Tag Archives: revolution

Venezuela: Maduro’s puppet “constituent assembly” claims power to legislate

Source: Reuters

“Venezuela’s new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship. In practice, the move does little to change the existing situation. The Socialist-dominated Supreme Court has stripped power from the congress and shot down nearly every law it has approved since it was taken over by the opposition in 2016. But the decision suggests the constituent assembly, elected in July in a vote boycotted by the opposition, is more interested in limiting the opposition’s influence than carrying out its official task of rewriting the nation’s constitution.” (08/18/17)


Venezuela: Regime crushes military rebellion, official says

Source: Reuters

“Venezuelan authorities have suppressed a military rebellion near the central city of Valencia, a ruling official said on Sunday, days after President Nicolas Maduro formed a legislative superbody internationally condemned as a power grab. Socialist Party deputy Diosdado Cabello made the announcement shortly after the release of a video showing a group of men in military uniform announcing a rebellion and calling for a broad uprising against President Nicolas Maduro. One witness in the area of a military base in the town of Naguanagua reported hearing gunshots before dawn, but Cabello said the situation had been brought under control.” (08/06/17)


Venezuela: Regime agents abduct opposition leaders in growing crackdown

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

“Venezuela’s domestic intelligence service on Tuesday arrested two opposition leaders following months of deadly anti-government protests. Leopoldo Lopez and Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma have been vocal critics of the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In a tweet, Lopez’s wife, Lilian Tintori, posted a video showing the pro-democracy activist being detained by Venezuelan authorities. ’12:27 in the morning: the moment when the dictatorship abducts Leopoldo at my house. We will not bow,’ Tintori wrote in the tweet. … Meanwhile, Gaby Arellano, a parliamentarian with the opposition-controlled National Assembly posted a video showing Venezuelan intelligence agents detaining Ledezma in the middle of the night, escorting him out of his residence while still wearing pajamas. The arrests came a day after Venezuelan electoral officials announced the results of an internationally-condemned election for an all-powerful constituent assembly that supersedes parliament. Opposition parties boycotted the vote, saying it was a ploy for Maduro to consolidate power.” (08/01/17)


Venezuela: Maduro claims victory for new assembly

Source: CNN

“President Nicolas Maduro has thanked ‘the brave people of Venezuela’ for voting in a controversial election for a new Constituent Assembly that will have the power to rewrite his country’s constitution. The election will allow Maduro to replace Venezuela’s current legislative body — the National Assembly — with the new assembly, made up of 545 members, all nominated by his administration. … The opposition boycotted the election as a fraud and has called for massive protests to begin again Monday.” (07/31/17)


Venezuela: Opposition leader urges public, army, on strike

Source: Ravenna Record-Courier

“Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez called on Venezuelans to support a 48-hour general strike beginning Wednesday in protest of government plans to rewrite the constitution, in his first direct public message since being released from prison to house arrest. The 46-year-old former Caracas-area mayor, who was sentenced to 14 years in 2015 after being convicted of inciting violence during a previous spate of protests, also appealed to the military not to deploy for Sunday’s election of a constituent assembly tasked with overhauling the embattled nation’s charter.” (07/27/17)


Venezuela: One killed, four wounded in election violence

Source: ABC News

“Hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans lined up across the country and in expatriate communities around the world Sunday to vote in a symbolic rejection of President Nicolas Maduro’s plan to rewrite the constitution, a proposal that’s raising tensions in a nation battered by shortages and anti-government protests. A 61-year-old woman was killed and four people wounded in shooting that erupted after government supporters on motorcycles swarmed an opposition polling site in a church in the traditionally pro-government Catia neighborhood of western Caracas. … The government calls the opposition vote a manipulation aimed at destabilizing the country, and has been urging its supporters to participate in the constitutional assembly, which it calls a way of restoring peace to Venezuela.” (07/16/17)


Venezuela: Helicopter strafes court as pilot/actor calls for rebellion

Source: Los Angeles Times

“A police helicopter fired on Venezuela’s Supreme Court and Interior Ministry in what President Nicolas Maduro said was a thwarted terrorist attack aimed at ousting him from power. The confusing incident, which may ratchet up tensions in a country already paralyzed by months of deadly anti-government protests, took place as Maduro was speaking live on state television Tuesday and as the high court handed down a series of rulings against the opposition. … pictures of a blue police helicopter carrying an anti-government banner appeared on social media around the same time as a video in which an apparent police pilot and budding action movie actor, identified as Oscar Perez, called for a rebellion against Maduro’s ‘tyranny.’ He said he was part of a coalition of renegade members of the country’s security forces.” (06/28/17)


Venezuela: Protesters torch Chavez’s childhood home

Source: Daily Mail

“Protesters have set late president Hugo Chavez’s childhood home in western Venezuela on fire, an opposition legislator said, as protests against the nation’s socialist government grew increasingly hostile. Demonstrators lit the house — in the city of Barinas, where Mr Chavez spent his early years — aflame along with several government buildings, including the regional office of the National Electoral Council, said Pedro Luis Castillo, who represents the area. The burnings capped a violent day in Barinas — known as the cradle of Mr Chavez’s socialist revolution — during which protesters clashed with national guardsmen, businesses were closed and roads blocked with fire-filled barricades.” (05/23/17)


Venezuela: Two killed in latest round of anti-regime protests

Source: Artesia Daily Press

“Chaos erupted in western Venezuela during another round of protests against the socialist government, with buildings set afire, tear gas swirling around protesters and at least two people killed. A grisly video purporting to show the final moments of one man left dead in the turmoil capped Monday’s unrest as a morning of initially peaceful demonstrations turned violent outside Caracas, with two deaths reported at separate demonstrations in Tachira, a mountainous state bordering Colombia. … The violence added to a mounting toll of bloodshed as Venezuela’s opposition vows to step up near-daily demonstrations and Maduro shows no intention of conceding to opposition demands. More than three dozen people have been killed, including a national guardsman and a police officer, hundreds injured and as many as 2,000 detained in nearly seven weeks of protests.” (05/16/17)


Venezuela: Opposition boycotts meeting on Maduro assembly as street clashes rage

Source: Reuters

“Venezuela’s opposition boycotted a meeting on Monday to discuss President Nicolas Maduro’s plan for a new popular assembly, preferring to protest in the streets where they were again blocked by security forces firing tear gas. In familiar scenes from five weeks of unrest, youths with gas masks and makeshift shields faced off with police and National Guard troops in Caracas, after hundreds of demonstrators were stopped from reaching government offices. In Venezuela’s second city Maracaibo, a crowd of about 300 protesters shouting ‘Maduro Out!’ and ‘No to Dictatorship!’ was dispersed with multiple volleys of tear gas. Decrying Maduro as an autocrat who has wrecked the OPEC nation’s economy, Venezuela’s opposition is demanding elections to resolve Venezuela’s grave political crisis.” (05/08/17)