, with countless more malnourished. People die of preventable diseases in ever greater numbers; if one is lucky enough to find a competent surgeon to perform an operation, they must bring their own anesthesia. The profoundly tragic irony of this rapidly dollarizing economy, is that only the Socialists are able to access dollars, much of which they extract by force from the population, in order to shop in the dollar only stores, Cuban style. The old Socialists are the new economic masters, living off the back of the people they govern, in Venezuela like Cuba, it’s inspiration. So much for Socialist medicine and public health. Venezuela is a brutal dictatorship whose will is enforced by nearly 2 million men - and a handful of women - who ride around on motorcycles with no license plates beating people up, intimidating others with the threat of violence or some other form of reprisal, as a result of failing to toe the party line in support of the illegitimate President Maduro, who represents the legacy of Hugo Chavez as his appointed successor.

The opposition, in the form of the movement led by Juan Guaido - recognized as president of Venezuela by the US, Colombia, Brazil, and many other countries - does protest against the government: a handful of young, brave, people who often feel impelled to risk life, limb, and liberty, because their father or big brother is in jail. Unlike his predecessor Chavez who was able to win several elections outright with a comfortable margin, Maduro does whatever he has to do to stay in office. Venezuelans vote with their stomach and vote against him, so he just rigs the elections and always wins.

There were several large protests in Venezuela throughout the course of 2019. Those protests have generated counter-demonstrations organized by those who support Maduro. These counter demonstrations in support of Maduro are often called "spontaneous protests" and those who attend are paid for their time, funded from abroad by Maduro’s partners, chief among them Russia followed by Iran.

Throughout the year, it was increasingly reported that slum dwellers, the historical base of Chavista power, were turning against Maduro. Often, people blame government security forces for their brutality for this shift".  Dozens of protestors against the government were killed in 2019 and many hundreds arrested for speaking out against the government.

 

Can you imagine what jail conditions are like for these individuals?

Climate change protest in Venezuela is getting started as a result of pioneering activists and their organizations such as the Citizen of Venezuela Verde Dr. Manuel Diaz, and Venezuela Ecovision Ecological Canal, a grand alliance of environmental organizations and protest action where everyone dresses in green, as well as YOUNG and other smaller organizations concerned with protecting the environment. Venezuela does have a Green party; Ecovision, Funvive and other major organizations sponsor lectures, concerts, collect signatures, document delivery, and provide information for the media.

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Protest2020! 2020 is the year of protest, ushered in on the heels of 2019, which saw numerous social explosions in the last few months of the year. Climate change, in particular, is feeding a well-founded sense of fear, particularly among the vulnerable and their activist allies whose lives and futures are highly precarious. In fact, all of us are vulnerable, and awareness is growing of the way in which we are all in this together. While in most places, most notably Hong Kong, protests have turned violent and thousands of arrests have been made, there have not yet been large numbers of fatalities, although dozens of protestors have died and continue to die in South America. In other parts of the world, most notably the Middle East – home to warfare for decades – particularly in Iraq and its neighbor and former enemy Iran, hundreds of protestors have been killed with live, military-grade ammunition. After 5 years of civil war in Syria, protest has given way to military action hand in hand with death and destruction. The numbers of people murdered by the governments of the region are not fully known, and especially hard to verify in Iran, where a brutal religious dictatorship maintains a thick cloak of secrecy over such information.

Iran and its allies in Iraq are now moving precipitously towards war with the United States, in part because the mentally ill president of that country needs to wage war in order to win reelection. Large parts of the world that are the most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change are already suffering; places like the Philippines are experiencing devastating and lethal storms, one after the other, breaking all historical records.

Much of Australia has been on fire for months as we ring in 2020, accompanied by the hottest temperatures on record. This is changing Australian lives, politics, and the consciousness of the ordinary Australian who is now getting involved in the struggle to save their island, and coming to a better understanding of how their survival is linked to the rest of the world. In Japan, forces are growing in protest to push the Japanese government towards support for the Hong Kong protestors, confronting mainland China; also supporting the struggles of minority groups in mainland China, reporting on government abuses, etc. The US government has expressed its full support for the Hong Kong protestors, further escalating tensions between these two superpowers along with ally Russia. These tensions were already at their most aggravated moments as a result of the US/China trade war.

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To make matters still worse, especially for SE Asia, the North Korean dictator is threatening the use of a new strategic weapon. Our world on the arrival of 2020 is a tinderbox as never before. The 2020 presidential elections in the USA will be the single greatest determining factor for the survival of the planet. Given that the current president preaches a doctrine of conflict and confrontation rather than collaboration, and denies that climate change is even exacerbated by man-made actions, if he is re-elected, there will be little hope for our world in the short term.

Here at Protest2020.com, we invite you to protest, share your views, and help us all to march towards a more sustainable and peaceful world that will not totally implode, at least within our lifetimes, leaving hope for life to continue in more intelligent forms, better appreciating our planetary home. We ultimately seek harmony with nature so as to preserve life as we know it, as we dream it could be. Everything depends on how hard we are willing to fight to make it so.

 

Let’s get arrested, the more the merrier!

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