Skip to comments.Postcards From Venezuela
Posted on 05/14/2014 7:30:53 AM PDT by Rusty0604
Fourth: On February 13, Juan Manuel Carrasco, 21, and two friends were running away from a violent demonstration in Valencia. The three young men reached a car belonging to one of them and, as they got into it, they saw guardsmen drive up on approximately 15 motorcycles. They were forced to get out of the car, and the guardsmen beat them with their fists and the butts of their rifles, taking away their personal belongings before setting fire to the car.
The guardsmen took the detainees to a nearby park, where they were forced to lie down on the ground with nine others, while the guardsmen continued to kick and beat them, and stomp on their heads with their boots. One of the guardsmen placed a rifle on Carrascos neck and moved it slowly down his back, pulling down his underwear and penetrating his rectum once, causing a hemorrhage. Three of the other detainees were told to lie down facing upwards, and a guardsman ran over their legs three times with a motorcycle.
These are only four episodes in a long inventory of horrors compiled by Human Rights Watch (HRW) after a visit to Venezuela in March.
The most important clash in todays Venezuela is not that of left versus right, rich versus poor, socialism versus capitalism, or those who sympathize with the United States versus those who repudiate it... Apologists and boosters in the U.S. and around the world for Hugo Chávez and his Bolivarian Revolution need to acknowledge they are defending a militarized government that routinely violates human rights. It is impossible to reconcile liberal values with support of the government now in power in Venezuela.
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I'm not sure I agree with that statement, need to ask Sean Penn.
We need to ask our own State Department.
Ask Jon f’n Cary ?
This will worsen as the upper & middle classes than can flee do so; Cuba is a prime example of what is left when the gibsmedats take over a country. They are stuck in 1959, and have resorted to barring black employees in Havana hotels because European tourists might not want to see them...
Spicolli, Your hall pass is permanently suspended!
I know; they started arriving here in NJ more than a decade ago as the country veered left. Without a profit motive and educated/skilled people, the country is doomed. In a few years it will look as it did when the Spaniards arrived centuries ago (including the ethnic makeup).
I’m just reading this:
“The Last Communist City”
Under the original meaning of "liberal", that is true. Under the modern meaning of the word, Venezuela exemplifies liberal values.