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Hard night in different cities of Venezuela, with looting, protests and repression

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Dozens of Roads Blocked by Anti-Government Protesters in Venezuela


Dozens of roads were blocked on Monday in Venezuela by opponents of President Nicolas Maduro amid a so-called “National Bash” day of protest called by the anti-Chavista MUD alliance to reject the efforts to rewrite the country’s constitution proposed by the government. Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets in Caracas starting about noon, displaying flags and signs and intending to keep the protest going until 4 pm. The MUD disseminated images on the social networks showing the gatherings of opposition supporters in several parts of the Caracas metro area’s five municipalities and in at least 10 of the country’s 23 states More…

More than 370 Journalists Have Been Attacked During Coverage of Venezuela’s Protests


At least 376 journalists have been attacked by Venezuela’s dictatorial regime during the coverage of ongoing demonstrations held by the country’s opposition. On Sunday, the National Union of Press Workers reported that journalists for print, radio and TV have suffered significant injury during the heightened demonstrations, which have lasted three continuous months. More…

Nicolás Maduro Venezuela’s Maduro Demands Army Loyalty amid New Arrests to Prevent Opposition “Coup”


This weekend was Venezuela’s Army Day, marking the 196th Battle of Carabobo, an important victory that led to the country’s independence. The event celebrating it — which took place Saturday, June 24 in the capital of Caracas — was attended by the entire military high command and the leader of the dictatorship: Nicolás Maduro. As expected, Maduro attacked the Venezuelan opposition and accused them of violence and disturbing the nation’s peace. He asked commanders and troops present to “always, under any circumstance, remain an anti-imperialist, anti-colonialist and anti-oligarchic army.” More…

Venezuela Asked to Probe Allegations of Leopoldo López’s Torture


A rights group and the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López are demanding that Venezuelan authorities investigate allegations that he is being tortured in a military prison. On Saturday, Amnesty International released a statement asking that authorities cease "any act that endangers [his] physical and psychological integrity" and his life. The statement noted the "special gravity" of López’s case, saying he had been isolated for roughly three weeks and denied access to visits by relatives. More…

Marco Rubio has the president’s ear on Latin America


Donald Trump has a distaste for the State Department and its legions of diplomats tasked with crafting the nation’s foreign policy. So when it comes to Latin America, the CEO-turned-president is listening to a man he derided on the campaign trail a year ago: Marco Rubio. It was Rubio who set up a White House meeting with Lilian Tintori, a human-rights activist married to jailed Venezuelan dissident Leopoldo Lopez. After the meeting Trump tweeted his support for Lopez, a public rebuke of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. More…