The living nightmare that is Venezuela continues to get worse. Starvation, joblessness, even reports of cannibalism all show the terrible depths to which the oil rich nation has sunk.
Under the incompetent rule of Nicolas Maduro – who has concentrated all power over the economy in the hands of himself and his cronies – Venezuela is now a failed state.
When a huge number of Venezuelan citizens pushed for a referendum to recall Maduro – which is their constitutional right – the government blocked it.
So now, the Venezuela crisis is getting even worse, with political tensions reaching a fevered peak.
The Venezuelan Congress – controlled by opposition parties – isn’t taking it lying down. They have voted to put Maduro on trial for violating democracy, saying his actions constitute a coup.
“It is a political and legal trial against President Nicolas Maduro to see what responsibility he has in the constitutional rupture that has broken democracy, human rights and the future of the country,” said opposition leader Julio Borges.
The opposition is calling for mass protests as part of a campaign to “retake Venezuela step by step.”
Maduro’s total failure is an example not only of his own incompetence, but the problem with any political system that concentrates power to such an extent. Decentralization, listening to the people through referendums, and putting individual freedom above government control are necessary to protect against what is happening in Venezuela.
Photo – Jeso Carneiro