With the Charlottesville riots, the Barcelona terror attack, and the relentlessness of the media challenging President Trump, the Venezuela situation has faded into the background. But Venezuela remains the tinder box that it has been for many years.
President Nicolas Maduro continues to put the clamps on the opposition party and the people of Venezuela. His current efforts involve preventing the opposition from obtaining the resources needed to prevent an uprising of the people. He has done this by imposing strict new import restrictions. Here is a message from a source in Venezuela.
Now under Maduro we have a new prohibition, importing anything that protects against riot police such as gas masks, bullet proof vests, metal balls and marbles (could be used as projectiles), knives, sports padding gear, helmets, etc
But it goes even further: Banned first aid stuff:
Antacids, gauze, cream to treat burns, bandages, eye drops, bicarbonate, etc.
I asked a drug importer to bring me milk of magnesia. Sorry, antacid, banned article! I don’t have an issue with the riot police, I’m CONSTIPATED. Tough! Eat prunes.
Here is the list from my courier service (of banned items.)
Due to the new customs regulations in our country, the importation of the following products is strictly prohibited. This restriction is mandatory, without exception.
– Gas masks
– Bulletproof vests
– Air guns, ball guns, of paint and ammunition related to this type of article
– Sling shot of any type
– Pepper spray
– Pepper gas holder
– Paralyzing electric pistols (electroshock guns)
– Metal balls
– Meters, gauges
– Articles containing gas / compressed air
– Knives of all kinds (including machetes and axes)
– Police clubs
– Protective sports goods
– Camouflage articles
– Helmets of any type
– Chest protectors
– Bats and baseballs
– Facial Protectors
– Elbow pads
– Fishing leads
– Bows and arrows
– Safety glasses
– Inflatable balloons
FIRST AID PRODUCTS
– Creams for Burns
– Eye Drops
Medical supplies are tagged as “war materials”
The crackdown on imports that could be used by the people to defend against the Maduro regime only serves strengthen the control of the government over the people. Where it ends is unknown right now, but it does not look good for the people.