Jump to content
Bill & Katya

Maduro Loses Grip on Venezuela’s Poor, a Vital Source of His Power

7 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

I thought socialist paradises such as Venezuela was supposed to be good for the poor.  Apparently not.

 

Maduro Loses Grip on Venezuela’s Poor, a Vital Source of His Power

By

David Luhnow | Photographs by
David Luhnow
The Wall Street Journal
Fabiola Ferrero for The Wall Street Journal

March 19, 2019 12:50 p.m. ET

 

LA VEGA, Venezuela—This nation’s slums have been the backbone of the leftist government for decades, and one of few remaining bulwarks for President Nicolás Maduro. They are now turning on the embattled leader—a shift born of economic misery and police violence that could cost him the country.

Support for Mr. Maduro among Venezuela’s poorest fifth of the population has gone from roughly 40% in early 2016 to 18% in February, according to Datanalisis, a respected pollster in Venezuela.

With the U.S. and other countries supporting opposition leader Juan Guaidó’s claim to the presidency, Mr. Maduro’s loss of support among even impoverished Venezuelans strips him of a crucial base, leaving him to rely on the loyalty of his armed forces and paramilitary groups.

The country’s ramshackle slums, known as barrios, hug the hillsides of every large city in Venezuela and make up roughly half the national population.

.

.

.

.

“We’re hearing more cases of people who are targeted because they took part in protests,” said Liliana Ortega, the head of Cofavic. “It’s a form of social control to inhibit or discourage these areas from rising up.”

After Mr. Guaidó declared himself interim president, street vendor Jhonny Godoy celebrated outside his home in La Vega, a sprawling Caracas slum.

The 29-year-old evangelical Christian posted a video of himself waving a Venezuelan flag and shouting: “Who are we? Venezuelans. What do we want? Maduro gone!”

 

Two days later, on Jan. 25, masked police dragged Mr. Godoy from his house, his mother protesting, and took him to nearby alley. He was shot in the foot and stomach and had a diaper stuffed in his mouth, which neighbors interpreted as a message to other would-be rebels considering speaking out against Mr. Maduro.

“I heard lots of shots, and my son cry out ‘Jehova, Jehova,’” Cecilia Buitrago, Mr. Godoy’s mother, told Mr. Guaidó in a meeting shortly after the killing.

The corpse was returned to the family two days later, and Mr. Godoy’s mother remains in hiding.

“Symbolically, it is a huge blow to the government to lose the support of the barrios,” said John Polga-Hecimovich, a political-science professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. “In practical terms, it probably means more repression.”

 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/maduro-loses-grip-on-venezuelas-poor-a-vital-source-of-his-power-11553014207?mod=hp_lead_pos10


Visa Received : 2014-04-04 (K1 - see timeline for details)

US Entry : 2014-09-12

POE: Detroit

Marriage : 2014-09-27

I-765 Approved: 2015-01-09

I-485 Interview: 2015-03-11

I-485 Approved: 2015-03-13

Green Card Received: 2015-03-24 Yeah!!!

I-751 ROC Submitted: 2016-12-20

I-751 NOA Received:  2016-12-29

I-751 Biometrics Appt.:  2017-01-26

I-751 Interview:  2018-04-10

I-751 Approved:  2018-05-04

N400 Filed:  2018-01-13

N400 Biometrics:  2018-02-22

N400 Interview:  2018-04-10

N400 Approved:  2018-04-10

Oath Ceremony:  2018-06-11 - DONE!!!!!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's all because of the sanctions. Socialism has nothing to do with it. Now I know some European socialist countries are starting to fall apart also but there has to be some other reason that can be blamed on the US government. It couldn't be socialism causing the collapse.


morfunphil1_zpsoja67jml.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Probably the electricity cuts caused by the US.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 hours ago, Bill & Katya said:

the loyalty of his armed forces and paramilitary groups

These gangs routinely threaten, harass, oppress, and terrorize Maduro's opponents, who are called "squalids."

 

Most of these "squalids" are middle-class and professional people.  Those who have tourist visas and come to the U.S. and apply for asylum are, more often than not, granted that status.  Starkly unlike the uneducated Central Americans, the Squalids have plans to hit the ground running to start productive new lives here.

 

When regime-change finally does occur down there, I predict a bloodbath of retribution by the Squalids that will have rarely been seen in human history.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hmm well they are going to have to go some to make the top 10.


“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Acknowledged, if we lump in massacres of all sorts.  Was talking pure regime-change retribution here.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×