Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Analysis: Venezuela is sliding into anarchy

In the state capital of Barinas, Chavez's home state and the so-called cradle of his “Bolivarian” revolution, the alleged killing of a protester sent crowds into a fury, attacking government buildings and looting stores.

At least eight people were killed and more than 50 others wounded in the violence Monday and Tuesday, according to local officials, including more than two dozen hit by gunfire.

As many as 200 businesses were gutted, said shopkeeper Samuel Guerrero, reached by phone in the state capital.

“Things are chaotic here,” he said. “There was not enough food in Barinas, and now with the looting it’s going to be even worse.”

The government said it was sending reinforcements to pacify the state. Guerrero said he didn’t know how he would feed his family ....