Best behaviour

29 January 2006


The WSF is all about peace. So why are there military vehicles with missile launchers decoratively parked out on the street? To show off Venezuelan ingenuity the soldier guarding them tells me. They are not armed, but would be jolly good for shooting down planes if they were. When 100,000 tourists show up in your country, I guess it's the job of government PR folks to show off what they're proud of. But the irony of this particular display, was apparently lost on some. The mayor of Caracas pandered a little more cleverly to his audience by handing out free (pirated?) CDs with reggaeton music to activists walking the streets. I wonder if Daddy Yankee knows...

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