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Old 02-20-2014, 05:22 PM   #1
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Default Venezuela: The Game Changed Last night (some REAL S*** is going down there)









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Listen and understand. The game changed in Venezuela last night. What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.

What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.

Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsored paramilitaries on motorcycles roaming middle class neighborhoods, shooting at people and storming into apartment buildings, shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting. People continue to be arrested merely for protesting, and a long established local Human Rights NGO makes an urgent plea for an investigation into widespread reports of torture of detainees. There are now dozens of serious human right abuses: National Guardsmen shooting tear gas canisters directly into residential buildings. We have videos of soldiers shooting civilians on the street. And that’s just what came out in real time, over Twitter and YouTube, before any real investigation is carried out. Online media is next, a city of 645,000 inhabitants has been taken off the internet amid mounting repression, and this blog itself has been the object of a Facebook “block” campaign.

What we saw were not “street clashes”, what we saw is a state-hatched offensive to suppress and terrorize its opponents.

After the major crackdown on the streets of major (and minor) Venezuelan cities last night, I expected some kind of response in the major international news outlets this morning. I understand that with an even bigger and more photogenic freakout ongoing in an even more strategically important country, we weren’t going to be front-page-above-the-fold, but I’m staggered this morning to wake up, scan the press and find…

Nothing.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, the New York Times World Section has…nothing.


See the full article below:
http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02...ed-last-night/

http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/19/19f/

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Old 02-20-2014, 05:25 PM   #2
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Any Venezuelan people here?
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Any Venezuelan people here?
Any Cubans?
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:31 PM   #4
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Yes we need more info. The world needs more info! What is it about?
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:54 PM   #6
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:07 PM   #7
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Default Re: Venezuela: The Game Changed Last night (some REAL S*** is going down there)

America should have bombed Venezuela off the face of the Earth when Hugo was still alive. These Latin American countries are ripe with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the worlds police will eventually have get involved somehow because people don't know how to govern themselves.
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America should have bombed Venezuela off the face of the Earth when Hugo was still alive. These Latin American countries are ripe with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the worlds police will eventually have get involved somehow because people don't know how to govern themselves.

because bombing countries without solving their issues really helps doesn't it.....
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Default Re: Venezuela: The Game Changed Last night (some REAL S*** is going down there)

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America should have bombed Venezuela off the face of the Earth when Hugo was still alive. These Latin American countries are ripe with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the worlds police will eventually have get involved somehow because people don't know how to govern themselves.

fukk you , war mongering , assh0le
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:35 PM   #10
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America should have bombed Venezuela off the face of the Earth when Hugo was still alive. These Latin American countries are ripe with corruption and human rights abuses. Now the worlds police will eventually have get involved somehow because people don't know how to govern themselves.


Do you even know our history with Latin American countries? I really hope you do although that statement is stupid anyway.

Idiot.

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Old 02-20-2014, 06:36 PM   #11
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Here's a brief clip of said riots

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvhLYFazp2E
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Crazy protests in Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand.
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Old 02-20-2014, 06:51 PM   #14
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My guess would be that without Chavez you still have all the repression with none of the cult of personality.


Protestors are leaving these in the streets to protect against the motorcycle thugs.

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Slate is saying the new president doesn't enjoy the political support within in his own party that Chavez did.
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Maduro isn’t acting like the man with the upper hand. In his remarks Wednesday, he seemed erratic and unsure of himself, which only fuels rumors that he may have diminishing control over the state and its security forces.

...That may be the key difference between Venezuela today and before: For all of the combative rhetoric and venom spewed by Hugo Chavez, the Comandante always kept a lid on widespread repression. The late strongman was expert at verbally provoking and demonizing his opponents, but the threshold for a large-scale crackdown was never crossed. Chavez would unsettle his enemies, entertain half measures, or defuse a situation by simply directing his abuse at a wholly new target. But Maduro has never possessed his predecessor’s confidence, communication, or political canny, and he inherited a government rife with factions. Since his narrow election last April, the fear has been that Chavismo’s odd blend of bravado and insecurity would swing wildly in his hands, especially as the country dire economic conditions worsened. Early Thursday morning, a senior adviser to a Popular Will party leader described the situation as “extremely fluid,” before expressing surprise at Maduro’s decision to ramp up the confrontation. “The government keeps upping the ante,” he said.

Oil prices have been down which has really effected their economy.
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