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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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Gerrie February 22 2014 at 9:23 AM

drive around , look around, you will see that over 96% maybe higher of businesses in this country are small businesses....socialism my butt!

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excursioner February 22 2014 at 12:26 AM

Our Progressive news media has completely ignored the fact that the Progressive Socialist government of Venezuela banned the sale or possession of firearms and ammunition in 2012. The government said it was to protect its citizens from crime. Now the disarmed citizens are the victims of their Progressive Socialist government.
We have seen this very same pattern happen time and time again in history. Elected Socialists and Communists claim they need to register all the guns, then they confiscate the guns, then they begin over reaching their power. When the disarmed people try to protest the government cracks down with an iron hand. And our Progressive politicians here keep telling us we must violate our 2nd Amendment so they can better protect us. RUBBISH!

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johnmarlin February 22 2014 at 10:22 AM

How long before it's the same here?

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fred mosrie February 21 2014 at 11:54 PM

crap country.

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ALCA321 February 21 2014 at 11:08 PM

Surprise, surprise!! Los venezolanos se merecen eso y mucho mas. Hace tiempo se portan como pendejos y entronaron al sucio, cobarde, irreverente, petulante, hijo de la gran puta, comecoca, comunista Chavez. Siembra vientos y cosecha tempestades. Poco a poco han dejado erosionar las libertades y los derechos y ahora pararan las consecuencias de sus estupidos actos.

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cmerr6240 February 21 2014 at 11:31 PM

Could not have said it better myself.

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jmg62 February 21 2014 at 10:46 PM

Maduro wears a silk half slip under his army fatigues - and a Victoria's Secret lace top bra under his Armani suits. (Inherited it all from Castro & Chaves;) Who'd a thought?

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rudniski136 February 21 2014 at 10:37 PM

Venezuela was once a beautiful, prosperous country. Then they became more and more socialist and ended up a dictatorship/fascist state with Chavez at it's head. Over the time he ruled, the country became more and more poor. There is not enough food, there are not enough goods. Next to nothing is manufactured there and their only export is oil. Everything must be imported and there are long lines to buy food and other goods. Their currency is nearly worthless and inflation runs rampant. Crime is through the roof. The government is corrupt on all levels.

Venezuela's story will be the story of the United States if the Left keeps pushing their socialist agenda. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the human race could learn from the mistakes of others instead of repeating the same foolish behaviors century after century with the same disastrous results.

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kubi490 February 21 2014 at 10:27 PM

i'm loving it when ALL the top cheap suits in governments across the world start playing the blame game which they are notoriously famous

thank heaven for protestors who are just sick of all of conniving, lying bunch of thieves at every level

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merstockgto February 21 2014 at 10:19 PM

Another armpit

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fernandezarthr February 21 2014 at 10:02 PM

.....Down with the Venezuelan COMMUNIST Dictator,........US should give Venezuelan FREEDOM Fighters, all the weapons to Topple the Rat!!!......down with COMMUNISM!!!......Death to the COMMUNIST Liars!!!!!........

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AsianPlanet February 21 2014 at 9:45 PM

Sure looks like Venezuela will experience total collapse before the people solve the problem.
No external entity can help them. Venezuelans can solve their own problems. Soon their farmers will stop growing produce because the Government is forcing them to sell at a loss. In order to solve this, total collapse is mandatory.

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