Merida Militarized

March 3, 2004


That bastion of left wing student activism. The city of the young and restless, Merida, a student town, whose mainstay and lifeline is the University of Los Andes, has just been militarized. The same city where five years ago the Student Council election was won by the pro-Chavez candidates, who were unable to get more than 30% of the votes in the most recent election, has tonight been taken over street by street, block by block by the military and the National Guard.


That’s the paradox of the Chavez “revolution”, the left and the young are not supporting it. Neither are the left-wing young. Explain that to a European leftist!

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