Jim Hoft | Gateway Pundit
The game changed in Socialist Venezuela this week.
Troops of the Maduro regime tried to violently stop a reporter of @NTN24 during protests in Petare.
According to the International Monetary Fund, Venezuela’s economy is in meltdown.
The economy shrank 10 percent in 2015 and is expected to contract an additional 6 percent this year thanks to failed Socialist policies. Inflation is at 720 percent.
Now there are riots and the police are beating and shooting protesters in the street.
Protests continued in Petare, Venezuela over lack of water. Regime soldiers arrived and fired buckshot on the crowd.
Protesters threw stones at the regime soldiers.
Caracas Chronicles reported on the rioting and violence:
Dear International Editor:
Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night.What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.
What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.
Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting.
People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street.
And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.
What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.