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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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Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

Venezuelans wait in line to buy food at Mercal. (Archive)

Over the weekend, a panel of psychologists convened to discuss the societal tension that has built up since violent protest broke out in Venezuela, in February. They determined that dialogue-friendly spaces and a feeling of general safety have been compromised dramatically. The fatal shooting of a woman waiting on line to buy food Saturday highlighted fiercely clashing responses through social media as each political sector interpreted the tragedy as proof of their own worst fears.

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Amnesty International Opposes Venezuelans Defending Their Human Rights

A scene from San Cristobal, 7 March (AFP)

In a recent article Amnesty International accused the Venezuelan government of a “witch hunt” when opposition mayor, Daniel Ceballos was arrested. However, Amnesty has yet to use such strong language against the five weeks of human rights violations people in Venezuela have suffered at the hands of violent opposition sectors. The “witch hunt” term demonises the people’s right to bring such criminals to justice.

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Eight Ways Venezuela's Violent Opposition Is Hopelessly Hypocritical

A truck burnt by violent opposition sectors in Merida, 19 March (Tamara Pearson /Venezuelanalysis.com)

Of the many imaginative ways the opposition has proved itself hopelessly hypocritical, here are the top eight shameless contradictions. 

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Merida, Venezuela: Testimonies of the Barricades

Rubbish scattered in front of a barricade outside Santa Anita, Merida (Tamara Pearson / Venezuelanalysis.com)

The following are testimonies told to Venezuelanalysis.com by people in Merida city.  They provide first hand accounts of the nature of the barricades and violence and the impact such actions are having on people.

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Coups, Media and Stalemates: What Violent Protests Mean for Venezuela

Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have

Venezuelanalysis.com’s staff writers offer their concise insights on three different angles of the violent protests that have been occurring in the country: the opposition’s strategy, how the media have reacted, and the implications of the protests for the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Municipal Election Results: Venezuela Winning the War Waged against It

PSUV active members meeting in the lead up to the municipal elections (Telesur/archive)

Following a hard year for us, yesterday’s positive election result came as a relief. It is a hopeful result that gives a well deserved finger to the bitter, whinging opposition, and their private media buddies. However, the political significance of the result is also more complicated than that, and it is now time to focus our energy on really consolidating this revolution.

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What are the Stakes in Venezuela's Municipal Elections?

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What are the stakes for both Chavismo and the opposition in the upcoming municipal elections, and is it accurate to see the elections as a type of “plebiscite” on the government?

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The Scarcity Diaries

A roving Mercal, September 2013 (Sibci)

Treasure hunting for milk, confronting local hoarders, overpriced Pringles, toilet paper dilemas, and black market rates that are both economically and politically profitable  for big business... here are some experiences of food and product scarcity on the ground in Venezuela.

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Letting Go of April: It's Time For Capriles to End His Gap Year

An opposition protest that turned violent following the 14 April elections (Ryan Mallett-Outtrim/Venezuelanalysis)

In the immediate aftermath of the 14 April presidential elections, opposition leader Henrique Capriles appeared to be heading a serious challenge to the new Maduro government. Now, less than six months later the opposition movement has lost much of the momentum it once enjoyed.

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Venezuelan Opposition Give the Game Away on Electoral Fraud Claim

Ramon Guillero Aveledo, executive secretary of the opposition MUD coalition (archive)

Recent contradictory statements made by the opposition about the Venezuelan electoral system suggest that even the opposition are not convinced by Henrique Capriles’ claim of fraud in the April election.

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Claims of Fraud in Venezuela: The Fake Evidence of Henrique Capriles

Henrique Capriles holds up a vote tally at a press conference last Monday (Getty Images)

Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles has refused to acknowledge the results of the election, claiming the government committed fraud. In what follows, I will list all of the alleged evidence of fraud cited by Capriles, and explain why every single example is either demonstrably false, or extremely implausible.

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Understanding the Venezuelan Presidential Election Outcome

"The most simple of us, we will win", activists painted above this barrio entrance in Merida (Tamara Pearson/ Venezuel

Why was the presidential election result so close, and why did some government supporters switch to supporting Capriles? As the opposition causes violence around the country, calling "fraud", what was it that worked with Capriles' campaign, and that didn't with Maduro's?

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The 14 April Venezuelan Presidential Election Campaign: Start of a New Era

Although the results of the presidential elections in a few weeks are quite predictable, we are going through a fragile, vulnerable period, with a future that is less predictable. These elections, because of their place in history- the start of the era of the Bolivarian revolution without Chavez – have some special characteristics and factors.

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Exposing Five Key Media Myths about Chavez’s Health and Swearing-in

Venezuelans signing a petition on Sunday against the media distortions (agencies)

Over the last few weeks the private English language media has stepped up its campaign against the Venezuelan revolution, spreading a number of lies and misconceptions around President Hugo Chavez’s health, and the swearing-in for his new term. Here, Venezuelanalysis.com debunks the top five lies currently being spread by private media.

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