What Happens in Venezuela?

Warning: what you’re about to read is not related to running whatsoever. This is another emotional post about the situation in Venezuela. If you’re interested to know what’s going on in there, please keep reading. 

Hello friends!

Last time I spoke about the situation in Venezuela some of you requested a post explaining more about it. I’ve been working on that for the last two weeks. However, it’s turning out so incredibly long that I’m not sure I’m going to post it all at once. There are so many things to talk about that summarizing all of the information had become a challenge. I still need to figure it out how am I going to do this.

In the mean time, I’ll keep posting and talking about the current situation with the protests. Speaking out loud about this is my small contribution to all of the Venezuelans who are dangerously fighting for a better future.

Last week, a libertarian friend posted this on her Instagram. English translations are below each picture.

God Protects me.

Day 40 of resistance (what they call the protests). Today was the day of the protests at the Supreme Court. The repression was stronger than ever. I was trapped at a time where there was gas tear bombs at both sides from where I was. Still, me and all of the people that was there hold on to it as much as we could.

I found this on the way back. A shield used by these kiddos (young college students who are not afraid of the violence imposed by the national guards during peaceful protest), who have now became men and women due to the gravity of the situation. This broke my soul. The reverse of an improvised shield.

Damn Socialism. To all of those who happily think and talk about my country from the distance I say: no one deserves this.

This really broke my heart.

Venezuelans are living in hell, and not precisely because of the repression the government is putting against the protesters. Life itself is hell for them. Everything that could possibly go wrong with a country is going wrong with Venezuela. Food and medicine scarcity. Violence in the streets. Increasing inflation and poverty. Power shortages. Media censorship. Fraudulent elections. Government corruption. Political prisoners, and huge violations of human rights in general.

The amount of problems that these individuals have to face stopped being something they could avoid on a regular daily basis. These problems affects them even at a personal level. Therefore, Is not like Venezuelans can chose not to protest in the streets and settle down in order to avoid repression and violence. If they don’t protest, they will still live in hell. They don’t have anything to lose.

Liberty is something we have to be grateful for every day. Being able to run out in the streets with our phone and an expensive Garmin without being in danger of getting robbed. Being able to go to the grocery store and buy basic products such as bread, eggs, coffee. Getting sick and being able to find the medicines you need, for more expensive they are. My apologies if I’m offending any of my readers by saying this, but living a decent life is another reason to be grateful for every morning.

To all of my runner readers who might not be used to read these kinds of topics in here, thanks for reading.

If you wish to learn more about the causes of the Venezuelan crisis from the perspective of a real Venezuelan (not the media), please let me know in the comments. I’ll be more than happy to post what I’ve written so far.

N.