[Marxism] Venezuela: 'Colectivos' scare campaign demonises the poor

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Apr 4 22:49:50 MDT 2014

As they are prone to do, the private media have invented a new thing. In
both English and Spanish, they are calling it the *colectivos*.

They are meant to be irrational, cruel, grotesque armed motorbike riders
who "enforce" the revolution in Venezuela and are responsible for most of
the violence afflicting the South American nation, which has left more than
30 people dead since February.

The opposition barricaders are presented as the innocent victims of these
collectivos, who apparently work with the National Guard and have the
support of President Nicolas Maduro's government.

The private media use the concept to demonise the real collectives in
Venezuela -- feminist collectives, community groups, environment and
education collectives, cultural groups, mural painters and so on. With the
government of Hugo Chavez and now Maduro, these have grown, multiplied, and
united around general support for the Bolivarian revolution.

"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity's
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion." -- Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

"The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?" -- Jarvis Cocker

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