Leftists Riot In Hamburg and Caracas

Representatives of the G20 countries are meeting in Hamburg, so the traveling circus of anti-capitalist rioters naturally showed up. As best one can tell, it is more or less the same people who turn out for all of these anti-capitalism demonstrations around the world. They don’t appear to have jobs, and quite a few of them are reported to be trust fund babies. These photos from Hamburg are typical; they come from the Sun. At least 76 policemen were injured in the anti-free enterprise riot:

Some of the anti-freedom rioters dressed like zombies; others didn’t dress much at all:

Meanwhile, demonstrations of a very different nature have been going on in Venezuela. For the last 18 years, Venezuelans have lived under the system that the G20 rioters want to impose: socialism. The results have been catastrophic. Venezuela’s economy has been wrecked. Its currency is virtually worthless. Venezuelans have been impoverished. Starvation is rampant; most Venezuelans go hungry while the lucky ones eat vermin and scrounge in garbage cans. (The really lucky ones, of course, are the socialist insiders who escaped to enjoy the billions they had stashed in Swiss bank accounts.) Infants die in hospitals that have no medicine and cannot even maintain a supply of running water.

So ordinary Venezuelans have taken to the streets to demand the resignation of Nicolás Maduro, successor to Hugo Chavez, the principal author of the Venezuelan calamity. Maduro’s regime has responded with thuggish violence. Yesterday, an anti-capitalist mob–soul brothers of the G20 rioters–attacked Venezuela’s National Assembly, beating lawmakers and others as government troops stood by:

A mob stormed Venezuela’s opposition-dominated National Assembly on Wednesday with the apparent acquiescence of government troops and carried out a startling attack on lawmakers and journalists.

Bloodied lawmakers were treated for broken ribs and head injuries, and journalists said the attackers had stolen their equipment. The episode in Caracas, which coincided with Venezuela’s Independence Day, was a sharp escalation of lawlessness in a country roiled by a failing economy and daily street demonstrations.
Opposition lawmakers said the attack had been carried out by so-called colectivos, bands of armed men in plain clothes who take their cues from the government of President Nicolás Maduro to thwart demonstrations and intimidate dissidents. While National Assembly lawmakers have been assaulted before, the attack on Wednesday was remarkable because the throng of assailants appeared to face no resistance from National Guard forces charged with securing the compound.

Since socialist Venezuela represents the end point devoutly desired by the anti-capitalist G20 rioters, I have a modest proposal: let’s send them there. German authorities could round up all the socialist rioters in Hamburg and send them to the socialist paradise of Venezuela. There, they could join the pro-government thugs who are trying to put down the popular anti-socialist uprising–a genuine revolt that the G20 rioters insincerely mimic.

My guess is they wouldn’t last long. They are only pretend thugs, while Maduro’s colectivos are the real thing. Their trust funds would soon be gone, and they would be hunting juicy rats to eat for dinner. It would serve them right.

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