Right when we started to grow fond of the idea of running into birdie Chávez at a local park or even think about the lack of toilette paper as something people will look back on it some day and laugh at it like we blatantly do about this, Venezuela’s president Nicolás Maduro decided to announce that the best way to protect his country and stability of the Bolivarian Revolution is to provide up to two million workers with guns in order to create a “Bolivarian workers’ militia.”
During the graduation ceremony of the Bolivarian University of Workers “Jesus Rivero” in the Caracas Municipal Theater, Maduro stated that “It is critical that the country’s labor force is trained to defend the homeland with their discipline, their weaponry and uniform” and that Venezuela will have “300,000, 500,000, 1 million, 2 million uniformed workers, armed, prepared to defend the sovereignty of the homeland.”
Oh, come on. Give the guy a break. After all he is under a lot of pressure to fill in the shoes of the most charismatic and controversial leader our region has had in a long time and give continuity to a very distinct and scrutinized political scheme.
The announcement already had quite the expected impact: The international media was all over it, the political opposition was not happy about it and like-minded leaders of the region decided to keep their mouths discretely shut.
An entirely armed population getting out of control in 3… 2… 1…