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UN 'deep concern' over violence in Venezuela; supports people's right to protest peacefully

Monday, April 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC
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The United Nations office in Venezuela expressed deep concern over the “high human cost” of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead during two months of unrest. Hundreds more have been detained or injured in clashes with security forces. Read full article


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  • Anglotino

    Well if the UN said it then it must be done...... said very Malvinista.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 07:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    Can't the Cubans provide the riot geat to “protect” the bus driver, they must have plenty of old Ruskie crap they can sell them.

    The UN, as usual, will do next to nothing to protect the civilian population.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 12:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Gordo1

    The so called “democratic” nations of Latin America should immediately stop trading with Venezuela and ALBA should be disbanded at the same time.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 12:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    A question of perspective ...
    20 'protest' deaths per month - how does this compare to the general homicide rate in Venezuela?

    'The Venezuelan Violence Observatory estimates that 24,763 killings occurred this year, pushing up the homicide rate to 79 per 100,000 inhabitants. It was 73 per 100,000 people in 2012. In 1998, the rate was 19.'
    That makes 2000 deaths per month ... 'protest' deaths = 1%

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 12:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    And finally the UN begins to awaken from it's torpor over this matter. Unlikely to see much action for at least a few months. .

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 01:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GFace

    @4 IIRC, at least one of those “homicides” a year or so ago matches the MO of the motorizados/colectivos that we now see... While not all homicide are covers for assassination, the lawless culture Chavizmo has cultivated is “feature” not a bug. Crime provides a need for “strong” government (that its more interested in closing opposing media and assaulting opposition politicians who get more votes than their PSVU leadership is just “missing the point.”)

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 01:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    Why are the “protestors” camping outside the UN office? The UN can't DO anything. It relies on countries like the UK and USA to DO anything. But the UK and the USA are tired of going in to sort things out and then being criticised for it by useless little places that do nothing. Not even back-seat drivers, more like bystanders. So let's just allow them to kill each other off. It's Venezuela. Who cares? There's only 29 million. When they are down to 10,000 we can take a look and decide whether anything is worth saving. Maybe as many as 10%. Perhaps they'll learn to be, when appropriate, humble. But I do hope Maduro gets splattered early on!

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 05:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    I have to admit that I believed that they would have given up with the protests by now against overwhelming use of force and torture by the gov'ts of VZLA and Cuba.

    I thought that the Latam left countries will make sure that the lid of Maduros repression would not come off

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 06:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    I am surprised that CFK hasn't sent Argentine troops to Venezuela to support her Bolivarian partner in crime, after all they did offer their troops to Argentina for their next invasion of the Falklands.

    Argentina has proud history of killing their own troublesome civilians, i'm sure they could help out here.

    Apr 07th, 2014 - 08:23 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Game over


    Apr 07th, 2014 - 11:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino

    Game is far from over, Chavism has many more years to plunder Venezuela.

    However, with the UN voicing concerns and now countries embargoing exports.... the end game is indeed beginning.

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 12:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Trust me Angloatino, it's over...


    Apr 08th, 2014 - 12:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Perhaps Stevie is Cuban?

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 01:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anglotino


    I am not naive and never thought that these protests would change the government.

    I don't want that to happen....

    I'll just repeat that because you have some of the most selective hearing I have ever come across:


    Chavismo must not finish by protests or being overthrown or an election.

    Chavismo must finish itself off. It must be so thoroughly discredited. For that to happen the economy must collapse while Maduro is in power.

    And Maduro is doing exactly as I thought. The economy is getting worse and worse. Inflation is out of control. Shortages are now so common that everyone is affected. Crime is sky-high. The currency is worthless. Companies won't export to Venezuela. Airlines are stopping flying to Venezuela.

    These protests are nothing compared to all this. Even the death toll is just another day in Caracas.

    The fact that you think the protests are “the game” shows how absurd you are.

    The protesters are nothing but a minor irritant.

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 04:18 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    Funny Stevie this looks far from over to me. 105 journalists have been jailed and now the gov't is killing family and friends of “opposition” leaders.

    My guess is every lamp post in the country will have at least one Marxist hanging from it when this is really over.

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    What “Game Over” are you talking about? Are you now saying Maduro has lost? Or the protestors?
    An asinine comment. There are real lives being lost in Venezuela, idiot.

    Also, you little worm, you still haven't replied after calling me a liar about the recount that never happened last year.
    Just to refresh other posters about your lack of integrity;

    10 ilsen (#)
    Apr 04th, 2014 - 11:02 pm
    Maduro agreed in front of UNASUR that a recount would go ahead as he only won a 0.4% by a vote.

    This never happened.

    UNASUR did nothing.

    There was no recount.

    These are undeniable facts

    11 Stevie (#)
    Apr 05th, 2014 - 10:25 am
    You are lying about the recount.And you are getting desperate because the destabilisation you support isn't working.

    12 ilsen (#)
    Apr 05th, 2014 - 01:11 pm
    Please prove to me that I am lying about the recount. If there was a recount after the last Presidential election there must be a record of it and of the outcome?
    It can't be that hard to find?
    Where have I said I support destabilising the economy?
    The current situation is having a negative impact on my earnings. I wish for peace and prosperity for all.
    I can't prove a negative, but we all can easily find proof of a recount, and its outcome. If it did exist it would be a matter of Public Record.
    A recount of a Presidential election? Not on record? lol!

    So, show me proof of the recount or admit you are wrong and apologise for calling me a liar.
    If you have any integrity at all that is.

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 05:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Troy Tempest

    Stevie has NO integrity.

    Apr 08th, 2014 - 07:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2


    Not to mention he is fake as a....

    Apr 09th, 2014 - 02:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    Thanks CD2. Fantastic clip!

    still no response from Stevie. ..........

    Apr 09th, 2014 - 03:21 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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