“That stuff is pretty scary,” Rojas said Thursday, “because all my family is there.”
Rojas has seen the videos. He said his wife is fine, and she’s planning to fly out tomorrow morning.
“She told me in the afternoon is when things start getting bad,” Rojas said. “At night is when the motorcycles go out because they (the citizens) can’t recognize them.”
As much as anything, Rojas is frustrated by his own feelings of helplessness. At a time when independent news outlets have been muffled by the Venezuelan government, Twitter is soaring in popularity as a medium for protest. The government is trying to block images posted to Twitter from within the country.
Rojas isn’t on Twitter, but he has a message for his countrymen.
“I want to get my word to every Venezuelan guy in the street to keep doing that,” he said. “Make us feel like we can be proud of them, that everything’s going to end in a good way. I send my thanks to them because I can’t do anything right now.”