Please, please! Help me!
Hello, Tumblr! I’m in need of help!
I am from Turkey and I’m extremely confused!
Since the protests in Venezuela went viral, I read a bunch about the politics, today. Of course, many of the articles I read were extremely subjective. We can safely say that it did nothing but create brand new questions in my head.
I need your wisdom.
Please. If you can, do explain.
Some of the articles I read state that Chavez was a great leader since he balanced the financial difference between the poor and the wealthy. They also say that the poverty rate has decreased visibly. (And many, many positive things.)
Yet, some sources claims that he sponsored several terrorist organizations and prevented free speech. (Again, many, many negative things.)
Well, which perspective has more legitimate points than the other?
If you can think of any, can you add some concrete evidence or examples along with a brief explanation? I’d really appreciate it.
I hope I haven’t offended anyone by accident. If so, I’m sorry. I’m just so inexplicably illiterate about the subject!
*Edit: My Venezuelan friends! A few months ago, we as the Turkish nation drove the same path as you. (Occupy Gezi) We know how not having your voice heard feels like. We witness your pain. There’s no human way to justify that kind of violence. So, no matter what political idea you might have, I support your rights to be safe and treated as human beings. with all of my heart. I wish you all the health and peace. Stay strong.*
In a nutshell, I want to know. Was Chavez a believer in his ways and he went a bit extreme? Or, was he an evil dictator ruled by his desire of power? Or money? Did he truly improve things? Why doesn’t the youth like him?