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Chavistas Storm National Assembly in Protest at Impeachment Attempt

Angry Chavistas interrupted the National Assembly's parliamentary session on Sunday, after opposition legislators released

Hundreds of Chavistas forced their way into parliament after opposition legislators declared that President Nicolas Maduro had “abandoned the constitutional functions” of his presidency. 

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23 de Enero Colectivos Accuse Venezuelan Police of “Abuses” Following Shootout

Grassroots revolutionary groups have accused Venezuelan police of engaging in repressive practices under the cover of the govern

Grassroots revolutionary groups have accused state security forces of replicating repressive policing practices seen under Venezuela's Fourth Republic. 

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Venezuelan Communist Poet, Journalist, and Ex-Guerrilla Dies at 100

Olga Luzardo. (via @NicolasMaduro)

A lifetime poet, journalist, feminist, and communist revolutionary, Olga Luzardo died on Monday at the age of 100. 

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Venezuelan Supreme Court Admits Lawsuit against Mega-Mining Project

Venezuela’s Supreme Court agreed to hear a lawsuit filed against the Orinoco Mining Arc on Tuesday. (Archive)

Venezuela’s Supreme Court announced that it would hear a lawsuit filed by former high ranking cabinet members against a government plan to open 12 percent of the South American nation’s territory to open-pit mining.

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International Social Media Campaign Shows Solidarity with Venezuela

Movements across Venezuela the globe have expressed their solidarity in recent weeks (Prensa Presidencial).

“I Believe in Venezuela” built an international platform on Twitter this week to express solidarity with the South American nation in light of the recent OAS Summit. 


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Venezuela’s Maduro Creates New Ministry for the Development of Ecological Mining

A promotional advertisement for the Orinoco Mining Arch from Venezuela’s Petroleum and Mining Ministry. “The Mining Arch wil

The new institution will be in charge of designing the state’s mining policy, as well as ensuring respect for the environment and human rights.


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Venezuelan Social Movements Converge on Supreme Court, Demand Injunction Against Mining Arc

Banners read left to right: "Impunity will not happen! Sabino Lives!", "No to the Mining Arc! Water is more valua

Grassroots activists and ex-government officials submitted a lawsuit demanding that the high court halt a contentious mega-mining project on constitutional grounds. 

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Venezuelans Commemorate International Africa Week

Vice-Minister for Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Nirva Camacho speaks with media (Jeanette Charles/Venezuela Analysis).

The South American nation honored its African ancestry with a variety of political and cultural events last week.


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Haitian-Venezuelan Politician and Solidarity Activist Assassinated Outside of Caracas

Fritz Saint Louis. (archive)

Haitian-Venezuelan political leader and solidarity activist Fritz Saint Louis, 54, was shot dead in his home by masked gunman on Saturday evening.

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Tupamaro Deputy Legislator Assassinated by Alleged Paramilitaries

César Vera. (Archive)

Cesar Vera (40) was shot by in Táchira at approximately 8.30pm on Thursday night in what authorities suspect to be a politically motivated assassination. 


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Collectives Hijack Polar Company Trucks in Caracas, Protest Hoarding

Photo attached: “Less beer, more food. Release the food Lorenzo Mendoza!” (ElNacional)

The trucks were daubed with graffiti such as “release the food” and “we don’t want poison, we want food for the people”.  


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Venezuela’s Maduro Announces String of Emergency Economic Measures

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressing the nation. (@PresidencialVen)

The economic initiatives include changes to the country’s multi-tiered exchange rate, a rise in the domestic price of gasoline, the implementation of a new tax system, and placing more power over food distribution in the hands of organised communities.


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Venezuelans Protest Privatisation of Social Housing as Parliament Approves in First Discussion

The march set out from Plaza Morelo in Bellas Artes and headed for the city centre (Jonas Holldack, Venezuelanalysis).

Venezuelan housing rights groups took to the streets of Caracas on Thursday to reject the political opposition’s plans to privatise social housing. Parliament also approved the proposed privatisation law in first discussion. 

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Urban Agriculture Minister Vacates Post after Just Two Weeks

Emma Ortega was a well respected campesina activist and agronomist (AVN)

Grassroots Chavistas have taken to social media to express their discontent after the Urban Agriculture Minister, Emma Ortega, inexplicably left her cabinet position just two weeks after having been nominated by Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro. 


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Venezuela's Maduro Launches Sexual Diversity Council

Activist groups argued sexual diversity rights should be a key priority of Venezuela's socialists. (Prensa Presidencial)

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro inagurated a new Presidential Council of Sexual Diversity in order to advance the rights of LGBT people and promised to pass a law against discrimination based on sexual orientation. 

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