Ongoing Releases

For Monday, June 4, 2018. Translated by Javier Liendo.

Photo: EFE

Although the Truth Committee and the Supreme Tribunal of Justice increased the amount of beneficiaries of the precautionary measures to 79, the second batch of releases didn’t have a formal list, so NGOs and the media built one as the citizens were being released. Delcy Rodríguez once again demanded a commitment from released prisoners to move away “from political violence, hate, intolerance,” while Tarek William Saab announced that there will be more releases this week “with the effort of the Rule of Law, the justice system.” Minister Jorge Rodríguez also demanded an end to violence, to hate crimes and even to “attacks against citizens for their skin color,” letting TSJ chief Maikel Moreno claim that they “continue to guarantee the access to justice, to due process and the respect for human rights.” Moving.

Who was released?

  1. Alexander Tirado: sportsman and student leader, also known as the “Cat of Aragua,” he was arrested on March 21, 2014. In March, 2018, Maikel Moreno himself ratified his 8-year sentence for the crimes of public instigation, public intimidation and criminal association.
  2. Candelario José Natera: arrested on July 30, 2017, Freddy Guevara’s driver was accused of alleged possession of subversive material.
  3. Franklin Hernández: technical trainer of a football team in Mérida, he was arrested on January 21, 2015. His case went through three courts and his hearing was postponed in several occasions.
  4. Gabriel Vallés: systems engineer, executive director of NGO “Operación Libertad.” He was arrested in 2014 by the Colombian government and deported to Venezuela without respecting due process. His defense has denounced the systematic violation of his human rights.
  5. Gilber Caro: National Assembly lawmaker, he was arrested along his girlfriend Steyci Escalona in January, 2017, violating his parliamentary immunity, alongside the rest of his human rights.
  6. Jovanny González: assistant of Barinas Legislative Council lawmaker Wilmer Azuaje.
  7. Gregory Sanabria: student of computer science engineering from Táchira, he was arrested in October, 2014, accused of conspiring for rebellion.
  8. Ignacio Porras: manager of a laundry shop in Chacao, he was arrested in April, 2014, during a raid without a judicial warrant; accused of criminal association, obstructing a public road and disobeying the law. His preliminary hearing was postponed 30 times.
  9. Jefferson Rodríguez Zerpa: driver of lawmaker Richard Blanco without any more information on the web.
  10. José Vicente García: councilman for San Cristóbal municipality (Táchira), arrested in October, 2016. His release warrant was ignored by his captors.
  11. Juan Carlos Sosa Marquina: arrested in October, 2017, without a judicial warrant. His defense demanded that the Prosecutor’s Office nullify the accusations against him.
  12. Manuel Cotiz: a student arrested on May 8, 2014, when the student camp transferred to the Alfredo Sadel square in Las Mercedes was dismantled. Accused along other students of instigating crime, criminal association and use of minors to commit crime.
  13. Oscar Millán: arrested along dancer Melanie Álvarez, by SEBIN officials who broke into his house in January, 2017, without a judicial warrant. He was isolated for 60 days. He was accused of obstructing and disrupting public order.
  14. Renzo Prieto: lawmaker arrested in May, 2014, by officers of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM), PNB and SEBIN, although the arrested warrant was issued after his detention. Accused of violence during 2014 protests.
  15. Rolman Rojas: teacher at the University of Carabobo and political leader, he was arrested on June 3, 2017.
  16. Tonny Real: Voluntad Popular leader in Aragua, he was indicted before a military court for the crimes of stealing Armed Forces’ equipment and instigating rebellion.
  17. Víctor Alonso Navarro: mass communication student, he was accused of criminal association and public instigation. He was isolated for over four months in El Helicoide and was a member of the Community Ambassadors Foundation.
  18. Wilmer Azuaje: lawmaker, arrested by SEBIN as the alleged culprit of violent incidents in Barinas.
  19. Raúl Emilio Baduel: son of general Raúl Baduel, arrested along Alexander Tirado on March 21, 2014, in Maracay and sentenced to eight years in prison. He was also held with common inmates in Uribana, where he was tortured and subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatments, after which he was transferred to Tocuyito prisoner in 2014, later to the 26 de Julio prison and finally to the Cerra de Maracay.


There’s no information on the web regarding Edgar Gamboa Pugas (20) and Jerry Esteban Flores (21), although both are mentioned in the list of released prisoners. Even though he was added to this weekend’s list and transferred to the Casa Amarilla and to El Helicoide, engineer Roberto Picón was released in December, 2017. Despite the fierce discrediting campaign against him, the government never proved anything against engineer Picón, but he was kept with a foot shackle, he was barred from leaving the country and from offering statements to the media.

Red reactions

The government, not accustomed to diverse thought within its ranks, has sorted out the reasons for these released through encrypted messages, while some voices (popular for being radical) reacted on social networks demanding that life sentences be applied, more humiliating precautionary measures, declarations of regret and gratefulness from released citizens, and other barbarities that prove non-bot chavismo’s democratic streak, as they’ve questioned how their decision makers have lost credibility.

Briefs and serious

  • Through a statement, the government announced that the monetary reconversion was rescheduled for August 4.

  • Lima Group countries will present a resolution about Venezuela’s political and social crisis before the OAS General Assembly that will start this Monday, June 4. Depending on its reach, it could spark changes in diplomatic relations, the imposition of sanctions and visa restrictions; but the core of this statement is questioning the legitimacy of May 20 elections, demanding that access of humanitarian aid be allowed and that the National Assembly’s full authority be restored.

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Los países del Grupo de Lima presentarán una resolución sobre la crisis política y social de Venezuela durante la próxima Asamblea General de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), que se celebrará en Washington el 4 y el 5 de junio. Según informaron fuentes diplomáticas, representantes del Grupo de Lima, que agrupa a 14 países de América, están manteniendo reuniones para consensuar el “tono” de la resolución que llevarán a la Asamblea General, el foro político más importante del organismo. Foto: REUTERS / Edgard Garrido Para conocer mayor información acerca de ésta u otras noticias visita nuestra página web #LaPatilla🍉 #OrganizaciónDeEstadosAmericanos #SituaciónVenezolana #GrupoDeLima #AG

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  • Along these lines, Carlos Trujillo, U.S. ambassador before the OAS, said that the United States has the necessary support to vote on a resolution to disregard Nicolás’s reelection and pave the way for suspending the country from the regional institution: “We have the 24 votes to approve the agenda and 18 (votes) to support and pass the resolution,” the diplomat said to AFP.
  • Chilean President Sebastián Piñera asked the OAS yesterday to carry out “an international action to reclaim the recovery of democracy and the respect for human rights in Venezuela,” through a letter addressed to secretary general Luis Almagro.
  • If you haven’t done it already, check’s work on Odebrecht’s videos, showing the statements of Euzenando Azevedo in a Brazilian court, including the confession about the $35 million that the construction company gave for Nicolás’s campaign and the confirmation that “Chávez died in Cuba.”

The alleged new price for public transport fees is Bs. 10,000. Absurdly disproportionate with regards to minimum wages and the shortage of cash. It’s just one of the many semi-lit fuses we have right now, just one.

The eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala has had serious consequences. Seven people have died already, 200 injured and 1300 evacuated, with ash in Amatitlan, Escuintla, Guatemala City and Chimaltenango, affecting over a million and a half people. The Aurora airport has shut down. They’ll need lots of help to overcome the consequences of this phenomenon.

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  1. Too bad that the Guatamalan leadership isn’t cozy with Maduro. No doubt, Maduro would send planeloads of red paint and Chavez posters (in a show of “solidarity”) in a humanitarian gesture.

    God bless the Guatemalans right now. They could use a break, and this eruption isn’t helping any. My daughter (adopted from Honduras, Guatemalan ancestry) spent 2 months last summer there assisting on a medical mission.

  2. WaPo: A historic exodus is leaving Venezuela without teachers, doctors and electricians.
    Let’s see if blockquote software now works.

    This collapsing socialist state is suffering one of the most dramatic outflows of human talent in modern history, with Aquiles Nazoa offering a glimpse into what happens when a nation begins to empty out

    This collapsing socialist state is suffering one of the most dramatic outflows of human talent in modern history, with Aquiles Nazoa offering a glimpse into what happens when a nation begins to empty out..Vast gaps in Venezuela’s labor market are causing a breakdown in daily life, and robbing this nation of its future. The exodus is broad and deep — an outflow of doctors, engineers, oil workers, bus drivers and electricians.
    And teachers.
    So far this year, 48,000 teachers — or 12 percent of all staff at elementary and high schools nationwide — have quit, according to Se Educa, an educational nonprofit group…… Without medicines, treatable diseases such as HIV and malaria have become rampant. With hyperinflation soaring toward 14,000 percent, it now takes five days work at the minimum wage to buy a dozen eggs.
    The value of local salaries is falling by the day. In the middle of 2017, an average teacher’s salary was worth nearly $45.
    Today, it’s worth about $8. ….
    Seven miles down the road from Aquiles Nazoa Elementary School, the campus of Simón Bolívar University is oddly quiet. Once considered the MIT of Venezuela, a university that churned out some of the best Latin American engineers and physicists is now in danger of becoming a ghost town.
    In 2017, 129 professors — nearly 16 percent of the staff — quit, the vast majority to leave the country. It’s no surprise, officials here say. Using the black market rate for dollars, a professor’s salary here now tops out at about $8 a month, because of hyperinflation.

    The article also points out that one reason for electricity supply problems is that many engineers and technicians have resigned, resulting in a shortage of competent personnel to deal with electricity supply problems.

    • For a while in the last few weeks, the blockquote software DID work. Then it reverted back to its “doesn’t work” stage.

    • Don’t waste your time with the comments there. The usual customers are the Who’s Who of extreme Leftism. Every sane poster leaves in frustration within days. It is like the HuffPo or DailyKos. They worship at the altar of Marx. Not a sentence can be finished without mentioning Trump.

      Linking CC to them would only bring in an influx of Stalinist trolls.

      • I wonder what color and ethnicity Canucklehead is.

        Canucklehead, are you capable of answering this honestly? I doubt it.

        But I think it’s very important for you to show us your true colors, since you constantly attack and denigrate white males.

        Or are you just full of shit, as always?

        You obviously can’t be white OR Latino!

        What is it? Muslim, Hindu, Sikh, or Buddhist?

        The people have a right to know. And in case you’ve forgotten, I’m a Jew, and I’ve declared it here many times.

        Why are you so fucking afraid to declare what you are?

  3. “an international action to reclaim the recovery of democracy…”

    For Javier Liendo: Normally, your translations are excellent. I am only commenting on this error because I have seen it here before…

    “Reclamar” should be translated as “to call for”.

    • [Many thanks to Javier and Naky.]

      So we have: “call for”, “present a resolution”, “signal”, “send a message”, “condemn”, “remain seized of the situation”, “review the humanitarian situation”, etc from the Spanish-mestizo politicos. The same ones say “Hands off, you Big Bully!!! Let diplomacy work you Big Bully!!!”, and “You better not use sanctions or any other effective diplomacy, you Big Bully!!!”

      And el pueblo starves and bleeds.

  4. “The alleged new price for public transport fees is Bs. 10,000. Absurdly disproportionate with regards to minimum wages and the shortage of cash. It’s just one of the many semi-lit fuses we have right now, just one.”

    That’s less than a penny a ride. Sounds like a good deal, but maybe not if your monthly wage is less than 50 cents.

    Just make it free. Why bother to try and collect Bs. 10000, especially since most of the buses and subway cars are out of service, and the rest will be out of service soon enough, just like the oil fields, the electrical generation and distribution systems, water, telecom, whatever can be let go will be let go.

  5. Venezuela charges Pompeo with leading coup d’etat

    The Venezuelan Foreign Minister accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Monday of leading a coup d’etat against the Caracas government.

    Jorge Arreaza, the Venezuelan official, promised to fight the “imperalists” to the North. He delivered the strong rebuke following Pompeo’s calls for the Organization of American States to suspend Venezuela from the hemispheric organization.

    Pompeo also called on allies to sanction and further isolate the government of Venezuelan leader leader Nicolás Maduro.

    “We are an independent nation. We are sovereign. We are free and no imperialist will be intervening in our country,” Arreaza said in an emotional response to Pompeo.

    In his first remarks to the OAS as Secretary of State, Pompeo called on the foreign ministers and representatives of more than 30 member states to stand up for the Democratic principles they all agreed upon and kick out Venezuela in a vote Tuesday.

  6. I read some articles today quoting Maduro that Venezuela will withdraw from the OAS. I hope Maduro honors his own statement.

  7. It would be interesting to see how many clubs still have Venezuela as a member.

    I do not believe that suspending or disbarring Venezuela from the OAS would be a good thing. Far better to keep the country in as a member but with recognition of the AN as the only legitimate government authority. Maduro will no doubt declare his exit from the organisation in any event.

    It is interesting to see how many clubs still have Venezuela as a memeber.
    Venezuela is still an ELECTED memeber of the UN HRC till December 2018. What does this say about the UN general assembly?

    The UN Human Rights Council

    The Council is made of 47 Member States, which are elected by the majority of members of the General Assembly of the United Nations through direct and secret ballot. The General Assembly takes into account the candidate States’ contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as their voluntary pledges and commitments in this regard.

    Irony, anyone?


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