[CW: Gore, Blood, Violence] Venezuelan Security Forces Blind 16-year-old During Violent Repression in Western Andes

Submitted by celebratedrecluse in Anarchism


"All politicians are crooks, all of them," Chacon says. "The law here attacks the people."

Rufo had to go home after 4 days, still with shrapnel in their head from the 16 rubber-coated lead bullets that embedded themselves in Rufo's eyes. In total, 52 shots to the body & face. Talk about proportional force...

It reminded me of the incident in USA maybe a year ago, where someone was shot in the face with a tear gas canister by police at a protest. I think they recovered, but the pictures were horrific-- if they hadn't worn a helmet, they definitely would have died or been paralyzed.

I know this story is from US media, and there are certainly examples of violent acts committed by the CIA-funded paramilitaries, but this is outright state terror. Anarchists everywhere should be appalled and moved to action, denying their governments the right to perpetuate this conflict/support this regime, whichever side their government happens to be on. Because as always, the consequences of inaction are felt hardest by the vulnerable communities, in this case people in a highly indigenous-populated region of VZ. People of Venezuela deserve a chance to renew their socialist experiment on their own terms, returning to the fundamental principles of Chavista like the broad participation of society & POC in the running of their economy & society, and an end to state terror. Looking for ways to support people in Venezuela taking control of their own lives, not shill for foreign-backed statists.

edit: removed direct link, because the thumbnail Raddle pulled was filled with violent gore.


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