Friday, February 14, 2014

Maduro The Bus Driver, you are drunk with power and on a collision course with the people of Venezuela! You have already caused an accident and killed three innocent persons who protested your drunk driving. Give up your driver's license and leave; to Cuba, to Russia or to Hell! Or you will be put in prison sooner or later. You might be "duro", but most certainly you are not "ma' and you are not durable! - Venezuela Moves Against Opposition - from

15 fotos 13 feb 2014

Continúan los enfrentamientos en Venezuela - El Nuevo Dia

Tres manifestantes han muerto y se han reportado decenas de heridos

Venezuela seeks protest leader's arrest after unrest kills three

CARACAS Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:37pm EST

(Reuters) - A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest on Thursday of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before.
Using a slogan "The Exit", the U.S.-educated Lopez has for two weeks helped organize sporadic demonstrations around the country to denounce President Nicolas Maduro for failing to control inflation, crime and product shortages.
The president accuses him of sowing violence to try to stage a coup similar to the one 12 years ago that briefly ousted late socialist leader Hugo Chavez, though there is little indication that the protests could topple Maduro.
"Without a doubt, the violence was created by small groups coordinated, exalted and financed by Leopoldo Lopez," said Jorge Rodriguez, a leader of the ruling Socialist Party and mayor of the Caracas area where Wednesday's biggest marches took place.
Shortly before a Caracas court upheld a request from the Public Prosecutor's Office to order Lopez's arrest, the opposition leader blamed armed government supporters for firing on peaceful protesters.
"The government is playing the violence card, and not for the first time. They're blaming me without any proof ... I have a clear conscience because we called for peace," Lopez told Reuters.
"We won't retreat and we can't retreat because this is about our future, about our children, about millions of people."
On Thursday, Lopez was with his lawyers at his home in the same wealthy eastern district of Chacao where he was once mayor, his Popular Will political party said. Police briefly visited the party's headquarters, witnesses said, but then departed.
With many Caracas residents staying at home on Thursday, there were sporadic student protests around the city. Some students blocked streets and burned tires.
"We want solutions to problems, not endless confrontation and violence," said student Manuel Armas, 19, outside the Alejandro Humboldt University, where around 200 protesters waved banners saying "No More Blood".
Students were also in the streets in western Andean regions, where there have been violent clashes in recent days.
Coming almost a year after the death of Chavez, the unrest has been the latest demonstration of the OPEC nation's polarization and the mutual mistrust between both political camps.
Wednesday's fatalities included two students and a community activist from a militantly pro-government neighborhood in the poor west end of Caracas.
Each side blamed the other in often virulent exchanges via Twitter, the country's preferred social network.
Scores of government supporters gathered on Thursday outside the ransacked Public Prosecutor's Office building, chanting pro-Maduro slogans and denouncing "fascist violence."
Venezuela's global bonds, which fluctuate sharply on political tension and news of unrest, were down as much as 3 percent on Thursday.
Maduro, a 51-year-old former bus driver and union activist who has staked his presidency on maintaining Chavez's leftist legacy, said further protests would not be allowed.
"They want to topple the government through violence," he said. "We will not permit any more attacks."
Some 66 people were injured, 70 arrested, some police vehicles torched and government offices vandalized on Wednesday, officials said. Some protesters, many with their faces covered, threw stones and started fires in the streets.
Lopez's party said there were "hundreds of arrests and disappearances", and vowed that demonstrations would continue.
Bolivia, Cuba and Argentina, three of Venezuela's fellow leftist political allies in the region, sent messages of solidarity to Maduro's government.
"Cuba condemns the coup intentions against the constitutional government ... organized by fascist groups," the statement from Havana read.
The protests have exposed differences within Venezuela's opposition leadership, with some favoring a more moderate approach and saying marches that turn violent only play into the government's hands as it then accuses them of being "saboteurs."
The opposition blames armed pro-government militant groups known as "colectivos" for attacking dozens of their marches over the years, scattering their supporters and spreading fear.
"The colectivos are coming!" was a cry heard several times at the opposition's latest rally on Wednesday, prompting some demonstrators to flee for the safety of a nearby Metro station.
One of the dead was a well-known colectivo leader from the militantly "Chavista" January 23 neighborhood of Caracas.
Sporadic political protests have become common over the last decade, but they usually fizzle out within days as residents grow tired of blocked streets and the smell of burning tires.
Wednesday's outburst of violence did point to a widening rift between opposition hardliners and those who favor returning to addressing bread-and-butter issues such as poor services, widespread corruption and one of the world's worst murder rates.
Opposition moderates note that their biggest successes, such as turning pro-Chavez strongholds into opposition territory, have resulted from leaders stepping away from theatrical street protests to focus on voters' daily concerns.

(Additional reporting by Caracas bureau reporters, Javier Lopez in Tachira, Daniel Ramos in La Paz, Daniel Trotta in Havana; Editing by Kieran Murray and Meredith Mazzilli)

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» Venezuela Moves Against Opposition
13/02/14 23:13 from World News
President Nicolas Maduro's government on Thursday sought the arrest of a leading opposition figure and other political adversaries after an antigovernment demonstration left three people dead.

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» Venezuela Moves to Quell Protests
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» Venezuela seeks protest leader's arrest after unrest kills three
14/02/14 01:08 from Reuters: International
CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan court ordered the arrest on Thursday of opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez on charges including murder and terrorism linked to street protests that resulted in the deaths of three people the day before.

At least three people are killed in deadly clashes during anti-government student protests in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

» Two dead in Venezuela student clash
12/02/14 23:25 from BBC News - Latin America & Caribbean
Venezuela says two people were killed on the sidelines of a student's demonstration which gathered thousands in the capital, Caracas.

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» Periodista detiene transmisión en medio de tiroteo en Venezuela
13/02/14 18:33 from Primera Hora : Noticias
Las afrentas dejaron el saldo de tres muertos, 66 heridos graces y 69 detenidos.

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    Puerto Rico Hoy

    Cautelosa mirada hacia América Latina

    David Bernier habla de su estrategia
    Por José A. Delgado /

    Bernier sostuvo que el gobierno de Venezuela no le ha hecho acercamiento alguno al gobierno de Puerto Rico sobre PetroCaribe.  (Archivo)
    WASHINGTON - El gobierno de Alejandro García Padilla busca integrarse a organizaciones internacionales que dan cabida a países como Puerto Rico, cuyas relaciones diplomáticas dependen de Estados Unidos.
    Acercarse a la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), no está en su agenda.
    “Nos movemos a lograr resultados”, indicó el secretario de Estado, David Bernier, quien sostuvo que el objetivo es vincularse a organismos que “se ajusten a lo que necesita Puerto Rico” y que tengan una categoría de participación cónsona con su realidad política.
    Toda participación, dijo, se coordina con el Departamento de Estado federal.
    Como gobierno, Puerto Rico está activo en organizaciones como la Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), la Cumbre Interamericana de Justicia, y el Foro Latinoamericano de Entes Reguladores de Telecomunicaciones (Regulatel).
    Por cambios en los estatutos, ahora se reactivará la participación en la Comunidad del Caribe (CARICOM).
    “Hemos sido miembro observador en CARICOM. Ahora le llaman miembro asociado y empezamos ese trámite”, sostuvo Bernier, quien, en una entrevista telefónica, no quiso describir como un proceso de solicitud de permisos la coordinación con Estado federal.
    A finales de enero, previo a la segunda cumbre de la Comunidad de la CELAC, celebrada en La Habana (Cuba), el presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, propuso integrar una representación del movimiento independentista de la Isla a ese organismo.
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    “Si hubiese (una oferta) de bajo costo que cumpliera con los requisitos ambientales”, como el porcentaje de azufre autorizado, pudiera contemplarse una nueva compra, sostuvo Bernier. 
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  • Puerto Rico has sports sovereignty, with its own national Olympic team. Puerto Rico also participates in different international organizations such as the Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLA) (associate member), the Organization of Ibero-American States (full member), and the Ibero-American Summit (associate member).[6]
  • International organization participation[edit]

    Puerto Rico may not conclude treaties with other sovereign states, although it does belong to some international bodies such as:


    As a non-sovereign country, Puerto Rico hosts no embassies. However, like many other states of the United States, it does host Consulates from several countries, mainly from the Western Hemisphere and Europe. While the Papal Nuncio in Washington, D.C. serves as the Vatican State's ambassador to the U.S. and the ecclesiastical liaison to the American Roman Catholic Church, the Holy See has designated the Papal Nuncio in the Dominican Republic as the ecclesiastical liaison to the Roman Catholic Church in Puerto Rico.
    Puerto Rico hosts consular staff from 42 countries. Most consulates are located in the San Juan area.

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