The municipality of Bruzual, in the Yaracuy state, turned into a nightmare. There has been no gas for four months, electricity is out several times a day and the water supply is constantly cut off. Fed up and desperate, the neighbors took to the streets.
The protests have been going on for four consecutive days, despite the brutal repression by the forces of the Venezuelan regime. Today, in the midst of the mobilizations, a group seized and burned the Chavista mayor’s office, under the control of the mayor of the regime, Carmen Suarez.
In the videos you can see the fire and smoke from the building. Meanwhile, the brutal repression ordered by the Maduro regime continues.
The mobilizations extend to other municipalities of Yaracuy: Peña, Aroa, Cocorote, Independencia and Yaritagua.
In the latter municipality, people came out to protest despite threats from the Chavista mayor Juan Parada, who urged threats to citizens who participate in social protests. “You have to mark people melee. If we mark people melee, those people will give up. But we have to be brave, as we Chavistas are. Intrude them without fear, “he said in an audio that went viral on social networks. “Do not complain if you are a merchant and you get picked on your business. You will not complain later if the groups leave, because we are not mochos Chavistas, ”he threatened.
The protests this week received the support of the president in charge, Juan Guaidó, who said: “’Follow the example that Yaracuy’. Venezuelans do not get used to the disaster, we resist and we reveal ourselves, ”reads a post on his Twitter account.
Similar scenes were also recorded in cities located in Lara state and in Caracas. Although some focus on the lack of a particular service -such as water or gasoline-, all are framed within the general shortage that the Caribbean country is experiencing.
“Dozens of protesters have taken to the streets to protest the lack of services and the general collapse. The dictatorship fears the popular clamor but our people continue to shout Freedom. #YaracuySeLevanta ”, wrote Voluntad Popular -the party of Juan Guaidó- on his Twitter account.
The protests occur in the midst of a quarantine that has prevailed since March to combat COVID-19 in Venezuela, with 70,406 confirmed cases and 581 deaths, according to official figures. Although the political demonstrations have lost strength due to confidence, the social crisis has worsened with the pandemic.a, maintains the Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (OVCS).
According to the organization, there were more than 4,000 protests during the first half of 2020, the majority demanding basic rights such as food or improvements to public services. They have left more than a hundred detainees, several dozen injured and four dead.
The Caribbean country is going through the worst crisis in its recent history, with services collapsed and a recession heading into its seventh year. Inside of Venezuela, the gasoline shortage is chronic and there are constant power outages that can last for days.