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PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:09 pm 
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Obviously the result of the Great Capitalist American Conpsiracy™, Comrade! :lol:

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http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2 ... an-prison/

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Man claims son was eaten by fellow inmates during riot in Venezuelan prison

By Alex Vasquez S.Published October 14, 2016Fox News Latino

CARACAS, VENEZUELA – Juan Carlos Herrera is beyond devastated. He says his 25-year-old-son, jailed in 2015 for robbery, was beaten, dismembered and eaten by fellow inmates at the Táchira Detention Center.

The shocking claim became public on Oct. 10, when Herrera told the local media he made the gruesome discovery during a regular prison visit.

He explained the alleged atrocity occurred during a month-long mutiny that had ended three days earlier.

“One of those who were with him when he was murdered saw everything that happened,” Herrera told reporters. “My son and two others were taken by 40 people, stabbed, hanged to bleed, and then Dorancel butchered them to feed all detainees,” he added, referring to infamous inmate Dorancel “people-eater” Vargas, who is in prison since 1999 for cannibalism.

“The [inmate] with whom I spoke to told me that he was beaten with a hammer [in order] to force him to eat the remains of the two boys,” Herrera added tearfully.

Herrera declined an interview with Fox News Latino due to safety concerns.

Juan Carlos Herrera Jr. and one other inmate were unaccounted for when prison guards re-entered the facility after the calm returned and did a routine count. The Táchira mutiny had started as do many of the hundreds of mutinies that take place in Venezuelan prisons every year – so far this year there have been close to 200 riots, according to the non-governmental organization “Una Ventana a la Libertad” (A Window to Freedom).

The news comes as Venezuela’s economic crisis keeps worsening, with food shortages and rising poverty that are changing the landscape of this once prosperous country.

On Sept. 8, a group of prisoners protesting overcrowded conditions took eight visitors and two guards hostage and demanded some of the 350 prisoners be transferred somewhere else (the Tachira Detention Center’s capacity is 120). A month goes by and finally, on Oct. 7, the government authorizes the transfer of 16 inmates.

The next day, Herrera and Anthony Correa were nowhere to be found.

A police source who asked to remain anonymous told Fox News Latino the claims of murder and cannibalism are true. “Two [inmates] are missing. They cut them up and fed them to several [of the fellow inmates], they made the bones disappear. Dorancel cut the flesh,” the source said.

On Thursday night, the Minister of Correctional Affairs Iris Varela confirmed the disappearance but denied the cannibalism allegations. She said while she “understands the father’s pain,” she regretted that he’s being used to channel lies that can be “easily debunked.”

Humberto Prado, coordinator of the Venezuelan Prison Observatory (OVP) said the alleged atrocity would be nothing new in the country’s convulsed prisons.

“Prisoners have been dismembered before and some inmates have forced other prisoners eat their [own] fingers. That happened in a detention center in El Tigre,” he told FNL. “But inmates die not only from that [kind of violence], there are many prisoners who die of hepatitis, cirrhosis or famine.”

He said the OVP will ask the Attorney’s General Office to start an investigation and will submit the case to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

"What hurts me most is that I cannot bury my son, I can’t give him a Christian burial,” Herrera said in the emotional presser. “I beg you to give me at least one bone so we can bury him and relieve some of this pain.”


Alex Vasquez is a freelance reporter living in Caracas, Venezuela.

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Reassuring to know that inmates die from other causes as well !

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Always a good sign.


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Venezuelan military to take over distribution of medical and surgical supplies amid shortages
Published November 03, 2016Fox News Latino

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2 ... -supplies/
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Always a good sign.


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Venezuelan military to take over distribution of medical and surgical supplies amid shortages
Published November 03, 2016Fox News Latino

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2 ... -supplies/
See, socialism works.


Yet another accomplishment by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

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Venezuelan military to take over distribution of medical and surgical supplies amid shortages
Published November 03, 2016Fox News Latino

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2 ... -supplies/
See, socialism works.



Makes me wonder whether Red James still wants to move to that Communist Paradise as much as he did years ago.

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Want Groceries in Venezuela? First Stop at Six ATMs

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December 2, 2016 — 5:00 AM EST
Biggest bolivar note worth two U.S. cents on the black market
So desperate for cash, people queue in hope at empty machines


Domingris Montano did the calculations as she stood in the rain at the midpoint of a queue outside a bank in Caracas. She needed to buy groceries. A package of rice would cost 3,500 bolivars, more than half the daily withdrawal limit, and the automated teller machine might be empty by the time her turn came. Maybe she could hit a few more before dark?

“I’ve had to go to six different ATMs just to get 6,000 bolivars,” said Montano, a 36-year-old hair stylist, poking her head out from under her umbrella to see if the people ahead of her at the Banesco Banco Universal CA branch were moving forward. They weren’t.

Lines are nothing new in Venezuela, where the economy is shattered, inflation is soaring and the currency fell a staggering 67 percent against the U.S. dollar on the black market last month alone -- making 6,000 bolivars worth just $1.30. Now added to the indignities of daily life in a country desperately short on most everything except crime is the ATM hustle, as banks crack down on what customers can take out, setting measly maximums.

Resourceful residents employ a variety of tactics, including the multiple debit-card ploy: If you somehow wrangle more than one, you can go to town at the dispenser, to the horror of those behind you. Banks have set it up so people have to retrieve their money in as many as seven transactions -- maybe the hope is they’ll get tired and give up -- and everyone who can see what’s going on at the window counts. At seven, there’s a sigh of relief that deliverance is a step closer. If a second card appears and the whole process starts over, there’s swearing under the breath and praying the guy doesn’t pull out a third.

Hours For $6

A few blocks from Montano’s post, at a Banco Del Caribe, the wait for the machine that wasn’t broken was about 15 minutes. Not bad considering this branch allows 24,500 daily, a sum that will cover, say, a simple lunch for a family of four. It takes almost six minutes for it to spit out, 3,500 bolivars at a shot, and the victor walks away with a 3-inch stack worth $5.32.

That’s the dollar equivalent on the black market -- the market that matters, in the experience of most. The government has two legal exchange rates, but never mind that. At the illegal rate, the biggest note of 100 bolivars will fetch a little over two U.S. cents. A 2-bolivar bill is essentially worthless.

The paper-money chase is necessary because the poor and many laborers don’t have bank accounts, and it’s cash-only for most taxis and vendors peddling such rarities as eggs or corn flour or coffee. Anyway, credit cards are hit and miss; while some markets accept them, for example, transactions don’t always go through. So the ATM rules. Even when a machine is empty people still line up, on the lookout for armored trucks bearing restocking supplies.

It can take hours to acquire the equivalent of $6, which is about one-third of the monthly minimum wage that very many earn. For Ramon Tovar, a 22-year-old chef, the number of minutes spent cooling his heels has recently been between 45 and 90. “Sometimes I go to five ATMs without getting anything at all,” he said, because the devices are busted or bare.

When he’s desperate, he heads to a market where a vendor will swipe his debit card and give him cash -- for a 25 percent service fee.

There are few alternatives. Some banks don’t restrict amounts in interactions with live tellers, but there’s a rub at the counter. “The last time I cashed a check, it was for 44,000 bolivars and they gave it to me in bills of 5 and 10,” said Elyn Hernandez, a 27-year-old assistant chef. That many bolivars in notes of 10 would fill a Duffel bag. An ATM delivers in larger denominations.

It’s exhausting, searching out cash-obtaining opportunities so you can go out with confidence you’ll be able to buy a roll of toilet paper. But ATM-waiters seem remarkably patient, not yelling or throwing things. Though they’re frustrated, they’re resigned.

“Now this jumping from one bank to another to withdraw cash is normal,’’ said Candido Diaz, a 58-year-old messenger standing in a 12-person queue as the rain picked up and the ATM ran dry. He shook his head. “But it is not normal. I bless myself and go on. What else can you do?”

— With assistance by Daniel Cancel

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Big question:

Why haven't the plebs risen up and slain their Communist overlords by now?

Do they really have that much secret police in Venezuela? Or are they starving people enough to keep them from moving about too much?

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It takes a while to create a victim/cargo culture ... we've been working on ours hard for 50 years ... so I would expect it takes a while to unmake one ... enough people have to truly HIT BOTTOM ... before the tide switches ... but once it does ... it won't be stoppable ...

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Unemployed fishermen in Venezuela become pirates, terrorize coastal towns

Published December 08, 2016

Once home to the world's fourth-largest tuna fleet and a thriving fishing industry, the catch in the Venezuelan state of Sucre is down to less than a third of what it produced in 2004.

That trade has collapsed, along with virtually every industry across Venezuela.

As a result, gangs of out-of-work fishermen have started to prey upon those who still venture out into the open sea, stealing their catch and their motors, tying them up, throwing them overboard, and sometimes shooting them.

The robberies have taken place daily this year, and dozens of fishermen have died.

"People can't make a living fishing anymore, so they're using their boats for the options that remain: smuggling gas, running drugs and piracy," said Jose Antonio Garcia, leader of the state's largest union, to the Associated Press.

Families along the coast got through the summer by eating "dog soup," a broth made from seawater and the small fish that are usually thrown back.

"Those little sardines saved all our lives," said Efren Pares, who lives in Punta de Araya village.

The Marval family has a story of their own.

A few months ago, seven of its members were preparing to return home after a full day fishing offshore when they heard shots.

"There's no way to run when you're stopped dead in the water, so I just started praying, 'God, let them leave without hurting us,'" 42-year-old Edecio Marval said.

Instead, after stealing the boat's motor and the night's catch, the men shot dead Edecio's oldest child, who had kept the group laughing all night with cheesy jokes, and two others.

As they prepared to kill Edecio's teenage nephew, one pirate shouted for the others to stop. "No, that's my friend," he said. They had fished together until last year.

So the group sped off, leaving the surviving Marvals to send flashes of light into the darkness. They wept as the bodies of their loved ones grew cold beside them.

"You hear piracy and you think of guys robbing container ships in Africa. But here it's just poor fishermen robbing other poor fishermen," said Sucre lawyer Luis Morales. "It's the same kind of crime we've seen in the streets, but spreading to the sea. Tomorrow, it will be taking over life on the farms or in the mountains."

Based on reporting by The Associated Press.


A new Pirates of the Caribbean in the making.

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