Between April 4th and 14th, Venezuelan society lived through a political shock comparable to the collision of two high-speed trains. I write a few hours after Hugo Chávez was re-installed as President of the Republic, 48 hours after his removal. Each of two minority extremes at this moment in Venezuelan history, chavism and anti-chavism, convinced itself it was the majority, felt capable of wiping out the opposition, and showed no hesitation in accelerating its locomotive in order to provoke what we’ve just gone through.
Predictably, it was the Armed Forces who tipped the scales. The consequence of the train accident was a huge number of victims dead, wounded and attacked, and as the smoke clears we see a society with a yawning social gap between social sectors without any mutual knowledge.