Maduro Urges “I’m No Mussolini” As Venezuela Drifts Towards Civil War

zerohedge.com / By Gwynne Dyer via BangorDailyNews.com / May 15, 2017 2:42 PM

“I am no Mussolini,” Venezuela’s beleaguered President Nicolas Maduro insisted on television early this month. But if things go on this way, he could end up like Mussolini. That would be very unfortunate for him and also for Venezuela.

The daily street protests against Maduro’s rule are in their second month, and around 40 people have already been killed, most of them by the police. “Molotov cocktails” (fire-bombs) are old hat; the new fashion is for “poopootovs” — containers of human or animal excrement that are thrown at the security forces. Nobody knows when it will all end, but most people fear it will end badly.

It didn’t begin all that badly. Hugo Chavez, a radical former army officer who led a failed coup attempt in 1992, was elected to the presidency quite legitimately in 1998. Venezuela was the richest country in South America because of its oil wealth, but most of the 31 million Venezuelans were very poor, and Chavez proposed to change that.

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