Civilians in the Venezuelan militia to add up one million
Maduro: All slums will have to be for the militia: with its rifle, its organization to defend the homeland
From a local community to the east of Caracas, Maduro said that "sooner than later the militia will be comprised by one million civilians and, at that moment, all slums will have to be for the militia: with rifles, an organization to defend the homeland (...) not with individual weapons to engage in actions against society, robbing and kidnapping."
The militias were founded by Venezuelan late President Hugo Chávez as a body to support the Bolivarian National Armed Force. Based on their principles, they are comprised by civilians for the "total defense of the nation."
The Government refers to the militias as "people in arms," yet foes have stressed the creation of these groups seeks the militarization of the whole Venezuelan society.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.