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Venezuela unrest: Fresh violence erupts in Caracas
BBC News ^ | 4/20/2014 | BBC

Posted on 04/21/2014 9:11:34 AM PDT by Nextrush

Fresh violence has erupted in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, between police and opponents of President Nicolas Maduro.

Masked protestors burned effigies of the president after a rally called "Resurrection of Democracy".

Police responded to petrol bombs in the Chacao district with tear gas and water cannon.....

On Sunday the rally started with a "Via Crucis" march, mirroring Jesus's walk to crucifixion.

"We're staying in the street until we get our country back," student leader Djamil Jassir, 22. told Reuters news agency.

Another protestor, Naybeth Ramirez, said: "There are many who have already died and it's for them that we're here. They're not going to have an Easter again, nor carnival."

Later, several hundred protestors set up barricades in Chacao, in the east of the capital, changing "Liberty" and throwing petrol bombs.....

TOPICS: Cuba; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Russia
KEYWORDS: cuba; nicaragua; russia; venezuela; venezuelacrisis
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To: Nextrush

News you wont see in the U.S...and questions about U.S. Intervention that wont be asked of a Democratic Party President.

21 posted on 04/21/2014 1:40:20 PM PDT by Southack (The one thing preppers need from the 1st World? .)
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To: Tzimisce

Some did, many did not. The protests are centered in the places that never voted for Chavez or Maduro.

22 posted on 04/21/2014 1:42:33 PM PDT by Nextrush (AFFORDABLE CARE ACT=HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY BAILOUT ACT)
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To: Tzimisce

Well, you’ve got a point about America.

I guess I feel more sorry for Venezuela than us, though.

You can’t compare the CENTURIES of Biblical worldview that America has whizzed down the toilet.

Venezuela has less of a heritage and inheritance to squander than we did, IMHO.

23 posted on 04/21/2014 2:28:49 PM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: Nextrush

We must send guns and ammunition to these freedom fighters.
- [Not] John McCain

24 posted on 04/21/2014 2:45:49 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: demshateGod

I like all the government’s new AK-74’s. I wonder where they got those. ......................................... Chavez arranged to have an AK factory built there. Probably to supply his supporters all over SA.

25 posted on 04/21/2014 2:53:40 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (2016 an election or a coronation of a Queen?)
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To: Gumdrop
“It is easy to criticize folks who are under the thumbs of totalitarian dictators.”

I think it's a mix of multiple factors that led to where Venezuela is now. I am a stalwart believer in personal freedom and the ability of individuals to live as individuals and self-determine. That, to me, is the essence of American greatness (or at least was).

I don't know all of the reasons it occurred, but Venezuela accumulated a sizable portion of their populace who felt justified in voting for confiscatory government. Letting class warfare and rhetoric fester leads to this. Having an economy that doesn't provide sufficient opportunity for betterment to those lower on the socioeconomic ladder encourages this. Having a left-leaning complicit press encourages this, and accumulating a sizable portion of the populace who have become dependent upon government handouts also encourages this.

This should sound familiar, and then add in the effects of rapid demographic shifts because of legal and illegal immigration and you see why we are in trouble.

Mexico, IMHO, is also ripe for socialist takeover. Pemex, their major source of government funding is facing decreasing petroleum production. They don't provide enough economic opportunity to their own citizens. They have high level political corruption and ‘fat cats’. They can't even police some of their own territories. If I were in the CIA I would be looking at what foreign powers are at work trying to foment this type of unrest in Mexico. You know they are there.

The bottom line is that preservation of freedom requires vigilance, and we aren't impervious to what has happened elsewhere.

26 posted on 04/22/2014 7:43:56 AM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: pieceofthepuzzle
Don't forget population pressure.

Even the most minimal improvements in public health ... clean water ... sewers ... inoculation, etc., lead to immediate massive population growth among the lower classes. Then, there are never enough resources to either find something to do for them, or to support them.

In Latin America, this means an increasing racial division as well, since the upper and middle classes are more "European" than the much faster-breeding lower classes. Although there is much intermarriage in Latin society, which does not have our brand of "race consciousness," racial differences do exist and are exacerbated by massive population growth.

Castro took advantage of this by forcing Cuba's middle and upper classes to self-deport, making Cuba much more of an Afro-Latino country than it had been. Venezuela is undergoing that process right now.

27 posted on 04/24/2014 8:30:59 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk ((GOP) ..... GIVE OBAMA POWER)
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