Venezuelan Police Unleash Devastating Water Cannon On Protesters (Video)

Striking Video: Venezuelan Police Unleash Devastating Water Cannon On Protesters:

If the protests that have rocked Venezuela over the past few months can teach us anything, it’s that the Maduro regime is desperately clinging to power. As SHTFplan.com’s Mac Slavo writes, protests are normal in any country, but when they occur every day for weeks on end, and result in dozens of deaths, it’s obvious that the government is in an unstable position. And as the government grows more desperate, their methods of controlling the population will always become more extreme.

That’s what’s happening in Venezuela, where the police have unleashed a devastating water cannon on protesters, which has been referred to as “La Ballena,” or “The Whale.”

You may be wondering how the police in Venezuela could live with themselves after inflicting this kind of carnage on their fellow citizens, week after week. How could they physically defend such an atrocious regime? It turns out that the riot cops in Venezuela are just as desperate and fed-up with the government as everyone else in that country.

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Maduro Urges “I’m No Mussolini” As Venezuela Drifts Towards Civil War

Maduro Urges “I’m No Mussolini” As Venezuela Drifts Towards Civil War:

By Gwynne Dyer via BangorDailyNews.com,

“I am no Mussolini,” Venezuela’s beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro insisted on television early this month. But if things go on this way, he could end up like Mussolini. That would be very unfortunate for him and also for Venezuela.

The daily street protests against Maduro’s rule are in their second month, and around 40 people have already been killed, most of them by the police. “Molotov cocktails” (fire-bombs) are old hat; the new fashion is for “poopootovs” — containers of human or animal excrement that are thrown at the security forces. Nobody knows when it will all end, but most people fear it will end badly.

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“All I Have Is Hunger” – Many Venezuelans Too Weak To Protest Despite Maduro Misery

“All I Have Is Hunger” – Many Venezuelans Too Weak To Protest Despite Maduro Misery:

All I have is hunger – I don’t care if the people protest or not… With what strength will I protest if my stomach is empty since yesterday?”

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Venezuela: Maduro Orders Army Into The Streets Ahead Of “Mother Of All Protests”

Maduro Orders Army Into The Streets Ahead Of “Mother Of All Protests”:

After weeks of increasingly more violent protests, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered the army into the streets as the insolvent nation braces for what the opposition has vowed will be the “mother of all protests” on Wednesday.

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As Venezuelan “Bread War” Escalates, Maduro Warns Bakers “You Will Pay, I Swear”

As Venezuelan “Bread War” Escalates, Maduro Warns Bakers “You Will Pay, I Swear”:

They’re going to pay, I swear. Those responsible for the bread war are going to pay and they better not complain that it was a political persecution.. bakeries which do not follow [the rules] will be occupied by the government.

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Venezuela Eliminates Half Its Paper Money After Pulling Largest Bill From Circulation

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Maduro Stunner: Venezuela Eliminates Half Its Paper Money After Pulling Largest Bill From Circulation:

Having observed the economic chaos to emerge as a result of India’s shocking Nov. 8 demonetization announcement, and perhaps confident it can do better, today president Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela, Latin America’s most distressed economy, mired in an economic crisis and facing hyperinflation, likewise shocked the nation when he announced on state TV that just like India, Venezuela would pull its highest denominated, 100-bolivar bill (which is worth about two U.S. cents on the black market), from circulation over the next 72 hours, ahead of the introduction of new, higher-value notes, as large as 20,000.

“I have decided to take out of circulation bills of 100 bolivars in the next 72 hours,” Maduro said. “We must keep beating the mafias.”

To this we would add “and cue economic chaos”, but since this is Venezuela, that’s a given.

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1000s join Venezuela pro-government rally as Maduro slams ‘failed’ strike

H/t reader squodgy:

“Funny how different sourced and principled media, post different stories about the same subject. Maduro is trying to steer a path somewhere between Chavez & the opposition, but the US banksters want TOTAL rights to all oil revenue. Another example of John Perkins’ “Economic Hitmen”.
Any leader who wants the nation’s wealth to filter down to its population must be stopped at all costs by the U.S./U.K. banksers, see Ghaddafi, Saddam Hussein, Allende, Torrijos, Aguilera, ….the list is endless and the ‘coincidences’ dubious, dark and murky.
They have so far failed in Iran & Syria, but it isn’t over….till the Rothschilds sing.”


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1000s join Venezuela pro-government rally as Maduro slams ‘failed’ strike:

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Caracas for a third mass rally this week to support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro amid efforts by the opposition to topple him.

Maduro addressed the rally on Friday, saying the Latin American country has “triumphed” against US-backed efforts to destabilize it after an opposition strike planned for this week fell flat.

“The strike called by the fascist right has been a failure. They failed. Peace, work and coexistence have triumphed. Venezuela has triumphed,” Maduro said at the demonstration.

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Ultra-Violent Venezuelan Gangs Ignore Maduro Crackdown: “Better To Fight Police, Than Each Other”

Ultra-Violent Venezuelan Gangs Ignore Maduro Crackdown: “Better To Fight Police, Than Each Other”:

Amid threats of violence, opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro flooded the streets of Caracas today (2 million strong) in a major test of their strength and the government’s ability to tolerate growing dissent. However, for a nation that is forced to slaughter stallions for meat, line up for toilet paper, and dying from lack of simple medicines, Reuters reports that there is another destabilizing factor – ultra-violent street gangs are thriving“It’s better to work together than be enemies. It’s better to make war with the police than with each other.”

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Venezuela Will “Purge” All State Workers Who Sign Maduro Recall Petition

Venezuela Will “Purge” All State Workers Who Sign Maduro Recall Petition:

Last week we reported that in addition to confiscating the guns of Venezuela’s famished population, president Maduro had a warning for would-be coup plotters (perhaps sensing that a coup is imminent): “Did you see what happened in Turkey?” said Maduro, in a televised public event on Thursday evening. “Erdogan will seem like a nursing baby compared to what the Bolivarian revolution will do if the right wing steps over the line with a coup.”

He didn’t stop here: as Bloomberg reported last week, in a replay of one of the ugliest chapters in the two-decade rule of the socialist party in Venezuela, a top government official said Thursday that a list of those who signed a petition seeking to recall President Nicolas Maduro will be handed over to government ministries and state-run companies. The tactic is clearly an attempt to intimidate government workers into staying away from the recall petition, and thus to keep Maduro in power.

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Venezuela’s Latest Response To Food Shortages: Ban Lines Outside Bakeries

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Venezuela’s Latest Response To Food Shortages: Ban Lines Outside Bakeries:

Submitted by Anthony Fisher via Reason.com’s Hit & Run blog,

The tragedy of Venezuela continues unabated, but that doesn’t mean the government of President Nicolás Maduro has stopped trying to fix problems like the devastating scarcity of food which has led to malnutrition, riots, food truck hijackings, vigilante lynchings of petty thieves, and the starvation of zoo animals.

No, Maduro hasn’t admitted the failure of Chavismo — the brand of Bolivarian socialism imposed on the oil-rich country by his late predecessor Hugo Chavez — instead, Venezuela’s embattled leader has launched a war on “anxiety.”

The National Superintendency of Fair Prices has reportedly instituted a policy of fining bakeries that allow lines to stretch out their front doors, according to PanAmPost. The head of this particular bureaucracy, William Contreras, claims the lines aren’t a true indicator of a severe shortage of bread, but rather, a political “strategy of generating anxiety.”

Contreras claims there is no shortage of raw materials to make bread, but seems to not understand that bakeries just bake bread, they don’t process the different kinds of wheat used to make the flour that’s then used to make bread.

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After Confiscating Their Guns, Venezuela’s Maduro Has Another Warning For Coup Plotters

From the article:

“Did you see what happened in Turkey?” said Maduro, in a televised public event on Thursday evening. “Erdogan will seem like a nursing baby compared to what the Bolivarian revolution will do if the right wing steps over the line with a coup.


After Confiscating Their Guns, Venezuela’s Maduro Has Another Warning For Coup Plotters:

Yesterday we reported that Venezuela’s Interior Minister, Nestor Reverol, launched a campaign in Caracas to “disarm” citizens in an effort to curb rampant violence.  Venezuela has the world’s second highest murder rate which Reverol attributes, at least in part, to heavily armed gangs roaming the streets with guns which are acquired from “corrupt” police officers.  To address the violent crime issue, Venezueala has decided to chop up over 2,000 shotguns and pistols and laser tag ammunition as apparently the majority of ammunition used for violent crime in the country is manufactured by the state and “sold by corrupt police” as well.

To be sure, Venezuela does indeed have a high murder rate:

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However, the real reason for the crackdown on guns was different: after last month’s failed Turkish coup, the socialist ruler is worried – with good reason – that he may be next.

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In Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Economy, Venezuela’s Maduro Hires Marxist “Jesus Christ Of Economics”

And you better hope that he can manifest out of thin air!!!


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In Last-Ditch Effort To Save The Economy, Venezuela’s Maduro Hires Marxist “Jesus Christ Of Economics”:

When socialism fails, your citizens are starving and all hope is lost, you look for… Marxist Jesus? Nicolas Maduro has hired what he calls the “Jesus Christ of Economics” Alfredo Serrano, a 40-year old Marxist economist from Spain as his new main economic advisor.

The previous economic advisor, Miguel Pérez Abad, was fired last week after he endorsed the plan, which called for direct subsidies to the poorest families, the elimination of foreign-exchange controls and a reduction of price controls according to the WSJ.

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Let Them Eat Cake: Venezuela Celebrates Chavez’ Birthday With $100,000 Cake, While Citizens Starve

Let Them Eat Cake: Venezuela Celebrates Chavez’ Birthday With $100,000 Cake, While Citizens Starve:

Nothing describes socialism more aptly than baking a 4 feet tall cake weighing 90 kilos for Hugo Chavez’s birthday (a dead man) while the rest of the country starves, cannot find basic necessities

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The cake is a recreation of the “Cuartel de la Montana”, the palace that Chavez famously stormed in 1992 as an army commander to protest Carlos Andres Perez’s government.

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Will We Never Learn? The Economic Lessons From Venezuela’s Current Collapse

Will We Never Learn? The Economic Lessons From Venezuela’s Current Collapse:

Shops are being looted as Venezuela’s citizens, who live on top of the world’s largest oil reserves, are literally starving and dying for lack of food and medicine; all while the country’s gold reserves are being sold to finance its debt. With 1.8 million signatures on a petition for a referendum on Nicolas Maduro’s presidency, the country is threatening to become a failed state.

Venezuela is in crisis…

So, Ricardo Hausmann, former minister of planning for Venezuela, explains (via Project Syndicate) how too much heteredoxy (read – monetary policy experimentation and central planning and control) can kill you…

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“There’s A Crisis Coming” US Officials Increasingly Concerned At Venezuelan Meltdown

You can hear the ice cracking. You know there’s a crisis coming… If you obstruct the democratic way, we do not know what could happen in this country. Venezuela is a bomb that could explode at any moment.”


“There’s A Crisis Coming” US Officials Increasingly Concerned At Venezuelan Meltdown:

As Venezuela gives the world a first hand look at how socialism ends, the U.S. is growing more and more concerned about how everything is going to play out once the meltdown is complete.

The concern of course is valid, as at this point, the immediate future looks quite grim. Looters have taken to the streets, clearing supermarket shelves of all available food as the country begins to starve, and in order to try and preserve the what little time he has left, president Maduro recently declared a 60-day state of emergency.

According to Reuters, senior U.S. officials doubt that President Maduro will be able to complete his term, which ends after elections in late 2018. As the U.S. kicks around possible scenarios for how this will all end, from a referendum vote to military coup, one thing is becoming more and more certain: “You know there’s a crisis coming.”

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Venezuela Declares A 60-Day State Of Emergency

Maduro’s Last Stand: Venezuela Declares State Of Emergency:

From extending the weekend, to rationing electricity, to running out of money to print money, we’ve been covering the real-time events that have occurred in Venezuela as it devolved into a completely failed state.

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Sadly, last night as starving citizens looted marketplaces in search of food, we predicted that a civil war was almost inevitable, and that Nicolas Maduro would do what he could to hang on for dear life (literally). Today we learn, with his entire socialist utopia literally crumbling beneath him, Venezuelan president Maduro has declared a 60-day state of emergency.

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