Anti-Government Protests Rock Venezuela

Demonstrations – including violent clashes between protesters and police – against the government of President Nicolas Maduro continue in Caracas

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What started as a student protest has grown, as demonstrators against the government of President Nicolas Maduro continue in Caracas. Anti-government protesters are demanding more freedom of speech, better security and an end to socialist policies that have led to goods shortages and an anemic economy. Opposition leader  Leopoldo Lopez was arrested and charged with arson and conspiracy after clashes left at least six people dead. The turmoil is set to continue.

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Ronnie Taylor
Ronnie Taylor

Rachid Bouhamidi said: propaganda! this is a completely fabricated lie by the extreme right wing that represents a tiny sliver of Venezuelan society committed to destroying the Bolivarian revolution in favor of the neo-liberal blood letting that is happening everywhere in the world.

Christopher Horn
Christopher Horn

What's going on here? Ukraine, Venezuela, Syria, Thailand etc so much unrest, we need Jesus for true lasting peace. No other way

Beatrice Girard
Beatrice Girard

But as bad as these Chávez/Maduro clowns are, a right-wing coup would almost certainly be worse and would do nothing for U.S. interests - only those of Venezuela's elite. These people have already been caught shooting at their own supporters (including the beauty queen, who was shot from behind), destroying public buildings, publishing "eye witness" photos actually taken in Egypt, and even slapping red paint on people who feign having been shot. They've also received at least $5 million in U.S. taxpayer funds this year alone, and millions more from Big Oil. I'm no fan of either side, and believe that neither the Chavistas nor the right-wingers are fit to be president of anything. But the Latin American right has a nasty habit of staging violent coups against even moderate, elected governments - usually with horrific results. I don't doubt Maduro will be defeated in the next election; the right-wing should outgrow their addiction to coups, and wait until then.

Minerva Molina
Minerva Molina

soy una Hermana dominicana....me duele mucho lo que esta pasando el pueblo venezolano estoy con ustedes que defiendan sus derechos sus principio sobre todo su libertad de exprecion todos tenemos derecho a ser libre y que se respecte el derecho humano........como ellos controlan todo aqui les dejo esta nota al senor maduro, ojala uno de sus secuase lo lea y se lo deje saber porque tanto apego al poder que infeliz eres tu no sabes que a todos los governante de este mundo les queda poco el mundo esta en cao y muy pronto va a surgir un solo govierno mundial (EL ANTI CRISTO) DE QUE TE VALE PERDER TU ALMA POR TENER PODER EN ESTE MUNDO QUE ES PASAJERO AREPIENTATE ANTES DE QUE SEA TARDE SI TE MUERE ANTES DE AREPENTIRTE ES AL INFIERNO QUE VA DIOS TE VA A PEDIR CUENTA POR TODA ESA SANGRE INOSENTE QUE SE ESTA DERRAMANDO EN TU PAIS ACUERDATE QUE EN EL INFIERNO ES PEOR QUE VIVIR EN UNA DICTADURA AQUI EN ESTE MUNDO Y EN EL INFIERNO NO VAS A PODER HACER PROTESTA ES PARA TODA UNA ETERNIDAD QUE TE VA A QUEDAR EN EL INFIERNO MIENTRAS TENGA VIDA TIENES OPORTUNIDAD DE CAMBIAR TU RUMBO ETERNO HAY DOS CAMINO ETERNO EL CIELO Y EL INFIERNO.....AREPIENTATE Y ACEPTA A JESUS COMO TU SALVADOR.....SENOR MADURO QUE USTED PREFIERE VIVIR EN LA FAMA Y EL PODER A COSTA DE SANGRE TEMPORAR O VIVIR ETERNAMENTE CON JESUS QUE FUE A PREPARAR MORADA PARA TODO LOS QUE LO ACEPTEN COMO SU UNICO SALVADOR DONDE NO ABRA YANTO NI DOLOR NI SUFRIMIENTO VIVIR ETERNAMENTE CON JESUS.......SENOR MADURO QUE EL ESPIRITU SANTO LO TOQUE HUMILLESE DE LANTE LA PRESENSIA DE DIOS, DIOS PERDONA TODO CORAZON CONTRISTO Y HUMILLAO QUE VENGA A EL Y EL ES FIEL Y PERDONA TODO PECADO CUANDO HAY ARREPENTIMIENTO SINCERO......NO DEJE QUE TU PAIS SIGAS DERRAMANDO SANGRE NO VALE LA PENA POR UN PODER TEMPORAR.

Lilian Adriana Mejías Batista
Lilian Adriana Mejías Batista

Mine is not socialist as in Scandinavian countries! They are all corrupt and have been stealing our money and oil to pay Cuban, Argentinian, Bolivian debts. You should read a little bit about the difference between Scandinavian Socialism and South American communism before coming up with any kind of conclusion ;) check their bank accounts in Switzerland which have been frozen since they cannot explain form where all that money is coming. Read a little please! I live in Europe and I'm Venezuelan so I perfectly know the differences!

Grant Angus Hendricks
Grant Angus Hendricks

Government who aren't socialist are corrupt, capitalism corrupts absolutely the most successful governments are socialist, Norway, Denemark, go look at their standard of living

Tetsuya Watanabe
Tetsuya Watanabe

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Blas Femo
Blas Femo

We've been trying to call attention from the world to what has been happening in Venezuela, finally we have it, thanks for publishing this news, we want democracy, Human Rights, Freedom of Speech, we are Venezuela!

Boney Marrow
Boney Marrow

Shocking. Another country with a lot of resources about to go through another regime change without foreign boots stepping foot on their soil. Way to go intelligence agencies of the world ha

Vivian Garcia
Vivian Garcia

CNN IS ABOUT TO BE expelled from Venezuela and the Cuban government that invaded Venezuela is also invading the USA by putting every year thousands of leftist Cubans in American territory. Those Cubans become citizens in only 5 years and they are shaping up America. What is the government of the US doing? Who is behind all that? AMERICA IS IN DANGER! WE HAVE TO: Start voiding the Cuban Adjustment Act if you want to stop the silent, leftist, authorized and encouraged Cuban immigration to the USA. An immigration that even though is illegal people like Rubio, Ted Cruz, Ross-Lethinen, Diaz-Balart, and others found their way to make it legal. That Powerful Cuban political machine in the USA knows that the sneaky communist immigration is the one that is set up to destroy America from the inside out, That immigration is already the minority that has two prospect Cuban American presidents for 2016. A massive Cuban immigration that already changed Florida from red to blue, that promised to do the same with Texas and that is already draining blood in Venezuela. And behind all this is the Cuban Army and the Cuban counterintelligence making sure that Venezuela could keep feeding them. The cry now is, CUBANS GET OUT OF VENEZUELA! In the future our cry will be, CUBANS GET OUT OF THE USA! What is a fact is that Cubans are in Venezuela and that Venezuela is a divided country, a country in distress because of the Cuban invasion. The American future...... What is going to be? http://politicalanalysis2011.blogspot.com/2011/02/preferential-treatment-of-cuban.html

Rajesh Kashyap
Rajesh Kashyap

The underlying reason for the unrest in the world is that the older generation is not willing to hand over to the young

Li Yuezheng
Li Yuezheng

Please is people life people family life. Please think for people life. People law. For the people.

Li Yuezheng
Li Yuezheng

On earth freedom people can use people law again government law For people freedom. Talk for on earth people know. For people.

Li Yuezheng
Li Yuezheng

For people law is batter government law. People on earth not freedom on government law. Whys. For people.

Lowry E. Davidson
Lowry E. Davidson

How can any intelligent being look at these demonstrations and not be seriously concerned? From the “Arab Spring” to the Ukraine and Venezuela there has been a consistent pattern: Marauding armed citizens, without recognizable leadership, having no clear objective, except the removal of an elected Government. There is one other thing that just happens to be a factor in all these “Strange Uprisings” The US State Dept. Has all these Countries short listed for “ Regime Change” It is my considered opinion that a Technology that under development and testing for about 50 years , has now been deployed on a massive scale. Just Saying...

Shivam Patel
Shivam Patel

May there be safety, peace, and harmony for all around the world.

Ziaul Islam
Ziaul Islam

ha ha ha , U.S will get some work here also lolzzz

Vivi Tous
Vivi Tous

A bit LATE.. Times.. Veeery LATE!!!

Nicholas Conlan
Nicholas Conlan

America is a Republic not a Democracy!! I will stand for my rights as an American! And withhold our constitution!

Salah Amin
Salah Amin

freedom for all people around the world

Salah Amin
Salah Amin

Die Russian President Putin .. Die Russian President Putin

Harrison Joshua Cande
Harrison Joshua Cande

I have astonishing talents and capacities for thinking and academic production.

Andy N. Chimaras- Moyssidis
Andy N. Chimaras- Moyssidis

We have the right to bear arms and the reason for that is to overthrow a unjust government. I have been to peaceful protests, and the cops did not shoot at us!! That's why the USA is so amazing! Because they let people be free! Why the need for violence? This is why Venezuela broke into battle because they did not let them protest peacefully. Please do yourself a favor, if you don't know the subject DON'T make yourself look like a fool! Read up on it first.

Salah Amin
Salah Amin

The failed .. vile Communism continue to kill people, wherever they are ... The biggest vile Putin supports despicable dictatorships around the world, Syria, Egypt, Venezuela, Ukraine everywhere ..

Maria Soledad Calef Rujano
Maria Soledad Calef Rujano

violent clash? there in this post we can see a protester burning cars as protester did in Ukraine, but we never will be allow to do this

Salah Amin
Salah Amin

there is no violent clashes between peaceful protesters and police... but police killing protesters in Caracas, Keeve, Cairo... anywhere Tyrant Dictator you will see the blood of protestors

Andy N. Chimaras- Moyssidis
Andy N. Chimaras- Moyssidis

Maria you are an idiot! Are you getting your paycheck from Maduro? I hope you don't live in the USA.

Maria Soledad Calef Rujano
Maria Soledad Calef Rujano

USA doesn't allow the sovereign goverment of Venezuela express its own freedom of speach in its own country if it is talking bad about Washington foreign policies; it is a no, no! Course the only freedom of speach is that one that aproves and talk good about Washington foreign policies. If a foreign country is friend and puppet of USA goverment, then, such goverment is "democratic' and have "freedom of speach", however, if that is not an ally of USA, such country will not have a 'democracy" neither a "freedom of speach". The double standard! Palestinian are living in the most infamous and cruel apartheid at the hands of zionis occupations forces, but Washington do not talking about human rights about the Palestinians people. Children have been dying in Palestinian refugees camps, but USA does not talk about their HR. However, Washington have been critical about North Korean children pledge and sing songs pro goverment.

Sebastian Proos
Sebastian Proos

If it was real socialism the people wouldn't be out in the streets protesting.

blettieri
blettieri

Mi otro mensaje no aparece... en fin, yo tambien quiero que caigan las ratas opresoras pero donde esta la fuente de que las cuentas en Suiza de los robolucionarios fueron congeladas? Suiza particularmente no se caracteriza por averiguar de donde vienen los fondos! 

Por favor no divulgar informacion falsa que nos deja mal a los que queremos que las ratas caigan