Latin America

1,600 Soldiers vs. One Guarimba in Puerto Ordaz

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Caracas Chronicles

A8Cicpc2 The month-long shut-down of the La Churuata neighborhood in Puerto Ordaz seems to be over, after a simply huge military action to lift it. Correo del Caroni’s Maisdulin Younis has an eye-opening write-up: 

Ayer, mientras las cooperativas de limpieza de la Alcaldía de Caroní y de Gobernación del estado Bolívar, recogían las ramas y escombros que tenían los accesos cerrados, los vecinos observaban la situación con repudio.

Entre gritos e insultos, rechazaban la acción. “Queremos una Venezuela libre y no nos vamos a cansar. Van a tener que mudarse a La Churuata, comiencen a traer sus carpas si piensan que esto no se volverá a cerrar. Yo quiero un país libre para mi hija y ese país es Venezuela, no me da la gana de irme de aquí, yo sí amo a Venezuela”, gritaba Marielis Núñez a los miliares que estaban parados frente a ella.

Ms. Younis shows that still and…

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Francesca’s story

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Only one example of how freedoms have been usurped by the Venezuelan government. #SOSVenezuela #Pray4Venezuela

Caracas Chronicles

francesca-commissari-400x250 The case of Italian photographer Francesca Commissari has already been reported on this blog , but her ordeal didn’t quite stop after she was freed without charges last week.

The full story can be read in full detail in this extense but excellent report from ABC Color, a major newspaper from Asuncion, Paraguay.

Commisari tells about how she was arrested by the National Guard while she was covering the protests in Altamira Square. But her arrest on February 28th was only the beginning of a terrible experience:

All detained (including Commisari) were taken to Fuerte Tiuna, the most important military base in Venezuela… …The women were separated from the men and they were put together in a small room, which they can only leave to go to the bathroom but after being previously handcuffed. Men were handcuffed at all times and forced to sleep in the floor. Women were…

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“Latin America: Deaf, Dumb, and Blind to Crisis in Venezuela” by Carlos Sabino

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“Latin America: Deaf, Dumb, and Blind to Crisis in Venezuela” by Carlos Sabino

Editorial by Carlos Sabino on the lack of response by Latin American countries to the critical situation in Venezuela.   Panamá remains the only country to demand the OAS  (Organization of American States) intervene.   As a result, Venezuelan President Maduro severed economic and diplomatic ties with Panamá on Wednesday.   This was the statement released to the press by President Martinelli of Panamá, in response.  It is important to acknowledge, that Venezuela was one of the most vocal countries in calling for investigations of violent suppression of peaceful demonstrations in Panamá, in the mid to late 1980s.

No Estás Sola Venezuela

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