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Tear gas, explosions and screams with an accent of people from other states saying vulgarities, coupled with the sounds of the machinery removing barricades, woke the inhabitants of the upper part of the city of San Cristobal.
That's certainly not what the masked attackers who identified themselves as colectivos were doing when they corralled about 40 male and female architecture students in a first-floor hall at the Central University of Venezuela for nearly an hour on March 19, ordering them at gunpoint to disrobe and robbing them of their belongings.
"They put a pistol in my face and said they were going to kill me," said Jhonny Medrano, a 21-year-old student, describing how he and several classmates were beaten with sticks, pipes and pistols by the attackers, whom he quoted as saying, "We are the ones who are defending the government. We are Chavez. We are Maduro."
A top Venezuelan military commander says the security forces have retaken control of the streets in the western city of San Cristobal.
Many of the city's roads had been blocked by barricades erected as part of anti-government protests.
The wave of demonstrations, which started in San Cristobal almost two months ago, has since spread to the capital, Caracas, and other cities.
At least 39 people have been killed in protest-related violence.
The demonstrations began in February with sporadic rallies by university students. They intensified after three people were shot dead after a February 12 opposition rally in the capital.
As well as political change, demonstrators are complaining about high inflation, shortages of basic foods, and one of the worst rates of violent crime in the world.
Opposition leaders say the government often invents theatrical conspiracy theories to distract the population from Venezuela's real problems. However, Chavez was forced out for 36 hours and the US government has generally taken an antagonistic line to 15 years of socialist rule in Venezuela.
So far 37 people have lost their lives and more than 550 have been injured including at least 120 through the use of firearms. According to figures released by the Office of the Attorney General on 27 March 2,157 have been detained during the protests. The vast majority has been released but continue to face charges.
According to allegations received by Amnesty International, the country’s security forces have resorted to the excessive use of force, including the use of live fire, and even torture when dealing with protesters.
Venezuela’s opposition leader Henrique Capriles went to the United States to find ways and means aimed at destabilizing the situation in his country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said.
“He had meetings in Miami already and will be meeting tomorrow with agents, who jointly with a number of defected bankers, are trying to stage a plot against the economy of our country,” Maduro said.
There is a bunch of info on LiveLeak.com, as well.
is this LiveLeak?
if so, all I can say is WOW!
reply to post by gortex
Oh and this is last month about the encounter of Capriles with a gorilla in Africa that raped him, just class and true is what comes out of Maduro mouth
stop saying is the CIA as clearly you have no idea of how things operate in Venezuela
I will say what I please thank you.
perhaps you have information that Maduro works for the CIA?
The challenger to Hugo Chávez in the Venezuelan presidential election has vowed a dramatic change in foreign policy if he is elected next Sunday, shifting his country away from China and Russia and reviewing crucial oil deals.
The Venezuelan government charged that Lopez, like the other Venezuelan opposition leader, Henrique Capriles Radonski, received covert financial support from the CIA via such organizations as the NED and USAID to plan protests and launch economic sabotage against Venezuela.
Links have been established between Lopez’s Voluntad Popular political party and front organizations associated with the right-wing and pro-Israeli narco-terrorist, former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe. Money, with obvious CIA and narco-terrorist fingerprints, has been funneled to Lopez’s party by such Soros-sounding Uribe fronts as the Center for Thought Foundation of Colombia First and Democratic Internationalism Foundation. In the months preceding the latest outbreak of violence in Venezuela
The CIA used the same game plan of fomenting economic sabotage against the government of Chilean Socialist President Salvador Allende. In Venezuela, the CIA attacks the oil industry. In Chile, the CIA used the copper industry to stage sabotage attacks against the Chilean economy prior to launching the bloody September 11, 1973 coup that saw the assassination of Allende and the subsequent slaughter by U.S.-trained death squads of his political supporters.