Depriving the public of the access to accurate and timely information is one of the cornerstones of domination and fear. But in a failed state like Venezuela, even self-proclaimed democrats and international institutions use it for their own ends.
Nearly 30 hours after his enforced disappearance, journalist and human rights activist Luis Carlos Díaz was released from SEBIN headquarters in El Helicoide with precautionary measures. A safety net of people was all that stood between him and a prison cell.
After the humanitarian aid debacle at the border on February 23rd, and amid the ongoing national blackout, pressure has been building on caretaker President Juan Guaidó to come up with a definitive solution to the crisis in the form of military intervention, undermining critical unity.
Amidst Venezuela’s complex humanitarian emergency and with a criminally negligent state, national and international organizations are in urgent need of help from organized citizens, as long as they’re well trained and informed.
Yesterday, the National Assembly approved the Law of the Statute of Democratic Transition. Very briefly, this is what you need to know.
With the imminent arrival of humanitarian aid, new problems arise. Lack of infrastructure, storage facilities, qualified personnel and transportation, rampant corruption and the political questions: Will the Armed Forces let it in? Will they disobey Maduro to allow food and medicine into the country?
For years, protests have clustered in Caracas and a handful of big Venezuelan cities. Today, even places like Tucupita, Caripe and Altagracia de Orituco took to the streets.
In every corner of Venezuela, citizens protest demanding freedom and peacefully resisting Maduro’s dictatorship, and they’ve gotten better at it. Does this mean the Venezuelan opposition is all grown up?
Caretaker President Juan Guaidó is putting an offer of amnesty for security personnel who back him at the center of his discourse. But as a legal text, his Amnesty Bill is seriously undercooked.
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