Lunch Break: Over Three Million A Passport!

The fare for new passports gets a monumental increase; Six press workers are detained by State security forces, and released without their working tools; Nurses demonstrate all across the nation.

Photo: Crónica Uno, retrieved.
  • The General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (Dgcim) detained six press workers who were covering the raid on Entorno Inteligente’s headquarters. Hernán Porras Molina, editor in chief of the website, tweeted that they “detained Belén Tovar,” while the Venezuelan Press Workers Union (SNTP) confirmed the detention of VPI and Caraota Digital workers. After three hours and SNTP’s pressure, everyone was released, sans equipment nor phones. No press worker should be detained for doing their job: keeping us informed isn’t a crime. Military source journalist Sebastiana Barráez said that “Dgcim has been after journalists for a long time, they detain them, they delete the footage from their cameras and threatens them so they stay quiet.” The military institution keeps the phones to obtain information on the devices and contact the reporters’ sources. 
  • Nurses continue demonstrating for better working conditions from Maduro’s regime, in front of hospitals in the capitals of each state, and they may stop servicing the public (other than emergencies.) 
  • In an ordinary session, the National Assembly approved creating a Special Litigation Fund for recovering the country’s assets abroad. The Interior Policy Committee announced an investigation on the Voluntad Popular headquarter’s raid last Thursday. Deputy Manuela Bolívar demanded the state issue an epidemiology bulletin after the reappearance of yellow fever. 
  • Tal Cual confirmed that the passport extension is now 2,945,486 bolivars and the appointment for a first-time-issue is 5,890,270 bolivars. That’s a 3,681% increase. 
  • In a lecture at Unimet, bankers explained that the increase of legal reserves forbids increasing loans and credit card limits to a million bolivar minimum. They also said that the BCV and Sudeban measures will help eliminating credit cards as a method of payment. 
  • The IMO will launch a training program for young Venezuelan migrants in Colombia and Peru. 
  • OAS members are increasingly concerned about the 50% increase of drug trafficking from Venezuela: 27 out of 34 countries installed in Miami an Interamerican Commission to Control Drug Abuse. 
  • Venezuelan Commissioner for Foreign Relations, Julio Borges, said that he agreed on Wednesday with Karen Longaric, the Bolivian interim government’s Foreign Minister, to appoint a Venezuelan ambassador to the new Bolivian administration. 
  • The 3rd EU Race Against Gender Violence will be held in Caracas, on November 24th. European ambassadors posted a video inviting everyone to “Say no to gender violence!” together.

Naky Soto

Naky gets called Naibet at home and at the bank. She coordinates training programs for an NGO. She collects moments and turns them into words. She has more stories than freckles.