Venezuela has always bounced between two extremes: oppression and freedom. Every single day, Venezuelans pour into the streets to protest the loss of their freedom and rights, taken by a tyrannical regime that condemns people to illness, scarcity, and outright hunger.
As Chavism, a left-wing political ideology is continuing its decrease, police helicopters have apparently launched grenades at the Supreme Court in Caracas, in what Mr. Maduro called an “act of terrorism”. A video circulating on social media shows a man holding up a banner that read “Liberty. Article 350”, regarding a part of the Venezuelan constitution which allows people to disobey “any regime that runs counter to democratic guarantees or undermines human rights”.
Venezuela has never had it easy when it comes to its leaders. Throughout its history, the country has been ruled by military dictators, achieving constitutional order only in 1959 at the hands of Romulo Betancourt, the first Latin American convert from communism to democracy. However, when Hugo Chavez took office in 1999, he devoted himself to brush democracy aside. In spite of never believing in the advantages that come with democracy as a form of government, his only true goal was total control. Even before Chavez, governments were bad, the politicians were corrupt and the elite was prospering. However, democracy itself worked.
When a cult that borders on insanity is born, we can’t expect clean elections, freedom of speech and separation of powers. We can talk about totalitarianism when a state power expropriates arbitrarily for its own benefit when it controls the entire food supply and is the only chief employer.
People mobilized against all of this all over Venezuela. Totalitarianism brought about a lack of individual freedom, economic insecurity, and even food shortages. People from all sectors of society have joined the protest, in spite of it being led by students.
In spite of the fact that the Organization of American States failed to reach an agreement in order to condemn the atrocities caused by the Maduro administration, Venezuela is in desperate need of a solution: immediate elections, the re-establishment of basic civil liberties, and put a stop to the repression.