An Example Of The Mood in Caracas

January 13, 2015

I am not in Caracas, but the mood of the people is very clear from this video at the Tiburones de La Guaira versus Tigres de Aragua playoff baseball game last night. A fan starts shouting against the Government and the regular cops (yellow shirts with cross) come to get him and take him out of the game:

The people start saying “¡Fuera!”¡ Fuera!” (Out!, out!). People throw beer and other stuff at the cops, but then in minute 0:59, people start shouting: ¡Y va a caer! ¡Y va a caer! Este Gobierno va a caer. (It’s going to fall, it’s going to fall, this Government is going to fall). Everybody joins and even if the heavily helmeted anti-riot cops show up (the ones with the bubble helmets in min 1:30 or so) they continue. At 2:15 people get mad again, the cops decide to leave. Yes, this is Caracas, but a few months ago, they would not have continued..The mood is turning ugly…

Looting of a drugstore in Maracaibo (including the fingerprint machines) here and looting of a truck here. And the arrival of chicken to a supermarket in Maracaibo here. (From the comments)

(Some people say that the fan that created the incident was not making anti-Government slogans, I am told by the friend who sent it and was there, that this is not true, but I am not sure it changes what happened anyway)

70 Responses to “An Example Of The Mood in Caracas”

  1. Morpheous Says:

    “Even supporters of the 15-year-old socialist revolution launched by the late President Hugo Chavez joked Saturday that the long wait in the hot sun to get into a rally at the palace grounds echoed the hours-long lines that shoppers across Venezuela have been making outside supermarkets hoping to buy increasingly hard-to-come by items like toilet paper and laundry detergent.”

    ==Associated Press

  2. Ira Says:

    A parade?

    If that’s not reason enough for the civil war to begin, nothing is.

  3. Island Canuck Says:

    There has been a country wide failure of Internet (ABA) & mobile data services (Mobilnet) of the government phone company CANTV since around midnite last night.

    I’m using my wife’s phone which has a Movistar account and using it as a Wi-Fi point. Works pretty well actually.

    I’m wondering if this has anything to do with the supreme coward’s return to the country today?

  4. jak Says:


    “State-owned Petroleos de Venezuela plans to invest $302 billion through 2019 to boost output”. WTF! Is Muduro going to pull this out of his as$.

    • Dr. Faustus Says:

      Easy! I understand that Maduro is rushing back to Venezuela at this very moment, after having failed to secure any additional financing from Saudi Arabia, China, Algeria or Qatar, in the hope that his final ace-in-the-hole will agree to lend him the billions to jump-start the Venezuelan economy. Who’s money will save Venezuela? Diosdado Cabello!

    • Valued Customer Says:

      I think he will try the old “outside investors supply 60% of the money and Venezuela keeps total control. Then we use 50% of their money, pocket the other 50% and invest nothing from Venezuela.”

      It worked for Hugo, but the bus driver lacks the panache to pull it off.


      Or perhaps he is waiting for the fruits of his world tour to ripen and the price of oil to rise to $130bbl.

      • Ira Says:

        And let’s not forget that especially as of today (after the Obama-Cameron news conference), Iranian oil might be hitting the market again in the not-so-distant future.

        Sending prices even LOWER!

  5. jak Says:

    So the idiot is asking Saudi Arabia and OPEC to reduce supply to prop up prices while begging Russia to fund joint ventures so that Venezuela can double production, or triple 2M -> 6M.

    I obviously missed that economics class.

    • Valued Customer Says:

      If The Saudis’ were to cut output, Russia would jump on it in a minute, Venezuela unfortunately would not be able to do a thing.

      At this point with their oil production infrastructure in such disarray is Venezuela capable of increasing their output at all. Last year they were able to extract 2.4 million bbls a day, if they were able to get more out of the ground to sell, I have no doubt that they would have done it.

  6. BoludoTejano Says:

    Gustavo Coronel had one of those “picture is worth a thousand words” postings. Que les parece esto que dice el cerdo Juan Barreto?

    Juan Barreto: “El pueblo debe hacer algunos sacrificios por la Revolución. Si tiene que comer menos, que lo haga [The people should make some sacrifices for the Revolution. If you have to eat less,you should do so.

    Go to the link. The photo of Juan Barreto indicates that he hasn’t made such sacrifices in quite a long time. A priceless posting, Gustavo.

  7. jon Says:

    Crime is a career these days in Venezuela. All you need to do is dress up in green and get hold of an AK47.

  8. Dean A Nash Says:

    Did I hear them shouting something about Cuba? (Perhaps “go back to Cuba”?)

  9. Indig Says:

    In the end, do they get hold of the guy shouting first?

  10. lj Says:

    Almost a year ago was when the protest started in San Cristobal, Merida and so. I am from Merida. I grew up there. When I was reading the news on internet I keep thinking, the only sectors doing the heavy protest (at least in Merida where I know the neighborhoods) were middle class areas. None, None of the areas were the people in most need and most lower salaries live protested. I remember this looking at the video of the baseball game. People from Catia and the barrios bajando a la Guaria attend these games?

    • Rory Says:

      My in laws are working class (father in law is a bus driver), and protesters starting their neighborhood (back in 2013) were met with a visit from the colectivos from the local barrio. It was not a friendly visit.

      To take part in protests, they all have to travel to more prosperous areas of Caracas where it was safer to do so.

      The violence dissenters face in poorer areas is the reasons most protests do not take place there.

      • FrankPintor Says:

        I guess Caracas is way more polarised, people in Higuerote protest and block the road to Caracas every month or two, protesting about the insecurity, murdered bus and taxi drivers and so on. Sure, they’re local concerns, but they’re a reflection of the daily reality that people live, and in a very chavista (and very poor, the nice areas like Puerto Encantado and the quitas and condominios along the road to Carenero belong to caraqueños) area as well.

        People there are very careful to distinguish between being chavista and madurista, and the worse things are under Maduro, the better they look in retrospect under Chavez.

  11. I I U Says:

    So how many are squinting with the neut format!?

  12. I I U Says:

    Cuidado con las trompetas y no te quedes dormido bajo esa mata!

  13. I I U Says:

    Si bill cosby no sea osea escapolamina! sodium pentathol se queda pendejo!

  14. I I U Says:

    It´s a food soul movie!

  15. Jim Burke Says:

    How about the 4,000 Cuban troops in Caracas. Castro will not let venzuela go without a fight.

  16. Flying Circus Says:

    Regarding the Cubana Ilyushin VIP vs Airbus 319CJ:

    Maduro actually upgraded the executive VIP fleet w/o anyone noticing. Air Force transport group #5 I believe it’s called.

    The Airbus is too small. Whenever Chavez flew, it was not unusual to have a three-aircraft convoy. These additional aircraft would sometimes be chartered from the Empire. Once the Russians sent fighter jets to intercept them because no flight plan filed and the three radar bleeps freaked them out.

    The Airbus was not secure. This includes aircraft communications and hidden recording devices within the aircraft. Not that it happened but it was always on the table everytime the aircraft went to Bordeaux or was left unattended overnight in strange land (this happened more than once causing Chavez to fly back on other bird).

    Airbus pilots could not be trusted. Because they train in America or Europe.

    The Cubana bird is basically free. The pilots are trustworthy Cuban military, the aircraft has in infirmary and four engines for those long over water hops lilke CCs to Moscow. There is little to no risk of listening devices.

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  19. Rainer Says:

    Dark prospects in the article Ira linked here: “”The deprivation that awaits the Venezuelan people is far, far worse than anything they are experiencing at the moment. Attracted by the lure of socialism and promised equality and prosperity, they have walked an all too well-trodden path – the road to hell.””

    • Flying Circus Says:

      Maduro will try to talk Putin into lowering production because it’s the Ruskies who are most to blame for the increase. Maduro is weak and susceptible. Will Putin sink his claws into him?

  20. moctavio Says:

    Yesterday they said Mexico, today is Russia. Totally improvised.

  21. Dr. Faustus Says:

    He’s going to Russia? Er, ah, wasn’t he, like, there last week? What in God’s name could be the purpose of this fool showing-up in Russia, again? They’re broke too!

  22. Ira Says:

    A very good piece in Forbes yesterday–also useful as a primer for those unfamiliar with what led to the bad state of affairs:

    • Roy Says:

      Indeed an excellent synopsis. The author was unflinchingly blunt in her final conclusion:

      “The deprivation that awaits the Venezuelan people is far, far worse than anything they are experiencing at the moment. Attracted by the lure of socialism and promised equality and prosperity, they have walked an all too well-trodden path – the road to hell.”

  23. I read very nasty comments about the way things are in Facebook pages. This is a two edge sword, because it allows the G2 to map out relations and use software to identify people they should target for close surveillance. They must have a couple of thousand Cubans getting tapped into venezuelan Internet flows and drawing maps, making dossiers, and picking out targets (that’s the real purpose for that fiber optic cable they have between Caracas and Havana).

    I wonder if the cubans are aware that traffic going through that cable is transparent? I hear even the Polish secret service gets to read Alejandro’s FSB email. Think about it.

  24. Ira Says:

    The music on this one I’d great;

  25. Maria González Says:

    Octavio the video of the truck looting is from mid December. I have seen it before. However this is very disturbing, something very scary is in the air. Also in Anzoategui and Falcon there have prohibited the “colas” at night.

  26. Roy Says:

    Far from the centers of population, on Margarita Island, the mood can be described as “grim”.

  27. moctavio Says:

    They are always there. Maduro? He is not even in Venezuela, but he would never dare march like in Paris the other day.

  28. Alej Says:

    The cops in riot gear showed up quickly. Does that mean they are always prepared for an uprising? The gov. must have them on high alert at all times. Does Maduro stay at Miraflores, most likely no.

  29. mick Says:

    You should hope bullets are in short supply like everything else.

  30. moctavio Says:

    There are an estimated 6 million guns in the hands of Venezuelans, not sure it can be a good thing no matter in which hands they are.

  31. m_astera Says:

    I think it was Kepler who commented the other day about there being millions of guns in Venezuela. As long as they are not all in government hands, this can be a good thing.

    • Kepler Says:

      I have talked about guns but not in that sense. If you want to use guns, mejor te vas a EUA para que las uses allí. En Venezuela eso llevaría a una guerra civil peor de la que Colombia vivió en el tiempo de la Gran Violencia.

      • antoniopiccardo Says:

        If it is true that the rate of violent deaths in Venezuela are higher than in the most war torn countries in the world, then I don’t understand your point of view. Is it better to bleed slowly? Time, money and power are on the side of the current reigime, not the people of Venezuela. The only clear advantage is numbers.

    • m_astera Says:

      Kepler believes guns are fine as long as only the government has them? Were the riot police who showed up at the ball game armed? Of course, but that’s good because they are with the government, right? No matter who or what the government is, they should be armed, the people should not. Is that about right?

      As to the comment about a civil war worse than Colombia? Oh really, are there ideoligical revolutionaries with camps in Amazonas or something? Listen man, the only ideology in Venezuela is money. People pretend to believe in socialism or whatever if it gets them free shit or a position where they can work the dollar arbitrage or take bribes and payoffs. There is no other ideology.

  32. Ira Says:

    There’s footage out there, I saw it on Oscar La Haza, that shows the entire packed stadium chanting that. The above clip doesn’t show how big this spontaneous demonstration actually was.

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