Venezuelans prepare fecal cocktails to throw at security forces

Wed May 10, 2017 7:05am GMT
 

By Girish Gupta and Christian Veron

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition protests on Wednesday may be the messiest in a six-week wave of unrest as demonstrators prepare to throw feces at security forces, adding to the customary rocks, petrol bombs and tear gas.

The new tactic has been dubbed the "Poopootov" in a play on the Molotov cocktails often seen at streets protests in Venezuela.

"They have gas; we have excrement," reads an image floating around social media to advertise Wednesday's "Shit March."

With inflation in the high triple-digits, shortages of the most basic medicines, and millions suffering food scarcity, the country is undergoing a major crisis.

For weeks, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets, angry at the government of unpopular President Nicolas Maduro.

Some opposition sympathizers are appalled at the plans to use feces, both animal and human, calling it an unsanitary and inappropriate tactic even in the face of a government they despise.

Many note that throwing feces could increase cases of infectious diseases which are soaring due to the lack of medicine as well as basic cleaning materials such as soaps and disinfectant.

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Messages are seen on plastic containers filled with feces, called "Poopootovs", which is a play on Molotov cocktails, before they are thrown at security forces during protests, in addition to the usual rocks and petrol bombs, in Caracas, Venezuela May 9, 2017. The messages read, "Freedom" (C), (Clockwise) "Free Venezuela", "For the future", "For Venezuela", "This is you", "For the political prisoners", "Are murderers", "GNB you are this" and "For our children". REUTERS/Christian Veron
 
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