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Badger52 03-10-2019 17:32

I'll bet his residence is lit up...
 
Guaido Calls for March on Caracas as Venezuela Blackout Drags On Three Nights

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Caracas (AFP) – Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday called for a nationwide march on Caracas to crank up the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro, as the country endured its third night largely without power.

The massive blackout crippling the oil-rich but economically troubled South American nation has fueled the political standoff between Guaido, who is recognized as Venezuela’s leader by more than 50 countries, and Maduro, who is clinging to power.

No national data was available about the impact of the power outage, but an NGO said at least 15 patients with advanced kidney disease died after they stopped receiving dialysis treatments in darkened hospitals.

As night fell Saturday, the power across much of the country — which first went off Thursday — was still not on. Businesses remained shut, hospitals struggled to operate, and public transport barely functioned.
LINK

Sure have had my fill of :munchin watchin' this debacle.

tom kelly 03-12-2019 16:54

Conditions getting WORSE:
 
Saw on the nightly news that the Venezuelan people were getting water from the river which is untreated and contaminated. Still no electric power. How long before the military and police realize that the situation is rapidly deteriorating. The next phase will be an epidemic of disease, with people dying in the streets by the hundreds. AN INTERVENTION IS NECESSARY, WHERE IS THE UNITED NATIONS & WHAT ARE THEY DOING.

Ret10Echo 03-12-2019 17:48

Quote:

Originally Posted by tom kelly (Post 650296)
Saw on the nightly news that the Venezuelan people were getting water from the river which is untreated and contaminated. Still no electric power. How long before the military and police realize that the situation is rapidly deteriorating. The next phase will be an epidemic of disease, with people dying in the streets by the hundreds. AN INTERVENTION IS NECESSARY, WHERE IS THE UNITED NATIONS & WHAT ARE THEY DOING.

They are also going into the sewer systems in the cities.

Let's see where critical mass is.

When is the U.N. Humanitarian crisis declared and blue helmets showing up?

Badger52 03-12-2019 19:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ret10Echo (Post 650298)
When is the U.N. Humanitarian crisis declared and blue helmets showing up?

Well.... it's a process apparently.
:rolleyes:

tom kelly 03-16-2019 18:36

THE UNITED NATIONS?????
 
IS A WORTHLESS ORGANIZATION. The Hqrs. should be moved to China or Russia. The situation in Venezuela is beyond desperate If the people had the means to defend themselves against the socialist nightmare the current President and his military would be gone, just my opinion.

Pete 03-25-2019 15:25

The Russians are coming
 
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.

Oh, wait, they're here - well, there.

Badger52 03-25-2019 16:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pete (Post 650580)
The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming.

Oh, wait, they're here - well, there.

Well, they came in apparently as the little UN ADVON was departing. (Nothing further from the UN as they're all-a-dither now over looking into ways to protect places of worship. 'Cause they're so good at actually protecting people.

Pete 04-30-2019 13:32

Venezuela's Guaidó accused of coup attempt by government
 
Seems to be a nut house down there right now.

Venezuela's Guaidó accused of coup attempt by government

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-48103858

"Venezuelan authorities say they are putting down a small coup attempt after opposition leader Juan Guaidó announced he was in the "final phase" of ending President Nicolás Maduro's rule.

He appeared in a video with uniformed men, saying he had military support.

Mr Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January, called for more members of the military to help him end Mr Maduro's "usurpation" of power.

But military leaders appeared to be standing behind Mr Maduro...."

SouthernDZ 04-30-2019 13:44

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Originally Posted by Pete (Post 651235)
He appeared in a video with uniformed men, saying he had military support.

Mr Guaidó, who declared himself interim president in January, called for more members of the military to help him end Mr Maduro's "usurpation" of power.

But military leaders appeared to be standing behind Mr Maduro...."

History has shown that the tipping point in such an exercise always rests with who the military chooses to back. I suspect several U.S. three-letter organizations are present, checkbooks open, speaking to GOs and Colonels who may be on the fence. Any way you look at it, I suspect heads will roll within the next 72 hours.

Requiem 04-30-2019 21:30

Saw a quote today:

"Argentina is a good reminder that you can vote your way into Socialism, but you have to shoot your way out."

(Or throw rocks at it?)

S.

Golf1echo 05-04-2019 07:58

Russian Involvement
 
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At the end of March 2019, Moscow deployed a force of some 100 military personnel to Venezuela. This force is led by the chief of staff of the Russian Land Forces (Sukhoputnye Voyska), Colonel General Vasily Tonkoshkurov (59), a veteran of the 1980s intervention in Afghanistan and the Chechen wars. Until May 2018, Tonkoshkurov was the deputy chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces. The Russian embassy in Venezuela announced, “[O]ur military personnel are in no way involved in the clashes in Caracas.” Moscow insists the Russian military contingent in Venezuela is not a fighting force, but rather a group of advisors and technical specialists helping refurbish the Venezuelan military. The Russian contingent is also assisting in implementing the military hardware Russia had previously sold the Chavismo regime (over $11 billion worth in all) that has been collecting dust during the Venezuelan economic, political and social crisis (Vesti, May 1).


https://jamestown.org/program/russia...-battleground/

cbtengr 05-11-2019 19:03

Poor Cuba
 
Bernie's socialist paradise Cuba propped up by Venezuela forced to ration food and essentials. How can it be?

"Cuban government announces it will ration food and everyday goods amid 'grave economic crisis'after Venezuela was forced to cut its aid to the communist-run island"

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ic-crisis.html

Ret10Echo 05-11-2019 20:40

Quote:

Originally Posted by cbtengr (Post 651421)
Bernie's socialist paradise Cuba propped up by Venezuela forced to ration food and essentials. How can it be?

"Cuban government announces it will ration food and everyday goods amid 'grave economic crisis'after Venezuela was forced to cut its aid to the communist-run island"

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ic-crisis.html

Socialist Jenga....

Joker 05-11-2019 20:50

Quote:

Originally Posted by cbtengr (Post 651421)
Bernie's socialist paradise Cuba propped up by Venezuela forced to ration food and essentials. How can it be?

"Cuban government announces it will ration food and everyday goods amid 'grave economic crisis'after Venezuela was forced to cut its aid to the communist-run island"

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ic-crisis.html

A shit hole (VZ) that has nothing giving money to a shit hole (Cuba) that had more! The people in VZ should up rise and throw the bums in prison.

Badger52 05-12-2019 05:27

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joker (Post 651423)
The people in VZ should up rise and throw the bums in prison.

That gun ban that the populace somewhat supported to "stem the violence" looms large. If only hindsight brought back your weapons & ammo....

tom kelly 05-16-2019 16:27

GUN CONTROL?
 
No socialist will ever allow guns in the hands of citizens. It would be dangerous to their health. Are there any Dimocrats running for POTUS that "DON'T" want to ban all guns?

tonyz 06-09-2019 09:10

On full display for all to see...socialism, Statists, progressivism...the Venezuelan “green raw deal...”

Complete article with photos at link below.

Harrowing pictures of emaciated former oil workers in Venezuela capture their plight more than a week after they went on hunger strike over lost wages

Daily Mail
By STEFAN BOSCIA FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 08:50 EDT, 8 June 2019 | UPDATED: 01:29 EDT, 9 June 2019

The workers used to be a part of one of the most productive and lucrative oil exporting industries in the world...

Despite having the largest proven oil reserves in the world, Venezuela is now producing less than half the amount of oil it was in 1997 when Mr Chavez came into power.

The crash of the oil industry comes amidst wider economic turmoil - the country's inflation rate hit 130,060 percent in 2018 and the country's GDP shrank by 22.5 per cent in the third quarter last year.

<snip>

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...er-strike.html

Joker 09-19-2019 20:55

I cannot believe this country is still around under the current regime…

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MEXICO CITY/PUNTO FIJO, Venezuela, Sept 18 (Reuters) - V enezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA has suspended some crude blending and cut back production as inventories have swelled due to U.S. sanctions scaring off buyers and shippers, according to internal documents, sources and data.
link

Badger52 09-19-2019 21:19

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joker (Post 653151)
I cannot believe this country is still around under the current regime…

1 cut, let it coagulate, ignore the scar, repeat, only 998 to go...

Pete 05-02-2020 07:40

And today's lesson is on how not to do it.

"How an ex-Green Beret organized a 'private coup' funded by US billionaires to remove Venezuela's Maduro and trained 300 soldiers in Colombia before it spectacularly fell apart"

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...uro-fails.html

"A secret military operation to overthrow Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro Moros was simple, but perilous.

Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolás Maduro's arrest.

What could go wrong? As it turns out, pretty much everything....."

SF_BHT 05-02-2020 17:11

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pete (Post 658537)
And today's lesson is on how not to do it.

"How an ex-Green Beret organized a 'private coup' funded by US billionaires to remove Venezuela's Maduro and trained 300 soldiers in Colombia before it spectacularly fell apart"

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...uro-fails.html

"A secret military operation to overthrow Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro Moros was simple, but perilous.

Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America. Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country and ignite a popular rebellion that would end in President Nicolás Maduro's arrest.

What could go wrong? As it turns out, pretty much everything....."

Never put a medic in charge. :p

Badger52 08-14-2020 12:28

2-for-1 Blue Light Special
 
Seizure of Iranian petroleum bound for Venezuela.
Me gusto! LOL
:D

Quote:

The Justice Department (DOJ) on Friday announced the U.S. government’s “largest-ever” seizure of fuel shipments from Iran in a successful disruption of a multimillion-dollar shipment by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated foreign terrorist organization, that was bound for Venezuela.

The Justice Department on Friday said it has “successfully executed” the seizure order and confiscated the cargo from all four vessels, which totaled approximately 1.116 million barrels of petroleum.

Ret10Echo 08-14-2020 15:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by Badger52 (Post 661603)

Bonus points for taking oil away from the Now Socialist, Formerly Oil-Rich nation.

That's some PROGRESSIVE going on right there


Dump that right into the national reserve.

tonyz 12-14-2020 20:33

How to snuff out all opposition to a totalitarian regime - kill free speech.

SPECIAL REPORT-Venezuela wields a powerful "hate" law to silence Maduro's remaining foes
by Reuters
Monday, 14 December 2020 12:00 GMT
By Angus Berwick and Sarah Kinosian

SAN JOSE DE GUANIPA, Venezuela, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Francisco Belisario, a Venezuelan mayor, retired general and member of the ruling Socialist party, had enough. His loudest local critic had accused him of bungling the response to the coronavirus outbreak and other big problems.

In August, he wrote a state prosecutor and requested an "exhaustive investigation" of his nemesis, Giovanni Urbaneja, a former lawmaker who had become a gadfly to the mayor and other Socialist officeholders. Urbaneja, Belisario wrote in a letter reviewed by Reuters, was conducting a "ferocious smear campaign" on Facebook and elsewhere.

Urbaneja not only defamed him and President Nicolas Maduro, the mayor wrote. He violated Venezuela's Law Against Hate. The law, passed in 2017 but rarely used before this year, criminalizes actions that "incite hatred" against a person or group.

Charge Urbaneja with hate crimes, the mayor implored the prosecutor.

Days later, several dozen masked officers raided Urbaneja's home and took him at gunpoint for "a chat," according to the police report of his arrest and Urbaneja's wife. Urbaneja remains jailed, awaiting formal charges and a trial.

The mayor, in a text message to Reuters, confirmed writing the letter seeking hate-law charges against Urbaneja. He defended the move, saying his foe's critique was unfair because the local coronavirus response is managed by the national health system, not the mayor's office.

It was an increasingly common maneuver: In a review of more than 40 recent hate-law arrests, Reuters found that in each case, authorities intervened against Venezuelans who had criticized Maduro, other ruling party officials or their allies.

Despite its growing use by prosecutors, the hate law is considered unconstitutional and illegitimate by many Venezuelan legal scholars consulted by Reuters. Not only does the law violate the right to free expression, they argue, it was also illegally enacted – drafted and rubber-stamped by a parallel legislature that Maduro created at the time to circumvent the opposition-controlled assembly.

The law played an important role in a nationwide election this month, Maduro's opponents say, by cowing critics who had spoken out about the government in the runup to the vote. The election, widely considered a sham by the opposition, human rights groups and most Western democracies, finally gave control of the assembly, the last part of the national government not aligned with Maduro, to his allies.

Maduro is wielding the force of the state in a widening range of ways to tighten his grip on power in the impoverished South American country, now in its eighth year of economic crisis.

To suppress dissent in poor neighborhoods, his government deploys special police, some of whom are convicted criminals, to conduct lethal raids and intimidate citizens. To appease enfeebled security forces, police and troops are often allowed to loot, extort and commit violent crimes.

Maduro himself has been indicted by the United States for narcoterrorism and other alleged crimes.

Now, with little effective opposition to challenge the hate legislation, and most of the courts controlled by judges also loyal to Maduro, the law could be an even more formidable tool against dissent.

"A law like this, in the hands of a judicial power without independence, lends itself to all sorts of persecution," said Alberto Arteaga, a criminal law specialist at the Central University of Venezuela. "The criminal justice system is being used as a weapon."

Tarek Saab, the government's chief prosecutor, is one of the architects of the hate law. In a brief telephone interview, he rejected claims that the act is being used for partisan purposes. He told Reuters that the legislation is an important instrument for defusing unrest.

"The voices of violence, terrorism and crime have been completely disarmed," he said. Saab declined to discuss individual cases reviewed by Reuters.

Venezuela's Information Ministry, responsible for communications with Maduro and other senior officials, didn't respond to email and telephone requests for further comment. Spokespeople at the Justice Ministry didn't respond to Reuters' queries.

This account of the crackdowns on Urbaneja and others reviewed by Reuters is based on previously undisclosed court records and interviews with detainees, their families and their attorneys. Their cases show how the sweeping but little-understood law is being used with increasing success to jail or cow those still daring to speak out against Venezuela's government.

One hate detainee was a university professor who went on Facebook to blame the collapse of the oil industry on Maduro's government. After his arrest, agents circulated a mug shot of the academic with his alleged weapon – a smartphone.

The arrests share similarities.

Most targets have been authors of posts on social media, chat rooms and text-message services, many of them criticizing the government's coronavirus response. In most of the 43 cases examined by Reuters, police or intelligence agents seized suspects on false premises, claiming they wanted to discuss unrelated issues.

And lawyers, spouses and relatives of those arrested typically said they went days or weeks unable to contact detainees, with little or no documentation from police or prosecutors. "It was anguish," said Lesnee Martinez, Urbaneja's wife, who waited two months before she was allowed to visit him in jail.

The crackdown is low-tech.

Targets are identified not by tracking software or other technology, but by loyalists and government technicians who point out disagreeable social media posts or text messages to prosecutors. Still, the effort is quashing discussion online and in messaging platforms that until recently were safe venues for Maduro critics.

In addition to laws used widely to allege "conspiracy" and "disorder" by government opponents, the hate legislation is proving to be an effective weapon against critics, not least because of harsh penalties for those convicted. It provides for prison terms of up to 20 years, longer than the 18-year sentence for some murder convictions.

But most cases don't ever reach trial, Reuters found.

Instead, defendants spend indefinite periods, often months, in pre-trial detention. They receive little information about their case from prosecutors and struggle to build a defense because lawyers are kept in the dark, too.

Releases appear arbitrary.

In a move the government said was meant to "promote democratic debate," Maduro in August pardoned over 100 people, many of them opposition activists charged with conspiracy, hate and other crimes. But the government at the time made clear that those freed could go right back to jail if they were deemed again to be committing an offense.

At least five of the 100-plus freed had been arrested under the hate law, Reuters determined. Three of the released hate suspects told Reuters that officials sought silence in exchange for their freedom.

Other suspects report similar treatment.

Luis Araya, a physician in the central state of Lara, said police detained him last April after he changed his profile photo on WhatsApp, the messaging platform, to include a black ribbon and a comment, in jest, that he was "rehearsing" for Maduro's death.

A judge freed him the next day, but warned him against publishing "messages against Maduro." His discharge document, reviewed by Reuters, orders him to check in monthly until his case goes to trial. Court officials didn't respond to Reuters requests to discuss Araya's case.

The arbitrary nature of arrests and releases, government opponents say, makes the law especially useful in silencing opponents. "It has generated self-censorship," said Marianela Balbi, director of Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, a press and free-speech advocacy group in Caracas, Venezuela's capital. "The intention is clear: Don't challenge public officials."

"BRING ORDER TO THIS"

The law has its origins in deadly protests that rocked Venezuela in 2017.

That March, as Maduro sought to cement control amid a worsening economic meltdown, the Supreme Court, stacked with presidential appointees, ruled that the opposition-controlled National Assembly was "in contempt" of the government. The court said it would assume the role of the legislature.

Protests erupted across the country. Demonstrations continued through August, when Maduro created a new body, the Constituent Assembly, to supplant the old legislature. At least 125 people died in clashes between protestors and security forces.

Continued below...

tonyz 12-14-2020 20:36

That October, Maduro appeared on state television with a group of cabinet members. He asked them to find ways to curb criticism on social networks. Such posts, he said, fuelled the unrest. "Bring order to this," Maduro ordered.

Ministers and other senior officials convened to address his demand. Among them was Saab, the chief prosecutor.

Saab had assumed the position weeks before when his predecessor, Luisa Ortega, broke with Maduro over the creation of the new assembly. A former public defender, Saab, 57 years old, is widely described by opponents as one of Maduro's lead henchmen.

He was one of 13 Maduro officials sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury that year for "the undermining of democracy" and waging "rampant violence" against protestors. Saab has called the sanctions "a badge of honor."

"Venezuela's peace is guaranteed," Saab said in a speech upon taking the prosecutor's position.

Right away, Saab conducted a purge of the country's prosecutors and stripped authority from those who stayed. He fired as many as 300 officials considered disloyal and shut units focused on corruption and human rights abuses, seven former prosecutors told Reuters.

"Everything was centralized," said one former prosecutor. "All instructions came from him."

In November, Maduro personally submitted a draft of the Law Against Hate for Peaceful Coexistence to the new legislature. After a debate of less than two hours, the Constituent Assembly passed it with a unanimous show of hands. Legislators applauded and waved flags, shouting "long live the homeland!"

At a news conference the following day, Saab called upon Venezuelans to denounce violators. "Remember, now there is a very clear law in Venezuela that allows us to prosecute," he said.

The law is vague, opponents objected, banning conduct such as "promoting national hate" without clearly defining it. Its six pages and 25 articles of text are mostly a tract on peace, tolerance, democracy and other values it ostensibly aims to protect. The legislation doesn't specify what actions, statements, or other behavior constitute hatred.

As a result, pro-Maduro prosecutors and judges have room to allege hate as they see fit. "It's a legal justification to do what they want," Ortega, the former chief prosecutor, told Reuters. Ortega left Venezuela after resigning and now lives in Colombia.

In Saab's first two years on the job, his office pressed few charges using the law. Espacio Publico, an activist group that tracks the law's implementation, reported just four arrests for inciting hatred in 2019.

With the law's rollout, however, the government increasingly asked teams in the Information Ministry and at the state telecommunications regulator to scan Twitter and Facebook for critical comments, according to six people familiar with those efforts.

This year, the country's decrepit health system came under greater strain. For years, doctors and hospital administrators have angered the government by criticizing a lack of basic infrastructure and supplies – from latex gloves to running water to disinfectant. Outrage over coronavirus preparedness spurred more intense criticism.

Even before the virus was known to be infecting South America, doctors cautioned that Venezuela's testing capacity is scant, its health data unreliable.

Their warnings, epidemiologists say, were justified: Venezuela has since reported what appear to be unrealistically low infection figures. The country, with roughly 30 million people, has confirmed 107,177 COVID-19 cases and 949 deaths, a fraction the rate registered in neighboring Colombia and across Latin America.

Maduro pushed back. After opposition legislators in March said the government was ill prepared for coronavirus, the president in a speech said they were seeking to "torture Venezuelan minds." He accused them of "manipulating" the pandemic for political purposes.

Within days, prosecutors ramped up use of the law.

On March 21, National Police officers arrived at the home of Darvinson Rojas, a freelance journalist. The day before, Rojas had challenged the government's coronavirus statistics on Twitter, citing additional COVID-19 cases that had been reported by local authorities but left out of the national count.

The officers, Rojas said, told him there was a coronavirus case in his building and that he needed to accompany them for a test at a nearby base. Instead, officers jailed him and interrogated him about his tweets.

At a court hearing two days later, a prosecutor charged Rojas with inciting hatred and spreading "false information," according to Rojas and his attorney, Saul Blanco. Blanco told Reuters the court didn't let him read the case file and he wasn't allowed to visit Rojas in jail.

After 12 days in a cell, a court released Rojas pending further investigation. The court barred him from leaving the country and told him to limit his reporting to conveying government statistics. Officials from the court didn't respond to requests for comment.

He's too frightened to report much on coronavirus now, Rojas told Reuters. "I've left the subject alone," he said.

"HATE AMONG VENEZUELANS"

Giovanni Urbaneja had long irritated Belisario, the mayor of San Jose de Guanipa, a small city in the eastern state of Anzoategui. Once a staunch Socialist, Urbaneja served as a state legislator when Venezuela was governed by the late Hugo Chavez, Maduro's mentor and predecessor.

After Chavez died and Venezuela's economy imploded, Urbaneja became disillusioned. With his wife, an attorney, he set up a foundation to provide legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses. He used the platform to speak out against Maduro and other ruling party officials.

In a letter to Reuters from jail, Urbaneja, 54, said mismanagement and embezzlement had destroyed the local economy. Once a booming oil town, it is now the site of abandoned drilling rigs, shuttered stores and homes darkened by blackouts that sometimes last days.

Urbaneja didn't cite evidence for his accusations in the letter to Reuters or in the public statements that triggered the mayor's demand for hate-law charges.

Belisario, 70, previously commanded Venezuela's National Guard. He was elected mayor in late 2017. At first, Urbaneja said he supported the new mayor, believing his military experience would help him stomp out local corruption. But soon, Urbaneja found fault.

In a Facebook post in December 2018, Urbaneja called Belisario a "traitor," alleging the mayor was letting local police rob and extort citizens. The mayor, in an official statement a few weeks later, denied the allegations. He accused Urbaneja of belonging to an "international conspiracy" to topple Maduro.

Last year, Urbaneja was invited by a private local radio station to discuss the public health system. On air, he said Belisario had failed to address a recent malaria outbreak. Minutes later, a local councilman and ally of Belisario burst into the studio and punched Urbaneja repeatedly, yelling that he was tired of the criticism.

Urbaneja, who lost consciousness in the beating, reported the assault to the office of Jairo Gil, the state prosecutor. Gil, who is the prosecutor now pursuing the hate-law case against Urbaneja, didn't respond to questions from Reuters about the attack or the current investigation of his comments about the mayor.

Jose Nassar, the radio host, confirmed details of the assault to a local newspaper. The alleged assailant, Ruben Herrera, was never charged. Neither Nassar nor Herrera responded to requests to discuss the incident.

The mayor, on another radio station shortly afterward, denied any involvement. "If this man's dead body appears around here one morning," he said of Urbaneja, "it won't have anything to do with me." In his text message to Reuters, Belisario said he never ordered any physical attack against Urbaneja.

Tensions escalated anew with coronavirus.

In a series of Facebook posts, Urbaneja accused Belisario and other government officials of misusing public health funds. "COVID-19 is their great business," he wrote on August 9. The comments prompted Belisario's request for the hate-law investigation.

In his letter to Gil, the state prosecutor, the mayor said Urbaneja's posts were particularly worrisome at a time when Maduro's government is subject to intense international and domestic opposition. "The peace of the republic is seriously threatened," he wrote, by people promoting "violence, chaos, anarchy" and "hate among Venezuelans."

Previously undisclosed court documents reviewed by Reuters show that after receiving the mayor's request, Gil promptly ordered police to review Urbaneja's social media accounts. Investigators then sent Gil a report with snapshots of Urbaneja's posts. The posts, they wrote, "were against the nation's leaders."

On August 20, the documents show, Gil signed the order for Urbaneja's arrest. That evening, municipal police, guns drawn, raided Urbaneja's home. Martinez, his wife, held their one-year-old daughter as the officers hauled him away, she told Reuters.

Ever since, Urbaneja has been detained at a police base just a few blocks from Mayor Belisario's office. He hasn't been charged and has had only one court hearing so far, at which a judge authorized prosecutors to continue investigating.

The detention, legal experts say, violates a law stipulating that suspects can only be held for 45 days without being formally charged with a crime.

In a handwritten letter to his lawyer, Adrian Moreno, Urbaneja said guards were keeping him "totally isolated." To keep him from becoming a bad influence, he wrote, guards prevent him from speaking with other inmates.

Urbaneja blames his arrest on "desperation among officials cornered by corruption," he told Reuters in a separate letter. "They are trying to silence my voice."

https://news.trust.org/item/20201214110323-rg53k

Pete 12-15-2020 06:02

And just who in this country want to push the hate speech issue?

Ret10Echo 07-25-2021 17:48

Five years on and still chugging along

Quote:

Venezuela’s capital city is once again rationing gasoline after output at state-owned refineries slumped, forcing motorists to endure day-long queues to top off tanks.

Story

Badger52 07-26-2021 05:20

No URL for the story but caught the gist here.

So they've only got 1/3 of their plants running and, even cranking, only getting about half of what they need. Sounds right. Cracked storage tanks? AOC will be by with an infrastructure bill to fix that in a jiffy for ya.

Ret10Echo 07-26-2021 08:17

Quote:

Originally Posted by Badger52 (Post 670093)
No URL for the story but caught the gist here.

So they've only got 1/3 of their plants running and, even cranking, only getting about half of what they need. Sounds right. Cracked storage tanks? AOC will be by with an infrastructure bill to fix that in a jiffy for ya.

Fixed the link. Thanks

Box 07-26-2021 11:32

That could never happen here in the Democratic Peoples Republic of North America.


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