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Maduro Calls In Venezeula's Military To 'Restore Order'

Maduro Calls In Venezeula's Military To 'Restore Order'

Venezuela's government said Thursday it was sending military units to the southwestern region of the country as protests against President Nicolas Maduro become increasingly violent.

The Wall Street Journal obtained this amateur video that shows a man left bleeding on a sidewalk in Caracas, Venezuela's capital city. At least five people have died since the protests began, including 22-year-old Venezuelan beauty queen and student demonstrator Genesis Carmona. She was reportedly shot in the head during a protest in Valencia Tuesday. She later died in a clinic Wednesday. (Via New York Daily News)

According to USA Today, Venezuela's interior minister said an airborne and an engineering batallion would be sent to Tachira to "restore public order." The writer says protesters there have paralyzed the city, but, "The use of the army marks an escalation of the conflict, which is presenting Maduro with his biggest political challenge since he was sworn in last April."

The demonstrators, who are mostly students, have been protesting against inflation, unemployment and rampant violence in the streets. One of their demands is for Maduro to resign. (Via Al Jazeera)

As Quartz reports, the mayhem in Venezuela has divided South America, with the leaders of some countries backing Maduro and others giving more reserved responses to the violent protests.

Leaders of Bolivia, Ecuador and Argentina have all vocally supported Maduro. Leaders from Chile and Colombia have called for calm and peaceful dialogue. Maduro responded to the latter group saying, "Enough with others meddling in our internal affairs. Venezuela's problems will be resolved by Venezuelans."

Maduro has also turned his anger to the U.S., saying President Obama's public condemnation of the violence in Venezuela "presented a 'gross interference in internal affairs.'" (Via RT)

The Latin Times says Maduro wants outsiders to believe his country isn't in turmoil, which the paper speculates is part of the reason why he expelled three U.S. diplomats and is threatening to ban CNN.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan prosecutors dropped murder charges against leading opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez. He turned himself in to authorities earlier this week after an arrest warrant was issued on charges of inciting violence. (Via CNN)

USA Today reports the opposition has scheduled a protest march in Caracas on Saturday.

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geocur3971 February 21 2014 at 2:26 PM

The 'violence' in Venezuela looks a lot like the 'violence' we saw in Iran, earlier in Iraq, in
Chechnya, and in Venezuela several times during the presidency of Hugo Chavez.

And a few millions of us know exactly how, and who, fomented those instances of 'Street Violence', including WHO PRINTED UP THOSE VERY FAMILIAR LOOKING SIGNS.

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slackwarerobert February 21 2014 at 11:44 AM

So the government is shooting the protesters, and to stop it they are sending in more armed soldiers.
Does this mean they will be shooting his henchmen that are doing the killing?
Will the army bring toilet paper to appease the crowds?

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trfairway February 21 2014 at 12:10 PM

If you're waiting for our El Presidente to actually do ANYTHING in the realm of foreign affairs you're going to have a looooooong wait.

Remember the Red Line in Syria.....no nuclear bomb for Iran......chaos in Iraq as Al Quada returns to power......death and destruction in the Ukraine as Putin restores Russian control over the former Soviet Union ally....Afghanistan going the way of Iraq....North Korean torture of their own citizens......etc, etc, etc.

Some of these problems are almost intractable and many were part of what BHO inherited (all presidents inherit some mess or other) but BHO has America in a state of what seems to be a return to the isolationist policies of the 30's and 40's led by Lindburgh and others.

If BHO can figure out how to get votes from one of these issues or how to turn it into an entitlement program he will act and act fast!

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krs trfairway February 21 2014 at 12:39 PM

Ukraine was a part of the Soviet Union, not an ally.

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Kate February 21 2014 at 5:04 PM

There isn't any way to restore order using the military, unless they mean to shoot everyone.

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Jessica Kate February 21 2014 at 9:28 PM

And that is exactly what he's planning to do

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dfoster February 21 2014 at 10:53 AM

When you are a tyrant who is losing their grip on power, the use of violence and murder is routine.

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Mark February 21 2014 at 10:50 AM

What the heck is happening to our world!!!

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rkristafr Mark February 21 2014 at 11:14 AM

same as always,.. what rock you been hiding under?

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MERLIN February 21 2014 at 10:50 AM

good people have to fight and die for freedom, it has always been that way

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Cesarini February 21 2014 at 10:47 AM

maduro get out you are a bad person

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JUANITA Cesarini February 21 2014 at 11:09 AM

Wow and he has the never to condemn what Obama said. Since when does he control other people's opinions. He's just another Chavez or worse. He should get out while he has a chance. He swears he has everything under control, it definitely shows. What a self-centered, pompous, arrogant Hitler wannabe.

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Danny February 21 2014 at 10:26 AM

This is going to happen here in this country unless our government gets their heads out of their butts ! We have had enough of your waste ! years and years of nothing but more debt and more wasteful spending and nothing being done !

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UN CAPITULO MAS February 21 2014 at 6:45 PM

maduro, get out of venezuela,,,venezuela is not cuba,,,salte de venezuela perro maduro.

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