On April 4, 2017, Venezuelans decided they had had enough. Enough of the shortages. Enough of the interminable store lines. Enough of the hunger, and of the inflation, and of the crime and of the government’s crackdown on the opposition. Enough of everything.
In cities all across the country that day, they took to the streets to protest.
And haven’t left since.
For 44 days and nights, they have demonstrated against President Nicolás Maduro almost without pause. At times they’ve been peaceful; at other times violent. Government forces and militia groups have responded with an iron fist. They’ve beaten scores of protesters, dragged some in front of military tribunals and killed others.
At last count, the death toll was 43.
Of course, the question with this revolution is the question with all revolutions. If the Maduro government falls, what kind of government will replace it?
Will Venezuela move toward free markets and liberty or replace Maduro with a different horrific central planner?
Revolution is not enough. An appreciation for freedom and free exchange and respect for private property is the only way for a society to advance.
Unfortunately, this is not generally understood.