Tag Archives: Venezuela

Security theater: Feds claim that nearly forgotten Florida political has-been is Venezuelan assassination target

Source: Chicago Tribune

“One of Venezuela’s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country’s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month. Though federal authorities couldn’t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a security detail for several weeks in both Washington and Miami. Believed to be behind the order: Diosdado Cabello, the influential former military chief and lawmaker from the ruling socialist party who has publicly feuded with Rubio.” [editor’s note: Want to bet on whether or not the “intelligence” in question was an anonymous call from the pay phone closest to Rubio’s home? – TLK] (08/13/17)


Venezuela: Maduro’s new assembly declares itself all-powerful


Source: CNBC

“The new constitutional assembly assumed even more power in Venezuela by declaring itself as the superior body to all other governmental institutions, including the opposition-controlled congress. That decree came Tuesday just hours after the assembly delegates took control of a legislative chamber and put up pictures of the late President Hugo Chavez, who installed Venezuela’s socialist system. … Leaders of congress, which previously voted not to recognize any of the new super-body’s decrees, said lawmakers would try to meet in the gold-domed legislative palace Wednesday, but there were questions whether security officers guarding the building would let them in. … Before its decree declaring itself all-powerful, the assembly ousted Venezuela’s outspoken chief prosecutor, established a ‘truth commission’ expected to target Maduro’s foes and pledged ‘support and solidarity’ with the unpopular president.” (08/09/17)


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: Deadly protests mar ballot as voters snub Maduro assembly

Source: Reuters

“Deadly protests rocked Venezuela on Sunday as voters broadly boycotted an election for a constitutional super-body that unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed would begin a “new era of combat” in the crisis-stricken nation. Anti-Maduro activists wearing hoods or masks erected barricades on roads, and scuffles broke out with security forces who moved in quickly to disperse demonstrators who denounced the election as a naked power grab by the president. Authorities said 10 people were killed in the confrontations, which made Sunday one of the deadliest days since massive protests started in early April.” (07/30/17)


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: Regime transfers Lopez to house arrest

Source: CBS News

“Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was transferred to house arrest Saturday after spending more than three years behind bars in a military prison. The Supreme Court, in a statement, said it had granted Lopez the ‘humanitarian measures’ for health reasons and “serious signs of irregularities” in the handling of the case that it did not specify. Outside Lopez’s house in the capital, Caracas, a few dozen supporters arrived carrying Venezuelan flags to celebrate along with journalists looking for information about whether the transfer may have been part of a larger deal between the opposition and President Nicolas Maduro’s government.” (07/08/17)


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)