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 Post subject: Re: More news from a the people's paradise.....
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I think it would be best if the OAS sent in a military contingent as opposed to the USA. The USA going in feeds into the BDIC fantasy story which some might actually believe ... so why not have the OAS go in instead ? We could have a brigade sized QRF standing by if needed to oppose any strong rooskie opposition to the OAS.

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I think it would be best if the OAS sent in a military contingent as opposed to the USA. The USA going in feeds into the BDIC fantasy story which some might actually believe ... so why not have the OAS go in instead ? We could have a brigade sized QRF standing by if needed to oppose any strong rooskie opposition to the OAS.



I could be wrong but I believe that the next time that the OAS sends in a military contingent anywhere would actually be the first time it’s sent a military contingent anywhere.

In other words I wouldn’t count on them doing anything on their own (even with a US brigade sized force in the wings).

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Well then they should enjoy having the rooskies move in and take over ... and also enjoy seeing their neighbors starving and dying !!!

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Styx weighs in on current doings in Venezuela


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I'm Peruvian, all Venezuelans are getting guaranteed jobs here even over Peruvians because they're willing to do double the workload for half the pay. There's a growing social resentment because of this, and we're starting to realize why Americans want a Wall with Mexico.

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 Post subject: Re: More news from a the people's paradise.....
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So how bad have things gotten in Venezuela?

People are now digging up the graves of dead people for their jewelry and prying out their gold teeth.

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Looted coffins lay in a pile after grave robbers moved through El Cuadrado cemetery in Maracaibo, Venezuela, May 16, 2019. Daily burials used to happen until late afternoon, but the cemetery has tightened up on security, only holding burials until noon to deter grave robbers. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

:shock:

I wonder if AOC and her little clique of Democratic Socialists can somehow be compelled to take an extended fact finding tour to Venezuela...not some sort of Potempkin tour but actually meeting the people on the streets in cities and villages.

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Nicolas Maduro's death squads have executed 57 people in just one month in Venezuela, says UN human rights chief

    Michelle Bachelet made the comments to UN Human Rights Council in Geneva
    Report from July found a 'pattern of torture' including extrajudicial killings
    Declining conditions have led to more than four million Venezuelans fleeing

By ISABELLA NIKOLIC FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 03:48 EDT, 10 September 2019 | UPDATED: 08:45 EDT, 10 September 2019

Nicolas Maduro's Special Action police force has executed 57 people in just one month in Venezuela, according to the United Nations' chief human rights official.

Michelle Bachelet made the damning claims in a presentation to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva yesterday.

She said that non-governmental organisations report the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone in Caracas.

Her presentation followed a scathing written report issued in early July which found a 'pattern of torture' under the government of President Nicolas Maduro that included arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence and enforced disappearances.

Bachelet's presentation, which received pushback from powerful figures in Maduro's government, also noted that more than four million Venezuelans have fled the country due to declining conditions.

The country's minimum monthly wage is just $2 as a result of hyperinflation.

Bachelet noted that although she had made calls for officials to dismantle the Special Action police force, the unit has instead received ongoing support from the highest levels of government.

She carried on to raise concerns that groups that had collaborated with her in the earlier report have since come under criticism and threats by senior officials.

'Reprisals for having cooperated with the United Nations are unacceptable,' she said.

'I urge the authorities to take preventative measures.'

Bachelet is worried about a proposed law which would criminalise the activities of human rights organisations that receive money from abroad, which could further erode democracy in Venezuela.

While highlighting the advances the country has made, Bachelet said a member of her team was recently allowed to visit the Ramo Verde Military Center - a prison commonly used to hold what opposition leaders consider political prisoners.

The government also has released 83 people whose arrests human rights observers considered arbitrary and officials have agreed to consider another 27 cases.

Bachelet said the only way to overcome Venezuela's human rights crisis is for Maduro's government and the opposition led by National Assembly President Juan Guaido to return to negotiations overseen by Norway.

Socialist party boss Diosdado Cabello, considered Venezuela's second most powerful figure after Maduro, said Bachelet is fixated on efforts by Venezuela's government to carry on the socialist revolution launched by the late President Hugo Chavez.

Cabello said nobody paid attention to grave violations under previous right-wing administrations in Venezuela or other governments elsewhere, such as Chile, where Bachelet previously served as president.

'We're not going to lose any sleep over whatever Ms Bachelet says,' Cabello said.

'She's doesn't fool us.'



That sounds horrific.

But is it the responsibility of the United States to fix that----to use military force to impose regime change?

I think not.

18 years of regime change in Afghanistan have shown little progress...but at least there we had the excuse of an AQ attack on the US that resulted in the murder of 2,977 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

There is no casus belli for the US to intervene militarily in Venezuela.

With John Bolton gone from the Administration perhaps the chances of that happening is diminished.

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 Post subject: Re: More news from the people's paradise.....
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Venezuelan Death Squads Have Killed An Estimated 831 People, Many Who Dared To Protest The Regime

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Back in February Reuters reported on murders being carried out in Venezuela’s slums by a special police force known as the FAES. Wednesday the AFP published a follow-up on this story that reveals the death toll has climbed to over 800.

Ariza is one of hundreds of residents who have been killed by the Special Action Forces (FAES) in what their loved ones and advocacy groups have told AFP were “executions.”

These accusations have made it all the way to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

After meeting with relatives of victims in June in Caracas, Bachelet called for the disbanding of the FAES, an elite unit created in 2017 by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to “fight crime.”

Since 2018, the non-governmental human rights group Cofavic has recorded 831 “executions” carried out by FAES members, based on information from relatives and its own observations on the ground.


Surviving relatives of FAES victims say that the real purpose of the group is to “sending these assassins to intimidate people and make sure no one rises up to contest the violations of our rights.” They aren’t even subtle about it. As you can see in the image above, they’ve adopted the Punisher’s logo as their official symbol. But this isn’t a comic book and the people they are murdering are very real.

In May, 21-year-old Luis Ariza was pulled out of his own house and shot while his wife and family were kept inside so they couldn’t see what was happening. According to the official FAES report, Ariza was shot because he fired a gun at a police station and was wanted for murder. But the giveaway is the fact that back in 2017 Ariza spent three months in detention after being arrested at an anti-Maduro protest. Many of the victims of the FAES have had some connection to protests:

The FAES have added a new, terrifying layer of intimidation and violence. Originally created by Nicolas Maduro in 2017 to crack down on “organised crime and terrorism”, they have mutated into his enforcers, crushing dissent in the poor barrios where loyalty to the Socialist government has dissolved…

Often, families say, victims had done no more than attend a protest. One prominent dissident Chavista told me that they, and the national intelligence service SEBIN, were “hitmen on the orders of the government to carry out terrorism of the state”.


That’s the right word for this kind of politically motivated violence: Terrorism. The murders aren’t aimed at valuable members of the opposition. On the contrary, they seem somewhat random. And they aren’t numerous enough to really decimate the ranks of the anti-Maduro movement. But they are enough to instill fear in the slums that anyone who dares to speak up could be next.

It’s not just the FAES that is cracking down on government opposition. The AFP story also contains this incredible statistic: “According to official data, 17,849 people died from 2016 through May 2019 in cases involving “resisting authorities.” For comparison purposes, that more than all the murders that occurred in the Unites States in 2018. The US has nearly 10 times the population of Venezuela.

The AFP published a video supplementing this story (in Spanish) but it can’t be embedded. You can watch it here.




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In 2012 Venezuela banned private sales of firearms and ammunition hoping to lower crime rates. The Army, police and certain groups trusted by the government (collectivos) are exempted from the ban and can buy firearms from state-owned manufacturers.[168] In 2013 Venezuela stopped issuing new firearm licenses[169]. In 2017 government banned carrying firearms in public places.[119]

Since then, the government began to seize guns from civilian hands, destroying thousands every year, including more than 15,000 in 2018. More than 483,297 private guns have been destroyed since 2003, 3000 of them surrendered voluntarily. 60 disarmament centres were created in the country. Penalty for illegal firearm possession was raised to 20 years imprisonment in 2013.[170].

According to the government, the only people who should carry guns are public agencies. Néstor Reverol, Minister of the People's Power for Interior Relations and Justice, claimed that strict gun control led to a reduction in crime and kidnappings in Venezuela

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overview_ ... #Venezuela

Geez, I wonder if there is a correlation between these government murder squads and the government's ban on and confiscation of privately-owned firearms?

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