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At least three people have died in violent protests in the Venezuelan capital, officials have confirmed. President Nicolas Maduro has condemned the unrest as an attempt at a coup d’état orchestrated by extremist members of the political opposition. READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/5pf7e6“
Venezuela Protests Reach Boiling Point
Published on Feb 19, 2014
” Venezuelans demonstrated outside a Caracas court a day after a top opposition leader, accused of inciting violence in anti-government protests, turned himself in to authorities. Gwen Ifill reports on the factors leading up to recent deadly uprising and Venezuela’s order to U.S. diplomats to leave the country.”
Beauty Queen Genesis Carmona Killed In Venezuela Riot
Published on Feb 20, 2014
” Violent riots in Venezuela have claimed the life of 22-year-old beauty queen Genesis Carmona, who died from a gunshot wound to the head on Tuesday.
The student activist was carried away from the scene by motorcycle and she succumbed to her injuries later in a hospital.
Carmona had been protesting in the city of Valencia, about 60 miles south of the capital city of Caracas.
The student at the Universidad Tecnologica del Centro de Valencia was crowned Miss Turismo last year. She was just a semester away from graduating.
Her death is the fifth since anti-government demonstrations erupted in Venezuela three weeks ago.
Protesters are calling for an end to the socialist regime headed by current president Nicolas Maduro.
The riot in Valencia was part of a rally in support of imprisoned opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, a Harvard-educated economist, who handed himself into authorities on Tuesday.
Carmona is the second beauty queen to die in Venezuela this year. Last month, former 2004 Miss Venezuela Monica Spear was killed with her husband during a highway robbery.”
Here is a report on Ms Carmona’s murder in english .
Read this report about a “game changing moment” in the events unfolding in Maduro’s Venezuela . Here’s an excerpt …
” Throughout last night, panicked people told their stories of state-sponsore 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.”
Read it all at the Caracas Chronicles
The Blaze has published a post about the more or less complete lack of attention the Venezuelan protests have received from the mainstream media that is well worth your time and will help the reader catch up with these fast moving events ...
Here is a sample …
” But even with all of these terrifying details, it appears that the media just aren’t very interested. Toro even pointed to six specific examples of the media’s seeming disinterest in the matter:
6. The New York Times
The Times’ “World” section has “nothing.”
5. The Guardian
The Guardian’s world homepage “has some limp why-are-you-protesting? piece that made some sense before last night’s tropical pogrom, but none after it. So… basically nothing.”
4. The BBC
The BBC led its major stories today with news of the arrest of the Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, “as though [the violence] last night had been just business as usual.”
CNN is “chasing the thing that was the story in the old Venezuela,” Toro said, referring to Lopez’s arrest earlier this week. CNN has barely any news of the state’s violent suppression of protesters.
2. Al Jazeera English
“Al Jazeera English never got the memo,” he wrote, pointing to the network’s homepage, which is currently dominated by Ukraine stories.
1. Fox News
“Even places that love to hate the Venezuelan government are asleep at the wheel,” Toro noted, citing Fox News’ homepage.”
Statism is a fatal disease , whether Ukrainian , Venezuelan or American .