This is always the way of Socialists regimes.
First, they try to convince with uplifting rhetoric about raising the people at the bottom of society.
Then they try to convince with uplifting rhetoric about the brotherhood of man and painting a picture of the great society they will build.
Finally, they try to convince by pointing out how many guns they have and that they’re not afraid to use them.
So you get socialism and death. Two for the cost of everything.
Anyway, there would be no riots if milk was plentiful and toilet paper was stocked. Aside from a few student-led factions, nobody really cares about repression of speech.
To be stable a country needs either a competent dictatorship/monarchy that can make hard and unpopular decisions, as in the Arab world, or full democracy in which grievances can be redressed at the polls, as in Norway.
The illusion of choice has been the most destabilizing factor in Venezuela. The people can’t vote for new a new government, but the old government isn’t authoritarian enough to function without popular support, and all their blunders have been the result of pandering to popular support: diverting funds from oil infrastructure investment, nationalizing electronics stores, etc.
Every day is Black Friday in the workers’ paradise. Everything is cheap, but have fun trying to get it.