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Montevideo, January 17th 2018 - 21:55 UTC

Tag: Venezuela crisis

  • Wednesday, January 17th 2018 - 10:44 UTC

    Oscar Pérez case repercussions: the operation was “State terrorism”

    The former prosecutor protected by the Colombian government, Luisa Ortega Díaz, described the case as extrajudicial execution

    After a day of speculation and uncertainty in Venezuela, the interior minister, Néstor Reverol confirmed the death of Oscar Pérez, who, according to the minister, “attacked our officials” when the authorities were preparing to negotiate the surrender of the rebels, which the same Oscar Perez denied minutes before dying in several videos published on his social networks. The minister also reported that the Venezuelan opposition provided information for the location of the former insurgent police and part of the La Resistencia group at the dialogue table in the Dominican Republic.

  • Sunday, January 14th 2018 - 12:05 UTC

    First shipwreck of Venezuelan rafters

    The shipwreck occurred just few meters from the beach of Koraal Tabak. Pic: Meridith Kohut

    It was midnight last january 10 when approx 30 venezuelans climbed a little traditional fisher ship after the order of a smuggler and left for the island of Curaçao, about 100 kilometers from where they sailed. After 3 months of planning and 7 hours of crossing over a rough sea, a large wave hits the small boat just few meters from the coast, tearing it to pieces, reported one of the survivors while waiting to be deported back to Venezuela after being rescued and detained by the Dutch authorities.

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  • Thursday, January 11th 2018 - 12:10 UTC

    Constitutionalist murdered in Venezuela, Government denounces “Political murder”

    Jorge Rodríguez, Minister of Communication and Information, described Lucena's death as a “political murder”. Hours before the meeting with the opposition in the Dominican Republic.

    The deputy of the pro-government National Constituent Assembly, Tomás Lucena, was killed on Wednesday afternoon in Trujillo state, in western Venezuela when he was intercepted by two suspects on motorcycles and wounded with several bullets, according to witnesses. The government rates the crime of revenge.

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  • Wednesday, January 10th 2018 - 09:25 UTC

    Petro: The cryptocurrency that is not cryptocurrency

    For technology analyst Luis Carlos Diaz, “Petro does not approach a cryptocurrency but rather a bond, and we already know what happens with Chavism bonds”

    According to the journalist specialized in technology Edgar Rincon, the solution devised by the Venezuelan government to evade the “strong and cruel sanctions of the international community to Venezuela”, the Petro, is not a cryptocurrency because “within the guidelines of the cryptocurrency guide does not fit. ”

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  • Sunday, January 7th 2018 - 08:14 UTC

    Chaos in Venezuela as shops are ordered to cut prices to last month's levels

    “We’re hungry! We want food!” screamed the crowd, which included babies, pensioners and children with disabilities. (Pic AFP)

    Mobs gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after the government ordered shops to slash prices, creating chaos as desperate Venezuelans leapt at the chance to buy cheaper food as the country’s worsening economy causes severe shortages.

  • Friday, January 5th 2018 - 10:57 UTC

    Maduro announced the bonus of Reyes Magos of almost a minimum wage

    Maduro will grant a bonus with the equivalent of US$ 3.9, to those who possess the Carnet de la Patria, an identity document created by the government that serves to regulate the purchase of food

    Four days before the beginning of an election year in Venezuela, President Nicolás Maduro announced on national television that he will grant a bonus of 500,000 bolivares, the equivalent of US$ 3.9, to those who possess the Carnet de la Patria, an identity document created by the government that serves to regulate the purchase of food and tools with which users can access pensions or bonuses of this style in exchange for their loyalty to the government party.

  • Tuesday, January 2nd 2018 - 10:20 UTC

    Hyperinflation that degrades any salary increase

    There was registered an increase in the price of more than 100% of several foods this month, some of which exceeded their cost by 1,500% in the course of 2017.

    A new salary increase arrived to Venezuela -the seventh in a year-, but the purchasing power of Venezuelans continues insignificant compared to the high price of low supply due to hyperinflation. While it is not possible to slow down the variation of prices in the different products of the basic basket, any wage increase is insufficient and exacerbates the problem. In one year, salary increased 511%, while inflation in 2017 closed at 2.735%, the highest in the world.

  • Saturday, December 30th 2017 - 11:49 UTC

    Fire in the Venezuela’s biggest refinery

    The accident on Friday affected a distiller, while the one on Tuesday left 2 injured.

    A fire was registered late Friday at the Refining Complex of Amuay, northwest of Venezuela. The accident baddly affected a distiller. El secretary of the Petroleum’s workers federation, Iván Freites, denounced irregularities due to the lack of maintenance and investment in the oil industry by the State’s PDVSA

  • Friday, December 29th 2017 - 10:35 UTC

    Venezuelan Observatory of Violence published its annual report

    The report shows that in Venezuela 15 people died every day by the hands of police or military officials. Photo: Sebastián Astorga

    This Thursday, the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence (VVO) published its annual report, in the hands of its director, the sociologist Roberto Briceño León, which shows a 2017 full of irregularities by the State and a high rate of abuse of the same and towards it.

  • Wednesday, December 27th 2017 - 19:56 UTC

    “Operación Genesis” calls to rebellion of military and police forces

    ”God and Christ gave us the victory. Lets go to the streets to take our freedom” says the rebel in today's message to Venezuela.

    “Venezuela: God and Christ gave us the victory. Lets go to the streets to take our freedom” says Oscar Pérez, an ex-inspector of the CICPC, the national police force in a new video diffused by himself with a group of rebellious officials. In the video he calls on the population and the national security agencies to join them in the fight and rebel against the regime of Nicolás Maduro.