Inside the working class ‘Chavista’ communities turning their back on Maduro’s regime in Venezuela

Every Saturday morning begins for Antonio Contreras and his sister Andreina Teran with a trek down the winding stairs that separate the tightly packed brick homes in their working class neighbourhood of Cotiza in northern Caracas in search of the nearest working tap.

Water in this neighbourhood, once loyal to Hugo Chavez and his "Bolivarian revolution" that swept Venzuela 20 years ago, was cut off long ago as infrastructure and the economy spectacularly collapsed.

“The tap in here is just like a decoration now,” said Contreras, breathing heavily after the hike back up the hill and stairs for what would be the second of three trips today alone. 

Despite widespread suffering, food shortages and…

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