|An air of "Venezuelan Spring"|
And thus was the reaction of the regime, repression more brutal tan before, a rain of tear gas but also direct shots with tear gas canisters which I understand is forbidden internationally. Whatever it is, the regime has sent its troops not only to repress but also in too many cases to rob the people they catch taking away their cellular phones, at least.
In the evening when all was supposedly done, the regime managed to slip in a tear gas bomb in the offices of Capriles in Caracas, setting them on fire. At midnight the army with heavy weaponry presented itself at the site "for inquiry". Scare tactics everywhere, whenever. The worry is what will we do with all those corrupt security personnel when this is over. From denazification to dechavistation.
But perhaps the main message of the day, besides the radicalization of the protest and repression, is that the opposition, without newspapers and without TV or radio is managing to pass its message very successfully. Internet will have to go. And there is another message: outside of Caracas protest are also crescendo. And rallies in support of the regime are weak and in Caracas only.
Only repression is left for Maduro. The only questions are how far and how long.