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In the last twenty years, Venezuela has endured an incredible amount of political turmoil - and - human suffering as a result. A volume or written word could be produced on this topic. However, to drive the point home I will quote parts of a BBC timeline that chronicles some of these events. When SocioComms attempt to take power - and take power - the following events occur:
Violent revolution, redistribution of wealth, opposition voices eliminated, expropriation, infrastructure failure, economic crises (food shortages, currency problems, unemployment), consequences of economic crises. In the timeline below you will read about each of these. Again - from the BBC:
Revolution | 1998
Hugo Chavez elected president amid disenchantment with established parties, launches 'Bolivarian Revolution' that brings in new constitution, socialist and populist economic and social policies funded by high oil prices, and increasingly vocal anti-US foreign policy.
Redistribution of Wealth | 2001
President Chavez uses enabling act to pass 49 laws aimed at redistributing land and wealth. Concern grows in business and some labour circles that he is trying to concentrate economic and political power in the state, along Cuban lines.
Redistribution of Wealth Continues | 2005
January - President Chavez signs decree on land reform to eliminate Venezuela's large estates and benefit rural poor. Ranchers say move is attack on private property.
Media Opposition Eliminated | 2007
May - Government's refuses to renew terrestrial broadcasting license of RCTV channel, which was critical of President Chavez, prompting mass protests for and against and strong international condemnation.
Expropriation | 2007
June - Two leading US oil companies, Exxon Mobil and ConocoPhilips, refuse to hand over majority control of their operations in the Orinoco Belt to the Venezuelan government, which then expropriates them.
Definition of Expropriation (for the benefit of Democrats) - Action by the state or an authority of taking property from its owner for public use or benefit.
Chavez Dies - Chavez Hand-picked Predecessor Nicolas Maduro Elected | 2012
Infrastructure Fails | 2013
September - A massive power cut leaves 70% of Venezuela, including parts of Caracas, without electricity. President Maduro blames "right-wing saboteurs".
Economic Crisis / Inflation | 2013
November - With inflation running at more than 50% a year, the National Assembly gives President Maduro emergency powers for a year, prompting protests by opposition supporters. Mr Maduro uses the powers to limit profit margins.
Consequences of Economic Crisis | 2016
September - Hundreds of thousands of people take part in a protest in Caracas calling for the removal of President Maduro, accusing him of responsibility for the economic crisis.
July - Violence Continues to Flare | 2017
Opposition lawmaker Luis Florido - "Repression is the only way this regime keeps itself in power," blaming the Maduro government for the latest violence.
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Much more could have been added to this timeline. But in America today, attention spans are short and I don't want to scare you into your safe rooms...