LOS MISERABLES

Les Miserables is my wife’s favorite play of all time (and in my top 3 as well).

The most tragic part of the show is when the idealistic young men put up barricades and fight for a free France, expecting the multitudes to join them.  It doesn’t happen, and, with one notable exception (in the book this plays out a bit differently), they are all killed.

Now let’s talk about Los Miserables – the Venezuelan version.

From Maria Isabel Sanchez’s article at Yahoo News.

Venezuelan riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets for a second day Thursday to break up protests by President Nicolas Maduro’s opponents, further inflaming tensions after Wednesday’s deadly unrest.

The clashes erupted as police in the beleaguered oil-rich nation tried to break up thousands of marchers as they reached a vital Caracas freeway, edging back slightly as masked protesters pelted them with stones and Molotov cocktails.

Demonstrators vowed not to flinch in their campaign to oust Maduro, despite three weeks of violent protest that has seen eight people killed, three of them on Wednesday.

“Sure we’re tired, but we’ve got to stand strong. I’m ready to take to the streets every day if I have to,” said 22-year-old student Aquiles Aldazoro.

Protesters set fire to trash bins and tore down a billboard to use as a barricade as officers fired water cannon at them and a police helicopter hovered overhead.

As you might surmise, this is a tad more than a few idealists hoping to persuade others.  But in case you need visual confirmation, here is one of the accomanying pictures:

Does that look like a few idealists to you?

What you see is the end game for Venezuela’s dictator wannabe, nicolas maduras, who has taken the disaster left by hugo chavez and moved so much further downhill from there that it would be hard to imagine things getting worse — though recent history suggests it surely could happen.

For the sake of Venezuela’s increasingly desperate population, the sooner the better

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