1- many government officials do hate scholars because they are in full understanding that in order to keep a communism running you have to have an ignorant people. They do have public universities and schools, however one person graduated from one of those would be at an incomparably lower degree of preparation and higher degree of adoctrination than those on a private institution.
2- most protestors are young students. So if i'm a young student, they may capture me and accuse me of whatever because they need someone too blame. It has been known to happen very oftenly that innocent people get imprisoned, tortured and trialed for crimes they did not commit until they confess shit that never happened so that the govenment may have something to accuse the leaders of the opposition with. Not that they need it tho, this is a dictatorship.
3- you are completelly right by global standards but entirely delusional on venezuelan standards as to "be you". I can't be me here. If you don't look poor you're an oligarch. If you carry a big phone or a watch you're a target. If you carry a backpack you're a manifestant and maybe a terrorist. If you drive a bike you're a criminal. That's just how it is.
4- yes, I'm seriously considering on leaving this country. There is no future for me here, there is not even a present right now. As I have stated before i'm not living, i'm merely surviving. As to wether or not will I be able to study on another country that we'll see. Immigration could easyer for me than for most, but we'll see.