Jewish journalist on the frontlines of protest in Venezuela

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, a Swedish Jewish journalist, is documenting Venezuela on the brink of revolution.

By Seth J. Frantzman
February 4, 2019

The poverty in Venezuela is shocking.

“I had never seen anything like this,” says Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, a Swedish Jewish journalist documenting the protests in Caracas. “I’ve wept on numerous occasions seeing children eating from the trash. The poverty is rampant, all over the city.”

For the last week she has been documenting the unrest in Venezuela, which has reached a point of no return, she says.

On Monday she was heading into barrios of poverty-stricken areas of Caracas to meet the colectivos, groups that were originally raised to support the government of Hugo Chavez. Now those groups have morphed into lawless mafias often made up of motorcycle-riding “death squads,” say locals. Armed by Chavez, they patrol poor areas and trade off their connections to corrupt government officials. The colectivos, locals have told Rothstein, is just one example of the problems facing Venezuela today amid the mass protests of pro-government and opposition activists.