The Maduro regime is becoming increasingly unpopular, as shown by the statistical data presented at The Devil’s Excrement. It’s all quite encouraging.
As noted here by Daniel, the highly visible — and deeply resented –Cuban presence, particularly the Cuban military presence, is producing not only increased dislike of the Maduro regime but also increased feelings of patriotism.
A lot of people argue that these protests are too early. That the barrios are not participating. That the people still support the Government widely and many other such arguments. While there is evidence to counteract each of these claims, I think they try to oversimplify the problem. In the end, the “barrios” are not where the opposition is weak, it is in the very rural states, where the people have a very high dependence on the Government. These are the true Chavista strongholds, where the media is fully dominated by the Government and the opposition gets less than 40% of the vote in any given election. In the barrios of the big cities, the 2013 Presidential elections tended to be closer, with the opposition scoring wins in many.
At the same time, anyone that has talked to the students in these protests, can see that they come from all…
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