Guaro uprising

I haven’t been working on my food blog lately. My head and my heart have been following the events across the Gulf of Mexico in a little country called Venezuela. I grew up there. It is a beautiful little country. Many of the kids I went to school with remain friends on Facebook because of the unique experiences we shared there. Many of us also have friends and family that still live there. Due to the dangerous conditions that have existed there for the last 10 to 15 years, not very many of us have been to visit. My last visit was in 1991. I would so love to visit my family. I would love to show my family all of the diverse and absolutely gorgeous landscapes that this country has to offer, as well as the (mostly!) friendly and generous people and the delicious foods that they have to offer. While the country has had a long history of divisiveness or polarization as they say, so do many other countries. It has taken almost 20 years for things to get this bad. I sincerely hope that it does not take another 10 to 20 years to revert to a stable and healthy country again.  With the little bit that’s on the news, mostly on Facebook (sorry, friends), here is a post that gives someone minute-by-minute account of what’s actually going on down there.  Not the history, not the players, but what is actually occurring that is not being reported on the news here in the states, simply because there are few reporters there, and few means to get the news out except by these first-hand accounts.

Caracas Chronicles

Capture Along with other major cities, Barquisimeto has also taken its own toll of repression, both by paramilitary groups and the Armed Forces. The protests have, in some cases, been led by prominent local PSUV members. In the next few lines I share a first-person account of a particular attack from a friend. It highlights the way that paramilitary gangs and the Armed Forces interact to threaten and intimidate protestors.

“Recolections of the events so far at Las Trinitarias neighborhood, Barquisimeto, Lara State. February 20th, 2014:

10:00 AM. La Trinitarias neighbors start to bang pots and pans at the 6th street entrance to their condominium. Approximately 20 people were present, most of them women and children.

10:30 AM. A group of at least 30 people approaches, all dressed in red, led by Gabriel Guerrero, former PSUV city council member. Neighbors begin to exit their houses to see who the visitors are.

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