Caracas, Valencia, Merida and San Cristobal in particular have become virtual war zones: National Guard units and National Police have been shooting tear gas canisters and buckshot sometimes directly at protesters, sometimes into residential buildings and, raiding any place they think student protesters may be hiding. Alongside them, the government backed colectivos (basically paramilitary gangs on motorbikes, a tropical basij) shoot at people with live ammo.
But of course, this is no war zone: in a war zone you have two sides shooting at each other. Tonight one side is doing all the shooting, the other side is doing all the being shot at.
'Government monopoly on violence'; yeah, I don't think that actually means what the CSGV clowns think it does.
Or it does, and they consider this the proper working of things.
Either way, screw 'em. The people of Venezuela would LOVE to be able to follow this advice: