The Inflection Point: Venezuela’s Military Begins To Defect, March With Protesters

One month ago, when discussing the latest “explosive” turn in Venezuela’s political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters.

Maduro Dances while Venezuela burns…

  • andycanuck

    Apparently, they can’t get extra food, and toilet paper even in the army now. Good.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      The army was using force to officially loot toilet paper a few months ago from some of the few remaining foreign business still left in Venezuela.
      It was either the NYTs or the LA Times that had a story about how the government was so deft at shooting them selves in the foot at every possible opportunity.

      • El Martyachi

        I’m almost interested in how the establishment will spin this. Can’t ignore it anymore, can’t blame their shared ideology… that leaves what, conspiracy blaming?

        • Maurice Miner

          Global warming, I believe. The capitalists are reponsible!

          • El Martyachi

            Right, can’t forget that. And the old saws of “not true socialism” and oil prices being low .. plenty to work with there.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Blaming American capitalism has always worked for the South American communists before, and I imadgine that it will in the future.
          Their masses are incredibly stupid, that’s what South and Centeral America are such a mess.
          They need more helicopter rides and less participatory democracy.

          • El Martyachi

            I’m starting to think Canada is no better. We’re just prosperous by accident, mostly.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Antisemitism is the less sophisticated cousin of anti-Americanism.

          • El Martyachi

            Reactionary helicopterism is the way forward.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            More Hoppean Snake Memes please!

          • Raymond Hietapakka

            That’s exactly what a German study group concluded about Ontario’s mining industry…

          • El Martyachi

            All the queen’s unicorns and all the queen’s transpeople aren’t putting it back together again, that’s for sure.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    The Venezuelan people asked for this over the last twenty years.
    They can now eat dog food for all I care.
    It’s also a dire warning about the dangers of universal suffrage.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      They wish they had dog food to eat.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They have already eaten their stay dogs.
        You should read the accounts of people that evade the censors and post pics of the riots on 4chan.
        The police are shooting glass marbles at them.
        That was a new thing to me.

        • Exile1981

          Why glass marbles? I see some youtube videos showing it fracturing into powder on hitting something hard but it also blows through balistic gel. So I’m guessing it disintigrates on hitting a bone and leaves powdered glass in the wound?

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  • simus1

    Surprising the Iranians aren’t being more helpful to their partners in crime.

  • El Martyachi

    Trump should send relief helicopters immediately!

  • Justin St.Denis

    Venezuelans actually voted for this way back when. They should have known better. Ignorance of history does not make a country immune to history. Reality sucks for people who don’t know……….

  • Bla Bla

    I’m waiting for the people to give mad maduro and his backers the ceausescu treatment. Got my popcorn ready.

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    I figured that when this would happen, the regime would be finished. Bring on the mutinies!

  • UCSPanther

    Nicholas Maduro, meet Nicolae Ceasescu…

  • Hard Little Machine

    When you can’t keep the army fed then the likeliest outcome is an endless civil war.

  • Any time an army defects, the opposing side has a sporting chance. The government will crumble.