A U.S. delegation of international electoral accompaniers reports back
from their observance of the February term limits referendum in
Venezuela. NACLA, TransAfrica Forum, Urban Semillas, and
Diverse Strategies Organizing compiled the report.
Parts of the city of Mérida, Venezuela have been shut
down by three days of student and youth-led protests. The protests began in
reaction to internal university issues and turned violent once riot police
allegedly shot a projectile into the head of a student leader, who died early
On Monday, Peru's Foreign Relations Ministry granted political asylum to Manuel Rosales, a leading opposition figure and former presidential candidate who is wanted in Venezuela for stealing public funds and accepting bribes during his term as governor of Zulia state.
the weekend, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez inaugurated the newly constructed
headquarters of the National Art Gallery, launched a national Revolutionary Reading
Plan, and commemorated the anniversary of the government's Culture Mission,
which promotes cultural programming in local communities.
state court in Guarico, Venezuela, put out an arrest warrant yesterday for the
ex-governor of that state, Eduardo Manuitt, for embezzlement. The ex-mayor of Caracas, Juan Barretto,
has also been summoned over an investigation into corruption.
Since the Law on the Right of Women to a Life Free of Violence was passed in 2007, the number of denunciations of violence against women has tripled in Venezuela, as women become more aware of their rights and have more access to the courts.
Manuel Rosales, a prominent Venezuelan opposition leader and mayor of Maracaibo facing corruption charges, failed to appear at a court appointment on Monday and has reportedly arrived in Peru and sought political asylum.
On Friday, the Venezuelan National Assembly authorized the transfer of administrative authority over the highways, bridges, and public roadways in the Capital District of Caracas and the states of Delta Amacuro, Zulia, and Vargas to the Public Works and Housing Ministry.