Venezuela is an embattled country currently going through some very strong growing pains. As the battle between the pro-government and opposition leaders grow, a few words sum up the state of affairs there:
He who tires, loses.
This mantra adorns t-shirts and banners fueling the opposition from giving up their demonstrations and accepting the current status quo in Venezuela. Outside of these events, and perhaps directly related, are fairly serious problems the country of Venezuela faces. This beautiful country will need to fix these things, and others, before it will be able to enter a place of peace and prosperity.
Leads on both sides of the disagreement state that they want peace in their country, however not at the expense of giving up their respective positions. A few recent events have highlighted this gridlock and given a bit of insight into the mindset of both the government and opposition forces fighting there.
With inflation topping 56% last year, crime rates soaring and access to food and basic necessities becoming more scarce, the facts don't bode well for the new government lead by President Nicolas Maduro. The socialist government, formerly lead by Hugo Chavez, is under a lot of pressure from younger people to increase prosperity and opportunity in their country.
As we've seen in other places, like Greece and now the Ukraine, these uprisings consisting of young people demanding more opportunity and better conditions are not uncommon throughout the new world. In Venezuela, the situation is particularly difficult due to the nature of the government and it's socialist agenda.
Venezuelan people hold strong to their culture which is deeply rooted in their food, language, and history. Change, however, is inevitable when so many people are experiencing hardship and the government doesn't seem to be overly interested in fixing the problem.
Peace in Venezuela is inevitable, it's just a question of how much turmoil the people will have to go through before getting there. Perhaps both sides should give a little in hopes of gaining a lot.