President Nicolas Maduro’s coordinated campaign of repression, directed against once political and ideological confederates, represents, perhaps, the penultimate progression toward Venezuela becoming a single-party state. Maduro’s cannibalism of leftist defines the present iteration of state coercion, former supporters residing in rural, socialist enclaves.
The violence perpetrated seems to be deliberate and tactical. The strategic objective is further to consolidate the regimes’ power through the parliamentary elections on December 6th. The opposition does not recognise the legitimacy of the elections and has refused to participate due to flagrant illegalities. Should Maduro be successful in the imminent elections, Venezuela will, effectively, exist as a rogue, single-party state.