Sunday, 30 July 2017

Venezuela to vote on constituent assembly amid protests but BBC News won't blame socialism

This BBC report on the situation in Venezuela includes a section headed 'Why is Venezuela in crisis?'

These are the reasons that the totally impartial BBC list:

'More than 100 people have been killed in clashes stemming from the political crisis.

The deep economic crisis is made worse by the falling price of oil, which accounts for about 95% of Venezuela's export revenues and was used to finance some of the government's social programmes.

Forced to make cuts, President Nicolás Maduro has seen his support fall among core backers

Basic necessities, such as medicine and food, are in short supply

The opposition accuses Mr Maduro of mismanaging the economy and eroding democratic institutions

In March, the Supreme Court decided it would take over the National Assembly. The decision was reversed, but Mr Maduro was accused by opponents of trying to stage a coup. That sparked almost daily protests calling for his resignation'

No mention of socialism, that obscene political theory that generally leads to economic chaos and the rulers of the particular socialist paradise having to destroy democracy in order to keep their grip on power. It's a familiar pattern but not one that the BBC would ever acknowledge.

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