Gunmen in Venezuela shot into a crowd of voters on Sunday, activists said, killing one woman and wounding three others during an unofficial referendum organized by the opposition to push for an end to two decades of socialist rule.
The opposition Democratic Unity coalition said a pro-government “paramilitary” gang opened fire in Caracas’ poor neighborhood of Catia, where thousands were participating in the opposition event. Video footage showed people scattering as gunshots rang out, many taking sanctuary inside a church.
“The day was stained by the killing of a Venezuelan woman who protesting and exercising her rights,” said opposition leader Freddy Guevara of the killing of Xiomara Escot. “But violence cannot hide what has happened. The people are not afraid and are clear in their decision.”
Sunday’s symbolic poll, which asked voters’ opinion on President Nicolas Maduro’s plan for a controversial new congress, was aimed at denting his legitimacy further amid a crippling economic crisis and months of anti-government protests in which some 100 people have been killed.
Maduro, 54, has denounced the plebiscite as illegal and meaningless. Instead, the former bus driver and union leader is campaigning for an official July 30 vote in support of the proposed new assembly, which would have the power to rewrite the constitution and dissolve state institutions.
“…The incident is the latest in a string of attacks on Catholic churches in the country, as an increasingly violent socialist dictatorship attempts to silence dissenting voices supported by Venezuelan Catholic leadership. Venezuela is about 96 percent Roman Catholic, and its anti-socialist leaders have repeatedly alluded to religion in their struggle against Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.”
Wonder what Pope Hopey Changey has to say?
He works for Venezuela’s FBI, flies helicopters with precision skill, skydives with police dogs strapped to his chest and is trained to fight gun battles underwater – but is it all too good to be true?
This is Oscar Perez, the former cop turned rogue agent blamed for launching a gun and grenade attack on Venezuela’s capital on Tuesday in protest at dictator Nicolas Maduro’s government.
But now opponents of Maduro have claimed the attack was staged in order to justify the regime’s brutal crackdown on opposition activists.
President Nicolas Maduro said a police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court on Tuesday in a confusing incident that he called a thwarted “terrorist attack” aimed at ousting him from power.
AN UNEXPECTED item popped up on the agenda of Pope Francis in recent days. Although the meeting did not feature in his pre-announced weekly schedule, on June 8th it became known that he had squeezed in some time to confer with six bishops from Venezuela, one of the most troubled places in the historically Catholic world.
From 2007 to 2014, China lent Venezuela a wholesome $63 billion. A decade ago, Venezuela’s Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) – the Venezuelan state-owned oil and gas company – entered into an oil-for-loans deal with China’s state-run China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Under the agreement, Venezuela borrowed the amount from China and “agreed to pay back in crude and fuel deliveries to state-run Chinese firms”.
Lo and behold, in 2014, the decade-long oil boom ended.
h/t Dr. J
A sergeant in the Venezuelan Armed Forces has released a video calling for his fellow soldiers to rise up against dictator Nicolás Maduro and reject orders to attack unarmed civilians, the latest indication that Maduro is losing the support of the military amid a wave of violent crackdowns on dissidents.
An alleged ‘thief’ was set on fire and a demonstrator shot dead as 200,000 people marched across the country against the deeply unpopular government in Venezuela.
Shocking photos show a man among protesters ripping off his clothes in agony after he was set ablaze for reportedly stealing during the march, that attracted close to 160,000, in capital Caracas on Saturday.
Despite being consumed in flames the man survived the assault and was later pictured sitting down, surrounded by protesters trying to keep others away.
— teleSUR Venezuela (@teleSURvzla) May 21, 2017
Maduro compares harassment of government officials amid economic chaos to what Jews faced, saying: ‘We are going to defeat these 21st-century Nazis’
The Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, has likened the harassment of government officials and their families outside of Venezuela to the treatment of Jews under the Nazis.
Maduro also said in comments to a televised cabinet meeting late on Tuesday that planned opposition rallies in Caracas on Wednesday evening were reminiscent of rallies during the rise of Nazism and fascism in pre-second world war Europe.
If you want a simple test to determine if a news source is in the fake news business, examine what they write about Venezuela. If they write about the mass starvation, riots, and shortages with no mention of socialism’s role in the disaster, then you know they are fake news providers.
One month ago, when discussing the latest “explosive” turn in Venezuela’s political situation, we predicted that the worst case for president Nicolas Maduro who has so far managed to keep the army on his side even as Venezuela faces now daily violent and in some cases deadly protests, would be the start of the local army turning on the regime, and defecting to join the protesters.
Maduro Dances while Venezuela burns…
One person has been killed and another 300 injured as a flaming police riot van ran over demonstrators amid violent protests in Venezuela.
Disturbing video shows dozens of rioters pelting two police vehicles with Molotov cocktails, bottles and rocks in the capital Caracas on Wednesday before rushing forward as the armoured trucks reverse up the street.
Nearly two decades of socialism has left oil-rich Venezuela in an unparalleled crisis.
Recent figures show that a majority of Venezuelans go to bed hungry and 15 percent of people eat garbage to survive. The country desperately lacks basic resources, such as medicine and power.
The singed remains of an old fridge dumped on the side of a trash-covered street are the only sign of an outbreak of violence that erupted after anti-government protests in El Valle, a gritty working-class neighbourhood in south-east Caracas.
Other traces – ripped-out door frames, shards of broken glass – were swiftly tidied away by government workers, said Ana Sánchez, a local resident, who asked not to use her real name for fear of reprisals.
“They’re even painting the edges of sidewalks bright yellow. That’s never been done before,” she said. “The government is trying to pretend nothing happened, but we all know.”