Collectivism can only be imposed by force. Meet the worst of the worst in the Venezuelan version.
Despite 400 years of obvious failure, Leftists still persist in denying that socialism has ever been tried. The problem for them is that their base ideology has certain recurring aspects that are found every time it has been tried, aspects such as the redistribution of wealth, disarming the people, and the imposition of a police state.
In the case of the failed socialist nation of Venezuela, the latter is particularly egregious with a number of agencies and groups in and out of the government that oppress the people on a daily basis. A recent report in the Caracas Chronicles detailed the FAES a special brigade of the Policía Nacional Bolivariana [PNB]
They arrive at night. They break down doors and windows, they sweep residential areas with gunfire and deploy snipers on the roofs. “The commandos are coming!” “It’s FAES! It’s FAES!”, while jackboots run up the barrio stairs. Long, heavy weapons, black tactical camouflage, always masked, because death is faceless.
They break into your room and drag you from your house. If you resist, they murder you in your own living room. They don’t care that your family’s right there watching, they don’t care that the neighbors can hear when they beat you senseless with steel tubes filled with cement. Silent and deadly, the FAES —the Spanish acronym for the Bolivarian National Police’s Special Action Forces— are police Death Squads in all but name.
“According to official figures, 4,998 died in 2017 at the hands of state security forces, approximately 14 people per day. What the country’s suffering is a slow massacre, and the PNB’s special forces are a key piece in it. If we use these figures, we could estimate that the PNB may have killed 1,500, a figure that represents 30% of murders in the country,” explains Keymer Ávila, researcher for the Central University’s Institute of Criminal Sciences and PROVEA advisor.
“This division doesn’t have among its functions the control of demonstrations or protests,” says Keymer Ávila. “The PNB has a special brigade with specific training for that and they have non-lethal weapons to contain these events. It’s very delicate that FAES is being used for control of demonstrations because they have neither the training nor the equipment for that, and the consequences are fatal, because they aren’t trained to contain, but to kill.”
This is how socialists use oppression to maintain control over the people. It is also one reason why the people will be out in the “great national protest,” which will take place between midday and 2pm local time (16.00-18.00 GMT) on Wednesday.