For Venezuelans, this does not seem to be a good time with the meltdown taking on a more serious and avatar with each passing week. The Hugo Chavez regime was not one that was hugely popular at any point of time but it does appear that the current level of protest and rebellion has reached a saturation point. It remains to be seen where it will all end and which direction it will take before that. As of now, it is clear that the situation is deteriorating to such an extent that it is safe to say, it is unprecedented even given Venezuela's somewhat chequered history.
Protests in Caracas
The protests in the capital city last week took on the impression of a full- fledged revolution with the protesters being tear gassed by law enforcers. This was not the only means used to control and disperse them. Rubber bullets were fired into the crowds too. The expressways took on the look of a battlefield with tens of thousands of protesters making their discontent felt in no uncertain terms.
Anger overflows against Maduro
The focal point of all the anger and discontent appears to be Nicolas Maduro under whose governance Venezuela is currently functioning. The most common complaints against the leader are that he has scant concern for democratic processes and traditions. The very real problems that the common people are facing, that of severe shortage, are being ignored by the government, the protestors claim. Much more than half the population is reeling under food shortage and surveys indicate that they claim to have lost weight owing to inadequate food. Add to this the fact that Venezuela is also reeling under increasing rates of homicide and we can see that the people have good reason to be unhappy with the current state of affairs. Inflation has also been rising at a fast clip in this nation and this is just another woe to add to many others, for the people.
Analysts predict Maduro's fall
Political analysts were not required to put in much effort to predict that Maduro will find it extremely difficult to continue as the leader of the government for a long time given the intensity of the opposition to him. There are two things that may happen now. One, he may be forced to hold elections where his chances of being re-elected are virtually negligible, say experts. Second, he may be forced to give up his seat by military men who take him down from his position of power.