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Tue Apr 4, 2017, 10:00 PM

Anti-Government Protests in Venezuela Turn Violent

Source: NY Times

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Venezuelan security forces on Tuesday clashed with protesters on the streets of Caracas as thousands gathered to protest a decision by the country’s Supreme Court to seize power from the legislature.

While the court reversed the most disputed parts of its ruling on Saturday, that did not stop crowds from massing in a large middle-class Caracas district to accuse President Nicolás Maduro of trying to eviscerate Venezuela’s democratic institutions and establish one-man rule.

The National Guard and the national police arrived about an hour after the demonstration began, firing tear gas into the throngs and deploying trucks mounted with water cannon. Armed pro-government gangs harassed protesters and shot one person in the leg, according to Ramón Muchacho, the mayor of Chacao, a neighboring district. At least eight others were hurt, he told reporters.

“I march today to see my family reunited again,” said Lilian Tintori, an opposition activist whose husband, Leopoldo López, a former mayor of Chacao, is serving a nearly 14-year prison sentence.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/04/world/americas/venezuela-maduro-protests-supreme-court.html

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Perseus Apr 2017 #1

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Wed Apr 5, 2017, 08:54 AM

1. False headline

The violence comes from the "Colectivos", the police and the national guard. If the author of the article does not know what a "Colectivo" is then he/she should not be writing about Venezuela.

For those who do not know, "Colectivos" is a militia group that Chavez started years ago, they all have motorcycles, they travel in pairs and the government has equipped them with weapons. Where do these people come from? 98% of them are criminals, they kill for joy, they torture, represent and "defend" the regime. The police and military has been infiltrated by cubans, so they are under heavy control and if they don't do what they are told they are killed when they get back to the fort.

Yesterday one of them rolled his motorcycle, three times, over a fallen young woman, they beat up a 67 year old man, etc. etc. These people have lost all sensibility, they kidnap, kill with no remorse, it is the worst that human kind can produce.

That is where the violence comes from, not the opposition. If anything, the opposition's biggest mistake has been one of insisting to do things via the few democratic resources they have, and they shrink every day.

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