Venezuela soon to be a dictatorship

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Postby jpguy » Fri Feb 21, 2014 8:18 pm


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Venezuelans have taken to the streets in recent days, leading to gruesome clashes between protesters and police. Their demands are varied, from economic to social. Here's a Q and A to bring you up to speed with what's going on.
When did the protests in Venezuela begin?
Nationwide student protests started this month. On February 12, the demonstrations attracted global attention when three people were killed.
Demonstrators are demanding better security, an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech. Major social and economic problems have fueled the protests. But as the demonstrations gained steam, officials have pointed fingers at other factors and accused the United States of plotting to destabilize the government.
Some blame Venezuela's government, led by President Nicolas Maduro, for those problems. Maduro and other officials blame the opposition for the security and economic problems.
The protests are the largest Maduro has faced in his 11 months in power. He has called opposition members fascists and compared them to an infection that needs to be cured.
Who's protesting?
Many demonstrators across the country are students, but prominent opposition politicians have also joined marches.
Since February 13, more than 2,000 stories from Venezuela have been uploaded to iReport, CNN's user-generated platform. Many of the videos and photos are gruesome, and depict violent scenes between demonstrators and police.
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Postby jpguy » Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:47 pm

President Nicolas Maduro's government held a vote Sunday that will replace the opposition-controlled National Assembly with an entirely new legislature known as the Constituent Assembly filled with his supporters.

Ten people were killed Sunday in the bloodiest day of protests since March. In all, 125 people have died.

Meanwhile, Venezuela's latest violence and political turmoil will probably deepen its economic and humanitarian crisis.
"Venezuela will become more isolated," says Francisco Monaldi, an expert on Latin American energy policy at Rice University.

Many world leaders say the vote eroded any last traces of democracy in the South American nation. The United States, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Canada, Costa Rica and Panama condemned it. Nicaragua and Bolivia praised the vote.
Maduro and many of his supporters say the election will make for a more peaceful country and help revive Venezuela's economy, which is spiraling out of control. Sunday's violence suggested the opposite.
One of the top leaders in Maduro's administration, Diosdado Cabello, said the Constituent Assembly would take power in 72 hours, and that it would establish a "truth commission" to prosecute political opponents.
Police tactics may get heavier, too. On Sunday, police motorcycle brigades fired tear gas, and video surfaced showing law enforcement beating up an unarmed man.

President Trump is considering economic sanctions on Venezuela's oil industry as soon as Monday, two administration officials told CNN. Oil is Venezuela's only source of revenue.
The U.S. sanctioned 13 Venezuelan leaders last week -- a move that was followed by Colombia, Mexico and Panama.


Venezuelans protesting Sunday noted that Trump's potential sanctions may worsen the country's severe food shortages if the government has less money to import food. Venezuela grows very little food domestically.
But it's a risk some are willing to take: deeper scarcities may propel more Venezuelans to try to push the government out.
"The sanctions that will come from the United States -- I'm not looking forward to them because that afflicts us as people," said a 33-year old protester who identified himself only as Victor. "But I want it because I know it can create enough pressure on the government."
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Postby heppolo » Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:07 pm

So Maduro has managed to stay against all odds. But his public support is marginal, to say the least.
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Postby jpguy » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:51 pm

It probably is marginal but he's taken the weapons and military power against his own people!!! We're in 21st century , no Democracy! This country is sinking so fast it's really sad
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Postby Hugo » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:53 pm

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Postby jpguy » Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:58 pm

Say goodbye to $2.30 gas if Trump goes hard after Venezuela

The most obvious way to hurt Maduro is to hit the heart of Venezuela's economy: Oil.

President Trump understands this. It’s why he promised to make gas prices even lower during the campaign and why he celebrated when gas prices were the lowest in more than a decade for the July 4 holiday weekend. Now Trump faces a dilemma: He wants to get tough on foes like Venezuela, but that could cause gas prices to jump in the United States.

The White House debated stopping all sales of Venezuelan oil to the U.S., but it didn't go that far. On Monday, the Trump Administration put sanctions on Maduro, forbidding him from doing any business with Americans or anywhere in the U.S.

"Prices would go up like a rocket," says Verleger. "Gas prices in the U.S. would go up 25 or 30 cents a gallon within a couple of weeks."

The average price of regular gas in the United States is now $2.31 a gallon, according to the EIA. That's about the same as when Trump took office. Any action now could send oil prices higher during the popular holiday travel month of August.

“Somebody in White House probably recognizes the last thing this president needs right now is to anger people who live paycheck to paycheck and voted him in,” says Tom Kloza, global head of energy analysis at Oil Price Information Service.
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Postby MusicLover88 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:39 pm

Hugo wrote:"To be" lol
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Postby heppolo » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:45 am

jpguy wrote:It probably is marginal but he's taken the weapons and military power against his own people!!! We're in 21st century , no Democracy!
It's like he's one of a kind in today's world.
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Postby Hugo » Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:07 am

1 gallon = 3.78541 liters

In Portugal, we pay over 1.4€ per liter of gasoline, that makes $6.25 per gallon. Our minimum wage is $648.

I think the US can manage an increase in price, it would be healthy if some of their citizens had to walk more.
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Postby Serby » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:14 am

Hugo wrote:1 gallon = 3.78541 liters

In Portugal, we pay over 1.4€ per liter of gasoline, that makes $6.25 per gallon. Our minimum wage is $648.

I think the US can manage an increase in price, it would be healthy if some of their citizens had to walk more.
Portugal has the mst expensive gas in Europe I think, in Austria it gets ofter juat under one euro and stays around there always. And yeah, so xheap in US, it's crazy.

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Postby heppolo » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:57 am

Hugo wrote:1 gallon = 3.78541 liters

In Portugal, we pay over 1.4€ per liter of gasoline, that makes $6.25 per gallon. Our minimum wage is $648.

I think the US can manage an increase in price, it would be healthy if some of their citizens had to walk more.
Speaking about Portugal, here is the latest Luisa Sobral instagram post:
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Postby Bojan » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:21 pm

Those American sanctions are always hitting only ordinary people.
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Postby JimJim » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:11 pm

Wow, petrol in the US is really cheap :o
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Postby Serby » Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:25 pm

JimJim wrote:Wow, petrol in the US is really cheap :o
I thought that was a common knoweldge cu they all drive these cars than spend like double gasoline compared to European cars.
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Postby Hugo » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:41 pm

Mercosur suspends Venezuela, urges immediate transition

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - South American trade bloc Mercosur suspended Venezuela indefinitely on Saturday, adding to international pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to dismantle a newly created pro-government constituent assembly and restore democracy.

Foreign ministers of Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Brazil announced the decision in Sao Paulo, urging Maduro to release prisoners and immediately start a political transition.

"We are saying: Stop with this! Enough with the deaths, enough with the repression. It is not possible to inflict such torture on the people," Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes said after the meeting.

As the suspension was announced, the constituent assembly removed dissident state prosecutor Luisa Ortega from her job. Asked to comment on Ortega's dismissal, Nunes replied with a Latin proverb: "Whom the gods would destroy they first drive mad."

Countries around the world have condemned the vote, calling it a bid to extend Maduro's rule indefinitely. Argentina's Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie labeled Venezuela a dictatorship.

"It is very bad to push a brother out of the door, but it did so with conviction because we are watching a situation that causes us great pain," Faurie said.

Although Venezuela sits on the world's largest-known oil reserves, millions are suffering food shortages and soaring inflation. Months of anti-government unrest have killed more than 120 people.

The suspension will not affect trade and migration policies to avoid worsening the humanitarian crisis, Nunes said. "Venezuelans who want to come to Brazil will be welcome."

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Postby Juancito75 » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:17 pm

What´s happening in Venezuela is atrocious to say the least. Just imagine what happens in a country where almost everything but oil is imported when its currency goes from 1100 bs/ US $ in June 2016 to 20000/US $ and rising as of today. People fight to be the first to look for food in the trash can, they´re killing street dogs and cats to eat them.
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Postby Serby » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:43 pm

Juancito75 wrote:What´s happening in Venezuela is atrocious to say the least. Just imagine what happens in a country where almost everything but oil is imported when its currency goes from 1100 bs/ US $ in June 2016 to 20000/US $ and rising as of today. People fight to be the first to look for food in the trash can, they´re killing street dogs and cats to eat them.
We had huge inflation in Serbia not so long ago, like end of 90s and your month salary would be worth nothing before the end of the day you got it.

It's really sad to see this happening in 2017.
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Postby Juancito75 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:40 am

Serby wrote:
Juancito75 wrote:What´s happening in Venezuela is atrocious to say the least. Just imagine what happens in a country where almost everything but oil is imported when its currency goes from 1100 bs/ US $ in June 2016 to 20000/US $ and rising as of today. People fight to be the first to look for food in the trash can, they´re killing street dogs and cats to eat them.
We had huge inflation in Serbia not so long ago, like end of 90s and your month salary would be worth nothing before the end of the day you got it.

It's really sad to see this happening in 2017.
That´s what´s happening there but every year is worse than the previous one. Current minimun monthly salary is less than US $ 10.
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Postby Guru » Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:08 pm

This is all so sad.
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