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Death toll in a month of violent protests in Venezuela has risen to 28

Friday, March 14th 2014 - 08:49 UTC
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Venezuela's state prosecutor said on Thursday the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters. Read full article

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  • ChrisR

    “We need to ensure there is no impunity and it must be fully investigated to determine whether those people held in jail are the authors of those homicides,” she said.”

    Does this arsehole think the protesters are writing books? We KNOW WTF is killing these people MADuro and the likes of her are.

    “there may have been “isolated incidents” of abuse by police and National Guard troops, which would be punished.”

    Yeah, of course they will, medals all round I would imagine. We can see the “isolated incidents” for ourselves on the videos that are getting out and the photographs in UK newspapers.

    Does she really think the rest of the world outside SA is fooled by the Bus Driver?

    Mar 14th, 2014 - 11:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Mendoza Canadian

    The only real news we are getting here in SA is from NTN24 which is not allowed to broadcast in VeneCuba. TeleSur is pure propaganda and GloboVision is strictly curtailed as to what it can show. TeleSur broadcasts daily updates on the life of the Supreme Commandante Chavez and news about the evil United States.

    Mar 14th, 2014 - 11:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    The end of Socialism/Communism is never pretty.
    I hope this gets sorted before too many more people have to die.

    USA is going to impose sanctions, they're trying to figure out what will hurt leadership w/o hurting the population too much.

    We'll probably end up cutting off the U$ going into the country for awhile.

    Mar 14th, 2014 - 11:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    Now now Chris... while there have been incidents of the police and national guard (and the heavily armed thugs on bikes, of course, but they could be ANYONE beating up anti-Chavismo protesters, I mean who are we kidding here... ) but they HAVE indeed only been a few **isolated** incidents. ...

    isolated to Venezuela, that is.

    Mar 14th, 2014 - 02:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 4 GFace

    Your final sentence has it spot on.

    Mar 14th, 2014 - 05:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Brasileiro

    Maduro is Ukraine of America.
    People can not die for exercising their rights.
    Government rotten!

    Mar 14th, 2014 - 10:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    It's the Economy, stupid!
    As old 'Slick Willy' Clinton once said.

    This is no longer just about politics, it's 90% about scarcity of food, basic toiletries and bottled gas.
    There has been no 'attempted coup' to claim victory over by the Boli-bullshitters.

    Just hundreds of thousands of desperate, angry ordinary people who can see no future.

    Mar 15th, 2014 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BOTINHO

    A few facts-

    •That telecommunications companies are in crisis and on the brink of collapse for being strangled by a huge debt that exceeded $600 million by December of 2013, because non-domestic production certificates for infrastructure imports and inventory replenishment have not been approved since June of last year.

    •That shopping centers are in a situation that makes unsustainable the continuance of their operations after a Law that regulates rents and operations was passed, as well as by the devastating effects of the so-called “Dakaso” by the end of last year, which is putting at least 600,000 jobs at risk.

    •That the situation of the automotive sector has reached a critical point, making it unable to continue assembling vehicles in the country while inventories of auto parts may last until the month of May – at best. A fine example of this is that Chrysler shut down its operations for 60 days as of March 14 due to a lack of supplies; the local offshoot of the automaker employs about 1,150 workers. In addition, there is a situation with auto parts dealers with an outstanding debt of more than $200 million to foreign suppliers and an average payment delay of between 300 and 500 days, as well as a decline in production, orders and inventories that will last until the end of March.

    •That the healthcare sector is plagued with serious problems from all sides. Medical supplies are running out at public hospitals and outpatient center networks, including Barrio Adentro. Nuclear medicine centers are closing their doors due to the lack of radioactive isotopes, which have not made it to the country because it hasn’t been possible to pay off outstanding debts to suppliers in South Africa, Argentina and England. For the very same reasons active pharmaceutical ingredients for the manufacturing of high-consumption drugs have run out.

    Sourced from the Latin American Herald Tribune 15.03.2014

    Mar 16th, 2014 - 09:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    It seems we are all waiting for the 29th death, the ONLY one that will stop this fiasco.

    But I bet you all know who that is, don't you?

    Mar 16th, 2014 - 06:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BOTINHO

    Remarkable.

    Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has accused US Secretary of State John Kerry of inciting violence and called him a “murderer,” due to the deaths in Venezuela caused by the police and armed forces.

    The next day President “ Fofinho ” Maduro asks US President Obama to sit down and help him out of the civil unrest problems Maduro has both inherited and created. Under ALBA and Cuban minders of course, so the outcome is already preset to favor “Fofinho ” as the blameless victim of the Yanquis.

    Venezuelanos deserve better than this.

    Here is a country with some of the largest oil reserves known on earth, and for the past 15 years the country is being mismanaged and run into the ground due to Chavez, and his legacy. Instead of being strong and economically sound, the country owes everyone and cannot pay it's bills. The country should be on the same level as Brasil, given it's resources and oil wealth.

    They should be loaning profitable oil-derived support money to the EU, IMF, and US, but it is the reverse. They can't because they are mismanaged and bankrupt. I recall our former President Lula re-directing a supertanker of gasoline to Venezuela years ago as a gesture of support, and it appears they need it again. The Cuban advisers using Venezuela as a model of failed Cuban policies, are running this country into the ground, at the expense of Venezuela.

    The communistic model does not work in Cuba, and is clearly not working in Venezuela.

    Mar 16th, 2014 - 08:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    10 Botinho
    You are quite correct, and I would like to make a few additions to your post if I may.

    Continuing your theme of the chavistas regime's 'bi-polar' approach to the USA...
    BBC and Reuters are both reporting tonight of Maduro's warning to Obama not to kill him, whilst also calling for a'high-level' meeting to discuss 'Peace' and 'Sovreignity'.
    Quote:
    “Mr Maduro also warned Mr Obama against agreeing to alleged plans to kill him, put forward by ”extremists“ in the US administration.

    ”It would be the worst mistake in your life to authorise the assassination of President Nicolas Maduro and fill [Venezuela] with violence,“ he [Maduro] told the crowd, adding he was a ”humble president and bus driver“ who like Mr Obama also had ”African grandparents“.”
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-26599312

    And before anyone asks, No, I have no idea why Maduro refers to himself in the third-person, or what the reference to his part-African heritage is meant to achieve.
    All I can see is the wheels of the bus coming off whilst the USA looks on in bemusement at this odd-ball.
    One minute it is all 'Evil Empire' rhetoric, the next it is 'peace' talks.
    Madurro has also very recently accused Joe Biden of 'directing aggression against Venezuela'.

    Regarding Oil/Gasoline: Venezuela is still IMPORTING petrol (gasoline) as the refineries are defunct. now that is crazy!

    Finally, they are not just importing the Cuban model, they are importing Cubans. There are many sources providing photos of Cuban military aircraft landing at Maiquetia, Caracas.
    dolartoday.com
    and
    Operacion Libertad Venezuela (search on Facebook)
    are both good sources for photos of the current situation in Venezuela.

    Mar 16th, 2014 - 10:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • BOTINHO

    You may, Amigo.

    Our news in Brasil are reporting 50,000 Cubanos are “ assisting ” in Venezuela.

    Mar 17th, 2014 - 01:23 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Sadly your news is correct.

    The locusts have been released. ...

    Mar 17th, 2014 - 07:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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