what is really happening on in venezuela
and ‘the truth about venezuela’ are the most common headlines i’ve read this week, but i’m learning headlines and content aren’t always correlating. the first few sentences of any article about venezuela posted from the last two weeks days gives you a pretty big insight to who is writing the article and their intentions. and it makes me wonder, what really is going on in venezuela.
that depends on what channel you’re watching, who you listen to, what your family thinks. the truth has shown that it is much more subjective then i had ever thought it possible. the problems range from the rebellious, ‘ultra-rich’, fascist youth1 to a brain-washing, lying, communist dictator2; from the knowledge that you must prepare yourself on the possibility of being robbed to people announcing publicly that there is no insecurity at all3; from those who feel as if the a 30% inflation is unnecessary and those who think that the wealthy are now feeling poor so they’re fighting; from the comparisons of the 62.5% rise in ‘social intervention4 in 2013 to the fact that in the same year 16 thousand more people were killed in venezuela then in iraq4; from those who are either being lied to by cnñ/media5 and those who are being lied to by nicolás maduro6, so from being utterly confused as to what the truth really is, i’ve decided the problem is neither the government nor the protesters nor the opposition, its us.
i have not been in many countries while there has been a civil war, but i do watch a lot of documentaries, and i have drawn, this civil war is very much a little more, the people vs the people rather then the people vs the government alone. evidence? at this point every venezuelan has labeled me anti-government, pro-opposition because i call this a civil war. the problem is us. we as a country have been split into two, the ‘chavistas (followers of chavez/maduro/socialist government)’ and ‘the opposition (people against a socialist government)’. this war is with the people of the opposition and the people of the government. and the ultimate ending of this is the fact that someone will always rise from the socialist party, because one side will not be happy with capitalism just like half is not happy with socialism. if a democratic government speaks for the the people the people need to talk about what they want to say.
i find it an issue people are willing to die for an ideology. i hear rumours about maduro being physically taken out of power by the cia in the coming week and him asking his followers to go to the streets a fight for chavez’s revolution against the opposition’s revolution, when just a few days ago he was preaching only peace. i hear ‘who ever gives in or quits, loses’ in leopoldo lopez’s (named the opposition’s leader) tweets like this is a game, and not a matter of who is right but who is stronger ‘wins’. and both are on the streets of their country hurting each other and achieving what exactly. and i understand ukraine’s persistence overcame their government, but some people still aren’t happy with yulia tymoshenko becoming acting leader, so what exactly are these civil wars going to achieve.
would simply putting down our created perceptions of one another be a bad thing? isn’t calling this a dictatorship just as bad as calling us fascist? why is political status strong enough to tear a family apart? would it hurt us to just listen to one another with open minds? do we really know why we are creating such destructive violence for or are we just following? are you proud of the current state of this country? why do you believe a leader who has been exposed of so many lies he has told? how do you live in a world where you do not feel the problems this country has? what is so hard about a news stations having no opinion but show the entirety of this situation?
why do i have so many questions about venezuela and its people when i am in venezuela and i am its people.
i don’t know what to think.
outsiders like to think this is just propaganda for a hidden agenda the us has, maybe so. and outsiders like to think this is crossing the extreme line of human rights, could be. outsiders are influenced by the media and all the media i’ve seen gives off bias vibes. outsiders are just speaking what they hear, what they hear could be as differentiated as the two main parties here, furthering the suggested divisioning i’ve perceived.
in the greatest of scenarios i caught myself in thought. here i am cleaning out the fridge because i thought the food had been tasting weird lately, headphones in, humming and wondering why one of mac demarco songs sounds like devendra banhart; while my dad was creating spaces all around the house to place the absurd abundance of food and essentials he bought knowing that soon this country would have none, running water into buckets incase we lose water, placing candles and torches around the house, just in case.
maybe whatever is going on in venezuela isn’t as bad or as good as everyone says it to be.
p.s gimmie a sec i’ll make an exact article in spanish.
(sorry for the weird in-text referencing, i wrote this as a tumblr post and some references are purely in spanish)