Protests in Venezuela [(cc) andreAzp]
An anti-government rally in the state of Carabobo in northern Venezuela on May 15 ended with street clashes with the police, in which firearms were used, the Telesur portal reports.
Protesters fired at policemen, who used tear gas in return. 7 protesters were injured in the clashes. One policeman sustained a gunshot wound to the head; he remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Today, the chairman of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (Spanish: Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela) said that the disorders in Venezuela are orchestrated through various NGOs (non-governmental organizations – Editor) by the US Department of State and Southern Command. He also urged the General Prosecutor of the Republic to finally bring to court those who used guns and Molotov cocktails during the demonstrations, and who set public buildings on fire. Many of them have been arrested by the police; their guilt has been confirmed by videos, witness reports, and other evidence. However, the justice system has not started hearing their cases so far.
The political crisis in Venezuela was exacerbated after Nicolás Maduro decided to summon the Constitutional Assembly, which is authorized to reform the system of government and to amend the Constitution. Neither the timeframe for gathering the Assembly nor its procedures are known at this time; nevertheless, those who oppose the President’s decision have refused to take part in the Assembly’s work.
The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict (Spanish: Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social, OVCS), a non-governmental organization, reported over 945 protests that took place from the beginning of April up until May 9 in Venezuela. According to the organization, the protests left 44 people killed, and about a thousand more were injured.
However, among those killed and injured in the disorders, there are many National Guardsmen or supporters of the legitimate government, a fact non-governmental organizations often “forget” to mention. For example, on April 20 in Caracas, supporters of the legitimate President were thrown down into a channel, and they were assaulted with stones. In response to the rebels’ lawlessness, millions of people have rallied to support the Revolution and the government, but this is hardly ever discussed beyond Venezuela.
It is also noteworthy that all of the major news agencies have been covering the situation in Venezuela from the same point of view: the dictator Maduro violently disperses peaceful protests of reasonably indignant people. Nobody cares that there are many policemen among the victims, and that many have been killed by “unidentified snipers”. It is also ignored that protesters throw Molotov cocktails on the police; otherwise, the opposition would not look as peaceful as it is presented by global media. This is exactly the same scenario of information warfare against the active government as we observed in Libya, Syria, and Ukraine.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency