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Analysis: Opposition

Venezuela's “Political Prisoner” Allegory

Photos of political prisoners detained at San Carlos between 1960-1979,  on a wall of the former prison in an exhibit maintained

In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press.  The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.

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The Professor & The President: Who’s the Bully?

Ricardo Hausmann (prodavinci.com)

Suren reviews the inflammatory Sep 5th opinion piece by Harvard economist Ricardo Hausmann, titled Should Venezuela Default? The article caused interest rates on Venezuelan bonds to temporarily soar as investors balked at Hausmann’s calculated commentary regarding the nation he once served as planning minister, during Venezuela's era of neoliberal reign known as the 4th Republic.

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A New Political Moment

"Don't take the bait" Venezuelan graffiti art representing the oppositional business owner's manipulation of

What is the political moment playing out in Venezuela now? What defined the recent governing socialist party (PSUV) congress? What will the opposition try next with Maduro?

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The Encerrona, A Garden of Thorns

Ramon Guillermo Aveledo and other members of the Venezuelan opposition (ArmandoInfo)

The story of the last MUD session presided over by Ramon Guillermo Aveledo, who recently resigned as executive secretary of the opposition coalition.

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Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

Caption: Unidentified emergency medical technician attempts to protect Muñoz. (Carlos Becerra/Demotrix)

Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S.

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Protest and Destabilization in Venezuela: The Difference Between the Violent And Non-Violent Right Is Smaller Than You May Think

Anti-government protestors in Venezuela. (Carlos Becerra / Creative Commons)

Ellner argues that the opposition's street action and civil unrest appear to follow a coordinated plan which is pre-designed to provoke regime change in Venezuela while justifying violence in the eyes of mass media.

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Read the Venezuelan Opposition’s Messages Revealed as a Plot to “Annihilate” Nicolas Maduro

Hard-line opposition leader Maria Corina Machado (archive)

This document shows the messages written by members of the right-wing opposition which according to Venezuelan authorities point to a plot to assassinate President Nicolas Maduro.

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Venezuela's Right-Wing Violence is Ignored, Say Pro-Government Groups

anti-government protestors

“Where was the United States and the international human rights organizations when they were trying to kill us and steal our land?” said Braulio Álvarez, of Yaracuy, Venezuela. He said 6,000 people were killed from the 1950s to the 1980s by paramilitaries and security forces loyal to the right-wing governments that preceded Chávez. The U.S. and international human rights organizations, he said, “only started caring about human rights when Chávez came to power.”

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John Kerry, The Internet, and Freedom of Expression in Venezuela

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (archive)

Venezuelan open software activist Luigino Bracci Roa addresses John Kerry's recent accusations about internet freedom in Venezuela, explaining that far from being limited, social networks "have played the exact opposite role: as a propaganda tool to galvanize opposition mobilization, and a tool to intimidate Chavismo". The article also details how high profile pro-opposition figures from within the U.S. helped in both these tasks.

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Terrorism in Venezuela and Its Accomplices

Violent opposition protests in Caracas. (Reuters)

The private media and important actors both at home and abroad including Washington have downplayed, and in some cases completely ignored, the terrorist actions perpetrated against the Venezuelan government over the past three months.

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Opposition in Bolivarian Venezuela: Caught Between Conflict and Compromise

(AFP)

The recent unrest in Venezuela, aimed ultimately at unseating current President Nicolás Maduro, has turned the spotlight on opposition in the country.

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162 Attacks on Cuban Doctors in Venezuela Ignored by Media

Cuban doctors

In the last two months 162 aggressions against Cuban doctors in Venezuela have been registered. A few days ago, the Venezuelan government gave a medal to two of these people, who were almost burnt alive during an opposition attack on a medical centre in Lara state.

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Venezuela: Where the Wealthy Stir Violence While the Poor Build a New Society

Barrios

Artist and documentary filmmaker Dario Azzellini argues that millions of Venezuelans live their lives normally, solving problems through community organizing and government initiatives, while international media exaggerates the claims of middle class protestors that the nation is in the midst of a devastating crisis. According to Dario, the manifestations are hardly protests, but the waging of war.

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The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Venezuela

(archive)

Author and journalist Eva Golinger details recent U.S. funding of the Venezuelan opposition, concluding that, “What is clear is that the US government continues to feed efforts to destabilize Venezuela”.

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A Response from Venezuela

boy under flag

Dan compares his experience in Venezuela to those recounted in Mike Gonzalez's "A Second Letter from Caracas," highlighting what current opposition protestors’ motives seem to be, as well as the chavista response to them.

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