So much happening around Nicolás Maduro these days that he might as well be without his senses, except for taste of course—the defiant “dictator” could never do without food, se alimenta de pretextos—while practically starving his own people.
As a result of massive government overspending, a crashing currency, mismanagement of infrastructure and corruption, Venezuela is predicted to undergo a staggering 1,660% inflation rate this year and a mammoth 2,880% rate in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund. Will Maduro keep his eyes closed for that?
While Venezuela has only $10.5 billion in foreign reserves left, according to recent Central Bank of Venezuela data, the country still owes roughly $7.2 million in outstanding debt payments. Maduro’s response so far has been silence, except for when he addresses members of the opposition and protesters, whom he calls “vandals and terrorists.”
This Wednesday, the “mother of all protests” brought thousands to the streets protesting his leadership and Maduro was nowhere to be seen. Unless he was blind or a deaf-mute yesterday, today, and for the rest of the foreseeable future, the scores of Venezuelans risking their lives and demanding change with three having died on the streets on 4.19.16 should worry him.
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