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.