Nero couldn’t fiddle while Rome burned, since, for starters, fiddles had not yet been invented, but Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro is still on TV attempting diversions from the country’s chaos. . . and failing,
Maduro’s awkward TV shows raise hackles amid Venezuela crisis
A girl complains that hungry classmates are fainting at school, and Maduro chides her for not doing more for them. A boy says he missed a big soccer game because he was hospitalized, and Maduro recommends he find it on YouTube.
The unpopular leftist president’s hours-long televised visits to clinics or schools are meant to soften his image, but foes say they instead highlight his disconnect from a national economic crisis in which millions of people are missing meals.
The facts (emphasis added):
Steeped in the fourth year of a recession, around 93 percent of Venezuelans cannot afford to buy sufficient food and 73 percent of them have lost weight in the last year, according to a recent study by three universities.
Criminality is horrific: Venezuela shocked as children arrested for soldiers’ killings
The authorities in Venezuela say they have arrested six children in connection with the killing of two soldiers.
The soldiers, two sergeants from the national guard, were stabbed to death near a bar in the capital, Caracas, last weekend.
The crime has shocked the country, as the ages of the children now in custody range from six to 15 years.
They are said to belong to a gang called Los Cachorros (The Puppies).
At the OAS, secretary-general Luis Almagro
is lobbying the 34-nation, Washington-based body to oust Venezuela from its ranks unless President Nicolás Maduro permits elections and eases a clampdown on opponents and the press.