Tamara Pearson, periodista de Venezuelanalysis.com hizo una recopilacion de testimonios en Ingles sobre la situación que viven algunas comunidades de la ciudad de Mérida durante estos dìas de guarimbas.
Les dejo el resumen de mi relato:
Juan Rondon, Los Curos, Merida, 25 February, In Merida what we’ve been seeing are people (some of them students), who close up the entrances to residential areas, obliging thousands of people, the elderly, children, and adults to stay locked up under the fear of being labelled Chavistas or infiltrators of the so called castro-communist regime. It’s really sad to talk with some of the people whose only justification for accepting the barricade on their homes is “well they reduced the CADIVI amount” or “don’t you have to queue up?” “doesn’t the crime affect you?”. It reminds me of around five years ago, a student who justified her hatred for Chavez because he didn’t let her see her favourite soapie because of the long national broadcasts.
Yesterday when I got to Merida after a few days break from the craziness, when I tried to enter the sector where I was born and grew up and was educated, I found some 20 people burning rubbish, tires, and sticking up barbed wire from post to post. What really got to me was that we’re talking about Los Curos, where the majority- both Chavistas and opposition, depend on motorbikes to get around, as public transport is really bad. It also got to me that those who were setting up the bonfires weren’t students, you could tell by their accent (they wore balaclavas). They used the typical language of criminals, of the criminal gangs. Apart from blocking the road they also took over the water tank which supplies the community, and from there they yelled out insults and threats to women who dared to walk past in order to get home. They yelled out things like “Pick up that chick, take her [home] she looks hot!!” They were charging a toll to pass, and trading fuel for the right to pass. They damaged the valves of the water tank, leaving a community of 20,000 people without drinking water for 16 hours”.
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